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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 33 65
2 Middlesbrough 33 63
3 Ipswich Town 33 60
4 Bournemouth 33 59
5 Norwich City 33 59
6 Watford 33 59
7 Brentford 33 58
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 33 54
9 Nottingham Forest 33 47
10 Blackburn Rovers 33 44
11 Sheffield Wednesday 33 43
12 Huddersfield Town 33 42
13 Cardiff City 33 41
14 Leeds United 33 41
15 Reading 33 40
16 Charlton Athletic 33 39
17 Birmingham City 33 39
18 Brighton and Hove Albion 33 37
19 Bolton Wanderers 33 37
20 Fulham 33 36
21 Rotherham United 33 34
22 Millwall 33 31
23 Wigan Athletic 33 25
24 Blackpool 33 22

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