Grant keeps out Town in stalemate

21 November 2009 07:28
Keane stole the headlines this week for his typically frank response to the Republic of Ireland's World Cup misfortunes but saw Grant take the limelight with a string of saves to cancel out a strong Ipswich display.[LNB]Lee Martin, Alan Quinn and Carlos Edwards were all denied by Grant - though the visitors did have a strong case for a penalty waved away in the first half.[LNB]Ipswich are now unbeaten in six games but a lack of a clinical goalscorer continues to hinder their progress and they end the weekend four points adrift of safety.[LNB]Keane sprang a surprise in his selection with Owen Garvan returning in midfield.[LNB]The Irishman was expected to leave Portman Road on loan this week after being frozen out since August but was recalled after scoring a stunning goal for the reserves in midweek.[LNB]Full-back David Wright had the first effort on goal but his dipping 30-yard volley was easily held by Grant.[LNB]Garvan and Grant Leadbitter were dominating the midfield early on and they fashioned a chance for Tamas Priskin.[LNB]Leadbitter span a fine pass over the top where Priskin had peeled off his marker but the former Watford man delayed his shot and could only scuff into the hands of Grant.[LNB]Jermaine Johnson had the Owls' first effort but his shot was straight at Asmir Begovic in the Town goal before the visitors had a penalty shout turned away by referee Andy D'Urso.[LNB]Marcus Tudgay crossed from the left and Luke Varney flicked a header on - straight onto the hand of Damien Delaney.[LNB]The Irishman was certainly close to the ball and had little time to react but was fortunate to escape.[LNB]Martin blasted in a powerful strike which drew a spectacular save from Grant as the game opened up, and Begovic was equally as impressive in palming away a volley from Tudgay.[LNB]Edwards fired over when well placed as Keane's side pushed for an opener in torrential rain.[LNB]Leadbitter fizzed an effort inches wide in a lively start to the second period before both sides began to struggle in the deteriorating conditions.[LNB]Former Wednesday midfielder Quinn came on for Ipswich before Garvan tested Grant with a powerful volley from 15 yards.[LNB]Quinn should have broken the deadlock when he was released by a superb flick from Priskin but Grant produced a great save to keep his shot out.[LNB]And the weather almost gifted Ipswich the lead from the resulting corner when Grant was deceived by Leadbitter's wind-assisted corner and only just scrambled the ball clear from under his own crossbar.[LNB]Jon Stead came off the bench with 15 minutes left and forced Grant into yet another save with his first touch, with Priskin netting the rebound from an offside position.[LNB]Wednesday had a late rally but could not find the target as both sides were forced to settle for a share of the points.[LNB][LNB]

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