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BBC Sport's Mike Sewell
reports from Portman Road
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Chelsea goalscorer Eidur Gudjohnson
"In the second half we probably dropped back a bit too deep"
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Ipswich goalscorer Marcus Stewart
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Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri
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Tuesday, 26 December, 2000, 17:17 GMT
Ipswich fightback thwarts Chelsea
James Scowcroft
James Scowcroft started the Ipswich comeback
Ipswich 2-2 Chelsea

Ipswich produced another magnificent fightback to rescue a point against Chelsea at Portman Road.

Eidur Gudjohnsen scored a brace inside the first 20 minutes as Chelsea looked for their first away win in 15 games.

But Ipswich maintained their unbeaten home record against Chelsea in the Premiership when Marcus Stewart equalised with eight minutes remaining.

And it was no more than the home side deserved as they dominated proceedings, particularly after the interval.

Ipswich were left dazed by the awesome finishing of Gudjohnsen as, against the run of play, the striker left Ipswich with an uphill task that almost proved insurmountable.


To go 2-0 down against a side of Chelsea's quality and come back says a lot for our boys to get back to level terms
  Ipswich manager George Burley

Ipswich had started the game strongly and James Scowcroft could have given them the lead almost from the kick-off as Alan Armstrong's headed flick-on found him in space in the area.

But Scowcroft failed to connect properly with his shot and Ed de Goey gratefully smothered his effort.

Chelsea withstood all the early pressure as Ipswich continued to cause problems with Jamie Clapham making some incisive runs down the left flank.

But when Chelsea did manage an attack the execution was magnificent.

Mario Melchiot exposed the space down the Ipswich left and his cross into the box was met with a sweet volley by Gudjohnsen to set Chelsea on their way.

It was an excellent finish though the Ipswich marking was slack.

It was a surprise then, that Chelsea were allowed to manufacture their second goal in such a similar fashion.

  Key incidents
8 mins - Eidhur Gudjohnsen volleys Chelsea ahead
17 mins - Gudjohnsen scores his second
43 mins - James Scowcroft pulls a goal back for Ipswich
60 mins - Stewart's 30 yard drive turned over by de Goey
82 mins - Stewart completes Ipswich's comeback
90 mins - Terry clears off the line from Reuser

Sam Dalla Bona's ball into space down the right channel found Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and his angled, low cross into the area was expertly dispatched by the on-rushing Gudjohnsen.

Again the marking left a lot to be desired and George Burley's men had gifted the visitors a headstart.

Chelsea seemed content to sit on their lead and invited Ipswich pressure at a critical stage of the match.

And it was no shock when Scowcroft found the target with an accurate header three minutes before the end of the first half to give Ipswich hope.

And when play resumed after the break, Ipswich applied huge pressure to a Chelsea side visibly lacking confidence.


Our confidence away from home is not perfect and that's causing us big problems
  Chelsea's Gianfranco Zola

Ipswich constantly threatened and Ed de Goey was by far the busier of the two keepers.

The Dutchman made a tremendous save on 60 minutes as he pushed Marcus Stewart's terrific 30-yard drive over the bar.

As chance after chance went begging it seemed Chelsea would hang on and finally secure that elusive away win.

But then with full time approaching Stewart volleyed in after Herman Hreidarrsen's cross was headed on.

Ipswich continued to pile players forward in search of a winner and Chelsea's defending became more desperate.

And Chelsea only just managed to hold on to earn a share of the points after surrendering their two goal advantage.

Only a John Terry clearance off the line from Martin Reuser denied Ipswich a victory that would have been reward for their tireless endeavours and never say die attitude.


Ipswich: Richard Wright, Wilnis, Bramble, Venus, Hreidarsson, Clapham, Holland, Scowcroft, Jermaine Wright, Armstrong, Stewart. Subs: Branagan, Johnson, McGreal, Reuser, Croft.

Chelsea: de Goey, Leboeuf, Desailly, Terry, Melchiot, Wise, Morris, Dalla Bona, Zola, Hasselbaink, Gudjohnsen. Subs: Cudicini, Bogarde, Jokanovic, Harley, Poyet.

Referee: Jeff Winter (Middlesbrough).

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