Ipswich Town 1 - 1 Peterborough United

Match info: Championship at Portman Road

Date: 24/11/2012 KO: 15:00 Ref: M Halsey Att: 16,427

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


DJ Campbell 60 (pen)



Lee Tomlin 8

FT (ht: 0-1)

  • Last Updated: November 24 2012, 19:34 GMT

Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson is convinced his side can start climbing the npower Championship table despite a 1-1 draw at fellow strugglers Ipswich.

Darren Ferguson: Has faith in his side
Darren Ferguson: Has faith in his side

Posh remained bottom of the pile, and a point behind their hosts, after DJ Campbell's second-half penalty denied them victory.

Lee Tomlin fired Peterborough ahead after just eight minutes but they gave up their advantage on the hour following a trip by the goalscorer on Lee Martin before Campbell converted the spot kick.

Despite their perilous position, Ferguson felt there were plenty of positives and is sure his side can edge out of the bottom three.

"I feel there's a great trust between myself and the players," he said.

"We've got character in abundance and there's no question of us failing on that front.

"We just have to stick together and see it through.

"If we do that, and play like we did today, we've got more than enough time to turn it round and get out of it.

"I'm disappointed we didn't get three points and thought it was a missed opportunity.

"We just couldn't get a second goal and that was our biggest frustration. There were still a lot of positives to take from it, though.

"We look a lot more solid with three at the back, took early control of the game and I didn't think we were in any danger until the penalty.

"Then towards the end we had two or three good chances to win it. I knew we'd get chances on the counter-attack.

"They've conceded 14 goals in the last 15 minutes and I thought this might be another opportunity to get another late one."

Peterborough led at the break after an abysmal first-half performance by Ipswich.

The visitors punished them when Tomlin latched on to a pass from Joe Newell and cleverly worked space for himself, deceiving both Tommy Smith and Danny Higginbotham, before slotting past Stephen Henderson.

Town were vastly improved in the second half and levelled on the hour-mark.

Martin was felled by a clumsy challenge from Tomlin and DJ Campbell converted with a low effort from the spot - his fifth goal in nine games.

"It was a point won (rather than two lost)," said Town boss Mick McCarthy.

"I haven't seen their goal again, to pick the bones out of how we conceded it, but it looked another soft, milky one. They scored too easily.

"We didn't play well in the first half and couldn't pass it to our own team-mates, but towards the end we were getting better.

"The crowd were right to boo us off at half-time. I didn't have a problem with that.

"But thankfully we did improve in the second half and played with a bit more intensity.

"We'd been poor, but there was definitely a response from everyone in the second half, from the players and the crowd.

"We deserved a point, that's for sure, and I thought it was a stonewall penalty.

"The game became really stretched. In trying to win it, we were in danger of losing it.

"Our passing was nervy and awful at times, but in the second half it was much, much better."

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