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FULL TIME: Bristol City 2 Ipswich Town 1

18:06 26 January 2013

Daryl Murphy

Daryl Murphy

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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.

5 comments

  • Just when I thought we couldn't get any worse Martin and Edwards plumb new depths. This team lacks skill in key positions. Thank goodness for the budgies - almost every week they ease my pain.

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    peter sadler

    Saturday, January 26, 2013

  • The "honeymoon" season has certainly vanished and now its more like the "disaster" season has started under the pathetic mccarthy! Mccarthy has made up the 3rd member of the keystone cops to go along with the other 2 clowns keane and jewell. Wonder who after mccarthy is sacked will be the 4th member, I wait in anticipatience lol

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    ged scott

    Sunday, January 27, 2013

  • Offshore Investment FC once again appear an incoherent rabble with a manager who says one thing and does another. Sounds depressingly familiar... and depressingly predictable. However six points is a chasm that the bottom three will take at least six weeks to accrue..... six weeks for Mick the No Integrity Man to stop his daft policy of shoehorning a bunch of strangers into the front line & demoralising the few remaining Town players with threats of dredging up yet more temporary rejects. All it will take to achieve the lower mid-table finish that deluded Town 'supporters' crave is a modicum of common sense. Hopefully No Loans will remember that he once had that.

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    Rob Steroo

    Saturday, January 26, 2013

  • Only candidate must be you Scotty.....

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    My Comment is this..

    Sunday, January 27, 2013

  • I'm surprised ged scott has shown his face. Must be mad as a Hatter....

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    Captain Slog

    Sunday, January 27, 2013

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