Jason Lowe’s late own goal denied Blackburn Rovers all three points as they began life in the Championship.
Debutant Colin Kazim-Richards opened the scoring with a close range header after 20 minutes and the Turkish international came close to doubling the lead after the interval but failed to hit the target with a rising effort.
Ipswich upped the tempo as they sensed an equaliser and after constant pressure the Rovers defence cracked as Jason Lowe guided Jason Scotland’s cross past the helpless Paul Robinson.
Both sides exchanged early flurries with Ipswich defender Josh Carson smashing a 30-yard effort just over before Rovers debutant Nuno Gomes saw his long range effort fly wide of the mark. Fellow debutant Kazim-Richards was proving a nuisance to the Ipswich defence as he forced Scott Loach into a decent save with a deflected strike.
The Turks presence finally paid off as he opened the scoring with 21 minutes on the clock. Pedersen drove a corner to the back stick and Scott Dann rose highest to head the ball back across goal for Kazim-Richards to calmly head into the top corner.
The Tractor Boys responded, Lee Martin’s speculative strike forced Paul Robinson into an easy save. Aaron Cresswell’s fizzing free-kick drew a smart save from Robinson before Martin again tried his look from range but could not find a way past the Rovers number one.
After the interval Kazim-Richards came close to doubling his tally and Blackburn’s lead but his powerful strike failed to hit the target.
For all Blackburn’s possession, Ipswich would not give up and Carson forced Robinson into another top drawer save with a sweet left footed strike.
In typical fashion Steve Kean’s men sat back and were made to pay as Ipswich went in search of an equaliser. A long ball over the top found Jason Scotland unmarked and his surging cross was turned into his own net by Jason Lowe resulting in both teams taking a share of the points.
Blackburn should have secured all three points, but their inability to concentrate for 90 minutes cost them dearly. There were glimpses of quality throughout the game but realistically Blackburn have a lot of work to do if they are to mount a realistic promotion push this campaign.
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