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Last-gasp Hutchinson equaliser gives Ipswich vital point against West Brom

The substitute Omari Hutchinson rescued a late point for Ipswich, as the home side equalised twice in a 2-2 Championship draw with West Brom at Portman Road.

Albion – who were depleted by a series of injuries and without Semi Ajayi and Grady Diangana who are on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations – opened the scoring through Tom Fellows in the first half, with Nathan Broadhead replying for Ipswich just after the start of the second.

John Swift restored Albion’s lead with a wonderful strike from nearly 30 yards but that was cancelled out by Hutchinson in the third minute of second-half stoppage-time when he fired home through a crowd of players.

The visitors dominated proceedings early on and Jed Wallace’s teasing low cross just evaded the stretching Brandon Thomas-Asante on the edge of the six-yard box. Andreas Weimann was found in space on the edge of the area following a corner by Jed Wallace but his shot sailed over the crossbar.

Albion took a well-deserved lead in the 18th minute through Fellows following a counterattack. He was found on the left by Weimann and outmuscled Luke Woolfenden, cut inside and fired a shot past Town goalkeeper Vaclav Hladky.

Ipswich had a wonderful chance to equalise five minutes later when a cross from Broadhead found Bournemouth loanee Kieffer Moore, who laid the ball off for Conor Chaplin, but he could only lift it over the crossbar. With time running out in the first half, Harry Clarke’s thunderous effort from 20 yards was tipped over by visiting goalkeeper Alex Palmer.

Town struck back straight from the restart following a deep throw-in by Clarke. The ball was deflected off George Edmundson’s head into the path of Broadhead, who volleyed past Palmer to make it 1-1.

Albion’s Daryl Dike left the field in tears after picking up an injury early in the second half. The American striker had returned form nine months out with an achilles injury only last month.

Chaplin stung the hands of Palmer following a great move involving Broadhead, Sam Morsy, Clarke and Wes Burns, with the latter cutting the ball back to the striker as the hosts started to dominate.

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Substitute Swift scored for West Brom with a stunning shot from nearly 30 yards out in the 76th minute after Edmundson’s pass from defence was intercepted and he picked out the bottom left-hand corner of the net.

But Hutchinson levelled matters in stoppage time – after Morsy’s shot was blocked – as he fired home to clinch a point.

Ipswich came close to gaining maximum points during a frenetic eight minutes of added-on time when Albion goalkeeper Palmer blocked a shot from Ali al-Hamadi from point-blank range.

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