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Ipswich Town 1-2 Derby County - Match Report
Saturday, 30th Dec 2017 17:12

Joe Garner headed his seventh goal of the season for the Blues after Sam Winnall had scored twice for Derby as the Blues ended 2017 with a 2-1 home defeat to the Rams. Winnall nodded the visitors in front in the 13th minute as they dominated the first half, then added the second three minutes after the break. Town were better in the second half but were only able to respond with Garner’s goal on 65.

Bersant Celina, Jordan Spence, Kevin Bru and Grant Ward all returned to the Town starting line-up with David McGoldrick, Dominic Iorfa and Freddie Sears dropping to the bench, while Teddy Bishop is out for the season due to a hamstring injury which requires surgery.

Bru joined Callum Connolly in the centre of midfield with Spence coming into his usual right-back role and Celina and Ward either side of Martyn Waghorn in the trio behind lone striker Joe Garner.

Derby, who arrived at Portman Road late, made five changes with Winnall, ex-Blues loanee Tom Lawrence, Andre Wisdom, George Thorne, Johnny Russell all starting.

Former Canary Bradley Johnson and Wales international Joe Ledley both missed out with back problems, while Town nemesis David Nugent - scorer of 15 goals in 16 games against Town and 10 in eight matches at Portman Road - Chris Baird and Andreas Weimann dropped to the bench.

Garner struck the game’s first shot as the 10th minute approached after an uneventful opening to the game. However, the former Forest man’s shot deflected harmlessly through to Scott Carson in the Derby goal.

Three minutes later, the Rams went in front via their first attempt of the match. Lawrence sent over a deep corner from the right, Sam Winnall reached the ball ahead of Jonas Knudsen and the striker’s guided header just crept into the corner of the net.

The former Barnsley and Sheffield Wednesday frontman’s sixth goal of the season looked like one the Blues really ought to have prevented.

Derby should have made it 2-0 almost immediately after skipper Luke Chambers and Adam Webster left a Rams through ball for one another just inside the Town half, allowing Matej Vydra a free run on goal. The former Watford man looked certain to double their lead but as Bartosz Bialkowski advanced he shot wildly over. It was a major let-off for the Blues.

Connolly looped a header towards goal from a Celina freekick on the left in the 18th minute, Carson claiming before he was fouled by Garner.

But the visitors were continuing to present the greater threat with Vydra finding space to shoot from the right of the area a minute later, however, Bialkowski was able his effort away.

On 26 Thorne unleashed a ferocious strike from distance which flew only just over Bialkowski’s bar.

Derby continued to dominate and Lawrence went close to adding to their lead three minutes later. Russell cleverly cut the ball back to him from the byline on the right and Chambers dived in to make a vital block from the ex-Town loanee’s goal-bound strike.

Town weren’t far away from an equaliser as the match reached the half-hour mark. Waghorn sent over a corner from the right and Connolly, who scored the only goal when the teams met at Pride Park last month, sent a looping header towards goal only for Lawrence to nod off the line.

Vydra diverted a cross from the right well wide on 36, then a minute later Huddlestone hit Winnall with a shot from the edge of the box, referee Oliver Langford irking the Blues players by pulling play back for the freekick when they were breaking.

The Town goal was at times living a charmed life. In the 39th minute Vydra cut the ball back from the right from the byline inside the six-yard box and Spence was able to clear from just in front of the line ahead of Winnall.

A minute later Town threatened on the break for the first time, Celina taking the ball forward at pace before turning inside and eventually hitting a shot not too far wide of Carson’s left post.

Soon after, Connolly struck another effort which deflected behind for a corner which the Derby keeper claimed at the second attempt.

But Derby were still looking the most likely scorers of the second goal and on 40 Winnall hit a shot from an angle on the right which Bialkowski helped wide. Webster was subsequently booked for a foul on Vydra in the build-up.

After one minute of injury time the half-time whistle was greeted by boos from some sections of the Blues support.

Derby had dominated the half, were good for their lead and really ought to have been even further in front given the chances they had created after Winnall’s opener.

Town had toiled for the most part, struggling to get out of their own half for long spells with Celina’s long-distance effort and Connolly’s looping header the nearest they had come to an equaliser.

Ward struck the first shot of the second half soon after the restart but Carson claimed confidently down to his right.

But in the 48th minute Derby finally scored their second goal. Winnall picked up a loose ball on the Rams left, brought it inside and smashed an unstoppable 25-yard strike beyond Bialkowski to take his season’s total to seven.

The visitors weren’t too far away from a third in the 53rd minute, Bialkowski doing well to cut out and then claim Russell’s cutback from the left.

Town gradually began to make some headway, Connolly hitting a 25-yard strike wide off a team-mate on 55.

Winnall spurned a chance to complete his hat-trick on the hour, screwing his shot over from inside the area on the left after being found by Vydra.

A minute later, Thorne struck a low effort which Bialkowski pounced on to his left, then Lawrence shot only just over from 30 yards.

Town, with Celina now in the middle of the trio behind Garner, almost pulled a goal back in the 63rd minute when Ward crossed from the right and Bru headed wide when unmarked at the far post as he broke into the area from deep.

And three minutes later, the Blues did get on the scoresheet. Waghorn whipped in the third of three corners from the right and Garner headed into the net from close range. It was the first goal the Rams had conceded since losing to the Blues at Pride Park a month ago, 601 minutes of football ago.

Having got a foothold in the game the Blues began to look more confident going forward. In the 69th minute Knudsen cut in from the left and hit a right-footed shot which was deflected behind.

The Rams failed to deal with the resultant corner but the ball wouldn’t fall to a Town player and eventually referee Langford awarded a foul against a Blues player.

On 70 McGoldrick replaced Bru for Town, Weimann having taken over from Lawrence for the visitors.

Two minutes later, the Town number 10 almost made a dramatic impact, flicking a near-post header across the face of goal but wide from a Waghorn corner on the right.

Blues defender Webster went down having suffered a knock - worrying it appeared to his ankle - following the flag-kick and was replaced by Dominic Iorfa with Spence joining Chambers at the centre of the defence.

As the game moved into its final 10 minutes Town were having most of the ball but finding it tough to create an opening against Derby’s resilient backline.

The visitors were still having chances, however, Bialkowski doing well to force Weimann wide after he was played in on the right of the box by Richard Keogh. On 81 Marcus Olsson replaced Vydra.

Ward shot over on 85 with the Blues continuing to push for an equaliser. Four minutes later Derby swapped two-goal Winnall for Chris Baird.

The fourth official indicated five minutes of additional time as Town took a freekick on the left. Eventually Ward’s cross from the right reached Knudsen at a tight angle at the far post but the Dane’s header hit the side-netting.

Town were unable to threaten again before referee Langford brought the game to an end to cheers from the visiting fans in the Cobbold Stand. In contrast to the half-time boos, the Blues players were applauded off by their support.

Having been very much second best in the first half, and fortunate to be only a goal behind, Town were much better in the second, but after the Rams had already doubled their lead via Winnall’s brilliant second of the afternoon.

Garner’s goal got the Blues back in the game and they kept pushing until the whistle but without carving out the chance which would have won them a point.

Former Town loanee Jack Colback, these days with Newcastle, was in the crowd, understood to have been a guest of his former Sunderland team-mate Waghorn.

The defeat - the seventh successive game between the Blues and the Rams to be won by the away side - sees Town drop to 11th but still five points off the play-offs ahead of Tuesday night’s game at Fulham, who are one place behind them on goal difference alone following their 2-2 draw at Hull City this afternoon.

Town: Bialkowski, Spence, Chambers (c), Webster (Iorfa 74), Knudsen, Connolly, Bru (McGoldrick 70), Ward, Waghorn, Celina, Garner. Unused: M Crowe, T Smith, Sears, Kenlock, McDonnell.

Derby: Carson, Wisdom, Davies, Keogh (c), Forsyth, Huddlestone, Thorne, Russell, Vydra (Olsson 81), Lawrence (Weimann 69), Winnall ( Baird 89). Unused: Mitchell, Martin, Pearce, Nugent. Referee: Oliver Langford (West Midlands). Att: 18,267 (Derby 1,389).

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Cakeman added 09:38 - Dec 31
Certainly outclassed by a very good Derby. Our inept midfield collectively had a stinker as did the referee.
Slightly better in the second half once formation was changed. I am not going to lambast McCarthy given the number of players he did not have available however I will criticise him for not making the formation change after ten minutes. It was obvious to anyone with the smallest amount of football knowledge that we were being severely overrun in midfield from the first whistle.
We need four or five recruits in January mostly midfielders although our defence is still shipping an alarming amount of water as it has done all season.
Looking ahead I see no positivity regarding getting people back to Portman Road. Attendances will continue to dip and unless there is a change of strategy or ownership of the club then I believe eventually our future will be in division one. The standards in the Championship have risen markedly over the past six seasons but we have not moved with it.

oldegold added 09:42 - Dec 31
Please change the manager as it is almost 3 years we are treading water and it is only going to get worse.Tactically he is an albatross and the football is dreadful. We have players who could play decently and get us in a protagonist position but this manager simply shackles.By the way, where are all our young players who supposedly were coming through?
Once again, with McCarthy they fall by the wayside to make place for mediocre players and 5 years not one has cemented a place...and this is in a struggling club and team.
If McCarthy's contract is renewed I am off.

poldark added 09:48 - Dec 31
McCarthy has no idea of his team or tactics as was seen yesterday how can you match Connolly and Bru against Huddleston and Thorne surely he can see that 3 5 2 was the way to go but that would mean leaving out some proper blokes IDIOT he has to go now to insure next years season tickets are taken up.
I for one haven’t been near PR this and miss it terribly but can’t watch this rubbish week in week out

warktheline added 09:51 - Dec 31
5 points of SIXTH! Stop broadening 'play-offs when most happy chappies are continually looking no further up the table than SIXTH! How many off FORTH? FOURTEENTH is more realistic ! Time will tell!

Bert added 10:41 - Dec 31
There are so many numpties on here. One asks where are all the youngsters? Well, if you attended games and knew your stuff you would know that they are all injured. Criticise Evans and the manager but for goodness sake think before you speak.

geminimustang added 10:50 - Dec 31
The MM detractors were calling for Celina to start and marking me down for saying he is a much better impact player as a sub.Well he started and was poor.MM has a load of injuries to contend with.Tactics,think what you will.However,the fact is,you can't compete for the top 6 places with freebies,loans and youngsters.The Club needs to continually improve the squad every single transfer window.If ME doesn't want to throw more money at it,and who could blame him,ITFC need to find an investor.I've been saying this for the past two years but same old,same old.Without new money,mid-table finish at best.

TimmyH added 11:12 - Dec 31
@Bert...or out on loan!! - Danny Rowe (Lincoln) Keiffer Moore (Rotherham) Luke Wolfenden (Bromley) Josh Emmanuel (Rotherham) Adam McDonnell (Aldershot)

Rensham added 11:13 - Dec 31
Boycott the Sheffield Utd FA cup tie. If Mick and the club want to forfeit another cup tie let them do it on their own.

oldegold added 11:16 - Dec 31
Bert....What a tit you are. I think you'll see that we have many youngsters who could stake a place but are not being giving a chance as it is not in McCarthy's way.What are you suggesting that all the youth section is injured ? I do know my stuff and clearly you don't so think before writing...

liam88 added 11:20 - Dec 31
Warburton available.....

TimmyH added 11:53 - Dec 31
Warburton - no thanks! he was very average with his time at Forest I believe they thought he would do better, personally would have Gary Monk, he tries to play football the right way. At Boro I think there was pressure on him straight away with the cost of the squad to get in the play-offs (at least) and who knows they might have done it - he'd be a better bet than Warburton.

wayway added 12:11 - Dec 31
Warburton would do for me, remember what he did at Brentford and he plays football the way it should be played. As for everyone going on about Smith and Skuse, they are mediocre lower mid table players, like Chambers, players who have got us where we are today. EVANS OUT MCCARTHY OUT

liam88 added 12:30 - Dec 31
Monk over Warburton.... That's everything you need to know

dirtydingusmagee added 13:18 - Dec 31
Swn98 are you trying to justify buying injured players because they are cheap?

runaround added 13:31 - Dec 31
Sounds as though we were totally outclassed but whilst that isn’t surprising considering the players both teams had at their disposal, it’s still tough to take. It is even more obvious that we will be unable to challenge for promotion currently without either a massive influx or a team built around promising youngsters. Neither of these seem likely under the current regime. Mick has done well with what resources he has but not well enough & I don’t see him being able to improve it now. Time for a change & some new ideas

brittaniaman added 13:52 - Dec 31
Well the board and Management have got to sort this out one way or Another, because we are still treading water and going nowhere, we are in more or less the same position as we were nearly 9 Years ago and that was when Magilton departed ???? 5 of them years with McCarthy as we know. but with a lot less supporters.
We have seen several teams go down and then up, Wolves being the latest example, Premiership, championship, Div 1, then Championship again and by the looks of it accept for a big disaster back to Premiership again ???

Bert added 14:00 - Dec 31
Oldegold obviously has never had any training in equality and diversity as well as being out of touch with who is injured and who is not. Happy new year to everyone.

Theipswich added 15:38 - Dec 31 sound a little confused...too much bitter over the Festivities maybe? Have to agree with Oldegold in his rational conclusion that there are no youngsters coming through and cementing a place as the McCarthy way is to not trust them and discard for players who get told to leave...and then play i.e Bru and get in mediocre loanees i.e Iorfa ,whereas our youngsters like Kenlock and Emmanuel should be playing but don't. Seems like you're the one out of touch so keep away from the drinks ....can be a demon you know and muddle the mind

Bert added 16:01 - Dec 31
As I said they are all injured apart from Kenlock who is getting the odd game and of course those on loan who need to prove themselves. MM has no future at the club but he is a better man than those who don't go to games but still tell us what's wrong. Nydam and other youngsters have featured and still will but you have to part with your money and see them or be confused with little knowledge and manners. Off to the pub !

Theipswich added 16:24 - Dec 31
Bert......have you actually been to PR this season or are you one of those boring moan at all times "fan" who have a holier than thou complex and consider themselves to be a real supporter. You seem fantastically out of touch to be honest and Oldegold's comments are spot on about the youngsters. Despite being a very average team, McCarthy still plays his blokes and players out of position and insists on not pushing he youngsters...facts speak for themselves. Try and think about it...don't keep coming out with your lax vernacular but look at the reality of our situation. Your round I believe....

oldegold added 16:30 - Dec 31
We need a manager that believes in the Ipswich Town youth policy and not the present incumbent who says the right things...and then never plays them or drops them at the first opportunity. In 5 years name me one player who has come through the ranks and staked a regular place ? Me neither.....

Bert added 15:13 - Jan 1
Oh dear, you know when someone has lost an argument when they write such tosh (Theipswich). Have a nice day and be nice to people.

Theipswich added 17:32 - Jan 1
Bert...ho-hum...I bet you were a lot of fun to be around at Christmas.What book did you read...Walter Mitty ?
I think you "lost" the argument from the off judging by the number of people that agree with me and marked you down. The facts speak for themselves and I think the majority of sound Town supporters follow that line quite fervently and don't behave like an overgrown schoolboy who knows he hasn't quite grasped it but to save face, has to keep bleating on and on. Save it for another day Bert..and go back in the kitchen and leave the intellectual football stuff to more informed people. Oh...and yes, please be nice to people and start by stop boring them to death.

oldegold added 17:35 - Jan 1
Bert...give it up for God's sake. Theipswich has run rings round you in that particular argument so just accept it and move on please...what a bore you are

Bert added 22:48 - Jan 1
You mean your love mate and two others !

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