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Ipswich Town (0) 3 - 1 (1) Bristol City

Coca-Cola Championship 2008-09

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Referee: P Taylor

Manager: Jim Magilton

Portman Road 19:45

Attendance: 17,749

Manager: Gary Johnson

Match Number: 3282

Goals

Home
 Jon Walters (49)
 Pablo Counago (51)
 Liam Fontaine (og) (56)
Away
 John (5)

Substitutions

Away
CareyJames Wilson (46)
JohnAkinde (65)
MaynardTrundle (65)

Cards

Home
 Moritz Volz (43)
 Pablo Counago (51)
 Velice Shumulikoski (53)
 Alex Bruce (61)
Away
 Carey (28)
 Sproule (90)

Teams

Away

Basso

Brian Wilson

Carey

McCombe

Fontaine

Sproule

Elliott

Skuse

McIndoe

John

Maynard

Substitutes

Away

Henderson

Williams

Trundle

James Wilson

Akinde

Match Report

Walters alters the mood for lucky Jim

Ipswich manager Jim Magilton must have felt like chanting 'can we play you every week' to Bristol City counterpart Gary Johnson after his rejuvenated side turned the atmosphere of unease at Portman Road into one of relieved celebration.

Losing lamely at Norwich on Sunday could have been the tipping point for Magilton, with angry supporters on his back and billionaire owner Marcus Evans feeling twitchy about the meagre return on his investment.

So the incredible flurry of goals at the start of the second half was well timed from an Ipswich team booed off at the break and trailing to Stern John's early header.

Magilton said: 'We knew we had to lift the crowd after Sunday and it was pretty quiet at first. But no one took the Norwich defeat to heart more than me and the players. This was our opportunity to right a wrong and we've done it.'

The game turned when Jon Walters equalised and Pablo Counago put Ipswich in front with goals on 49 and 51 minutes respectively.

Then Liam Fontaine's comical 20-yard own goal turned the supporters' jitters to titters.

Just after referee Paul Taylor waved away their appeals for a goal when Counago's header looked as if it had crossed the line before being scrambled clear, Ipswich found themselves a goal behind in the fifth minute.

Winger Ivan Sproule scampered away on the right and the Irishman's cross was nodded home by the unmarked John.

It was the 20th minute before Ipswich found their rhythm and, after they did, the pressure on City barely let up.

First Counago's clever reverse pass put through Darren Ambrose, whose curling shot was saved by Adriano Basso.

It was the start of an incredible duel between the pair as Basso pulled off five wonderful saves to deny Ambrose before the break.

At the start of the second half Basso was beaten at last - first by Walters from a narrow angle, then by Counago who was given the freedom of the penalty area to head home.

Ipswich's third goal came when Fontaine tried to divert the ball back to Basso and only succeeded in sliding the ball past his startled colleague.

Ipswich defender Alex Bruce was sent off on the hour after his reckless lunge at Nicky Maynard but City were unable to take advantage.

Johnson said: 'I was pleased with how we started but that's it. Our keeper kept us in it and we were no better against 10 men.'

Mark Taylor (Daily Mail)

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