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Portman Road (ATT 16,427) 24th November 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Halsey

Ipswich Ipswich Town vs Peterborough United Peterboro

Ipswich 1

D Campbell (pen 60)

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Peterboro 1

L Tomlin (8)

Ipswich and Peterborough in Championship's bottom two after 1-1 draw

Last Updated: 26/11/12 2:42pm

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Lee Tomlin: Gave Posh the lead

Lee Tomlin: Gave Posh the lead

Ipswich and Peterborough are the bottom two in the Championship table after playing out a 1-1 draw at Portman Road.

The travelling 500 or so Posh fans will have been happy at half-time on Saturday after watching Lee Tomlin's sixth goal of the season hand them an eighth-minute lead.

But it was not enough to claim all three points as Tomlin turned villain on the hour as he brought down Lee Martin in the penalty area, leaving on-loan QPR striker DJ Campbell to equalise from the spot with what was Town's first shot of the match.

The visitors, having lost their last four, were the better side on the overall balance of play and will be much happier with the point, although the two sides now prop up the second tier after Bristol City's surprise win at Middlesbrough.

Tyrone Barnett was ineligible for Ipswich following his loan move from Peterborough in midweek, with Town boss McCarthy opting to make just two changes after last weekend's 6-0 mauling at Leicester with Tommy Smith and Michael Chopra coming in.

Posh were also heavily beaten last time out, losing 4-1 at home to Blackburn, and Darren Ferguson tinkered as fit-again Mark Little and loan signing George Thorne came in.

A dreadful first half was punctuated only by Posh's eighth-minute opener, deserved reward for their better showing. Tomlin received the ball from Joe Newell on the left and, amid terrible defending from Danny Higginbotham and Aaron Cresswell, finished calmly right-footed into the bottom corner from 12 yards.

Saido Berahino enjoyed only the second shot of the first half in the 43rd minute but his effort was easily collected by Stephen Henderson.

Ipswich were handed the chance to draw level on the hour mark as Martin was brought down in the area by Tomlin, and Campbell stepped up to draw level with a well-taken spot-kick.

Tomlin was presented with a chance to redeem himself soon after but Henderson saved well, while Campbell came within inches of putting Ipswich ahead at the other end.

Little fired narrowly over for Posh in the 68th minute before substitute Dwight Gayle, making his debut after arriving on loan from Dagenham and Redbridge, enjoyed two good chances after Martin had tested Bobby Olejnik.

Olejnik made a smart save to keep out Higginbotham's late header before Henderson denied Grant McCann.

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1 Bournemouth 39 73
2 Watford 39 72
3 Middlesbrough 39 72
4 Norwich City 39 70
5 Derby County 39 67
6 Ipswich Town 39 67
7 Brentford 39 66
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 65
9 Nottingham Forest 39 57
10 Blackburn Rovers 39 54
11 Charlton Athletic 39 54
12 Sheffield Wednesday 39 53
13 Leeds United 39 52
14 Cardiff City 39 51
15 Birmingham City 38 47
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 39 45
18 Huddersfield Town 39 44
19 Reading 38 44
20 Fulham 39 43
21 Rotherham United 39 40
22 Wigan Athletic 39 35
23 Millwall 39 33
24 Blackpool 39 23