SKY BET LEAGUE 1
Tuesday February 16th, 7.00pm
IPSWICH TOWN 0
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 0
Ipswich: Tomas Holy, Luke Matheson, Luke Woolfenden, Mark McGuinness, Myles Kenlock, Andre Dozzell (sub James Norwood 71), Flynn Downes, Josh Harrop (sub Teddy Bishop 59), Luke Thomas (sub Jack Lankester 57), Troy Parrott, Freddie Sears (sub Alan Judge 59)
Subs not used: David Cornell, Luke Chambers, Stephen Ward
Cobblers: Jonathan Mitchell, Peter Kioso, Lloyd Jones, Fraser Horsfall, Joseph Mills, Shaun McWilliams, Jack Sowerby (sub Ryan Edmondson 87), Bryn Morris, Sam Hoskins, Danny Rose (sub Benny Ashley-Seal 70), Mark Marshall (sub Ryan Watson 70)
Subs not used: Steve Arnold, Caleb Chukwuemeka, Michael Harriman, Cian Bolger
Referee: Darren Drysdale
Ipswich: Luke Woolfenden (45), Alan Judge (90)
Cobblers: Bryn Morris (28, 3rd of the season), Shaun McWilliams (48, 5th), Joseph Mills (66, 2nd)
10 cautions on or before 37 games; 2 match suspension
15 cautions at any time in season; 3 match suspension
Ipswich: Flynn Downes (90)
Sendings off: 2 cautions in one game; 1 match suspension but cautions do not count towards above totals. Other sendings off; 1 or 3 match suspension. Extra match ban for additional sendings off.
Caretaker boss Jon Brady made two changes for the trip to Ipswich with Fraser Horsfall and Jack Sowerby replacing Cian Bolger and Ryan Watson as Joseph Mills donned the captain’s armband. Ex-Cobblers David Cornell and Luke Chambers were among the substitutes for the home side.
Sam Hoskins shot straight at Tomas Holy early on with the Ipswich keeper later doing well to deny Jack Sowerby after the midfielder was fed in by Danny Rose. It was a tight angle for Sowerby and, under pressure, his low shot was well saved by Holy.
Troy Parrott dragged a long-range free-kick wide and Freddie Sears fired over as the Cobblers really restricted Ipswich in the opening half an hour whilst posing a real threat going forward, Hoskins seeing a shot blocked at close range following a Sowerby lay-off and Peter Kioso denied by a combination of Holy and the post in a spell of concerted pressure leading up to half-time.
Myles Kenlock headed over from a corner early in the second half before another shooting opportunity for the Cobblers, Sowerby this time denied by a close range block after being played in by a defence splitting ball from Bryn Morris.
Jack Lankester came on as Ipswich boss Paul Lambert started to ring the changes, Teddy Bishop and Alan Judge also coming on to overhaul the home side’s midfield.
As the substitutions continued Ryan Watson and Benny Ashley-Seal replaced Mark Marshall and Danny Rose in a double change for the Cobblers with James Norwood on for Ipswich and the ex-Tranmere frontman was denied the game’s opening goal by a terrific save from Jonathan Mitchell, the on-loan Derby keeper getting down low to make the save with his legs.
The game was still delicately poised going into the last ten minutes and while Ipswich skipper Flynn Downes was sent off in added time, neither side were able to force a winner and the points were shared.
IPSWICH MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (0) 3
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (2) 5
CORNERS: (2) 6
FOULS: (8) 21
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (2) 3
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (6) 7
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (1) 1
CORNERS: (4) 4
FOULS: (9) 14
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 3