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Burley green with envy.

Ipswich boss George Burley was left wishing he had a striker like Mike Sheron as Ipswich scrambled to a home draw.

Sheron was pure class all through the game, making a brilliant contribution as well as scoring a wonder goal.

He gave Stoke a 22nd-minute lead with a stunning right-foot volley on the turn after Graham Kavanagh played the ball into his path.

That silenced idiots in the home crowd who had taunted him with chants of "Norwich reject". The strike was his 18th of the season.

"He's a class act and I wish I had one like him," said Burley.

"I've got to rely on two kids, James Scowcroft and Richard Naylor, and it's asking a lot of them to compete at this level.

"They must be the youngest strike partnership in the Football League and if I can get someone on loan to take the pressure off them I will do it."

Ipswich have won only four times in 12 home games this season and that form threatened to let them down again as lively Stoke dominated the opening exchanges.

Sheron's classic goal knocked them back on their heels. But to their credit they stuck at it to conjure up an equaliser.

That came from Paul Mason, nine minutes from half time. And he is unlikely to get an easier one all season.

All he was left to do was apply the finishing touch almost on the goal line after a long corner from Steve Sedgley got through.

Teenager Naylor unsettled the Stoke defence by hurling himself at the ball. He failed to get a touch, but his presence was enough to make the opening for Mason's ninth of the season.

Naylor should have put Ipswich level soon after Sheron's goal.

He had a great chance when Scowcroft nodded the ball back from a Gus Uhlenbeek cross, but he failed to get high enough and headed over.

Naylor was replaced by St Lucien international Earl Jean with half an hour left.

But the player now three weeks into a four-week trial made little impression.

"We were not at our best and had to scrap it out so I'm grateful for a point," said a relieved Burley.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Steggles, Jack
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 22, 1996
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