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

Coca-Cola Championship 2009-10

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Referee: Anthony Bates

Manager: Gary Johnson

Ashton Gate 15:00

Attendance: 14,287

Manager: Roy Keane

Match Number: 3329

Goals

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Away
 

Substitutions

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Evander SnoAlvaro Saborio (81)
Danny HaynesDavid Clarkson (81)

Cards

Home
 Marvin Elliott (31)
 Ivan Sproule (77)
Away
 Jon Walters (73)

Teams

Home

Dean Gerken

Jamie McAllister

Liam Fontaine

Lewin Nyatanga

Marvin Elliott

Lee Johnson

Paul Hartley

Cole Skuse

Evander Sno

Nicky Maynard

Danny Haynes

Substitutes

Home

Henderson

Bradley Orr

Jamie McCombe

Gavin Williams

Ivan Sproule

David Clarkson

Alvaro Saborio

Match Report

Bristol City 0-0 Ipswich

Things are finally looking up for Roy Keane with his Ipswich Town side now on an unbeaten run of eight games.

They so nearly won this one with a late 30-yard shot from Grant Leadbitter which thudded into a post before the rebound was scrambled away.

In a spirited second half, City twice found a post for themselves, but as they wait for the transfer window to open have seen five games go by without a win.

Ipswich arrived knowing they had to protect their rookie keeper Arran Lee-Barrett starting his first Championship game.

They need not have worried about City's attack as, until manager Gary Johnson was able to make adjustments at the break, they offered no threat.

Apart from coming off his line to grasp two corners, the only saved the young keeper had to make came from a Paul Hartley free-kick just outside the box.

The former Celtic midfielder bent it very conveniently into his arms.

While City largely neglected their wings, Ipswich were constantly pushing Jon Walters through on the right flank where he exposed a lack of cover in the home defence.

Leadbitter won an early corner with a long-range shot which home keeper Dean Gerken could not hold cleanly, but Gareth McAuley headed well over the top from a good position.

It was the first of several chances which should have seen Ipswich into a comfortable lead and would have done so if Gerken had been less on his game.

The football was textbook rather than stirring but this began to change in the second half when Danny Haynes, who was playing against his old club, crashed a shot against the foot of an Ipswich post.

Ipswich had a former City player in Stern John but the on-loan striker was taken off just short of the hour.

Bristol were having their best spell and put in by Evander Sno, Haynes hit the base of Ipswich's other post.

His shift was not over as he was then back on City's goalline to clear a deflected shot from Leadbitter.

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