Ipswich 1-1 Burnley

Last updated : 15 August 2010 By James Tzanoudakis

A dream start for Ipswich was not to be had after looking to be heading towards their second successive win at the start of the season, something they have not achieved since August 2002.

Town started strongly with debutante winger Andros Townsend looking sharp on the ball. On the 11th minute, they could have gone ahead after the young Spurs loanee sent a powerful, low cross into the box that no one could make contact with.

At the other end, Town were perhaps lucky to not fall behind. With 25 minutes gone, Ross Wallace broke away. The former Scunthorpe winger teed up Wade Elliot who let fly from point-blank range at Fülöp, the keeper reacting superbly to keep the Blues on level terms.

The teams went in at halftime with Ipswich arguably having had the better run of the green. The injured Grant Leadbitter was substituted for Colin Healy who impressed mid-week against Exeter.

The early momentum that Town were playing with in the first half did not follow suit into the second half, with fewer chances being conjured by both sides.

On the 73rd minute, Townsend was brought off amidst a standing ovation for his performance, and replaced by youngster Ronin Murray who also impressed mid-week.

With just under 10 minutes to go the game took a twist when Edgar was sent off for the Clarets as the result of a second bookable offense. Town were able to capitalise and took the lead in the 85th minute. Healy delivered a corner in from the right, McAuley headed the ball across the goal, and after a flick on from Stead, Norris back-heeled the ball into the back of the net to put town ahead.

With the Blues on-track for victory, Burnley pulled level after Fülöp had tipped a cross over the bar.  From the resulting corner, the ball was crossed in by Alexander and headed into the top right corner of the goal by Clarke Carlisle.

All in all it was a decent performance from a once again, rather young looking Town side. Four points from a possible six against two promotion favourites is not a bad return as the ghosts of last season's terrible start are beginning to be put to rest.