Goal-fest at Pride Park
By Andrew Scurr. Last Updated: 02/11/05 10:13pm
Derby County and Ipswich Town shared six goals in a goal-feast at Pride Park.
Richard Naylor's 10th-minute strike was cancelled out by Dexter Blackstock (35) before Marcus Tudgay put the home side in front three minutes later.
However, the lead did not last long as the Portman Road side levelled the scores just before half time through Jim Magilton.
Blackstock added a second 10 minutes into the second half, but Matt Richards' late strike gave the Tractor Boys a share of the points.
The two games involving these clubs last season resulted in 10 goals, so chances were to be expected in this game, and both sides did not disappoint.
The goals began to flow early as Magilton's corner was glanced home by Naylor, however Blackstock levelled things up after 35 minutes, his first of two on the night.
The home side had chances to level things up, but it took the on-loan striker to finally put the ball in the net.
Emerson Thome's free kick fell to Blackstock who, from three yards out, made no mistake with his header.
Minutes later, Derby were ahead through Tudgay as he headed home Morten Bisgaard's cross past Lewis Price.
Ipswich responded almost straight away through Magilton, whose perfect free kick ended up in the back of Kevin Poole's goal to equal things up at half time.
The second half began with chances for both sides, most notably Ipswich as Sam Parkin had the ball in the net, only for it to be ruled out for offside.
Minutes later, Blackstock drilled home his second of the evening from 12 yards, Bisgaard once again the provider from the right.
On his full-debut for County, Blackstock was just the width of a crossbar away from claiming a hat-trick as he headed Peter Whittingham's cross against the woodwork.
With both sides struggling to keep clean sheets this season, goals were always likely and with seven minutes to go, Richards headed home Darren Currie's cross to take a point back to Portman Road.
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