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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 27 51
2 Derby County 27 51
3 Middlesbrough 27 50
4 Ipswich Town 27 50
5 Brentford 27 49
6 Watford 27 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 44
8 Norwich City 27 43
9 Sheffield Wednesday 27 38
10 Blackburn Rovers 27 36
11 Birmingham City 27 36
12 Nottingham Forest 27 34
13 Cardiff City 27 34
14 Fulham 27 34
15 Huddersfield Town 27 34
16 Bolton Wanderers 27 33
17 Charlton Athletic 27 32
18 Reading 27 31
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 27 29
20 Leeds United 27 29
21 Rotherham United 27 29
22 Millwall 27 24
23 Wigan Athletic 27 21
24 Blackpool 27 17

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