A goal in the 3rd minute of injury time this afternoon, snapped Newcastle’s 7 game winning streak, but the side still recorded their first unbeaten home season for 107 years in front of a sell-out crowd of 52,181.
Newcastle started this game nervously and Ipswich mounted a series of good attacks, but then as Newcastle started to settle down they went ahead after 27 minutes.
And it was Andy Carroll who notched his 19th goal of the season with another great header.
Wayne Routledge advanced down the left wing and then put across a good left wing cross to the edge of the six yard area and Andy Carroll rose above all the Ipswich defenders to put in another terrific bullet-header to put Newcastle ahead.
But Ipswich were level just before half time when 17 year old striker Connor Whickham collected a long ball down-field, and then controlled the ball beautifully in one movement, before hitting a low shot from 12 yards out beyond Steve Harper and into the goal. A terrific goal from the 17 year-old.
The score was 1-1 at half time.
Ipswich again started the second half in good attacking style, and were causing Newcastle some problems in defense.
In a keenly contested second half Ipswich gave as good as they got but then on 84 minutes Newcastle were awarded a penalty.
Nicky Butt, who had come on as a sub for his final home appearance for the Magpies, made good progress into the penalty area, but was then felled in the penalty box by former Sunderland player Leadbitter.
Since Lovenkrands had been subbed, it was Shola Ameobi who stepped up for the penalty kick and made no mistake as he smashed the ball home into the bottom corner of the net.
As the 90 minutes was signaled and the game moved into added time, a chorus of Blaydon Races was echoing around the sold out ground.
But would you believe it , after 3 minutes of added time Ipswich equalized as a quick Ipswich breakaway found Newcastle lacking at the back, and Jon Walters hit the ball home from close range.
That put a bit of a damper on things, as it spoiled the chance of Newcastle ending the season with a 9 game winning streak, and we’re sure we’ll hear Chris talk about his disappointment at giving up such a late goal.
And that was it – Newcastle could only draw this afternoon in their last game of this massive season for the Newcastle club.