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Kings of Anglia Issue 10 Magazine Offer

Lions share the points

PUBLISHED: 18:33 24 August 2002 | UPDATED: 12:31 03 March 2010

Millwall 1 Ipswich 1



Ipswich will be disappointed to have dropped their first points of this campaign, but it could have been so much worse.



A shaky Ipswich defence let Millwall in after just three minutes as the home side took the lead.

Millwall 1 Ipswich 1

Ipswich will be disappointed to have dropped their first points of this campaign, but it could have been so much worse.

A shaky Ipswich defence let Millwall in after just three minutes as the home side took the lead. In the opening minutes, Millwall had already had three attacks on the Ipswich goal when a Harris cross came to May, who headed comfortably past Andy Marshall. Throughout the first half, Ipswich looked uneasy in defence and continually allowed Millwall opportunities to add to their lead.

An attacking midfield line up meant that Ipswich looked promising coming forwards, and had a number of chances to equalise, most notably when Marcus Bent went one-on-one with the keeper, only to have his shot saved. But with the midfield more concerned with coming forwards, there was considerable pressure on the Ipswich defence, who didn't look up to the job. The Millwall front pairing of May and Harris were allowed numerous free headers in the Ipswich box, and Ipswich were fortunate to be going in at half time only one goal down.

After half time, Ipswich came out having switched to a 4-3-3 system, and immediately looked more in charge. However, Millwall still looked dangerous coming forwards and on 49 minutes Andy Marshall made a tremendous save, only for the ball to fall twice to a Millwall player and be cleared off the line in each case.

On 54 minutes, Ipswich finally made their attacking ability count when Marcus Stewart played some clever football, before allowing Darren Bent to thump the ball past Walker for his first goal of the season.

Stewart was immediately substituted - to his obvious disappointment - along with Darren Bent, as Counago and George came on. There followed a spell of kamikaze end-to-end football as both sides attacked the goal looking for the breakthrough.

But despite some good chances from both sides, this was the last goal of the game and the match ended all square. George Burley will be relieved to be still unbeaten this season, but in the second half Ipswich really should have made their chances count and taken all three points.

This was their first of four games in eight days, and it is now vital for Ipswich to get maximum points from Monday's game against Bradford in order to keep their season on track.

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