TOWN HELD AT BAGGIES
By Ciaran Baynes
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
It could have been worse for George Burley`s side as West Brom took the lead against the run of play after 43 minutes through Lee Hughes.
The 23-year-old striker Lee Hughes latched onto a superb through ball from Richard Sneekes before hitting over Town keeper Richard Wright - although the result was a mixed blessing for Albion as Hughes suffered a knee injury that meant he failed to reappear for the second half.
Albion`s lead always looked tenuous at best - unsurprising considering they were fielding a defence and keeper all bought in the last month - and Town skipper Matt Holland forced an equaliser after 68 minutes.
Holland ran through and turned Paul Butler before steering past Brian Jensen in the West Brom goal.
Minutes later, Ipswich should have taken the lead when David Johnson rounded Jensen before blasting his shot wide, but in the closing stages it was Albion who came closest to stealing all three points when after a melee in the town six-yard box, the ball deflected off Bob Taylor and fired against the post before rebounding into Wright`s arms.
The result means the East Anglian outfit remain in fourth place, two points behind Barnsley, while Gary Megson`s side forced a one-point gap between themselves and third-bottom.