Ipswich Town 1 Bristol City 3 match report: Case of after the Lord Mayor's Show for defeated Blues
PUBLISHED: 17:32 30 September 2017 | UPDATED: 14:17 13 October 2017
© Copyright Stephen Waller
It was a case of after the Lord Mayor's Show for Ipswich Town as they lost 3-1 at home to Bristol City this afternoon.
Following on from a scintillating 5-2 thrashing of struggling Sunderland at Portman Road in midweek, the Blues produced a flat and disjointed display against the in-form and impressive Robins.
Josh Brownhill scored a heavily-deflected opener with less than two minutes on the clock, with Famara Diedhiou’s header doubling the lead just after the half hour mark.
Martyn Waghorn fired in off the underside of the bar just before half-time (41) to keep Town in it, but a drab second half long had a sense of inevitability about it and Bobby Reid wrapped up a deserved win with another heavily-deflected finish from outside the box (81).
Luck may have not been on their side, and pedantic referee Simon Hooper didn’t help the flow of the game, but Ipswich didn’t help themselves either.
Lee Johnson’s organised and lively side are now unbeaten in 11 games across all competitions and move up to fifth in the Championship table. This was their first victory at Portman Road since 1978.
Town slip to eighth and, due to an international break, now have two weeks to wait until a trip to Sheffield United.
Town’s staff and players had spoken about trying to replicate their fast start from Tuesday night’s 5-2 thrashing of Sunderland, but found themselves a goal down with less than two minutes on the clock.
Winger Jamie Paterson jinked inside from the right, laid the ball off on the edge of the box and Brownhill’s side-footed effort took a major deflection off the unfortunate Tristan Nydam to wrong-foot keeper Bartosz Bialkowski.
Seventeen-year-old Nydam had been a late replacement in the starting XI after Tom Adeyemi had picked up an injury in the warm-up.
The Robins, who looked organised and confident, didn’t allow the Blues to get any sort of foothold in the game. It didn’t help that the ball continually broke in the away team’s favour or that the referee was giving little Town’s way.
Luke Chambers had to make a vital last-ditch tackle on Diedhiou inside the box in the 10th minute after Jordan Spence had missed the ball high up the field. Moments later, Bersant Celina’ sloppy pass on the halfway line led to another City attack and some desperate blocks in the area.
The woodwork came to Town’s rescue in the 21st minute, the livewire Bobby Reid cutting inside from the right and thumping a left-footed effort against the face of the crossbar. Spence may have got a vital touch.
Ipswich did finally start to get going and enjoyed a good spell leading up the half hour mark. A fine Cole Skuse challenge led to Joe Garner racing away, but the Blues striker delayed his shot too long and was crowded out in the box. Celina then rifled an angled shot narrowly across the face of goal.
To concede again in the 31st minute was therefore a major body blow. The lively Paterson swung in a cross from deep left and strong Senegalese striker Diedhiou did brilliantly to head home into the bottom corner under pressure.
Ipswich did respond and Frank Fielding had to produce a reaction stop to deny Celina’s first-time effort following a sharp one-two with Dominic Iorfa.
You sensed they needed a goal back before the break and it arrived in the 41st minute. David McGoldrick fed the ball left, Jonas Knudsen delivered a low cross and Waghorn produced a fine first-time finish in off the underside of the bar.
Bialkowski then did well to keep the scoreline at 2-1 in the final moments of the half, tipping Aden Flint’s powerful downward header at a corner over the bar after the ball had bounced back up off the turf.
From very early on in a flat, uneventful second half there was a sense of inevitability that this was simply not to be Town’s day.
Garner’s chest and volley was punched away five minutes after the restart, but that was the only real attempt the Blues could muster as the game drifted.
Bristol City were strong and organised and slowly squeezed the life out of the game. Town badly lacked imagination and three substitutions only made them more disjointed rather than breathing life into the match.
A comeback never looked likely with the result put to bed in the 82nd minute when Reid’s shot through a crowded box took a double deflection, first off Nydam and then Knudsen to beat Bialkowski. The linesman raised his flag for offside, but was correctly over-ruled.
IPSWICH TOWN (4-2-3-1): Bialkowski; Iorfa (Webster 46), Spence, Chambers (cpt), Knudsen; Skuse, Nydam; Waghorn, McGoldrick (Ward 66), Celina (Sears 62); Garner.
Unused subs: Gerken, Connolly, Kenlock, Bru.
Booked: Knudsen (17)
BRISTOL CITY (4-4-2): Fielding; Wright, Flint, Baker, Bryan; O’Dowda (Eliasson 86), Brownhill, Smith, Paterson (Leko 75); Reid (Taylor 88), Diedhiou.
Unused subs: Steele, Magnusson, Hegeler, Woodrow.
Booked: Bryan (28), Garner (81)
Attendance: 15,256 (623 away)
Referee: Simon Hooper