A trip to Portman Road in Suffolk on the first day of April for the blue boys. A solid turnout of away supporters, ready to fight till the end against an out of form Ipswich side managed by Mick McCarthy. The home team had the better of the early exchanges but Blues did come into their own 25 minutes in. Freddie Sears former West Ham youngster was becoming a handful for back three put out again by Gianfranco Zola.
Arsenal loanee Kristian Bielik had been a good announcement in the defence alongside Ryan Shotton and veteran Paul Robinson. He was on top form. It seemed though to be all Ipswich in the first half, Blues couldn’t really set a path in the game for themselves at all in the first 45. Leading man Lukas Jutkiewitz was the only man creating attempts and creating them for himself to try and finish! Luckily for the travelling fans, goalkeeper and fan favourite Tomasz Kuszczak was on hand to keep out each chance from the tractor boys.
Second half arose and after a solid defensive display from Zola’s men, I suppose the bluenoses will have been hoping for a bit of an attacking display in the second 45. Blues did start the second half the better and with a blazing effort by left back Jonathan Grounds, the away fans got what they wanted!
From then on in really it was definitely a game of two halves. Blues were the side with most of the chances. Ipswich made a substitution and a minute later they levelled, with a right footed shot from Grant Ward which was slightly deflected off the leg of the Ipswich striker Dominic Samuel.
Clayton Donaldson replaced David Davis because of injury with seven minutes to go. He had a woeful attempt on goal to try and put Blues back ahead but it wasn’t to be and it as said was a game of two halves and a point each way in east anglia. Blues 6 points above the bottom three with the league’s second placed team Brighton next. Ipswich town as well 6 points above the drop and play Wigan Athletic next.
Possession – Ipswich; 53% , Birmingham; 46%
Shots – Ipswich; 11 , Birmingham; 8
Shots on target – Ipswich; 3 , Birmingham; 4
Corners – Ipswich; 5 , Birmingham; 4
Fouls – Ipswich; 9 , Birmingham; 11