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Brentford 1-0 Ipswich Town - Match Report
Saturday, 7th Apr 2018 17:19

Neal Maupay’s 72nd minute penalty saw Brentford to a 1-0 victory over the Blues at Griffin Park, Jonas Knudsen having been harshly adjudged to have fouled Bees sub Sergi Canos. The Blues, who lost skipper Luke Chambers to what appears likely to be a season-ending injury in the first half, rarely looked like getting back on terms, although Grant Ward’s powerful shot was stopped by home keeper Daniel Bentley, then Chris Mepham blocked Martyn Waghorn’s effort from the rebound.

Tristan Nydam, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Luke Hyam, Callum Connolly and Freddie Sears all returned to a Town line-up featuring five changes from Monday’s 2-2 draw with Millwall.

The Blues started with the three-man backline of Carter-Vickers, skipper Luke Chambers and Adam Webster, with Jonas Knudsen at left wing-back and Jordan Spence on the right.

With Cole Skuse missing out with a head injury, Hyam, Nydam and Callum Connolly were in midfield with Sears joining Waghorn up front.

Young Australian striker Ben Folami was on the bench, having made his Championship debut as a sub against Millwall, alongside Stephen Gleeson, Mustapha Carayol, Myles Kenlock and Bersant Celina who all started against the Lions.

For Brentford, Maupay replaced the injured Florian Jozefzoon in an otherwise unchanged side, while Alan Judge made his first home start since suffering a broken leg at Portman Road in April 2016.

Hyam, the man whose tackle led to that injury, was booed every time he touched the ball in opening exchanges in which nether side was able to get on top.

Brentford carved out the game’s first chance in the 10th minute and only a very sharp reaction stop from Bartosz Bialkowski prevented them from going in front.

Following a swift break, Yoann Barbet hit a shot which was going well wide to the left of the keeper until Maupay diverted it to his right and the Polish international keeper somehow managed to get his foot across to force it past the post.

Judge blazed over in the corner’s aftermath before the Blues’ first real attack was ended by a linesman’s flag as Waghorn attempted an overhead kick on the edge of the six-yard box.

On 17 Carter-Vickers was shown the first yellow card of the afternoon, rather harshly, for a foul on Judge. Soon after Barbet was fortunate not to join him for hauling back Sears midway inside the Bees half. Waghorn’s freekick eventually came to nothing.

Four minutes later, Blues captain Chambers collided heavily with keeper Bialkowski and after treatment was forced off with an injury which could well see him miss the rest of the season.

The Blues defender had chased a ball over the top and didn’t appear to see Bialkowski as he ran off his line towards him.

The Town skipper immediately called for assistance for what looked to be a collarbone problem and after treatment was gingerly walked to the tunnel by the Town doctor with a brace already on his arm.

Kenlock took over at left wing-back with Knudsen, who took the captain’s armband, moving to the left of the back three and Webster into the centre.

Chances had continued to be rarities in a not overly enthralling match. On 32 Romaine Sawyers latched on to a ball over the top but scraped his shot well wide of Bialkowski’s left post.

Town struck their first effort of the game in the 37th minute, Kenlock shooting behind from the left of the area after good work from Nydam, Waghorn having initially sent Sears away with a fine ball into space down the right.

In the penultimate minute of scheduled time, Bialkowski batted away a Judge shot from the edge of the box and Maupay was crowded out after the rebound landed at his feet.

The Blues had the ball in the net a minute later, Connolly having been found by a Hyam chip over the top into the area. The on-loan Everton man eventually back-heeled the ball through the keeper’s legs and into the net but after referee Robert Jones had blown his whistle for handball, a decision the midfielder contested vehemently.

Connolly headed straight at Brentford keeper Daniel Bentley from a deep Waghorn corner from the right, then at the other end Bialkowski saved low from Ollie Watkins during four minutes of otherwise uneventful added-on time.

As manager Mick McCarthy made his way across the pitch from the dugout to the tunnel, a section of Town fans sang ‘Cheerio’ in his direction among other more abusive chants which the Blues boss sarcastically applauded.

It was a half memorable for very little aside from the rare sight of Chambers being forced off by an injury.

Brentford had played most of the football but had only threatened on a couple of occasions when they found Bialkowski at his best.

As ever, there was no lack of effort from the Blues but aside from Waghorn no one else had shown much quality on the ball and Kenlock’s effort wide was the only shot.

Six minutes after the restart Connolly was booked for a foul on Josh McEachran, who in turn joined him in the book for hauling the Blues midfielder to the ground in the aftermath.

On the hour, with the early part of the half having continued where the first left off, Maupay almost caught Bialkowski in possession as he dallied before clearing.

Brentford swapped Kamohelo Mokotjo and Judge for Nico Yennaris and Sergi Canos in the 66th minute.

The home side were continuing to have most of the game’s few chances. On 69 Watkins hit a shot which deflected over.

However, Town, and particularly Waghorn, were starting to look a threat on the counter-attack and a minute later Bentley did well to claim the former Rangers man’s cross-shot from the right after he had burst away on the break with Sears unmarked in the middle looking for his first goal in 37 games.

But in the 71st minute the Blues had a soft penalty awarded against them for the second Saturday in succession. A long ball was played into left of the box and Canos went to ground under the attention of Knudsen. There looked little in it but inexperienced Championship referee Jones pointed to the spot.

It appeared a very harsh decision, Town having been on the end of a similarly tough call at Birmingham last week, and Knudsen was shown a yellow card in the protests which followed. Maupay took the kick and hit it low to Biakowski’s left to open the scoring.

The Blues switched Nydam for Grant Ward after the goal and Brentford brought on Emiliano Marcondes for McEachran, then a few minutes later Celina replaced Kenlock, who received a hug from manager McCarthy having been a sub himself in the first half as Town moved to a four-man backline.

Chants of ‘Mick McCarthy get out of our club’ followed the goal with Brentford dominating possession as the game moved into its final 10 minutes having grown in confidence after going ahead.

But in the 87th minute the Blues twice went close. After good work from Celina on the left, Ward smashed a powerful shot which was straight at Bentley who knew little about it as he saved. The loose ball ran to Waghorn who cut in from the right and hit another powerful strike which hit Chris Mepham in the face and rebounded out of the danger zone.

In the final scheduled minute, Canos hit a low shot which deflected off a Town player and rolled just wide with Bialkowski scampering across his goal.

Moments later, as the match moved into four additional minutes, the Spaniard was booked for a cynical foul as Connolly broke.

Town kept looking for the equaliser in the remaining minutes but never seriously looked like grabbing a goal which would have grabbed them a point.

As at the end of the first half chants were aimed in the direction of departing manager McCarthy as he left the field, the Blues boss this time not reacting.

As at Birmingham, a game of few chances were turned on a debatable penalty, although it was Brentford who had played most of the game’s football and had created more of the match’s relatively few chances.

Town huffed and puffed and frustrated the opposition as they always do but lacked quality and provided little threat in a display typical of many this season.

The defeat sees the Blues drop to 14th in the table, two points behind Norwich, with five games of the season - and the McCarthy era - left to play, starting with Barnsley at home on Tuesday.

Brentford: Bentley, Maupay, McEachran (Marcondes 74), Watkins, Mokotjo (Yannaris 66), Egan, Judge (Canos 66), Sawyers, Dalsgaard, Barbet, Mepham. Unused: Daniels, Macleod, Bjelland, Clarke.

Town: Bialkowski, Carter-Vickers, Chambers (c) (Kenlock 24 (Celina 73)), Webster, Spence, Hyam, Nydam (Ward 73), Connolly, Knudsen, Sears, Waghorn. Unused: M Crowe, Gleeson, Carayol, Folami. Referee: Robert Jones (Merseyside). Att: 10,939 (Town: 1,644)

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StringerBell added 17:19 - Apr 7
Just so tirelessly predictable.
Let’s face it, this torturous endgame isn’t working at all well for either party. Evans really needs to call time before McCarthy causes any more damage. 14th, below that lot, and barely scoring - that stinks of ‘petering out’ to me.

TheTrueBlue1878 added 17:21 - Apr 7
Evans, let Mick see out his contract, he won’t walk, you won’t pay up. The only solution that involves no additional money would to tell Mick “thank you, but don’t come in on Monday”. Give Gerard Nash the final few games, let him bed some young players, and then when he returns to u23’s next season he has had that experience, which is only going to benefit the progression from u23’s to First Team in the future.

massivemole added 17:21 - Apr 7
Peter OUT. Trouble starting 11. 5 to go.

toxtethblue added 17:21 - Apr 7
Boring boring Dino... Tick tock...

Taricco_Fan added 17:22 - Apr 7
So the season petered out...

Tony88 added 17:22 - Apr 7
Here we go why did we not bring on this player and that player zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Chondzoresk added 17:24 - Apr 7
For the love of god, just go now. McCarthy you useless idiot. Just walk, not pass go, do not collect £200. Enough of this complete cr@p. Let an interim/caretaker take over for what’s left of the season. Utter disgrace. Evans, just release him now, wave good bye to him.

blueboy1981 added 17:28 - Apr 7
Ran out of excuses yet 'happy clappers' ?? ......... for the poor excuse of a so called Manager.

He's destroying everything about Ipswich Town Football Club - including the Supporters - who may NEVER re- unite. Has to be taken seriously - way past a joke now.

Playing players who essentially may / will not be here next season - SPEECHLESS.

I'm finished with it all - like many others.

jas0999 added 17:28 - Apr 7
What a complete shambles. Not so much the result, although it’s yet again a poor one, but the way this once great club is heading. How on earth can ME justify MM staying until the end of the season? The latter won’t change his ways. Today, with nothing to play for, he yet again sets up to bore, be negative and get that all important point. We failed. MM can’t care. The fans have had enough. ME needs to do something drastic for next season. Let’s hope this one ends soon and without too much more damage to the club. Recent results and showings - with exception of one half on Easter a Monday - has bordered on an embarrassment.

Despite MM leaving, prices being reduced, I wonder whether many of the stay away fans will return. Had a text from a friend who gave up his ticket last season. Received a ST pack from the club today, with same literature which was sent out with ST packs. Completely out of date. He put the info in the bin. Won’t return until there is news on the new manager and more importantly a strategy for next year. Said, the squad not good enough and can’t see Evans spending. Shame.

The whole situation remains depressing.

martin587 added 17:32 - Apr 7
Not a worthwhile shot on target.Very little imagination.Should have played a few of the lads with nothing to play for.To be honest it was not worth turning up today.1644 of us today,excellent support to watch a team void of any idea.
In all my 60 years of watching Ipswich I don't think I have seen a Town team play such unimaginative football and it hurts me to say that about a team I love.
Mr.Evans just tell MM to go now.With five games to go I want to see passion and commitment.Is that asking too much.At the moment I am Thoughly fed up Town supporter,to which I'm sure I'm one of many.

htb added 17:36 - Apr 7
Even though nothing to lose MM still sets up to not lose the point. Leaving the players who have had sometimes made an impact this season Celina, Carayol on the bench, not giving Folami another chance. Only the fourth game I have been to this season and like all the others desperately dull. Just get rid of this terrible one dimensional manager, we can’t go down why leave him in situ with the poisonous atmosphere surrounding the club. Clueless management by ME.

ShropshireBluenago09 added 17:37 - Apr 7
Ok, season is over and Dino is going, so you would think the plan would be try something different? Play the kids, fringe players like Ben Morris, Cotter, Folami, etc. Ah yes i recall we still have a Dino in charge who cannot be flexible in his approach. The same dull approach we have had to games for 5 years and ultimately led to his demise and hatred by ITFC fans.
Please walk away now and let someone new freshen up the place. Cook would be my choice, but i fear we are becoming a bit of a laughing stock under Evans and who would want to work under him?

LWNR2013 added 17:38 - Apr 7
Absolutely right MM you’ve delivered again .... by pi**ing people off ... ENJOY your beer.

TimmyH added 17:39 - Apr 7
1-0 to the football team...70 odd minutes until we got a shot on target. The sooner MM goes the better but honestly who would want him?...a struggling Championship team maybe.

Hats off to the travelling support...particularly when they saw the starting line up, hearts must of dropped.

Trac70 added 17:39 - Apr 7
Can't wait for the last 5 games!!! Carry on playing boring negative football (unless being watched by a possible new employer). Just shows how clueless ME is that he will allow this arrogant boring dinosaur carry on until the end of season!!! I'm so disillusioned with the club and owner and have been for some time!!! Do we trust the owner to make a good/correct decision about the next manager??

LWNR2013 added 17:40 - Apr 7
Oh, And hows the CVcoming along?

TimmyH added 17:41 - Apr 7
McCarthy makes John Duncan look like the Pablo Picasso of football management.

cfmoses added 17:42 - Apr 7
Last 3 away games . All 0-1. Team set up to contain and nick it....strategy fails twice so hey why not try it again? Relegation form in the last 10 games. There surely is no point in keeping the dinosaur at Portman Road. Please put us out of our misery Mr Evans, just ask him politely to go and play golf for the next few weeks. I can tell you the breath of fresh air may even make the Portman Road pitch start to recover. As for the team selection today....well, it was horrendous, dire, ridiculous, shameful.

Suffolkboy added 17:43 - Apr 7
Firstly , TWTD , what persuades you it's correct to interpret MMs actions as ' sarcastic ' ; you've a job to do , an agenda to meet as a journalist,but there's absolutely no call or justification for joining the ' mindless numbskulls ' with this sort of derogatory throw way observation !!
Secondly , it is good to see one or two actually starting to believe that ' where there's trouble , look to the very top ' -- in this case it's definitely Evans and the ' apparently disinterested ' maybe ' clueless ' chap masquerading as an M/D .
They provide little or no evidence that their heart and soul ( if they've got one between them ) is in ITFC : if this were to change then there's no doubt ,with the efforts MM,TC and BK have put in , we could see a rosy future !
Meantime ,I do wish the perennial moaners,who possibly know next to nothing about football tactics, man management and strategy, would simply pack their bags and spare true supporters the drivel found on this site almost every week !
I've asked before ,' do they lead their own lives in such a manner ' ?-- if so it must be pretty desperate and demoralising for those around them !!
Up the Blues,there's lots of promise for next season especially if our injured players recover !

Bert added 17:45 - Apr 7
Out of interest, has Bart saved a penalty playing for Town ? Just asking because I cannot recall one.

hello66 added 17:45 - Apr 7
Ground Hog day !........The Hogs name is........ Mick .....its all about me!.... for 5 games !

Resent Form tells the real story ...

1) Won 20%
2) Draw 40%
3) Lost 40%

Extremely boring football to watch .....I now feel like the Wolfs fans feel sorry for the team that gets him next !

blue75 added 17:46 - Apr 7
There was a rumour that TC managed the 2nd half against Millwall I’m guessing the messiah him self managed the whole game today. Only a few games left until this stain on our club is gone!!!

grumpyoldman added 17:46 - Apr 7
Why would MM change anything before the end of his reign, to what benefit for himself, none. If a manager is staying and there is nothing to play for then give fringe players the chance to show what they can do, until MM is gone there will be no change unenforced changes made.
Jas099 I don't often disagree with your sentiments but speaking as an abstainer I will definitely be back next season, today I visited Planet Blue for the first time since my self imposed exile and made a modest purchase, the first time in over two years, now he is going I feel I can start to reconnect with the club.

dommyboyblue added 17:50 - Apr 7
Absolute shambles. Just leave or ME get rid. Utterly pointless (excuse the pun) affair.

Surco72 added 17:53 - Apr 7
MM was right the season isn't petering out its exactly the same, crap negative anti football.
Be careful what you wish for, absolute joke just go

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