Ipswich 1-1 Blackburn: Tractor Boys battle back to deny Brentford
Kayden Jackson effort cancels out Neal Maupay's Brentford opener at Portman Road.
Last Updated: 18/09/18 11:19pm
Ipswich are still looking for their first win of the season and remain at the foot of the Championship table after a 1-1 draw with high-flying Brentford.
Neal Maupay gave the Bees a 31st-minute lead before Kayden Jackson headed Ipswich level 17 minutes from time.
The visitors dominated the first half and should have led by more than one goal but the home side came back into the game after the break in an entertaining game.
There was a minute's applause ahead of kick-off for former England defender Kevin Beattie, who died of a suspected heart attack earlier this week.
Neat interplay between the visitors' South African international Kamohelo Mokotjo and Algerian Said Benrahma led to the latter firing straight at Ipswich goalkeeper Dean Gerken in the third minute.
A minute later, Brentford were denied a penalty when former French youth international Maupay looked have left a trailing leg and fell over the Ipswich keeper and received a booking from referee Darren Bond.
Then a right wing cross in the 10th minute from Romaine Sawyers evaded the Ipswich defenders and was glanced out of play for a corner.
Four minutes later the Brentford midfielder was wonderfully placed outside the penalty area but fired just over the bar.
The visitors went ahead when Sawyers crossed from the right and Maupay was on hand to head the ball past Gerkin and into the top left-hand corner of the net.
At the start of the second half Ipswich introduced Gwion Edwards and Jon Nolan for defender Jordan Spence and forward Ellis Harrison.
A positive run by Grant Ward into the penalty area in the 50th minute led to him feeding raiding full-back Jonas Knudsen whose shot was saved by Brentford keeper Daniel Bentley.
And from the resulting corner Ipswich almost levelled when a melee in the visitors' penalty area saw Jackson rifle a shot against the crossbar.
Good interplay between Mokotjo and Maupay led to Gerkin making a good save in the 62nd minute to deny the forward.
Yoann Barbet's 64th-minute free-kick from the edge of the box hit the bar before Ipswich levelled in the 73rd minute when Jackson headed home a cross from the right by Trevoh Chalobah.
Jackson was close to winning the game in stoppage time as he was put through on goal by Town substitute Flynn Downes but his fierce shot sailed just wide of the goal.
Paul Hurst: "We tried something different but clearly it didn't work the way we would have liked. They are an excellent side and it was a daunting challenge. We came up against a team that was full of confidence and have got some excellent players playing at the top of their game, and they will probably be disappointed that they didn't get another goal when they were on top.
"We changed things at half-time and the formation can help but at the same time the lads have to show a lot of character and big credit to them for staying in the game. We came up against a team that were very good but the result gave us a lift. To be 1-0 down, it could have been a really, really difficult night but we scored a really good goal and had the best chance to win the game."
Dean Smith: "It was (a feeling) of disappointment - it feels like we lost two points here today. The first half we were outstanding, to go to any club in the league and to dominate the game as we did, but the important thing is to take those chances that we had in the first half and we did not take them."
"If we got the second goal it would be game over but unfortunately we expended a lot of energy in that first half. In the second half they changed shape and were quite effective and ended up getting the goal from a cross."