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16:56 17th October 2009

Swans held at Portman Road

The Swans returned to action following the international break to battle out a draw at bottom side Ipswich.

And the visitors could not have asked for a better start as Craig Beattie opened his Swansea account with the opener on seven minutes, squeezing the ball past 'keeper Asmir Begovic following Angel Rangel's ball over the top.

But the lead lasted only until the quarter of an hour mark when one-time target Paulo Counago converted past Dorus de Vries.

Both sides had second-half chances but the Swans held on to continue with their unbeaten run.

Garry Monk was missing for the Swans' clash against Roy Keane's Ipswich after picking up a calf injury.

The skipper picked up the injury during the week and was replaced in the centre of defence by Alan Tate - who was at Manchester United with Keane - and who stood in as captain.

Craig Beattie started in attack but strike partner Stephen Dobbie missed out on the trip to Suffolk.

Ipswich: Asmir Begovic, David Wright, Gareth McAuley, Grant Leadbitter, Pablo Counago, Jaime Peters (Lee Martin, 73'), Jon Walters (C), Liam Rosenior, Alan Quinn (Connor Wickham, 61'), Tommy Smith, Liam Trotter (Jack Colback, 90+3').

Not Used: Arran Lee-Barrett, Alex Bruce, Pim Balkestein, Tamas Priskin.

Swans: Dorus de Vries; Angel Rangel, Alan Tate(C), Ashley Williams, Fede Bessone; Leon Britton, Darren Pratley, Andrea Orlandi (Jordi Lopez, 63'), Mark Gower (Jazz Richards, 90+6'), Nathan Dyer (Tom Butler, 74'), Craig Beattie.

Not Used:David Cornell (GK), Cedric van der Gun, Lee Trundle, Besian Idrizaj.

Attendance: 19,667

Referee: K Wright (Cambridgeshire)

This game was barely 20 seconds old when the Swans were awarded their first free-kick when Nathan Dyer was brought down inside his own area.

The Dyer picked out Angel Rangel from the quick free-kick and the full-back sent Darren Pratley on a run through to the byline, only for the ball to trickle out of play as the midfielder reached it.

Fede Bessone won his side a throw-in in dangerous territory following a storming run down the left before Dorus de Vries beat Pablo Counago to a cross to clear the Swans' lines.

But with seven minutes played it was the visiting side that broke the deadlock - Rangel's pin point ball over the top reached Craig Beattie and, despite being surrounded by two Town defenders, he took a touch before directing a low shot past debutant 'keeper Asmir Begovic.

And three minutes later he almost added to his opening goal in Swansea City colours; Andrea Orlandi picked up possession midway inside the Ipswich half, sent Mark Gower through into the area and the winger picked out the Scottish striker with his cross but Begovic blocked his effort.

Roy Keane's side upped the pressure and after Dorus punched away Grant Leadbitter's header the Tractor Boys were back on level terms with 15 minutes played.

Jaime Peter's beat the offside trap on the right-hand side before pulling it back to one-time Swans target, Paulo Counago, who fired across the Dutch 'keeper from 16-yards and found the bottom corner.

The visitors were soaking up the pressure following the strikers leveller, especially down both flanks.

But from a Town corner just before the half-hour the Swans broke away on the counter attack and a soaring run from Orlandi ended with the former Barcelona youngster winning his side a free-kick just outside the area.

Nothing came from the set-piece but in the proceeding minutes goalscorer Beattie forced his way into dangerous positions down the left-hand side, winning his side a corner in the process, only for the flag-kick to be cleared.

The Swans looked dangerous going forward with the likes of Dyer, Gower and Rangel finding space deep inside the hosts' half while Beattie was doing a fine job of holding up the ball in attack.

Counago came close to doubling his tally on the stroke of half-time, however, when his close-range header from Peters' cross flew over the top while Gower's half volley from inside the area trickled wide of the target.

Half-Time: Ipswich 1 Swans 1

The second period saw the home side start strongest with Peters looking especially dangerous down the right-hand side.

But players and fans were left feeling aggrieved just three minutes in when Counago was flagged for offside - the ball was played over the top of the Swansea defence but Ashley Williams was the last player to get a touch, deflecting his header into the path of the Spanish striker.

The linesman, however, raised his flag to the disappointment of the Tractor Boys faithful.

Grant Leadbitter forced a save out of de Vries while while the same player curled a free-kick straight into the hands of the Dutchman after Alan Quinn was grounded by Leon Britton 25-yards from goal.

Dorus also had to deny Counago with 57 minutes on the clock, deflecting his strike to the right-hand side of his post, while two minutes later Quinn took the ball past Williams and crossed into the heart of the area where skipper Jon Walters connected but failed to hit the target.

A fine move just after the hour saw Paulo's side create their first clear cut chance of the half with Orlandi picking out Dyer inside the area only for the winger to drive his shot across goal and wide,

The visitors made their first change with 63 minutes on the clock with Jordi Lopez entering the fray in place of his fellow countryman Orlandi.

Beattie saw his close-range drive blocked three minutes later while another burst forward resulted in Fede Bessone's cross deflecting high but safe into the hands of Begovic.

Paulo made his second change with a little over 15 minutes remaining as Tom Butler was introduced in place of fellow winger Nathan Dyer.

The game had to wait until the 79th minute before the first yellow card was shown by the referee, and it was to a Swansea player, Angel Rangel, for a challenge on substitute Lee Martin.

Leadbitter took the free-kick, sending it past everyone and out for a goal kick, but the midfielder did have a chance moments later with a header which was trouble for de Vries.

Ashley Williams sent a header over the top from Jordi Lopez's free-kick while Dorus was forced into saving from youngster Connor Wickham after breaking through the offside trap.

There was an enforced change the middle of the park with less than five minutes to go as referee K Wright was forced off injured and replaced by the fourth official, G Hambling.

Liam Trotter fired wide deep into injury-time with what was the final attempt of the afternoon.

    Data provided by Press Association