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Ipswich Town 2 v 3 Swindon Town
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Saturday, 9th January 2021 Kick-off 17:30
Ipswich Town 2-3 Swindon Town - Match Report
Saturday, 9th Jan 2021 19:35

James Norwood and Alan Judge were on target for the Blues but two goals from Diallang Jaiyesimi and a stunner from Scott Twine saw Swindon to a 3-2 victory over the Blues at Portman Road. Jaiyesimi gave the visitors the lead on 16 before sub Norwood levelled for the Blues in the 62nd minute, but Twine smashed home a brilliant 30-yard strike on 67 to restore the Robins’ lead and Jaiyesimi made it 3-1 with a cross which found its way into the net seven minutes later. Judge gave the Robins a fright with Town’s second in the 87th minute but the Blues, who stay eighth, were unable to find a third goal against the division’s 22nd-placed side.

Aaron Drinan and Armando Dobra returned to the Blues starting line-up, while Flynn Downes, James Norwood and Zanda Siziba were among the subs.

Drinan was the lone central striker with Oli Hawkins having dropped out of the 18, while Dobra was on the left of the front three for Keanan Bennetts, who suffered a knock in the Blues’ last game against Burton at home 25 days ago.

Kayden Jackson was again wide on the right of the front three with Andre Dozzell, Emyr Huws and Alan Judge the midfield trio.

At the back, skipper Luke Chambers and Stephen Ward were the fullbacks with ex-Swindon loanee Luke Woolfenden and Mark McGuinness the centre-halves. Dai Cornell was in goal.

Downes was back among the subs for the first time since suffering a knee injury at the start of October and Norwood returned after his latest hamstring problem, while midfielder Siziba, 17, was in the squad for a League One game for the first time having made one start and one sub appearance in the Papa John’s Trophy.

For Swindon, ex-Blues striker Brett Pitman and one-time loanee defender Zeki Fryers were in a starting XI which featured seven changes from their 4-1 defeat at home to the MK Dons last time out.

Forward Scott Twine, who played alongside Blues frontman Drinan for League of Ireland side Waterford, and midfielder Matty Palmer started having been recalled from loan spells, while keeper Mark Travers and Dominic Thompson made their debuts.

After both teams had taken a knee in support of Black Lives Matter, Swindon struck the first shot of the game in the third minute but Matt Smith hit his effort from the edge of the box over.

The Blues, with manager Paul Lambert watching from a box rather than the dugout having been among those at Portman Road to have suffered with Covid-19 over Christmas, created their first opportunity in the seventh minute when Dozzell sent Dobra away down the left. The Albanian U21 international crossed and Drinan’s awkward effort at goal was diverted out for a corner.

Three minutes later Paul Caddis crossed for Smith but his header from the edge of the box gave Cornell no trouble. Moments later, veteran Caddis was booked for tripping Dobra, whose direct running was already causing the visitors problems. From the free-kick, McGuinness looped a header to keeper Travers who claimed comfortably.

While Town had seen most of the ball, it was the Robins who would take the lead in the 16th minute.

Thompson was played in in space behind Jackson on the visitors’ left and sent over a cross which former Norwich academy winger Jaiyesimi headed back across Cornell and into the net as he ran into the area unchecked.

Town continued to see most of the ball but didn’t threaten until the 25th minute when Ward crossed from the left and Huws stooped to head well wide from the 18-yard line.

Swindon were looking more dangerous on the break and two minutes later, the ball was cut back from the right by Caddis to Jaiyesimi, whose effort was inadvertently blocked by his team-mate Pitman.

On the half hour, Dozzell’s clever chip played Judge in on goal inside the area to the left, Town’s best chance of the half, but the Irishman’s effort at goal was blocked by Travers.

From the resultant corner, the Robins broke quickly and after good work from Pitman, Jaiyesimi’s shot deflected through to Cornell.

On 37 Pitman found the net but with referee Sebastian Stockbridge having already blown his whistle.

Just before the half-time whistle, Chambers crossed from the right and the ball flicked off Dobra’s head and wide with the winger under pressure.

A disappointing half from the Blues, who as so often had seen plenty of the ball but without looking particularly threatening, aside from the couple of occasions when Dozzell had shown his passing quality.

At the other end, the visitors had looked a danger on the break and had taken their first real chance and might well have taken another.

Downes and Norwood spent half-time warming-up vigorously and took over from Drinan and Huws for the second half.

Swindon went close to making it 2-0 two minutes after the restart, Thompson cutting back from the left to the unmarked Twine, who shot over when he should have done much better.

In the 51st minute Judge wasn’t too far away from levelling for the Blues. After referee Stockbridge had waved play on following a foul on Dozzell, the ball dropped to the Irish international 25 yards out and his low shot scraped the outside of Travers’s left post.

A minute later, Downes was booked for a foul on Jordan Lyden with the substitute adamant he had won the ball, and he appeared to have a good case with the Robins man having made a lot of the challenge.

Norwood hit a low shot from an angle on the right of the box in the 55th minute but Travers was untroubled.

The Blues were again seeing most of the ball but without being able to carve out a significant opportunity.

However, in the 62nd minute Town equalised, slightly fortuitously. Jackson crossed from the right, Norwood completely missed the ball on the edge of the six-yard box when he seemed certain to score, but it struck Caddis and bounced back to the Blues striker who gratefully slammed home his first league goal of the season from a matter of inches.

Having levelled, Town continued to dominate possession and in the 66th minute Downes ran on to a ball played into the box as he broke from midfield but Travers was out quickly to claim.

And a minute later the visitors reclaimed their lead with a goal from the top drawer. Twine, who had been recalled from a loan spell at Newport earlier in the week, picked up the ball and smashed a superb 30-yard strike which flew over Cornell and dipped just under the bar giving the keeper no chance.

Norwood was booked for pulling back Twine in the 71st minute and two minutes later, the Robins increased their lead to two goals.

Jaiyesimi crossed from the left towards Pitman who threw out a foot as the ball passed him as it made its way beyond Cornell and inside the post. The striker appeared to indicate that he hadn’t got a touch and it was his team-mate’s goal.

The Blues had a mountain to climb against one of the division’s lowlier teams, the sort of side they have usually defeated this season. On 78 Jack Lankester took over from Dobra.

Town continued to huff and puff but without showing too many signs of getting back into the game. On 84 Norwood hit a deflected effort through to Travers after Dozzell had seized on some loose Swindon passing.

A minute later, Jaiyesimi slammed a shot wide from the edge of the box as he looked for his hat-trick.

At the other end, Downes headed over from a Judge cross from the left and in the 87th minute the Irishman pulled a goal back for the Blues.

Norwood chased a ball over the top and held off his man before playing inside to Judge, who slammed past Travers from six yards to give the Blues hope of grabbing a point.

But the Robins saw out the remaining scheduled minutes and four more in added-on time and referee Stockbridge’s whistle confirmed Swindon’s first win at Portman Road since September 1991 and the Blues’ fourth home defeat in their last five.

Town may have had 25 days without a game due to Covid-related postponements but it was a performance all too familiar to Blues supporters. Their side saw plenty of the ball but rarely created opportunities.

Norwood’s introduction at the break made a difference and the striker made a Town goal look more likely even before his leveller. However, the Blues’ possession to chances ratio remained low.

At the other end, no keeper would have saved Twine's strike but Jaiyesimi's was another soft goal to concede from the Blues' perspective.

Town started the weekend seventh but dropped to eighth following Accrington’s victory Charlton last night and that’s where they stay ahead of next week’s trip to bottom side Burton, which looks a must win game after today’s defeat.

Ipswich: Cornell, Chambers (c), Woolfenden, McGuinness, Ward, Dozzell, Huws (Downes 46), Jackson, Judge, Dobra (Lankester 78), Drinan (Norwood 46). Unused: Holy, Nsiala, Kenlock, Siziba, Lankester.

Swindon: Travers, Caddis, Fryers, Conroy (c), Jaiyesimi, Pitman, Twine, M Smith (Grant 90), Lyden, Palmer, Thompson. Unused: Matthews, T Smith, J Smith, Payne, Curran, Hope. Referee: Sebastian Stockbridge (Tyne and Wear).

Photo: Matchday Images

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Bluearmy_81 added 19:35 - Jan 9
As a fan if you are not saying this is not acceptable you are effectively saying it is. Join Evans out of ITFC https://www.facebook.com/groups/305709660097210/?ref=share

Kickingblock added 19:35 - Jan 9
Fantastic result?

For the whipping horses!

BromleyBloo added 19:36 - Jan 9

No one played that badly, but who played good??? So naive and spineless.........

We fought in the last 10 mins, but why didn’t we fight for the previous 80???

Okay, beaten by a worldly, but what.........???

We can’t match Swindon at home???

Need to get the message now/last chance saloon - fight your socks off and create chances.................!?!

cat added 19:36 - Jan 9
New year same old sh!t. Stronger team out today and we’ll still found wanting. We either haven’t got a good enough team or a manager who can’t get them to their potential, whichever the scenario we are falling fast.

GrimReaper66 added 19:39 - Jan 9
What an appalling result. We had most of the possession but we had no threat up front.....'Pretty but punchless' as I have quoted before. Mr. Lambert, please play 4-4-2

SickParrot added 19:39 - Jan 9
Do you think Lambert will say it's our first defeat for nearly a month?

Tractorboy58 added 19:39 - Jan 9
poor team, poor manager, poor club

heathen66 added 19:41 - Jan 9
Shocking performance. Have not learnt anything in the 25 day break. One up top will never work…look what happened when we go players round Norwood, but still Jackson was out wide right.
Chambers out of position for the first, and sat off the striker to allow the cross / shot for the 3rd.
Why when you are chasing the game do you not take off one of the ineffective full backs and keep the more dangerous Dobra on who will create something….Oh, it is a lot easier to take off a youngster.
On the plus side it was Judges best game since he signed 2 years ago !!!
Sorry Mr Lambert your time is up, we need a new leader with new ideas before it is too late and give the new guy 20+ days in the transfer market.
We cannot keep doing the same thing week after week just hoping for a different result

fallguy1234 added 19:42 - Jan 9
Fair play to James Norwood - gave everything. Everyone else, should be ashamed. Too much jogging and not enough effort. Stephen Ward getting skinned jumping in the air like he’s 13 years old. No leaders or characters.some of these players need moving on and the whole club needs a freshen up

VanDusen added 19:42 - Jan 9
Anyone else remember we lost 4-1 at home to Swindon in the promotion winning 91/92 season?

Mind you - that side had Glenn Hoddle in it.

Upthetown1970 added 19:42 - Jan 9
Players smiling and laughing after losing to 2nd bottom has really annoyed me. After a performance like that they shouldn't be laughing after the final whistle, disgraceful!!!

DifferentGravy added 19:42 - Jan 9
Please go Lambert. You are utterly clueless. Whats the excuse this time.....injuries.....too many games.....too few games.....weather too cold?

Try playing a formation with more than one up front. Try putting players in their correct positions. Try telling Dozzell to go forward with the ball instead of sitting in the back four, playing sideways balls......like a crap quarterback. Painful to watch.

On the pitch......players need to hold their hands up but the buck stops with Lambert......absolutely useless manager

timkatieadamitfc added 19:43 - Jan 9
Lambert must go TONIGHT

dav86 added 19:43 - Jan 9
Mr Evans please give Paul cook a call!!!!!!!!!

Tractorboy1985 added 19:43 - Jan 9
BLUE ACTION IM CALLING ON YOU NOW!!! because you seem thee only people who understand how low and what a joke club we have become!! Pathetic gutless spineless players run by the biggest fraud of a manager and owner in English football!! The goalkeeper.. pathetic! Full backs remind me of last of the summer wine! Youngsters who are clearly not at the standard everyone hypes them up to be! No tempo to our play.. no effort... we need a protest ASAP TO DRIVE THE INEPT SCOTTISH HAGGIS OUT OF OUR CLUB and put pressure on the worst owner in English football! A social distance protest on the car park opposite the cobbold stand at the next home game! Enough is enough! PR PAUL OUT

jas0999 added 19:43 - Jan 9
Disgraceful. I won’t be spending any more money on ITFC until Evans finally apologises for the way he has shamefully managed the club and sacks Lambert. There is no excuse. This once proud club has been destroyed under Evans pathetic ownership.

TimmyH added 19:44 - Jan 9
Well with this miserable start to the New Year, cold days and a killer virus I was looking forward to seeing us play again - how silly was I?

We've had this sort of result coming as undeservedly won a fair share of points at home unconvincingly, to me there is something clearly wrong, the players don't seem motivated and maybe there's unrest in the dressing room?

It might be a New Year but the sooner Lambert goes the better...

DifferentGravy added 19:44 - Jan 9
Well done Norwood.....showed the doubters.

Westy added 19:44 - Jan 9
Am I right in thinking we played with one up front even when we were chasing the game. I heard the Swindon manager speaking before the game and he was full of positivity contrasted with Judge's comment about the lay-off and lack of games being full of negativity. Phycology is a huge part of football. Be negative, sow the seed of doubt and generally you'll get a negative result.

delias_cheesy_flaps added 19:45 - Jan 9
I hate repeating myself but.....LAMBERT OUT!

midastouch added 19:45 - Jan 9
That 5 year contract is looking more and more like a colossal cock up from Marcus Heavens Above with each passing week! Seriously what was he thinking? And now he's being too tight to pay Shambert to ride out of Town once and for all!

unknown100 added 19:45 - Jan 9
So frustrating but Norwood especially and downes made a big difference

Add Vincent young; bishop, Edwards and a new signing that’s imminent apparently, could be a different season

Staying hopeful

osborne1nil added 19:46 - Jan 9
Awful performance against a team that has won away once this season. We were awful and Chambers and Ward extremely poor. Lack of fight until Norwood and Downes come on. Sadly I think pi$$ poor tactics and looked just so awful. Dozzell played okay and Norwood looked good and should have started. Jackson poor again but so many under performers on the pitch such as Huws. Got to wonder if time is up for Lambert with no plan B yet again. Had an opportunity to make some ground today and blown it away again.

RobsonWark added 19:46 - Jan 9
Town players walking off the pitch smiling and laughing says it all. The players don't give a damn about the club or the supporters.

Terry Butcher would never have walked off a pitch smiling if the team had just lost.


ThaiBlue added 19:46 - Jan 9
Go now lambert enough is enough appauling result with respect 2 swindon they deserved it.

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