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Birmingham City 3-0 Ipswich Town

Will Buckley goal
Will Buckley's last goal was for Brighton against Bolton in March 2014

Will Buckley's home debut goal for Birmingham City set his side on their way to victory over fellow Championship play-off hopefuls Ipswich.

Buckley, on loan from Sunderland, followed up Clayton Donaldson's effort to put Blues ahead from close range.

Ipswich went down to 10 men just before the break as Jonathan Douglas saw red for a dangerous tackle on Buckley.

Jon Toral then spectacularly volleyed home, before Maikel Kieftenbeld made it three from the edge of the box.

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Rowett on Birmingham City v Ipswich

The deserved victory lifted Gary Rowett's Birmingham above Mick McCarthy's Ipswich into seventh, following a game between two sides whose respective managers signed new contracts last week.

The visitors, who lost for the first time in eight away league games, had the first sight oft goal, but Daryl Murphy could only head a left-wing cross over the bar.

After Buckley, playing his second game for Blues, tapped in from a yard out, home keeper Tomasz Kuszczak denied Ryan Fraser and Freddie Sears in quick succession.

But following Douglas' red card - the first for any Ipswich player in the league this season - the home side always looked the more likely to win and Toral, on loan from Arsenal, dispatched a fine volley after Donaldson flick on Kuszczak's clearance.

Fraser twice came close to getting a goal back for Town, but fired off target, before Kieftenbeld found the net following a strong run by Buckley as Blues beat Ipswich for the first time in nine matches.

Birmingham manager Gary Rowett:

"You have got to enjoy it when you are in a good run of form. To take seven points from the last three games and to concede only one goal is fantastic.

"It was a difficult game. One or two decisions can change a game and fortunately they went for us.

"We had a little bit of fortune with the sending-off. It made us a little nervous early in the second half and when it looked as if Ipswich had their tails up, Jon Toral comes up with a fantastic goal.

"Will Buckley has something to prove as things have not worked out for him at Sunderland. He is the type of player I like because you can sense an extra motivation to come and kick-start his career."

Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy:

"I thought Birmingham played well and the game was fairly even until the sending-off, which changed the game.

"I didn't think it was a sending-off. The tackle looked worse than it was.

"I thought at half-time we could change it around but we were outdone by two bombshells which were fabulous strikes. The result of 3-0 looks as if we have been slapped but we haven't, even with 10 men.

"I am not leaving Birmingham thinking we were dreadful and we were not competitive. Circumstances have tarnished the result but not the performance."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 31Caddis
  • 28Morrison
  • 4RobinsonBooked at 49mins
  • 3Grounds
  • 6KieftenbeldSubstituted forSolomon-Otaborat 74'minutes
  • 8GleesonBooked at 29mins
  • 30BuckleySubstituted forVaughanat 80'minutes
  • 20Toral
  • 26DavisSubstituted forAdamsat 90+1'minutes
  • 9Donaldson

Substitutes

  • 1Legzdins
  • 15Vaughan
  • 16Adams
  • 17Solomon-Otabor
  • 23Spector
  • 25Lowry
  • 44Brock-Madsen

Ipswich

  • 1Gerken
  • 4Chambers
  • 5SmithBooked at 76mins
  • 6Berra
  • 3Knudsen
  • 8Skuse
  • 22DouglasBooked at 45mins
  • 20SearsSubstituted forPitmanat 78'minutes
  • 17BruSubstituted forHyamat 45'minutes
  • 14Fraser
  • 9MurphySubstituted forVarneyat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Maitland-Niles
  • 11Pitman
  • 19Hyam
  • 33Bialkowski
  • 37Digby
  • 42Varney
  • 44Foley
Referee:
Michael Bull
Attendance:
18,272

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamIpswich
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home13
Away18
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 3, Ipswich Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 3, Ipswich Town 0.

Attempt missed. Ryan Fraser (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Offside, Ipswich Town. Luke Hyam tries a through ball, but Luke Varney is caught offside.

Foul by Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town).

Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Charlee Adams (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonathan Grounds with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Charlee Adams replaces David Davis.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Jonas Knudsen.

Attempt missed. Brett Pitman (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ryan Fraser.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Dean Gerken (Ipswich Town) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. James Vaughan (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by David Davis with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Stephen Gleeson (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Clayton Donaldson.

Attempt missed. James Vaughan (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Michael Morrison with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

Foul by Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town).

Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Fraser (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Varney.

Luke Varney (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jonathan Grounds (Birmingham City).

Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jon-Miquel Toral (Birmingham City).

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. James Vaughan replaces William Buckley.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Tommy Smith.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Luke Varney replaces Daryl Murphy.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Brett Pitman replaces Freddie Sears.

Booking

Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town).

Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ryan Fraser.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Viv Solomon-Otabor replaces Maikel Kieftenbeld.

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 3, Ipswich Town 0. Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

Attempt blocked. Stephen Gleeson (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Clayton Donaldson.

Attempt missed. Ryan Fraser (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Foul by Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town).

Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Ryan Fraser (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Daryl Murphy.

Foul by Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town).

Jon-Miquel Toral (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hull28175645182756
2Middlesbrough27174637142355
3Brighton28131143428650
4Derby271310438211749
5Burnley27139542241848
6Sheff Wed281210642311146
7Birmingham2813783728946
8Ipswich2812973735245
9Cardiff28101173531441
10Brentford28116114140139
11Nottm Forest2891183025538
12Wolves28108103738-138
13Reading2898113231135
14QPR2881193535035
15Preston2881192527-235
16Leeds2881192832-435
17Huddersfield2888123739-232
18Blackburn2761292424030
19Fulham28610124348-528
20MK Dons2875162341-1826
21Rotherham2874173449-1525
22Bristol City2859142447-2324
23Charlton2849152254-3221
24Bolton28311142446-2220
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