Report: Bristol City 1-0 Ipswich Town
Saturday, March 17th 2018
Milan Djuric was the super sub on a wintry afternoon to help City secure their first double over Ipswich Town for 39 seasons.
The striker's diving header was enough to secure City a vital 1-0 win on a day where other sides around them in the Sky Bet Championship dropped points.
The biggest talking point early on was perhaps the extreme wintry conditions as snow flurries pounded Ashton Gate alongside a biting chill.
But as the snowflakes cleared, Djuric was in the right place to meet Lloyd Kelly's cross and net his third goal of the campaign.
Hordur Magnusson was restored to Lee Johnson's starting XI. He replaced the injured Nathan Baker in City's only change to the side which started against Burton Albion a week earlier.
Despite the weather, city certainly looked good in possession but Ipswich’s back three, supported by two wing-backs, were making it difficult for the home side to break through.
There were chances however, the first falling to Bobby Reid, who shimmied beyond his marker before striking a low shot which was comfortably saved by Bartosz Bialkowski.
The Academy graduate, chasing his 20th goal of the season, almost stabbed home in front of the Atyeo Stand, but he was unable to make strong contact with the ball, following a Marlon Pack cross.
The Tractor Boys had to warm into this one before seeing chances of their own. Jordan Spence went close but couldn’t guide a header on target, before Frank Fielding reacted quickly to pluck Spence’s header across goal, with Freddie Sears waiting to pounce at the back post.
BETTER AFTER THE BREAK
City looked brighter after the break and the ever-impressive Kelly tried his luck from range, only to be denied by the Town keeper.
Djuric entered the fray in replace of Famara Diédhiou and should have scored from close range. Pack's shot from distance was parried by Bialkowski before the Bosnian striker pounced with the rebound; his dinked effort spinning over the crossbar.
But the substitute had the crowd on their feet after guiding a header into the left corner of Ipswich's goal from a Kelly cross. It was his second goal in as many games after returning to the squad following a long-term groin injury.
Jens Hegeler and Gary O'Neil made their long-awaited returns from the bench, with their experience helping to ensure City would see this one out.
Town did threaten on the occasion before the full-time whistle was blown, notably Grant Ward curled a free kick off target before Frank Fielding produced a save to deny Martyn Waghorn's free kick from equalising.
The result sees City leapfrog Sheffield United to seventh in the league and move to within one point of Middlesbrough in the final play-off spot.