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Accrington Stanley 1-0 Ipswich Town - Match Report
Saturday, 5th Jan 2019 17:16 by Nate Williams

Ipswich Town’s terrible run in the FA Cup continued as the Blues lost 1-0 on the road against Accrington Stanley at the Crown Ground.

Town have not won an FA Cup game since 2010 with their last victory a 2-1 win against Blackpool nine years ago, and they have now been eliminated from the competition by lower league opposition in three of the last four seasons.

In the first ever competitive meeting between Ipswich and Accrington, it was the home side who looked to catch the defence off guard as a corner came swinging into the centre of the box, but Freddie Sears cleared the danger after two minutes.

Town keeper Bartosz Bialkowski got bumped by Stanley striker Andy Mangan as he chased down a long ball and after an exchange of words, the referee restored order.

In the eighth minute, Paul Lambert’s men had their first meaningful attack with new loan signing Callum Elder, fresh from Leicester, linking up with Sears to make a run down the right but the 29-year-old wasted his delivery across goal.

Flynn Downes made a dart down the middle, only to see his burst of pace come to nothing as Accrington intercepted the ball and launched a counter-attack.

Stanley’s Sam Finley then unleashed the first shot on goal, which was comfortably collected by Bialkowski.

It was Gwion Edwards’s turn to try and spark a chance for Town and as the ball fell awkwardly in front of him, he released a wild drive into the Crown Ground car park with 18 minutes gone.

Bialkowski was made to work again soon after as Jordan Clark fired a low drive from the right but the Polish stopper was equal to it.

Tempers flared between the two sides after an altercation between Downes and Finley and for his intimidating reaction, the Brentwood-born youngster received a yellow card.

Approaching the half-hour mark, Clark caused problems for Town’s defence as he raced across the byline with quick feet until they were halted by a critical challenge from Toto Nsiala to clear for a corner, which came to no trouble.

Nsiala was forced to deny Clark again and the power of the Stanley midfielder’s shot was so vicious, the rebound inadvertently launched a counter-attack for Town, but Sears misread the path of the ball, as he ran underneath a high, awkward bounce.

In the 37th minute, Sears sprinted forward in search of support and he was joined by ex-Stanley striker Kayden Jackson, who followed the play through to Jon Nolan. Nolan had time and space for a strike from distance but again, the ball was way off-target.

At the other end shortly afterwards, Bialkowski was again forced to deny Clark as he tipped a low strike at his near post before keeping Town in the game again as he made a quick move to cancel out an attack from Finley.

Accrington were awarded a freekick with two minutes to the break after Downes and Clark collided in the middle of the pitch but that chance was given away by the home side with a high ball running out of play.

Sears desperately ran forward again on the right and cut inside to try and bend a shot into the far bottom corner but it was no problem for Stanley keeper Connor Ripley.

Accrington’s star-man Clark made the last move of the half to try and steal a half-time lead but his header fell wide of Bialkowski’s right post as the two sides went into the changing rooms goalless.

When play resumed, Town made a change as Downes came off for Teddy Bishop, and the 22-year-old had the first strike of the second half.

After Town’s freekick from the left was headed out, Bishop blasted a drive from distance, which curled wide to the left.

Bishop continued to make an impact as he surged forward and laid the ball off to the left wing, where Town earned a corner. Again, it came to nothing as a sea of heads deflected the ball out of Accrington’s area.

As the hour mark approached, Stanley attempted to catch Town out with route one football but Nsiala, was on hand to stop Accrington striker Billy Kee with a professional foul.

Bishop’s introduction much improved the visitors' style of play as he inspired more ball movement from across the midfield with two more attempts.

He dragged a left-footed effort across the face of the goal before failing to find the target from distance yet again.

Jon Nolan then found inspiration to have a go at pulling the Blues in front and his hard shot across the grass was parried away by Ripley with just over 20 minutes to play.

Town conceded a freekick in a dangerous position from the left in the 74th minute from which they fell behind.

Stanley captain Sean McConville posted a high arching ball to the far post, which was headed back across goal by Ben Richards-Everton for Kee to nod into an open net.

Sears burst into life again in the last 10 minutes to try and salvage an equaliser but he was denied a hero's goal once again by Ripley having been played in by Bishop.

The Blues pushed for an equaliser in the closing stages but once again their FA Cup campaign ends at the first hurdle, and as so often to lower league opposition. The Blues are now 14 games without a win in the competition they won in 1978.

Town's season of woe shows no sign of an upturn with their next fixture the visit of fellow strugglers Rotherham to Portman Road next Saturday.

Accrington: Ripley, Johnson, Hughes, Richards-Everton, Clark, McConville, Finley, Sykes, Mangan (Brown 66), Barlaser, Kee. Unused: Maxted, Williams, Mingoia, Perritt, Conneely, Watson.

Town: Bialkowski, Spence, Pennington, Nsiala, Elder, Nolan (Harrison 80), Edwards, Downes (Bishop 46), Dozzell, Sears, Jackson (Keane 66). Unused: Gerken, Chambers, Kenlock, Lankester. Referee: Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire) . Att: 2,869 (Town: 1,224).

Photo: Action Images

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LWNR2013 added 17:18 - Jan 5

Sindre94 added 17:19 - Jan 5
We were awful today, but conditions didnt help. Bishop only bright spark. Elder looked rusty.

Truly gutted to lose this. Love the FA cup but never really had a run since I started to follow Town...

churchmans81 added 17:20 - Jan 5
Whilst a much needed win would have built confidence they aren’t going to win the FA Cup so now they can concentrate on finishing 4th bottom of Championship. Listening to radio and it’s all Darryl Murphy, Jack Colback, Tom Lawrence, Jack Marriott, Martin Waghorn .. and so on. Bring on Rotherham 🚜🏆🤢.

SickParrot added 17:21 - Jan 5
We are just a total joke but I don't find it funny

TimmyH added 17:21 - Jan 5
What's that I hear?'s Sir Alf and Sir Bobby turning in their graves!

You can actually predict the demise in our games so easily now (as per that kid on BBC earlier today that supported Accrington, so cock sure he said '1-0 Billy Kee to score' without hesitation - and hey presto!

Really really sad even if the league takes priority, anyway how about hearing from the elusive Mr Evans for once!!

AYACCA added 17:22 - Jan 5

R1C3Y added 17:22 - Jan 5
Can someone teach the attackers to stop taking pointless pot shots all the time... feel like theyre at the point of desperation that, especially sears, had chances to lay the ball off to someone in a better position

ShropshireBluenago09 added 17:22 - Jan 5
Total embarrassment but I think we all knew what was coming.
Must go 2 up front v Rotherham. Would put Chambo in a back 3with N’siala and Pennington. We still need 2-4 more in before Rotherham.

ITFC_Cotton added 17:22 - Jan 5
Couldn't hit a barn door.

Evans, either pay up or do one.

TomIpswich added 17:23 - Jan 5
Should have never got rid of McCarthy

R1C3Y added 17:23 - Jan 5
Also dont think ive ever seen a team let alone a town team ever have such little aerial threat both offensively and defensively..

DoseOfReality added 17:24 - Jan 5
Can’t to hear what the owner has to say about that !!

Oh wait a minute ... 🤫

martin587 added 17:25 - Jan 5
Absolutely gutted.To travel all this way and watch a terrible inapt performance.A game on paper we should win is unacceptable.I’m just lost for words.

iaintaylorx added 17:25 - Jan 5
Guess we can concentrate on the league now... Much more important than a cup-run is trying to cut that gap! Embarrassing loss but what a tremendous support we took! Hats off to those 1200 that travelled - you deserve your money back!!!

RobITFC added 17:25 - Jan 5
Where is Marcus Evans ?

aidanj added 17:25 - Jan 5
Focus on the league. Clever tactic. Joking aside, 2 positives today (need to try and find some for my own sanity): 1. Bishop’s impact in the second half and 2. I’m confident Will Keane can give us that little bit extra up top in the league. He had a few decent moments for someone that joined this week

chopra777 added 17:25 - Jan 5
As Craig says on Strictly Dis-as-ter!!!

ivandeighton added 17:25 - Jan 5
Don't need this distraction better off out of it need to concentrate on survival

tpryke1982 added 17:26 - Jan 5

BlueArrow added 17:26 - Jan 5

OwainG1992 added 17:29 - Jan 5
We were so bloody bad!
Passed side to side over with little if no direct deliveries!
Nsiala and Bishop were the only real positives for me.
Toto needs to keep his place.
Spence was...Spence im not even going to bother!
Hoping my feet warm up now on the drive home.
Over 1200 town fans there! Pretty fantastic effort guys.

Edmundo added 17:29 - Jan 5
If anyone defends our owner after this joke of a season they need their heads chopping off. Oh, but he puts 6 million in every year: yeah he has been doing that and might as well have burned it. Totally clueless owner and board. Total contempt from the prawn sandwich munching idiots. I wouldn't p on them if they were on fire right now. This is our club and Evans is the common denominator in our total demise.

shakytown added 17:30 - Jan 5
To many jumped up show ponies who don't really care about the club. Just hope Lambert finally has had enough and lets rip at a few of them. We really need another 4-6 COMMITTED players to get out of this rut.

baxter7 added 17:30 - Jan 5
Its time to show Evans how we feel about what he has done to our club by protesting next week enough is enough r.i.p itfc while that moron owns our club

Nobbysnuts added 17:30 - Jan 5
Well what can I say. Words fail me. Still on a brighter note atleast this useless bunch of f#ckwits can now concentrate on getting relegated as that's all they are good for. You can't even call this a shock result. Accrington were favourites with some bookmakers. That's what a laughing stock we have become. It is honestly now embarrassing to be a town fan. I've given up. I'm exhausted. I'm done.

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