FIRES UP BLUES

Buck­ley goal helps his new side to brink of play-offs

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

from the left hand side. But any pos­si­bil­ity of a late fight-back by the ten men was put to bed de­ci­sively by Kieften­beld, when he volleyed Tommy Smith’s clear­ance into the bot­tom cor­ner 20 min­utes from time.

Sub­sti­tute Brett Pit­man could have got him­self on the score­sheet when Fraser cen­tred from the right in the fi­nal minute, but the for­mer Bournemouth striker sent his ef­fort over the bar, and Birm­ing­ham made it yet an­other 3-0 win.

And Rowett sin­gled out the per­for­mances of on-loan duo Buck­ley and To­ral af­ter the match.

He added:“Any­one who saw Will in his best days at Brighton knows he’s an ex­cel­lent player, and I thought he showed some re­ally good glimpses of qual­ity and bright play in the fi­nal third.

“As for Jon, he is some player, and he is re­ally grow­ing and grow­ing as a player.

“He’s a great lad, He’s re­ally hum­ble, he works hard, and he’s en­joy­ing his foot­ball.”

Ip­swich boss Mick McCarthy was dis­ap­pointed with the dis­missal of Dou­glas, and felt that the game turned on the de­ci­sion just be­fore half-time.

He said:“I thought the game was fairly even up un­til the send­ing off, which changes it of course. I think the tackle looked worse than it was, I don’t think it’s a send­ing off.

“Head­ing to­wards half-time I thought,‘al­right, they’ve scored, we could have scored, it’s one-nil, we’ll change it around at half-time and we’ll get some­thing’, but then you go down to ten men.

I thought we were great in the se­cond half, I thought the lads were bril­liant, and we had some great chances. But we were out­done by two com­plete and ut­ter bomb­shells that were fab­u­lous strikes.”

MARCH­ING OR­DERS: Ip­swich’s Jonathan Dou­glas is sent off

STAR MAN JON TO­RAL Birmin

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