- English Football League - Championship
- Wednesday, November 28th 2018
- Portman Road
James Crawley reports from Portman Road
Report: Ipswich Town 2-3 Bristol City
Wednesday, November 28th 2018
Bristol City twice fought back from losing positions to snatch an all-important victory against Ipswich Town at Portman Road.
An own goal from Bartosz Bialkowski cancelled out the Tractor Boys’ half-time advantage, which came courtesy of Freddie Sears, who went on to grab a brace to restore the host’s lead.
However, City showed their never-say-die attitude with Jamie Paterson pouncing with his second goal of the campaign, before Famara Diédhiou was the super sub with a header to make it 3-2.
The result, City’s second win in a row at Portman Road, secured their first points since October in the Sky Bet Championship.
Lee Johnson made two changes from the trip to Leeds United just four days previously, with Eros Pisano and Liam Walsh introduced ahead of Jack Hunt and the suspended Josh Brownhill.
City had more of the ball in the early exchanges and almost took the lead for their efforts when Walsh nearly picked out the top corner, only for Bialkowski to tip away the strike.
Sears’ driven effort from edge of the area had Niki Mäenpää at full stretch but the ball rattled the supporting post behind the goal, as it sailed inches wide in a bright start to the game.
City’s top scorer for the season Andreas Weimann then looked odds-on to score but couldn’t beat the offside trap, before the match took a scrappy turn.
Ipswich break the deadlock
But Sears was the man to give the Tractor Boys the lead just after the half-hour mark when he raced unchallenged at the City defence, before picking his spot beyond the diving Mäenpää.
Johnson looked to Diédhiou to bolster his attacking options at the break but it was Paterson who went first to test Bialkowski in the second-half with a deflected shot.
The hosts then had calls for a penalty dismissed by referee David Webb when Walsh and Flynn Downes collided in the box, but it certainly appeared the Ipswich man had too small a case to argue. Walsh was treated in the aftermath before being replaced by Wales youngster Joe Morrell, making his league debut.
Almost immediately City were level, with Diédhiou making his presence felt. The Senegal forward met Lloyd Kelly’s cross, with Bialkowski diverting the strike into his own net as City struck three times in nine minutes.
The Tractor Boys would go ahead again not long after when Sears grabbed his second of the night with a low drive, however City had other ideas.
The Robins equalised again when Eliasson’s cross picked out the unmarked Paterson, who squeezed the ball home from close range, all before Diédhiou headed beyond Bialkowski after a good run and cross from Kelly.
Jack Hunt would replace Pisano on the 75th minute mark with fresh legs at the back part of the plan to see out the win.
Mäenpää still had to be alert under the lights in Suffolk and many wondered if a sixth goal was on the cards when Jonas Knudsen’s cross was half-cleared as far as Kayden Jackson, but the City shotstopper was equal to his overhead effort.
Paterson would go close before Ipswich’s late pressure tried to force a share of the spoils, but Johnson’s side held out for the win amid six minutes of added time.
The three points sees City sit 14th in the Championship, ahead of their return to Ashton Gate this Sunday (December 2nd, 1.30pm) when they host Millwall.
Photography by JMPUK.
- Sears (32') , Bialkowski (55' og) , Sears (58')
- Flynn Downes, Jordan Roberts, Gwion Edwards
- Paterson (59') , Diedhiou (64')
- Eros Pisano, Liam Walsh, Hakeeb Adelakun