Bris­tol City en­joyed a fine win against Ip­swich at Port­man Road

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Blair Fer­gu­son

LEE JOHN­SON watched his Bris­tol City side blow Ip­swich away at Port­man Road with a con­fi­dent 3-1 win that sees them main­tain their un­beaten run and re­main in the top six go­ing into the in­ter­na­tional break.

Bris­tol took the lead in the se­cond minute when Josh Brown­hill’s de­flected shot found its way past Bar­tosz Bialkowski, and Fa­mara Died­hiou headed in the se­cond just af­ter the half-hour to double the lead.

Ip­swich did find a way back into the game be­fore the break through Mar­tyn Waghorn, but Bobby Reid ended any late hopes of an Ip­swich come­back with only two of the 90 min­utes re­main­ing, much to the joy of the Bris­tol City man­ager.

“I was de­lighted because this is a re­ally dif­fi­cult place to come, es­pe­cially with the form that Ip­swich are in,” John­son said.

“There was a lot of talk about the threat of their front four and two attacking mid­field­ers. But in the first half we dealt with it and played some good stuff. We had the lion’s share of op­por­tu­ni­ties and pos­ses­sion and we worked our socks off.

“The goal could have had the po­ten­tial to kill us with the tim­ing of it and al­low Ip­swich to build their con­fi­dence and stature in the game, but in the se­cond half we showed our steel.”

Ip­swich were forced to make a change from their ini­tial start­ing XI with Tris­tan Ny­dam re­plac­ing Tom Adeyemi af­ter he sus­tained a ham­string in­jury in the warm-up. The 17-year-old mid­fielder had an un­for­tu­nate early im­pact as Brown­hill’s shot can­noned off his back and in for the opener.

The Bris­tol attack con­tin­ued when Reid cut in past Luke Cham­bers to hit a low drive inside the box, but the out­stretched foot of Jor­dan Spence lifted it onto the bar and away from goal.

The Robins con­tin­ued to threaten down the wings and it was no sur­prise when the lively Jamie Pater­son put a per­fect lofted ball into the box for Fa­mara Died­hiou to rise and head in ex­pertly.

Ip­swich needed a life­line go­ing into the break and Jonas Knud­sen’s well-mea­sured ball into the path of Waghorn al­lowed the striker to side­foot in off the un­der­side of the bar through a crowded box.

Mick McCarthy’s side failed to push on af­ter the break and a se­cond de­flected goal proved their un­do­ing. Reid’s shot fol­low­ing a cor­ner went into a crowded box and took a heavy deflection off Knud­sen to take it past Bialkowski.

This was the first time Ip­swich had lost to Bris­tol at Port­man Road since Septem­ber 1978, but McCarthy wasn’t will­ing to blame two de­flected goals for the de­feat, in­stead ad­mit­ting they were se­cond best.

“It was frus­trat­ing,” he ad­mit­ted. “I’m not go­ing to sit here and say we were un­lucky in the game over­all because they de­served to win. They were bet­ter than us.

“We were un­lucky in terms of two of the goals we con­ceded, and af­ter three min­utes it knocked the wind out of our sails.

“Goals change mo­men­tum in games and how things work and they got one af­ter two min­utes.

“We were a threat in the first half and not so much in the se­cond half and that’s probably because they were 2-1 up and they’ve got real pace and threat up front.”

The Robins have now won four of their last six in the league and move up to fifth, leapfrog­ging Ip­swich who fall two places to eighth af­ter a fourth de­feat in their last six.

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