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Monday, October 26, 2009

Big Match Review - Plymouth 1 Ipswich 1

Plymouth Argyle 1-1 Ipswich Town
Saturday October 24, Home Park, Att: 10,875

Roy Keane's Ipswich were left still searching for their first win of the campaign after coming from behind to draw against a Plymouth side reduced to 10 men late on.

Both sides began brightly creating a few half chances, but it was Argyle who took the lead mid-way through the first half. Jamie Mackie laying the ball back for Carl Fletcher to power a shot past Richard Wright from outside the area.

It was the boost the Pilgrims needed and they had a couple of penalty shouts turned down before they were indebted to 'keeper Romain Larrieu for a fine save from a Grant Leadbitter shot.

However, it was a careless piece of defending by Plymouth's Gary Sawyer with just twenty minutes remaining that gave Ipswich a route back into the match. His woefully underhit backpass was intercepted by Town's Jon Stead and the former Blackburn striker slipped the ball past Larrieu to level matters.

Ipswich could have then taken the lead when some neat build-up found Alan Quinn but despite beating the keeper his shot was cleared off the line by Rory Fallon.

And the home side were then reduced to 10 men when Darcy Blake's clumsy challenge from behind earnt him a straight red card with ten minutes remaining.

However, the Suffolk club were unable to break through the Argyle backline to find a winner and remain rooted to the foot of the Championship, a point and place behind Paul Sturrock's Plymouth.

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