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