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Ipswich Town 0-0 Burton Albion - Match Report
Saturday, 10th Feb 2018 17:10

Town’s home game with table-propping Burton Albion ended in a drab 0-0 draw with the visitors having the better of the few chances. In the second half of a match watched by Portman Road’s lowest league crowd for almost 20 years, Blues keeper Bartosz Bialkowski saved from former Blue Darren Bent when through one-on-one and brilliantly in the final minute from Kyle McFadzean.

Bersant Celina replaced Freddie Sears on the left of the trio behind lone striker Joe Garner in an otherwise unchanged Town side. For Burton, former Blues loanee Stephen Bywater was in goal, while Bent was up front.

The visitors dominated possession in early stages played in heavy rain but in unthreatening areas and without creating a serious chance. On six on-loan West Ham midfielder Martin Samuelsen shot well wide from distance.

In the 12th minute Lloyd Dyer, who turned down a contract with Town after a successful trial two years ago, cut in from the left and hit a shot not too far over Bartosz Bialkowski’s cross bar.

On 25 Dyer was shown the game’s first yellow card for pulling back Ward as Town looked to break with the Blues still to get going.

The Brewers, who had lost their previous five games in all competitions, continued to see more of the ball as the game reached the half-hour mark with both keepers still untested. On 32 Hope Akpan shot over for the away team.

As half-time approached with Town still having made little impression, sections of the Sir Bobby Robson Stand began to make their criticisms of manager Mick McCarthy’s style of football clear.

Seconds before boos greeted the half-time whistle, a Celina cross from the left was nodded behind at the far post.

That reaction to a thoroughly dull first half came as little surprise with the Blues having failed to register a shot on or off target. On the rare occasions when Town had been in potentially dangerous positions a pass had always gone astray.

The bottom-of-the-table Brewers had seen most of the ball, albeit while looking similarly unthreatening.

Town needed to be much better after the break if they were to claim a second win in succession following last week’s victory at Sunderland.

The Blues began the second half on the front foot, Ward and Jordan Spence seeing early crosses in from the right cut out, then the former Spurs youngster saw a subsequent ball into the box deflected behind.

From Waghorn’s resultant corner from the right, Callum Connolly flicked on at the near post and the ball reached Celina beyond the far post from where he hit a shot on the turn which was blocked.

But it was the visitors and former Town striker Bent who should have scored in the 57th minute. The 34-year-old was threaded in behind Cameron Carter-Vickers but was unable to beat the advancing Bialkowski, who blocked.

The Blues had faded after their brighter start to the half and as the hour mark approached boos rang around the frustrated Portman Road crowd.

Manager McCarthy was evidently similarly less than impressed with proceedings and made a double substitution, debutant Mustapha Carayol and Stephen Gleeson taking over from Ward and Connolly.

Carayol, who joined on a deadline day free transfer after leaving Nottingham Forest, immediately made an impact, cutting in from the right before being felled just on the edge of the area to the right. The freekick was tapped to Waghorn, whose powerfully hit effort flew across the face with no Town player able to add a touch.

Bent made way in the 71st minute to warm applause from his old fans and Northern Ireland international Liam Boyce took over up front for the Brewers.

Sub Carayol wasn’t too far away from a spectacular debut goal in the 80th minute with a well-struck effort from the right which scraped the side-netting. The effort, Town’s closest of the afternoon, led to sarcastic cheers and a reprise of the earlier chants regarding McCarthy’s football.

Two minutes later, Carter-Vickers headed over from Waghorn’s right-sided corner, then on 85 Celina scuffed a weak effort through to Bywater, again to sarcastic cheers.

Burton almost won it in the final minute when Kyle McFadzean’s near-post header from Samuelsen’s corner on the right seemed destined for the roof of the net until Bialkowski pulled off a brilliant reaction save to turn it over the bar.

Soon after, the final whistle went to loud boos and further chants regarding manager McCarthy from the Sir Bobby Robson Stand.

Town never looked like getting anything more than a goalless draw from the game, creating few chances - or more accurately half-chances - throughout.

The Blues were marginally better in spells in the second half than they had been in the first but Bywater was still never seriously tested.

Burton were closest to breaking the deadlock with Bialkowski, again the Blues’ man of the match, making a sharp save from Bent and then his stunning late reaction stop from McFadzean.

The crowd of 13,815 - 17 fewer than the season’s previous smallest home Championship crowd for the Reading match - is the lowest Portman Road crowd for a home game in the league since 13,212 attended the Blues' 1-0 victory over Swindon in October 1998.

A dismal draw from what was viewed as a must-win game sees the Blues stay 12th, eight points from the play-offs ahead of next Sunday’s East Anglian derby at Norwich City.

Town: Bialkowski, Spence, Carter-Vickers, Chambers (c), Skuse, Connolly (Gleeson 60), Ward (Carayol 60), Waghorn, Celina, Garner. Unused: M Crowe, Iorfa, Webster, Hyam, Sears.

Burton: Bywater, Brayford (c), Allen, McFadzean, Bent (Boyce 71), Akins, Dyer (Sordell 80), Naylor, Davenport, Samuelsen, Akpan. Unused: Campbell, McCrory, Buxton, Barker, Sbarra. Referee: David Webb (Lancashire). Att: 13,815 (Burton: 169).

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StringerBell added 17:10 - Feb 10
Two more years of this? Some people seriously want that? In what world can anybody take any positives out of such a shambles. The club under this Owner and Manager are rotten.

midastouch added 17:11 - Feb 10
Apparently it's a shorter wait to get a hip-replacement on the NHS now than it is for Ipswich to record a shot on target.

yungblue added 17:12 - Feb 10
One of the most miserable football matches in Ipswich Town history.

That football that was on display today was nothing short of utter s**t.

What on earth does MM coach throughout the week and last five years. I can’t imagine any manager saying it, but it sure looks like MM insists the ball to be played in the air as much as possible.

MM has truly one of the worst philosophies, and is one of the worst managers in English football right now.

cat added 17:13 - Feb 10
Just when you see some green shoots of recovery on the tactic and style side of things, games like today’s are a simple reminder of all things wrong with McCarthy. Clueless performance today.
We should be grateful for the point, cause it could have been worse.
‘Be seeing you’ McCarthy.

Elizabeth added 17:14 - Feb 10
Lost total confidence in the whole set up at Portman Road now .. this result is totally disgusting! Nothing else to say really , I dread next Sunday at Carrot Road !

blue75 added 17:15 - Feb 10
I have never been so embarrassed to be a town fan 2 shots in 80 minutes at home against the bottom of the league team. Hats off to Burton they played some good football had they had our strikers they’d have won. I really enjoyed watching Burton play. The less said about town the better. What is Burton’s budget must £100-200 million a season the way they played. Glad to hear the majority sign McCarthy’s name!!! Maybe a chant of 2 more years, 2 more years will go up against Cardiff as I didn’t hear it today!!!

Blue_Moses added 17:15 - Feb 10
Bart saves again. Rock bottom for me today.

Loweblue added 17:20 - Feb 10
Embarrassing. After a half decent performance against Sunderland. Wtf happened today. I can't wait to hear micks excuses for this one. #bringmickhome. We need change now. 15 games for a new manager to bed in, kick off ready for new season. Roll on august.

BlueandTruesince82 added 17:20 - Feb 10
A rousing chorus of we're $#*% and we know we are for the Norwich Game?

MicksZzzTactics added 17:21 - Feb 10

MicksZzzTactics added 17:21 - Feb 10

Kesgraveblue57 added 17:21 - Feb 10
McCarthy call this a huge game is this a great result then McCarthy ? What ever anyone says McCarthy has to go

martin587 added 17:21 - Feb 10
Absolutely diabolical.This must register as one of the worst games I have seen for a very long time.There seemed to be know insensitive whatsoever.
What has gone wrong at the club?
.On this display I'm certainly not looking forward to next Sunday.Wasted journey today.!
Nothing more to say.

Spanishblueblood added 17:22 - Feb 10

Mick out NOW!

BlueArrow added 17:22 - Feb 10
Attendance has dropped again Mr McCarthey

Geoff added 17:24 - Feb 10
Well Dino you have taken our club to a new low just have the decency and resign Barnsley are welcome if they are that desperate just go

RobITFC added 17:24 - Feb 10
Congratulations to the "one" person who predicted 0.0 in the prediction league, nothing else to say!

massivemole added 17:25 - Feb 10
No shots on target against the bottom club. Bart good, spense really sh1t, CCV sh1t, chambers sh1t, Knudsen really sh1t, Skuse bang average, connelly sh1t, ward, really fit mum, waghorn, what's happening man, Celina, can't be @rsed, Garner, quality wind up merchant nothing else.

With all this talent, and a positive thinking manager..... bring in the budgies.

tractorlegend added 17:26 - Feb 10
The abysmal performance aside what most worried me was the inexcusable lack of urgency. Even in the last 10 minutes Bart was taking ages over goal kicks the whole team looked dreadfully under motivated this was a must win game for goodness sake!!! We should be playing with urgency the whole game every game! I'm ashamed to be a Town fan watching that not only were Burton the better side they played the better football

blythburgh_blue added 17:27 - Feb 10
"There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so."

ivegottheblues added 17:27 - Feb 10
The most baffling thing of all is that people are still paying at the turnstiles to keep Mccarthy in the job.

vanmunt added 17:29 - Feb 10
Just think, some on here would be happy with another two years of this.

Surco72 added 17:29 - Feb 10
Same old , same old keep patting ourselves on the back saying what great players we are and great manager doing a fantastic job , handing out new contracts to good old boys who in reality are so average it hurts . Team full of other clubs players while our youngsters cannot gain experience at this level .
We are going nowhere under MM the target was playoffs he has failed for last three seasons move aside and let someone new have a go

blackcat added 17:29 - Feb 10
You could sum it up with the headline...

Please just go MM and ME

TractorBeezer added 17:30 - Feb 10
No creativity or incisiveness today. Only positives were a clean sheet (thanks Bart) and Carayol. No entertainment either.

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