Town look clueless

Ipswich Town have now won just one of their last seven games, and they were at sea for much of this game with Maik Taylor in the visiting goal having precious little to do.

Ipswich Town 0 Birmingham City 1

Ipswich Town have now won just one of their last seven games, and they were at sea for much of this game with Maik Taylor in the visiting goal having precious little to do.

James McFadden's controversial penalty gave Birmingham three vital points and made it a woeful start to the Christmas programme for lacklustre Town.

McFadden blasted Alex McLeish's side into the lead after referee Iain Williamson penalised Moritz Volz for a handball, which looked a soft decision by referee Iain Williamson.


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Ivan Campo won a surprise recall for his first appearance in over two months in the Ipswich back four and the former Bolton and Real Madrid man was instantly involved.

Intricate passing in the Birmingham midfield ended with Cameron Jerome being played in down the left-hand side of the penalty area and his powerful shot looked to be heading for the target until Campo turned it around the post with a sliding block.

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Liam Ridgewell then produced an excellent challenge of his own to deny Danny Haynes at the other end before Alan Quinn sent a powerful strike just wide as Magilton's side stepped up the pressure.

The impressive Haynes then fashioned a chance for Jonathan Stead but his shot was blocked by Radhi Jaidi before Haynes was forced off with an injury.

Jerome was ploughing a lone furrow in attack for Alex McLeish's side and again created a moment of panic when he turned and lashed a shot over from the edge of the area before the Blues took the lead in the 39th minute.

Kemy Agustien's cross struck Volz and Williamson immediately pointed to the spot.

Scotland international McFadden made no mistake and planted his strike into the bottom left corner.

Jon Walters had come off the bench to replace Haynes and went close at the start of the second half but his low shot sailed a few yards wide before fellow substitute Darren Ambrose went close.

Ambrose cleverly placed his free-kick under the wall but Birmingham goalkeeper Maik Taylor made a sprawling stop.

The visitors began to control possession in midfield and the impressive Agustien came close to grabbing a second with 15 minutes remaining.

Franck Queudrue played the ball square from the left flank and Agustien drove into the area and smashed a left-footed strike toward the top corner but Richard Wright produced a fine save to turn the ball away.

That proved to be the final moment of quality as McLeish's side moved back onto the tails of Reading and leaders Wolves.

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