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Accrington Stanley 2-0 Ipswich Town - Half-Time
Sunday, 20th Oct 2019 13:01

The Blues’ unbeaten League One record looks in serious threat with two Colby Bishop goals, the second a penalty, having given Accrington Stanley a 2-0 lead at half-time.

Town were without Flynn Downes, James Norwood, Kane Vincent-Young and James Wilson for their first ever league game against Stanley.

Downes suffered a hip injury while away with England’s U20s, Norwood underwent groin surgery early last week, Vincent-Young suffered a groin problem at Fleetwood a fortnight ago, while Wilson is suspended for one game after his red card at Highbury.

One-time Stanley centre-half Toto Nsiala came into the back three for the first time this season, Gwion Edwards was at right wing-back, Andre Dozzell in midfield and Alan Judge playing off lone striker Kayden Jackson, who was facing his old club.

The Blues’ third ex-Accrington man Janoi Donacien was among the subs, as were Will Keane, Emyr Huws and Armando Dobra.

Ex-Accrington man Jackson hit the first shot of the game in the second minute, an effort on the turn following a neat moving involving Dozzell, Skuse and Judge which was blocked.

Rain began to fall persistently as skipper Luke Chambers required a few minutes’ treatment and a bandage after taking a blow to his right eye in a clash with Offrande Zanzala.

On eight Garbutt whipped over a freekick from the right, which Judge flicked into the side-netting at the near post.

Town defended a couple of corners and then a freekick as Accrington started to see most of the ball as the game passed the quarter-hour mark.

And in the 18th minute Stanley took the lead. Sam Finley sent over a high, looping cross from the right and Bishop was allowed to head back across Tomas Holy and into the corner of the net.

A minute after the goal Nsiala was booked for a foul on Zanzala just inside the Town half, although the Accrington man had appeared to have gone to ground very easily.

Accrington continued to look the more threatening side, particularly when crosses were put into the box with the Blues’ backline less assured than has usually been the case.

Accrington should have doubled their lead in the 27th minute when Callum Johnson sent the ball into the box and Zanzala headed well wide when he ought to at least have hit the target.

Town came within inches of getting on terms in the 32nd minute. Skuse played a clever ball to Edwards on the right, the Welshman in turn finding Jackson, who crossed into the area.

Keeper Dimitar Evtimov failed to gather low down and the ball ricocheted towards goal off Judge. However, as Garbutt looked to add the final touch, Jordan Clark was able to clear off the line.

On 37 Zanzala flicked an effort wide from a Clark cross from the right with Accrington still looking the more dangerous side. Two minutes later, Chambers blocked Sean McConville’s effort from a cross from the right, where most of the home side’s threat was coming from.

In the 41st minute Stanley went two in front from the penalty spot. Nsiala shoved Bishop as a cross came into the box and referee Sebastian Stockbridge pointed straight to the spot. Bishop slammed the penalty to Holy’s right and into the net to claim his second goal of the afternoon.

Edwards was booked for a foul midway inside the Town half before referee Stockbridge brought to a close a very disappointing half for the Blues.

After making a tidy enough start, Accrington had began to frustrate the Blues in midfield, forcing them into too many long balls. The home side subsequently began to threaten more and more, particularly via crosses from the right.

Bishop appeared to be in acres of space as he headed the opener while the push from Nsiala, who had a tough return to first team football, for the penalty all but gifted the striker his second of the game.

Town need to be significantly better in the second half if they are to maintain their undefeated record and it seems likely manager Paul Lambert will shuffle his pack.

Accrington: Evtimov, Johnson, Hughes, Sykes, Clark, Finley, Zanzala, McConville, Bishop, Conneely, Opoku. Subs: Bursik, Edwards, Kaba Sharif, Pritchard, Carvahlo, Charles, Alese.

Town: Holy, Woolfenden, Chambers, Nsiala, Edwards, Skuse, Dozzell, Nolan, Garbutt, Judge, Jackson. Subs: Norris, Donacien, Rowe, Dobra, Georgiou, Huws, Keane. Referee: Sebastian Stockbridge (Tyne and Wear).

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ihatecanaries added 13:19 - Oct 20
Nsiala is truly awful and should never be allowed anywhere near the first team again

Suffolkboy added 13:21 - Oct 20
One can only hypothesise from reports , but Nsiala has ‘ looked ‘ enthusiastic but less than technically gifted from the outset ; seems clumsy judgement and action persist — shame ,for we need to see more assurance from a centre back ( if that’s the nominated position ) .
Otherwise it again looks as if our shots on goal are not either accurate ,or penetrating enough and it really is more than time Alan Judge showed us he can actually find a way to put the ball in the net !
So buck up lads , let’s see a different second half and goals ‘FOR ‘ registered ; nothing is lost yet !

RobITFC added 13:27 - Oct 20
Starting line up and tactics all wrong.

Bluespeed added 13:54 - Oct 20
They wanted it more from the start ! Simple

Skip73 added 13:56 - Oct 20
The curse of Sky strikes again! Welcone back RobsonWark and the other moaners.

oioihardy added 14:02 - Oct 20
We were terrible.

Judge and dozzell are terrible in the same team together . They are clueless sell them both .
Nsiala is a liability sell him bring in new cb .

But that ref is meant to be a "professional" he gets paid to make terrible terrible calls . Which could of changed the game massively in favour of us . We should of got a goal which could of changed the game . They should of had 9 men at the end of them .

Rant over .

On to the next game. UP THE TOWN

Saxonblue74 added 14:02 - Oct 20
Stanley approached this game like a cup final, and their hunger showed. Complacent town performance. 3 of the 4 missing from the start are PL signings which to me is significant. Nsiala never has and probably never will be good enough, could be a long time before he's in a town shirt again. Alan Judge? Right now wouldn't bother me if QPR got him for free! Theres always going to be hiccups, let's hope this was just that. Worrying look of last season about that performance, glad theres a game midweek to put things right.

eddiespearitt03 added 14:04 - Oct 20
Same players showing a lack of skill, hunger and all round ability. A total lack of discipline and the wrong team being picked. The woeful players hoping for yet another chance and once again prove they are just not good enough. We created very little and was all over the place when defending.

shortmarine1969 added 14:08 - Oct 20
Agree ref Judge & Dozell both really poor even though they have the talent, and as for Toto..hes simply is not up to it..Jackson looked isolated yet again because Judge was all over the place as per normal..a poor team display for this game , but blips will happen and if we win midweekit,s 4 points ahead and over 1/4 of the season gone..and we could not have asked for more really at the start of the season.

But for me Judge can go..sell him in Jan if we get offers..done nothing at all.

Linkboy13 added 23:46 - Oct 20
I yesterday on this site i was worried about this game we never look good after an international break remember Doncaster. Lambert is constantly moaning about playing two games a week perhaps one game every two weeks is too many . I hope the club has now learned there lesson and stop thinking we are Liverpool and just get on with playing football matches.

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