Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 11°C

min temp: 6°C

Search
Kings of Anglia Issue 9 Magazine Offer

Ipswich Town 1 Birmingham City 0 match report – Joe Garner’s debut goal seals gritty win

PUBLISHED: 17:34 05 August 2017 | UPDATED: 17:34 05 August 2017

Joe Garner wheels away after giving Town a 1-0 lead in the Ipswich Town v Birmingham City (Sky Bet Championship) match at Portman Road, Ipswich, on 05 August 2017.    Picture: STEVE WALLER  www.stephenwaller.com

Joe Garner wheels away after giving Town a 1-0 lead in the Ipswich Town v Birmingham City (Sky Bet Championship) match at Portman Road, Ipswich, on 05 August 2017. Picture: STEVE WALLER www.stephenwaller.com

© Copyright Stephen Waller

Ipswich Town got their 2017/18 campaign off to a winning start as Joe Garner’s debut goal secured a 1-0 victory over Birmingham City at Portman Road.

Joe Garner fist pumps after scoring to give Town a 1-0 lead in the Ipswich Town v Birmingham City (Sky Bet Championship) match at Portman Road, Ipswich, on 05 August 2017.    Picture: STEVE WALLER     www.stephenwaller.comJoe Garner fist pumps after scoring to give Town a 1-0 lead in the Ipswich Town v Birmingham City (Sky Bet Championship) match at Portman Road, Ipswich, on 05 August 2017. Picture: STEVE WALLER www.stephenwaller.com

Garner – a £750k summer signing from Rangers – timed his run to perfection to side-foot home Jonas Knudsen’s fine low cross five minutes after the restart, continuing his rich vein in front of goal following six pre-season finishes.

It had been a damp squib of a first half in which Harry Redknapp’s visitors posed the greater attacking threat.

Andre Dozzell had undoubtedly been the Blues’ brightest player, but the England U19 star was stretchered off with his leg in a brace moments before the break after going down innocuously.

The game-changing moment arrived three minutes after the restart when Town defender Jordan Spence was perhaps fortunate not to see red when tugging back Clayton Donaldson just he looked to break clear 40 yards from goal.

Andre Dozzell is taken from the pitch after being injured in the Ipswich Town v Birmingham City (Sky Bet Championship) match at Portman Road, Ipswich, on 05 August 2017.    Picture: STEVE WALLER www.stephenwaller.comAndre Dozzell is taken from the pitch after being injured in the Ipswich Town v Birmingham City (Sky Bet Championship) match at Portman Road, Ipswich, on 05 August 2017. Picture: STEVE WALLER www.stephenwaller.com

Less then two minuets later, Mick McCarthy’s men broke the deadlock as Garner arrived late to convert the over-lapping Knudsen’s low delivery from close-range.

The Portman Road crowd came alive and the home players suddenly had an extra spring in their step.

Homegrown teenager Flynn Downes, who replaced the injured Dozzell, instantly looked at home in senior football, Grant Ward provided tireless energy in the No.10 role, while captain Luke Chambers led by example.

Blues keeper Bartosz Bialkowski made a smart near post stop from Emilio Nsue, but Town were the team on top and should have sealed the win in the 77th minute when Freddie Sears stabbed wide from close-range.

– Reaction to follow.

IPSWICH TOWN (5-3-2): Bialkowski; Iorfa (Webster 74), Spence, Chambers, Spence, Knudsen; Skuse, Dozzell (Downes 45), Ward; Garner, Sears.

Unused subs: Gerken, Kenlock, Nydam, Celina, McGoldrick.

Booked: Spence (48)

BIRMINGHAM CITY (4-4-2): Stockdale; Nsue, Morrison (cpt), Roberts, Grounds; Davis, Gardner, N’Doye, Maghoma (Keita 79); Donaldson, Adams.

Unused subs: Kuszczak, Shotton, Kieftenbeld, Brock-Madsen, Harding, Gleeson.

Booked: Morrison (89)

Attendance: 18,153 (2,012 away)

Referee: Tim Robinson

Shrewsbury Town chief executive Brian Caldwell has ruled out Paul Hurst returning to the club following his recent sacking by Ipswich Town.

More than 500 tickets have been donated for Ipswich Town’s home game against West Brom next Friday evening after one small act of kindness gained online momentum.

Toto Nsiala may currently find himself on the fringes of the Ipswich Town first-team but the central defender continues to make an impact off the field each and every week.

We’ve ranked the home kits of all 24 Championship teams. So who comes out on top?

Andre Dozzell has revealed his frustration as his return to action stalled earlier in the season but the teenager is now hungry for minutes on the field after returning to the first-team picture.

In past columns I have talked about a divide between athletes that earn large amounts of money, and those that do not, and how there is a movement in Ipswich to bring this sporting diversity together.

ANDY WARREN spoke to Ipswich Town No.2 Stuart Taylor about his journey from cleaning Paul Lambert’s boots at St Mirren to assisting him at Portman Road.

Striker Kayden Jackson scored a hat-trick as Ipswich Town defeated QPR 5-1 in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Playford Road this afternoon.

Trevoh Chalobah has been training with the full England squad today ahead of the Three Lions’ clash with the United States tomorrow night.

Jordan Graham is training with Oxford United after being given permission to move on by Ipswich Town.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24