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Match Preview: Ipswich Town v Birmingham City

Sky Bet Championship at Portman Road Saturday April 1, 2017 kick-off 15:00

Head to Head

  Home Away
Comp P W D L F A P W D L F A
FA Cup210111210133
League Cup210123300338
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against
78 34 15 29 114 100
  44% 19% 37% 53% 47%

Last six matches

  Date Venue Result Competition Attendance Goal Scorers
 13/12/2016A1-2Sky Bet Championship15212Adam Webster (1) 
 23/1/2016A0-3Sky Bet Championship18272 
 18/9/2015H1-1Sky Bet Championship18973Brett Pitman (1) 
 24/2/2015H4-2Sky Bet Championship17161Freddie Sears (2)  Kevin Bru (1)  Tyrone Mings (1) 
 19/8/2014A2-2Sky Bet Championship14022Christophe Berra (2) 
 1/3/2014H1-0Sky Bet Championship15596Daryl Murphy (1) 

 For details of all previous meetings between the two clubs click here.

Last meeting at Portman Road

IPSWICH TOWN 1 Birmingham City 1

Sky Bet Championship Friday September 18, 2015

Ipswich 1 Birmingham 1

Ipswich Town fought back to earn a draw with Birmingham City, thanks to a controversial Brett Pitman penalty.

David Cotterill fired the visitors ahead after a slip by Christophe Berra.

But Pitman levelled from the spot after referee Keith Stroud ruled Jonathan Spector had fouled Ainsley Maitland-Niles as he slid in to block a cross.

Maitland-Niles and Luke Chambers both sliced good chances wide for Ipswich, while substitute Daryl Murphy steered a free header off target.

But the big talking point of the game was Ipswich's spot-kick, which came 10 minutes after Cotterill had fired Birmingham in front from 15 yards, Andrew Shinnie having capitalised on Berra's slip to play him in.

Maitland-Niles showed great pace to get to the byline but his cross took a deflection off Spector and dribbled into the arms of keeper Tomasz Kuszczak.

However, as Spector slid in, his follow-through saw him collide with Maitland-Niles and referee Stroud chose to point to the spot.

Ipswich, who would have gone second if they had won, had the better of the second-half chances but could not find a way through.

Freddie Sears saw a shot cleared off the line by Stephen Gleeson, before Chambers side-footed wide from a corner.

Maitland-Niles also sliced wide from substitute David McGoldrick's knockdown, while another substitute Murphy planted a free header off target.

Birmingham, who climbed to sixth with their point, almost snatched all three points at the end when Gleeson curled wide from the edge of the box following Cotterill's short free-kick.

Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy:

"I did think it was a strange decision when I first saw it, but looking at it after the game I think the referee has got it right.

"Harsh as it may seem to them (Birmingham), it was the momentum that caused the foul. If it had been outside the box or on the half-way line, the foul would have been given. It shouldn't be any different in the area."

Birmingham boss Gary Rowett told BBC WM 95.6:

"I'm disappointed because I think everyone I've spoken to says there was no way it was a penalty. At the end of the day the referee's got to give his decision, but he's 60 yards away, his assistant is 20 yards away, nobody appeals and yet he gives it.

"To lose a goal lead in that manner made the game incredibly hard but we stuck at it and we really defended well in the second half under a lot of pressure.

"I think that's probably as big a result for us as any this season because of the manner of the place, the journey and Tuesday night's game [against Nottingham Forest]."

BBC Sport

Leading Scorers v Birmingham City

Alan Brazil8
John Wark6
Paul Mariner6
Ray Crawford6
Trevor Whymark5
Mick Lambert4
Bryan Hamilton3
Christophe Berra3
Ted Phillips3

Best Attendances

  Attendance Date Competition
Home 29025 11/4/1977 Division 1
Away 40709 5/2/1972 FA Cup 4th Round

Players with connections to both Ipswich Town and Birmingham City

Aaron McLean (2012-13)
Alex Bruce (2006-11)
Ambrose Mulraney (1936-46)
Andrew Legg (1997-98)
Andros Townsend (2010-11)
Bilel Mohsni (2012-13)
Chris Swailes (1986-98)
Chris Wood (2014-15)
Cody Cropper (2010-12)
Danny Sonner (1996-99)
Darren Ambrose (1995-16)
David Geddis (1974-80)
Devann Yao (2009-10)
DJ Campbell (2012-13)
Emyr Huws (2016-current)
Frederick Barber (1995-96)
Guirane NDaw (2012-13)
Ian Atkins (1985-88)
Ingi Hojsted (2005-06)
J Southam (1945-46)
Jack Collison (2014-15)
Jack Hick (1939-46)
Jackie Brown (1948-51)
Jamie Clapham (1997-03)
John Linford (1980-83)
Jonathan Hunt (1998-99)
Jordan Spence (2016-current)
Keith Bertschin (1973-77)
Lee Bowyer (2011-12)
Leroy Lita (2014-15)
Louie Donowa (1989-90)
Marcus Bent (2001-04)
Mark Burchill (2000-01)
Matthew Upson (1993-94)
Nicky Forster (2005-07)
Nigel Gleghorn (1985-88)
Njazi Kuqi (2006-07)
Paul Cooper (1973-87)
Rostyn Griffiths (2002-03)
Sam Westley (2013-14)
Sean Ellis (2009-10)
Stern John (2009-10)
Steve McGavin (1984-88)
Steve Whitton (1990-94)
Toby Osman (2006-07)
Tom Fillingham (1938-40)
Tommy Carroll (1966-72)
Trevor Tearney (1997-98)
Willie Havenga (1951-53)

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