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Referee Darren Drysdale clashed with Ipswich midfielder Alan Judge

Referee Darren Drysdale locked heads with Ipswich midfielder Alan Judge in an extraordinary exchange during their goalless League One draw with Northampton.

The official moved his head towards the Irishman in the final moments of the match and then briefly appeared to square up to the 32-year-old, before being ushered away by Northampton’s Lloyd Jones.

Judge, who had protested after being penalised for simulation, was then shown a yellow card, the fifth booking of the match.

In the third minute of stoppage time, Town’s Flynn Downes was sent off for violent conduct in an ugly end to the match.

Lowly Northampton defied the odds to secure a draw, but will be frustrated they only came away with one point instead of all three.

It lifted the Cobblers up two places, but they remain inside the relegation zone on goal difference. Ipswich, who finished with 10 men, moved up a place to 11th but are four points off the top six.

Ipswich keeper Tomas Holy had to gather a shot from Sam Hoskins and then hack clear after Troy Parrott’s loose pass was seized on by Mark Marshall.

Holy smothered Jack Sowerby’s effort and Luke Matheson blocked an effort by Hoskins while, with the half drawing to a close, Peter Kioso hit the post and Marshall pulled his shot wide.

James Norwood, who came on as a 71st-minute replacement for Ipswich, forced Northampton keeper Jonathan Mitchell into his first save of the game and to heap further misery on a woeful Ipswich, Flynn Downes was sent off in stoppage time after getting a second yellow card.

Match details supplied by PA Media.



Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Holy
  • 41Matheson
  • 6WoolfendenBooked at 45mins
  • 2McGuinness
  • 30Kenlock
  • 21DownesBooked at 90mins
  • 33HarropSubstituted forBishopat 59′minutes
  • 23DozzellSubstituted forNorwoodat 71′minutes
  • 27ThomasSubstituted forLankesterat 57′minutes
  • 40Parrott
  • 20SearsSubstituted forJudgeat 59′minutesBooked at 90mins


  • 3Ward
  • 4Chambers
  • 10Norwood
  • 14Lankester
  • 15Bishop
  • 18Judge
  • 28Cornell


Formation 4-3-1-2

  • 13Mitchell
  • 15Kioso
  • 6Horsfall
  • 28Jones
  • 23MillsBooked at 66mins
  • 17McWilliamsBooked at 48mins
  • 4SowerbySubstituted forEdmondsonat 87′minutes
  • 18MorrisBooked at 28mins
  • 7Hoskins
  • 29RoseSubstituted forAshley-Sealat 70′minutes
  • 45MarshallSubstituted forWatsonat 70′minutes


  • 1Arnold
  • 2Harriman
  • 5Bolger
  • 8Watson
  • 22Ashley-Seal
  • 26Edmondson
  • 30Chukwuemeka

Darren Drysdale

Match Stats

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  1. Match ends, Ipswich Town 0, Northampton Town 0.

  2. Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 0, Northampton Town 0.

  3. Luke Matheson (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Foul by Benny Ashley-Seal (Northampton Town).

  5. Flynn Downes (Ipswich Town) is shown the red card for violent conduct.

  6. Foul by Flynn Downes (Ipswich Town).

  7. Ryan Watson (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Foul by James Norwood (Ipswich Town).

  9. Shaun McWilliams (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Luke Matheson (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Foul by Ryan Edmondson (Northampton Town).

  12. Alan Judge (Ipswich Town) has gone down, but the referee deems it simulation.

  13. Alan Judge (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card.

  14. Substitution, Northampton Town. Ryan Edmondson replaces Jack Sowerby.

  15. Attempt missed. Jack Lankester (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by James Norwood with a cross.

  16. Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Fraser Horsfall.

  17. Offside, Northampton Town. Peter Kioso tries a through ball, but Fraser Horsfall is caught offside.

  18. Foul by Mark McGuinness (Ipswich Town).

  19. Benny Ashley-Seal (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Offside, Northampton Town. Jack Sowerby tries a through ball, but Benny Ashley-Seal is caught offside.

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