Ipswich City 1 Sunderland 1
Kieran McKenna, at 35 Ipswich’s youngest supervisor since Alf Ramsey, watched from the stands as his new fees impressed but didn’t win.
On the day City unveiled a statue to Kevin Beattie, star defender of glory days within the Nineteen Seventies below Bobby Robson, the membership’s different managerial knight, Portman Street’s present crop discover themselves eleventh in League One and 10 factors off the play-offs.
McKenna stepped down as a coach at Manchester United to exchange Paul Prepare dinner, who was sacked earlier within the month.
Twenty years have handed since this was final a Premier League fixture. Sunderland had Niall Quinn and Kevin Phillips up entrance that day however nonetheless misplaced 5-0. On this event solely a crowd of 29,000 was worthy of the highest division.
No less than the bulk had a purpose to cheer. James Norwood’s early sighter went out for a throw-in however that was an unreliable omen because the striker headed City right into a deserved lead. A participant transfer-listed and despatched to coach with the Beneath-23s by Prepare dinner final month headed Macauley Bonne’s deflected cross in off the crossbar in first-half stoppage-time.
The Black Cats have been degree inside 5 minutes of the second half, nonetheless, when on-loan Everton ahead Nathan Broadhead, despatched by way of by Dan Neil, slotted previous keeper Christian Walton for his fifth purpose in as many video games.
“I am positive he might be happy,” mentioned interim supervisor John McGreal of McKenna. “The theme is simply getting attracts into wins on the pitch. He has labored below Mourinho and Solskjaer and with large gamers with large egos – it is a large coup for the membership.”
Sunderland, unbeaten in seven league outings, stay third however drop additional behind Rotherham and Wigan as they each received.
“We will need to have had 5 gamers slip within the first half and I made these change to longer studs,” mentioned supervisor Lee Johnson. “We turned the tide within the second half.”
Ipswich (3-4-1-2): Walton 6; Donacien 6, Edmundson 7, Woolfenden 6; Burns 7, Morsy 7, Evans 6, Penney 6 (Vincent-Younger 64, 6); Aluko 7; Bonne 7, Norwood 7 (Chaplin 69, 6)
Unused subs: Hladky, Burgess, Carroll, Fraser, Pigott.
Sunderland (3-4-1-2): Hoffmann 6; Wright 7, Flanagan 7, Doyle 7; Dajaku 5 (Hume 41, 6), Winchester 6, Neil 7, Gooch 7; Pritchard 6 (Embleton 63, 5), Broadhead 7 (O’Brien 86, 4), Stewart 6.
Unused subs: Patterson, Alves, Youthful, Kimpioka.
Referee: Thomas Bramall 6