FULL TIME: Bristol City 2 Ipswich Town 1
PUBLISHED: 18:06 26 January 2013 | UPDATED: 18:06 26 January 2013
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Bristol City v Ipswich: Former Ipswich Town striker Jon Stead’s last-minute strike broke the Blues’ hearts and gave Bristol City a crucial three points in their quest for Championship survival.
Substitute Stead pounced on fellow replacement, Stephen Davies’ flick-on to fire home from eight yards - with stoppage-time approaching - to plunge Town back into trouble.
The Blues remain six points above the drop-zone but have dropped to fourth-bottom, following wins for Birmingham and Sheffield Wednesday, while the teams in the drop-zone, Peterborough, Barnsley and today’s opponents, City, all have a game in hand on Mick McCarthy’s men.
Town never looked troubled in a scrappy game but were pegged back when Daryl Murphy’s smart first-half opener was cancelled out by Davies’ early second-half finish, just after half-time.
Winger Paul Anderson took down a high ball with aplomb and fed former Town target Davies who hit an unstoppable shot into the top corner, past Scott Loach.
Town edged a first half lacking in quality and could have doubled their lead just before the break, but Lee Martin somehow missed the target six yards out, when it looked easier to score.
Martin then brought out a tremendous second-half save from Tom Heaton, after the stopper found Aaron Cresswell’s initial shot, from 35 yards, too hot to handle
Bristol City (4-4-2): Heaton, Moloney, Carey, Fontaine, Cunningham, Kelly, Skuse, Kilkenny (Elliott 83), Anderson, Baldock (Stead 79), Taylor (Davies 16). Subs not used: Gerken, Foster, J Wilson, Pearson.
Blues (4-4-2): Loach, Orr, Chambers, Smith, Cresswell, Edwards, Hyam, N’Daw, Martin, McGoldrick, Murphy (Mclean 82). Subs not used: Lee-Barrett, Kisnorbo, Hewitt, Drury, Chopra, Nouble.