Wise earns point for Saints

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Dennis Wise struck to earn Southampton a point from a lively 2-2 draw against Ipswich at Portman Road, which extended Saints' run to seven matches without defeat.

The veteran midfielder scored with a flying header to rescue a point from a match which Harry Redknapp's side really ought to have won.

The visiting side were always in command and were not adversely affected by a 40-minute delay caused by a floodlight failure which forced the two teams back to the dressing room after only five minutes.

Brett Ormerod was a constant menace to the Ipswich defence as Southampton looked the most likely to open the scoring, but it was Ipswich who forged ahead when Richard Naylor met Darren Currie's corner with a towering header.

Antti Niemi, who had already produced fine saves to deny Sam Parkin and Owen Garvan, was powerless to prevent Naylor from scoring.

Southampton levelled shortly after the break when Darren Powell headed in from Wise's corner, but Joe Royle's men regained their lead when Garvan volleyed through a crowd of players and past an unsighted Niemi.

Tomasz Hajto's well struck shot was met by a fine fingertip save from Lewis Price before Nigel Quashie crashed a shot against the inside of a post, but Wise finally levelled when he dived to head in Matt Oakley's volleyed cross via the underside of the crossbar.

Saints then thought they had found a winner with the last kick of the game when Claus Lundekvam turned in Wise's free-kick, only to be ruled offside.