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Portman Road (ATT 22,656) 18th October 2005 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: T Kettle

Ipswich Ipswich Town vs Coventry City Coventry

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City fightback stuns Ipswich

By Andy Clarke.   Last Updated: 18/10/05 4:28pm

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Coventry City hit back from two goals down to earn a point from a 2-2 draw with Ipswich at Portman Road.

Goals from Darren Currie and Jimmy Juan put the home side in command, but Gary McSheffrey pulled a goal back on the stroke of half time before Lilian Nalis equalised in the second half.

The Sky Blues had collapsed to a 4-1 defeat to Crystal Palace at the weekend and they looked to be on their way to another crushing defeat as Ipswich established a comfortable lead.

After a lacklustre opening spell, Joe Royle's side went ahead in the 28th minute when Currie's free-kick from wide on the right eluded everybody in the penalty area and beat Stephen Bywater in the City goal.

Bywater saved well to deny Luis Castro Sito, but he was beaten for the second time in the 39th minute when substitute Juan, on for the injured Owen Garvan, headed in from Kevin Horlock's free-kick.

However, Coventry dragged themselves back into the game just before the interval when Dele Adebola headed down and McSheffrey crashed a shot past Lewis Price.

Adebola was then heavily involved once again as City equalised 12 minutes into the second half, nodding down for Nalis who headed in from close range.

Neither side threatened to create a winner after Nalis' strike, with Adam Proudlock and Adebola both missing the target with the only chances of note.

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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
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

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