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Ricoh Arena (ATT 15,598) 20th December 2008 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: R Styles

Coventry Coventry City vs Ipswich Town Ipswich


Lisbie double denies Sky Blues

Last Updated: 20/12/08 5:25pm

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Lisbie: At the double

Lisbie: At the double

Kevin Lisbie scored twice to earn Ipswich a 2-2 draw with Coventry at the Ricoh Arena.

Ipswich twice came from behind to earn a point with Lisbie's two goals cancelling out efforts from Clinton Morrison and Freddy Eastwood.

The draw leaves Coventry still looking for their first home success since the 4-1 win over Southampton early in October.

Morrison scored the fastest Championship goal of the day when he got between two Ipswich defenders to guide the ball past Richard Wright.

But the visitors responded well to their early setback and after Jonathan Stead had been denied by Keiren Westwood in the sixth minute, Lisbie brought Ipswich level.

A long clearance from Richard Wright was flicked into Lisbie's path by Stead and the former Charlton striker, making his first start for a month, fired a low shot past Westwood from 12 yards.


Coventry finished the first half in the ascendancy and Eastwood almost sent them into the break ahead but his driven shot after 40 minutes struck a post.

It looked like half-time might have interrupted Coventry's momentum after Ipswich emerged from the break on the front foot.

Lisbie tested Westwood and Stead saw a goalbound shot blocked by Jay Tabb in quick succession at the start of the second half.

But the hosts retook the lead after 56 minutes when Eastwood latched on to Dan Fox's long clearance and found the net with a low shot.

It was only Eastwood's third goal of the season and his first since scoring in a 1-1 draw at Blackpool on September 27.

However, Coventry's lead was short-lived and Lisbie equalised for a second time nine minutes later.

The Sky Blues had a warning when Stead escaped his marker to head over in the 62nd minute, and another lapse in concentration resulted in Lisbie scoring soon after.

Ben Turner and Elliott Ward hesitated at the heart of the defence allowing Lisbie to nip in and lift the ball over Westwood.

Westwood had to beat away Stead's 25-yard free-kick midway through the second half.

Ward had a chance to make amends in injury time but could not squeeze his shot inside the near post following Fox's corner.

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