Report: Ipswich Town 1-3 Bristol City
Saturday, September 30th 2017
City completed an impressive month of September with a first victory at Ipswich Town’s Portman Road since 1978, winning 3-1.
Josh Brownhill fired the visitors into the lead after just three minutes before Famara Diédhiou’s fifth goal in six matches doubled the advantage on the half hour.
Martyn Waghorn gave the home team hope with a goal before half-time, but Bobby Reid wrapped up the win eight minutes from the end, even if the strike was initially ruled offside before being overturned.
It means Lee Johnson's side have taken 14 points from a possible 18 in a busy September period, creeping up into the play-offs in the process. The unbeaten run now stands at 11 matches in all competitions.
City made one enforced change to their starting line-up, with suspended Marlon Pack replaced by Josh Brownhill in midfield.
The opener arrived after just three minutes as Jamie Paterson sauntered forward down the right flank and cut the ball back to Brownhill on the edge of the box. The midfielder took aim with a defelcted shot which skipped past Bartosz Bialkowski’s dive and into the far corner of the net.
City’s electric start continued and Diédhiou robbed former City loanee Jordan Spence to advance on goal. Skipper Luke Chambers did well to step across and assist his colleague to nick the ball away from Diédhiou with a well-executed tackle to prevent the visitors from scoring a quick-fire second.
Reid was proving a thorn in the side of the Town defence, seeing one shot blocked away before hitting the woodwork with his second effort. The Championship’s top scorer danced his way into the penalty area and lashed a shot, via a small deflection, against the crossbar.
Such was City’s dominance, the locals were quickly becoming restless. Their team responded.
Joe Garner chased a long ball forward and Nathan Baker had to scramble back to make a goal-saving tackle.
Former City midfielder Cole Skuse saw a shot blocked away and then Bersant Celina flashed a driven effort narrowly wide of the far post.
At the other end Paterson sent two efforts winging past Bialkowski’s right-hand upright, before City’s second goal arrived.
DIÉDHIOU AT IT AGAIN
Paterson had already provided the assist for Brownhill’s opener and it was his cross that Diédhiou rose highest in the box to head down into the net to make it 2-0.
Ipswich almost produced the perfect reply when Dominic Iorfa chased into space down the right flank and crossed for Celina, but Fielding kept out his shot with a fine parried save.
Ipswich were celebrating three minutes before the break, however, as Jonas Knudsen drilled a low cross into the area and Waghorn met the ball with a firm shot which found the net off the underside of the crossbar.
The home side could easily have been reduced to ten men when Garner got involved in a tussle with Aden Flint away from play. The grounded forward aimed a kick at City’s tall centre-half, but the officials clearly missed the incident, with referee Simon Hooper only issuing a warning to Garner, as well as Flint.
Flint saw a header saved before half-time, nodding powerfully down into the ground from Paterson’s corner kick before Bialkowski could tip over his own bar.
The intensity continued at high pace after the break as Callum O’Dowda led a counter attack and had a great chance to shoot on his left, only to cut back inside and watch Knudsen block his low shot.
At the other end Garner stung the palms of Fielding with a powerful shot from the edge of the penalty area.
O’Dowda was the next to try his luck from distance but he narrowly missed the far post with an ever-rising effort.
City needed the comfort of a third goal and it finally arrived with eight minutes left, albeit under a cloud of controversy.
Reid took aim from the edge of the box and his shot took a huge deflection to deceive Bialkowski and find the net. The assistant referee raised his flag to signal offside, believing the deflection came via a City boot, but he was overruled by the referee Simon Hooper after deliberation.
City now have 13 days without a fixture due to the international break, returning to action at Ashton Gate against Burton Albion on October 13th.