MATCH REPORT: Ipswich Town 1 Birmingham City 1


A frustrating game for both sides at Portman Road, which saw Ipswich town get relegated from the Championship and saw Blues feel that they have not gained 1 point, but dropped 2.

Blues had a dream start. A Maxime Colin run gave the right back the opportunity to cross the ball at the first time of asking, the Frenchman did exactly that, and Lukas Jutkiewicz was there to smash the ball into the roof of the net: his 12th goal of the season.

10 minutes later, and Blues could have doubled their lead. A superb piece of link up play between Jota and Colin allowed the former brentford man to pick out Mrabti at the far post, but his miscued shot was blocked by a defender and cleared.

In the 22nd minute, Blues should have scored a second. After the ball dropped to Jota’s feet, he shot the ball towards Bialkowski’s far post, but the 31 year old saved. A shot with more power surely would have put The Blues into a comfortable lead.

In the 36th minute, Blues were awarded a free kick just outside the 18-yard box. A powerful Lukas Jutkiewicz attempt sailed over the crossbar and into the fans behind the goal. The Blues went in 1-0 up, they would have felt it should have been more after a series of missed chances.

Blues were made to regret their misused opportunities just one minute into the second half. Jackson, the substitute, whipped the ball in and Edwards was there to finish from close range. Just after, the hosts rattled the post through Judge, Blues looked like they had not made their way out of the changing room.

When Blues rode the Ipswich storm, Lukas Jutkiewicz had a great chance. A Connor Mahoney corner found the head of Jutkiewicz but his header just went over the bar. A big let off for Ipswich.

In the 90th minute, Camp denied Ipswich their Championship status for at least one more week. Judge shot the ball but a flying Lee Camp denied The Tractor Boys. The save earnt Blues another point towards Championship safety. However they should have come away with three.

Overall, it was 2 points dropped. Blues need to regroup and go again against Frank Lampard’s Derby County in front of a hopeful St Andrews crowd.


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