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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 Derby County 18 35
2 Bournemouth 18 32
3 Middlesbrough 18 32
4 Ipswich Town 18 31
5 Brentford 18 31
6 Blackburn Rovers 18 30
7 Watford 18 29
8 Nottingham Forest 18 28
9 Charlton Athletic 18 28
10 Norwich City 18 27
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 18 27
12 Cardiff City 18 26
13 Sheffield Wednesday 18 22
14 Huddersfield Town 18 21
15 Reading 18 21
16 Leeds United 18 20
17 Fulham 18 19
18 Millwall 18 19
19 Birmingham City 18 19
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 18 18
21 Bolton Wanderers 18 18
22 Rotherham United 18 18
23 Wigan Athletic 18 17
24 Blackpool 18 8

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