BENT SAVES BLUES' BLUSHES

In tonight's Green 'UnIPSWICH TOWN 2, GRIMSBY TOWN 2DARREN Bent was the hero and James Pullen the villain as Ipswich Town could only manage a draw against Grimsby Town at Portman Road.

In tonight's Green 'Un

IPSWICH TOWN 2, GRIMSBY TOWN 2

DARREN Bent was the hero and James Pullen the villain as Ipswich Town could only manage a draw against Grimsby Town at Portman Road.

Bent increased his goal tally for the season to 15, equalising with two minutes left after a thoroughly scrappy second period with the visitors trying to hang on to their advantage.

This had been gained in the first period when Paul Groves was allowed to score from close range after just eight minutes and Michael Boulding netting Grimsby's second after 24 minutes following a howler by Pullen.

The keeper, making his league debut, was not blameless for the first goal, but he was even more culpable for the second.

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Boulding went around Gaardsoe to shoot from 20 yards, the ball hitting McGreal who took much of the weight as it slowly made its way towards goal and somehow went under the diving young keeper.

Darren Bent capitalised on a fine run by his namesake Marcus to head in at the near post after 12 minutes. He drove home the second equaliser after Naylor and Gaardsoe had both struck the woodwork following a corner by substitute Reuser.

There was little cohesion about Ipswich and with Hreidarsson, the only left-sided exponent of any experience, suspended for two more matches Ipswich may have to stick to this formation for a while.

McGreal was substituted at the interval after another ineffective game with Holland going back to the back four after spending the first period in midfield.

At least a double by Grimsby was avoided, but it was oh so late before Darren Bent saved his side on an afternoon which Ipswich will want to quickly forget.

For a full match report, analysis and pictures don't miss tonight's Green 'Un.

PLUS: Sheepshanks in warning to Premiership – full report in the Green 'Un.

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