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Alan Judge: Referee Darren Drysdale locks heads with Ipswich midfielder

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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 late in the game 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.

The Football Association has been contacted and is aware of the incident.

Ipswich manager Paul Lambert wants the EFL to investigate the confrontation between Drysdale and Judge.

"I've texted Mike Jones [EFL head of referees] this morning to say have a look at the footage of the head thing," Lambert told Talksport.

"It looks as if the referee went in there and I said to him after the game, 'Did you put your head in my player?'

"He couldn't answer it and that's the reason I spoke to Mike. I haven't seen that in a long, long while."

In the third minute of stoppage time, Ipswich'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, Downes was sent off in stoppage time.

Match details supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Ipswich

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

Substitutes

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

Northampton

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

Substitutes

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

Match Stats

Home TeamIpswichAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home10
Away9
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home20
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ipswich Town 0, Northampton Town 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Benny Ashley-Seal (Northampton Town).

  5. Dismissal

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Flynn Downes (Ipswich Town).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by James Norwood (Ipswich Town).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Edmondson (Northampton Town).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Booking

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

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Northampton Town. Ryan Edmondson replaces Jack Sowerby.

  15. Post update

    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. Post update

    Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Fraser Horsfall.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Mark McGuinness (Ipswich Town).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

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

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2Peterborough27164743251852
3Hull28154941241749
4Portsmouth27146745261948
5Doncaster25153743301348
6Sunderland271111539241544
7Oxford Utd2613494334943
8Charlton2812794338543
9Accrington25126737271042
10Plymouth2811893943-441
11Ipswich26124103027340
12Crewe28117103635140
13MK Dons28108103833538
14Blackpool25114102926337
15Gillingham28114133640-437
16Fleetwood2898113225735
17Shrewsbury258982628-233
18Bristol Rovers2776142744-1727
19Rochdale2868144155-1426
20Wimbledon2667132947-1825
21Northampton2867152043-2325
22Swindon2873183253-2124
23Wigan2766152849-2124
24Burton2657143251-1922
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