Ipswich 1 Hull 1: Jay Simpson leaves it late to save the Tigers

19 February 2011 10:19
Jay Simpson came off the bench to rescue a point for Hull at Ipswich in the npower Championship. [LNB]Ipswich had looked to be heading for a deserved win when Jason Scotland netted in the 58th minute.[LNB] But Simpson, making his first appearance since January, nodded in a delightful header five minutes from the end to extent Hull's unbeaten run in the league to eight matches. [LNB]Frustrating: Ipswich boss Paul Jewell say his team denied at the death[LNB]Ipswich were forced into a change as on-loan Jimmy Bullard was ruled out due to the terms of his deal from his parent club. [LNB]Andy Drury came in for Ipswich, while Hull boss Nigel Pearson kept faith with the team that edged past Preston last week. [LNB]The hosts created the first chance when Connor Wickham, fresh from his treble at Doncaster, held the ball up to lay off for Lee Martin. [LNB]Martin latched on to the pass but his drive from long distance flew over Brad Guzan's crossbar.[LNB] The teenager was the catalyst behind every Ipswich attack and the winger skipped past Liam Rosenior to force a corner for his side. [LNB]Hull weathered the early storm but the pace with which Wickham ghosted past the Hull right-back was an indication of the problems the away side would face. [LNB]They hit back when Cameron Stewart forced a save from Marton Fulop in their first foray into Ipswich territory. [LNB]Tijani Belaid nearly pinched the lead for Hull with an audacious free-kick from 40 yards that grazed the top of the goal. Ipswich always looked threatening and a fierce hit from Grant Leadbitter brought a decent save from Guzan. [LNB]Wickham went closer to putting his side in front until Andy Dawson made use of all his experience to put in a superb goal-saving challenge.[LNB] That helped Hull through to half-time unscathed and Pearson's men were able to regroup for the second period. [LNB]They stifled the threat of Wickham's pace but the 17-year-old still carried enough menace to lay on a goal for his team in the 58th minute.[LNB] His pass found Scotland on the edge of the box and the big striker was given enough room to get his shot away. [LNB]The strike looked a tame one but it was firm enough to creep past Guzan as Scotland celebrated his ninth goal of the season. [LNB]Aaron Mclean offered his first significant contribution of the afternoon to warm Fulop's hands but Hull were in dire need of impact as they began the search for a leveller. [LNB]And it was City's forgotten man, Simpson, who snatched a point for Pearson's men. [LNB]The summer signing from Arsenal came on for Belaid and needed seven minutes to make his mark on the clash. [LNB]Latching on to a Corry Evans cross from the left, Simpson connected from 12 yards to direct a header past Fulop and grab his team a draw.[LNB]Pearson said: 'It was a clever header. Simpson had his back to goal and had a lot to do.' [LNB]The draw follows three consecutive wins for Ipswich and manager Paul Jewell admitted: 'We're making progress. Some of our football was scintillating.'[LNB]  Nottingham Forest 2 Cardiff 1: Earnshaw haunts Bluebirds to fire Forest into secondLeeds 2 Norwich 2: Super sub Somma denies Canaries in Elland Road thrillerMillwall 2 Middlesbrough 3: Lita's late header gives Boro valuable victoryPreston 1 QPR 1: Nicholson strike salvages point for rock-bottom side[LNB] [LNB]  Explore more:People: Nigel Pearson, Liam Rosenior, Jimmy Bullard, Jay Simpson, Lee Martin, Paul Jewell Places: Scotland

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