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MATCH REPORT: Ipswich Town 1 Bristol City 1

17:30 22 December 2012

Ipswich v Bristol City: IPSWICH Town and Bristol City played out an instantly forgettable 1-1 draw at Portman Road to leave both clubs in a five-way fight for Championship safety.

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Neil Danns gave the visitors the lead after 11 minutes with a crisp low shot from the edge of the box, before Tommy Smith hooked an equaliser into the top corner following a corner with 32 minutes on the clock.

Played in wet conditions, it was generally a dour affair though as Town lacked imagination against a Robins outfit who played five at the back and looked to counter-attack.

Only five points now separates the bottom five, with 20th-placed Town back to within three points of the relegation zone.

After Danns had rifled his side into an early lead, Aaron Cresswell’s awkward clearance hitting Andy Drury and falling nicely for the visiting midfielder, the south west side continued to create chances on the break.

Danns had a glorious chance from 12 yards blocked by Bradley Orr, with the Blues not dealing with City’s overlapping wing-backs.

The closest lacklustre Ipswich had come to scoring was when keeper Tom Heaton saved DJ Campbell’s angled strike and defender Liam Fontaine cleared the loose ball.

Their equaliser, soon after the hour, rather came out of the blue, therefore, with centre-back Smith doing excellently to hook the ball over his shoulder and into the top corner after Luke Chambers had nodded down Lee Martin’s deep corner.

The game descended into an even more scrappy affair in the second half as the visitors seemed happy to defend a point and Ipswich were devoid of any imagination or quality in their search for a winner.

Front duo DJ Campbell and Daryl Murphy were replaced by Michael Chopra and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas. And while the substitutes tried to get things going, it was to no avail as promising moves continually broke down at the crucial moment.

The hosts had a glorious chance to win it in stoppage-time, however, when the ball fell to Martin 12 yards out following a sweeping move he could only produce a tame shot straight at the keeper.

It rather summed up the match.

- Reaction to follow.

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10 comments

  • A reality check for deluded Town 'fans' funding the financial ruination of the club under Evans. Nothing more, nothing less. Aside from that it will be business as usual. Still intrigued as to why fools think that demotivated mercenaries going through the motions for a comedy club like Ipswich are preferable to Town players who might, if managed properly, have something to play for. If Mick the Man has any balls perhaps we will find out. Unfortunately I suspect another raft of useless mercenaries and at least two duds from Wolves will come in through the revolving door.

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    Rob Steroo

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

  • A question for "Mr Moderator" is why do you allow this garbage from Steroo where he calls genuine and patriotic town fans deluded and fools yet I'm blocked for likening Scott and himself to Forest Gump?

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    threenewknees

    Monday, December 24, 2012

  • A truly awful game where we allowed Bristol to dictate the tactics. We all know the lack of quality in our team and how well Mick has done since he arrives. On this occasion he got it wrong. We cannot afford to leave out our most skilful and creative players. We played too narrow and gave up any cutting edge. The substitutions just maintained the status-quo and didn't bring anything new which we were desperate for. Until we get a new team we are going to rely on Mick and Terry to work their magic. They have failed in the last two games - let's hope they do better next time.

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    peter sadler

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • Any benefit from 'dead cat bounce' has now gone & to survive Town must rely on skill & fight. For those was saw the recent revival as proof that we are too good to go down or even that we might 'threaten the playoffs' it is time to get real. Ipswich will be in a relegation scrap to the end of the season - with 4 other teams - none of which are markedly inferior to ourselves. Almost inevitably some other team will get dragged down into the scrap but as results for posh & the Barnsley showed today there is no guarantee that any the teams below us will stay there - the others being Bristol who were well worth their draw today & Wednesday who have already beaten us here at PR. I wouldn't like to predict where we will finish the season (scarily we are now half way through it) - other than that it will be a long way off the dizzy heights of our almost customary 15th place.

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    Old Timer

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • What an awful performance from town, this team must be the worst to play for Ipswich in 50 years.

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    ged scott

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

  • Get behind the manager,don't forget these are the players PJ got in not MM.lets wait till the new year and then judge.To many many of you are too quick to knock ,give the man a chance,remember we are in a better position now then when he came here.

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    brisie58

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

  • Below us in the table but out played us for long periods. From the manager downwards they were too good for us at home, what a sad return to the old Ipswich we all hoped had gone away with Keane and PJ. If the relegation place three keep winning as they have started to we shall take one of their places comes the New Year. Why couldn't MM see what was happening and adjust our shape and style? Not impossible. Bringing on Jet and the worried Chopra is never going to liven us up either.

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    JOHN BURLS

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

  • I am sorry to be negative, but I do not believe the loanees that are worth keeping will stay, and I really doubt if there will be real money to spend in the January window, we are in for a very difficult second half to the season. I just hope and pray I am wrong.

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    Cyril Baker

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

  • At least we didn't lose - that's about all you can say about this anaemic performance & result. Our results at PR against the bottom teams this season are pretty tragic, 1-1 draws with Posh & Bristol + a deserved 3-0 drubbing by Wednesday. Bring on the New Year.

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    Richard Gardiner

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • Peter: Not sure I agree that the subs did not change anything. I thought that Chopra's movement and ability to bring others into the game really did make a difference. He showed a great deal more intelligence than Campbell. Biggest disappointment for me was our #8, who strolled around with all the urgency of Berbatov, but with none of his skillguile. Martin worked his socks off, and Orr's influence increased as the game wore on. Otherwise, it was a dour game, no doubt.

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    AnnArborTractorBoy

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

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