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Bristol City 1-1 Ipswich Town - Match Report
Tuesday, 12th Mar 2019 21:56

Lloyd Kelly’s 68th-minute own goal saw Town to a 1-1 draw away at Bristol City, former Blues defender Adam Webster having headed the Robins in front in the 32nd minute. Kelly inadvertently smashed Myles Kenlock’s low cross into his own net to hand Town what was a deserved equaliser.

Boss Paul Lambert made five changes for the visit to Ashton Gate with Josh Emmanuel and Toto Nsiala coming into the defence, Trevoh Chalobah and Andre Dozzell starting in midfield, and Kayden Jackson replacing Collin Quaner up front.

Emmanuel made his first Town start since the final day of 2016/17 with loanee James Bree and midfield duo Cole Skuse and Teddy Bishop all dropping to the bench, while there was no place in the matchday squad for either Quaner or Jonas Knudsen.

Young keeper Harry Wright and midfielder Idris El Mizouni, who has impressed at reserve and youth levels this season, were both named on the bench for the first time in their senior careers.

The home side gave a debut to New Zealander Stefan Marinovic in goal, while former Town player Webster, who joined Bristol City in the summer, started at the back.

Inside the first minute, Jackson closed down Marinovic following a routine back-pass and although the Kiwi international had taken too long to clear the ball, following Jackson's block the ball rolled across the area before being hacked away by Kelly for an early corner.

The Blues had started well and controlled much of the opening play, and a neat touch from Jon Nolan came close to releasing Jackson but the Town front man was denied by some good defending from the hosts.

In the 10th minute, a wide right free-kick from Alan Judge was only partially cleared by the Robins and the ball fell to Chalobah just inside the box, but his first-time volley was skewed well wide of the target.

Minutes later, Chalobah played the ball out to Gwion Edwards on the right but Jackson was unable to make any meaningful contact with the Welshman's deep cross.

Famara Diedhiou cleared Judge's freekick away for another corner for the Blues which was flicked over by skipper Chambers at the near post, moments before Marinovic did well to get down low to parry away a deflected volley from Judge.

The hosts had their first little spell of pressure with a couple of left-sided corners shortly before the midway point in the first half, the second of which was headed over by Diedhiou.

Dozzell was lucky to avoid a booking after a blatant pull back on Jack Hunt wide on the right and from the resultant freekick, the ball fell kindly to Andreas Weimann and he hit a shot from the corner of the six-yard box which struck the outside of Bartosz Bialkowski's near post.

Nsiala and Edwards then combined to make an important block to deny Weimann, who had cut in and hit a dangerous left-foot shot from close range.

On the half hour mark, Dozzell committed a second rather cynical foul in a matter of minutes - this time on Eliasson on the halfway line - and he received the first caution of the game, and his second of the season.

Two minutes later the home side worked a short corner back to Eliasson and his dangerous ball into the area looped into the air following a deflection off Dozzell's head and Webster beat Nsiala in the air to head home from a couple of yards out.

Half-hearted appeals from Town for a penalty for handball after Judge's long-range effort struck Hunt were waved away by referee Darren Bond, before Diedhiou acrobatically turned Hunt's cross over the bar at the other end.

Marinovic collected and held a 25-yard drive from Edwards, shortly before another dangerous delivery from Eliasson was helped onto the roof of the net by the unmarked Diedhiou.

After a bright first 15 minutes which they again failed to make count in terms of goals, the much-changed Blues had faded with the Robins’ goal another which boss Lambert will feel shouldn’t have been conceded, while Webster being the man to score against his old club had an inevitability about it.

Chalobah struck the second half’s first shot in the 50th minute but Marinovic was able to save the on-loan Chelsea man’s effort from long distance despite it having some power in it.

Town continued to look to take the game to the home side and press but without being able to create an opening.

On 57 Marinovic was only able to punch a Dozzell freekick straight up in the air, however, Diedhiou was able to clear.

Six minutes later Jamie Paterson claimed a penalty, however, the former Forest man appeared to run straight into Chambers and Emmanuel rather than either of them fouling him.

As in the first half the Robins had started the period slowly but on 66 they might have increased their lead. Eliasson crossed from the left and Paterson flicked a header across the face and wide.

But a minute later, Marinovic was forced into his first significant save of the period, the New Zealander getting down low to his left to save Edwards’s shot from the edge of the box with Judge, unmarked in the centre, believing he was the better option.

From the resultant corner, a Robins defender almost diverted the ball into his own net but was relieved to see it go wide of the post.

However, from the flag-kick which followed, an own goal did put the Blues back on terms. Nolan rolled the ball into the path of Kenlock on the left and the full-back powered over a low ball which England U21 international Kelly could only slam into his own net from a few feet out.

The Robins swapped Weimann and Paterson for Callum O’Dowda and Kasey Palmer in the 73rd minute as they looked to restore their lead.

Two minutes later the Blues swapped Nolan and Judge for ex-Robin Cole Skuse and debutant Idris El Mizouni, who lined-up on the right of the five-man midfield

The home side began to see more of the ball in Town’s half, but the Blues began to look more of a threat on the break, looking to make the most of Jackson’s pace.

Palmer saw a shot from the edge of the box blocked in the 82nd minute with neither side looking overly threatening as the game moved into its final 10 minutes. Moments later, the Robins swapped Eliasson for Matthew Taylor.

There was another heart-in-the-mouth moment for Marinovic in the 84th minute when his poor touch almost gifted the ball to Jackson. However, the keeper managed to get back and clear via a somewhat wild lunge which left the Town striker on the floor.

Bishop took over from Dozzell for the final four scheduled minutes, prior to Josh Brownhill hitting a shot from an angle on the left into the side-netting.

Town’s third sub won a freekick midway inside the Bristol City half in the final minute, Hunt picking up a yellow card for the foul.

Following the freekick, Bishop skipped into the box on the right and was unfortunate to see his shot from a tight angle deflect behind.

Town were the ones pressing for the winning goal as the match moved into three additional minutes.

However, the Robins went close following a counter-attack, Emmanuel snuffing out Marlon Pack’s attempt from Taylor’s low cross from the left.

Another 1-1 draw for the Blues, five of their last six games having ended in the same scoreline.

Having been behind to Webster’s goal at the break Town were only rarely seriously threatened in the second half.

Equally, while the Blues had a lot of the ball in the Bristol City half Marinovic also not significantly tested on too many occasions with the New Zealander almost proving his own worst enemy.

A draw was probably a fair result overall with what was a very young Blues side able to match a team battling for the play-offs - although on this evidence the Robins will struggle to stay in the top six - belying Town’s bottom-of-the-table standing.

The Blues only really hit the level of Saturday's display at West Brom in the opening 15 minutes but were otherwise largely untroubled by Bristol City during a game played in front of a surprisingly sullen and pre-season-like home crowd.

The gap to safety is now 11 points with fourth-bottom Millwall not in action with Town’s next game at home to Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

Town: Bialkowski, Emmanuel, Chambers (c), Nsiala, Kenlock, Chalobah, Dozzell (Bishop 86), Nolan (Skuse 75), Edwards, Judge (El Mizouni 75), Jackson. Unused: Wright, Harrison, Bree, Dawkins.

Bristol City: Marinovic, Webster, Brownhill, Diedhou, Weimann (O’Dowda 73), Kelly, Eliasson (Taylor 83), Paterson (Palmer 73), Pack (c), Kalas, Hunt. Unused: O'Leary, Dasilva, Wright, Semenyo. Referee: Darren Bond (Lancashire). Att: 18,411 (Town: 525).

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Kirbmeister added 22:00 - Mar 12
Very good result. Chalobah and Kenlock were both excellent.

Pedlarjak added 22:00 - Mar 12
Does this mean they'll have to sack their manager?

heathen66 added 22:03 - Mar 12
Really good performance with Chalobah again superb,and without doubt the motm, however very closely followed by Myles Kenlock.
Nsiala and Emmanuel were again solid with Edwards very industrious.
One of Judges quieter games however fouled on numerous occasions.
Jackson worked really hard, but was always difficult with one up top.
Real shame we did not really 'go for it' with Harrison partnering Jackson althoughI do doubt he was fully fit.
Great to see a very young and energetic side and the introduction of El Mizouni.

Negatives again was Chambers, too often caught ball watching (the goal a prime example) and distribution (as always) awful.

All in all a really good performance by the young guns !!!

Bring on Forest COYB !!!

ITFCsince73 added 22:03 - Mar 12
Must say I thought there was some really good performances tonight.
I thought Nolan was superb.
Dozzell needs a run of games. But looks class when in possession.
And even only on the field minutes, Teddy Bishop, what a player he will be once a little bit fitter.

ashleylewis10 added 22:04 - Mar 12
It was Dozzell who set up the goal not Kenlock. Lovely bit of play too

ShropshireBluenago09 added 22:06 - Mar 12
Another good point away from home and played really well. Dominating City for long periods.
As usual though lacking that cutting edge. Chabolah and Edwards best players tonight.
Hindsight...An 80% fit Darren Bent or similar would probably have made a massive difference since January.

OldClactonBlue added 22:07 - Mar 12
Another good performance. Need more presence in the last third but certainly looking much better.

martin587 added 22:07 - Mar 12
For me this was a very good performance.Chalobah was outstanding once again.The whole team played well and the signs look promising for the future.Well done lads.👏👏

NewEraNewMe added 22:08 - Mar 12
@ashleylewis I think you'll find it was kenlock who set up the own goal hahaha

Dissboyitfc added 22:08 - Mar 12
some pleasing stuff tonight, a real reason to be excited for next season!

Chambers is a massive worry for me, too prone to mistakes for me he nearly cost us again!

thought Josh had a steady game, should keep his place a head of Bree.

ashleylewis10 added 22:09 - Mar 12
Oh yeah it was Kenlock! Commentator got it wrong as well

ITFCsince73 added 22:10 - Mar 12
Ashley Lewis. There is confusion alround over this. But Dozzell was near the goal line. Ball wipped across by Kenlock, for the goal.

RobsonWark added 22:12 - Mar 12
Again Chambers very, very poor. Even the Sky pundits admitted that Chambers almost cost us the game in the 93rd minute with his poor pass to a Bristol City player...I can't believe they didn't score from the break. Surely even Chambers must realise what a total liability he is to our team. Time to retire - NOW!

TimmyH added 22:13 - Mar 12
Deserved draw against a very average Bristol side although have to admit getting a bit tired of 1-1 draws but at least we're not being beaten regularly now. Thought it was a very workman like display in midfield particularly keeping the ball largely in their half but sadly lacking that cutting edge as we have done all season.
Myles Kenlock man of the match for me, two decent stops in defence and created the equaliser and have to say disappointed in Dozzells performance did little all game apart from take dead ball situations and play rugby!

Overall respectable performance, so maybe small shoots of recovery!

Walk_the_Wark added 22:15 - Mar 12
A new back 4 and a Murphy type striker and we will destroy Lg1

blue86 added 22:15 - Mar 12
town played well tonight and deserved 3 points imo, great to see so many home grown players! plus Nolan seems to be finding his feet now. we are down, but as long as we keep fighting its all I can ask. hopefully bounce back from league 1 at first attempt, we need a decent cb and a pyhisical striker who can finish ( john marquis) ipswich til I die! 🙏

ITFCsince73 added 22:19 - Mar 12
Can we not keep blaming Chambo for continued mistakes.
He puts his body on the line, and is a great captain. 👨‍✈️😉🙈

heathen66 added 22:21 - Mar 12
I think what we are seeing are the fruits of Paul Hurst vision in the likes of Edwards, Chabolah, Nsiala, Jackson and Nolan, plus the continued excellent youth policy that has given us Kenlock, Emmanuel, Woofenden, Bishop, Dozzell to name a few...and now El Mizouni.

Keep playing them...they can only get better.
Perhaps the future is brighter than what we all thought ???
would like us play 4-1-2-1-2 as I believe it gives us better options going forward

SheptonMalletBlue added 22:22 - Mar 12
Great hard working performance. Definitely deserved the draw we got. Bloody Chambers though, how many times did he pass to the opposition, nearly cost us at the end!! I'll drive him to Chicago.

ITFCsince73 added 22:24 - Mar 12
Heathen66. Totally agree. Been saying it for months. Finally seeing it. Long may it continue.

ArnieM added 22:24 - Mar 12
Well played Town. Get a win on Sat now and thats 5 points
from a possible 9. No bad for a team League One bound! Really pleased to see youngster being given a chance . All part of the decision making for next seasons squad.

Every Saturday we follow ......

SheptonMalletBlue added 22:25 - Mar 12
Itfc73 meant to mark you up! Didn't see the irony!

blueboy1981 added 22:26 - Mar 12
Some people seem to conveniently overlook the good things that Chambers does - however, he is so static at times, slow to react at times, and so easily turned most of the time.

Certainly one of the easier Championship defenders to play against, I would suggest.

Whatever - a damn good Club Captain, and example of how players should conduct themselves.
Just accept that he has played for several different Managers at the Club - and they all rate him, including Lambert - so maybe it's why they are in the job - and we AREN'T. Give that some thought ... !!.

The only one I could see not rating him too highly - was Hurst..... !!!

Good point tonight - a tad naive at times again, no cutting edge again, but making progress.
Just think if only those draws could have been WINS.

ITFCsince73 added 22:26 - Mar 12
Shelton mallet blue. I was only joking.

Bluearmy_81 added 22:26 - Mar 12
Why do people think we will bounce straight back? Genuine question. Can't see us getting in the few quality additions we need up front and in defence so why the confidence about bouncing back?

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