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Bristol City 2-1 Ipswich Town

Aden Flint
Centre-back Aden Flint scored 14 league goals for Bristol City last season

Lee Johnson got off to a winning start as Bristol City boss as Aden Flint's double gave them victory over Ipswich.

The centre-back rose highest to head in off the post from Luke Freeman's pin-point corner to open the scoring.

It was 2-0 when, in similar fashion, Flint nodded in Freeman's delivery for his fourth league goal of the season.

Ex-Robin Brett Pitman scored for Ipswich with a low finish, but City held on for back-to-back wins and moved five points clear of the drop zone.

Johnson played for the Robins from 2006 to 2012 and will be delighted with his start after joining from League One side Barnsley on 6 February.

The first half could have yielded more goals for the hosts as Ipswich goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski made an excellent one-handed reaction save from Korey Smith's deflected shot.

Ipswich also had chances, with home goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell saving well from Daryl Murphy's six-yard header midway through the second half.

The hosts nearly extended their lead but Bialkowski made a low finger-tip save from substitute Kieran Agard to keep it 2-1, before Tommy Smith's late drive flew wide.

Bristol City manager Lee Johnson:

"There is still work to do, but it was a good start. A lot of what I saw really pleased me.

"We have some big lads to attack set-pieces and Luke Freeman's quality of delivery makes it easier for them.

"Aden Flint was brave with his headers. At half-time he told me he wanted to take a penalty if we got one - but I wouldn't have let him!

"The atmosphere created by the fans was tremendous and I really appreciated that. Now we have to maintain focus in and out of possession. If we do that we have the quality to hurt opponents."

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy:

"We didn't defend the set-pieces well enough, but credit where it is due because the delivery and movement at the two corners was an example to any young players.

"Having gone behind, it was needs must and we switched back to 4-4-2, which I felt made us more effective.

"Brett Pitman wants more starts and he made us better when he came on. He doesn't like the tag of super-sub, but it was a great finish.

"We have been hit hard by injuries in midfield, which is not an excuse. I expect us to be challenging at the top of the table and can understand the fans' frustration."

Line-ups

Bristol City

  • 12O'DonnellBooked at 90mins
  • 2Little
  • 4Flint
  • 17Baker
  • 13Golbourne
  • 21Pack
  • 7Smith
  • 15Freeman
  • 9TomlinSubstituted forAgardat 64'minutes
  • 23BryanSubstituted forWagstaffat 88'minutes
  • 22KodjiaSubstituted forWilbrahamat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Fielding
  • 10Agard
  • 11Wagstaff
  • 14Reid
  • 16Pearce
  • 18Wilbraham
  • 25Vyner

Ipswich

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 4Chambers
  • 6Berra
  • 5Smith
  • 3Knudsen
  • 44FoleyBooked at 73minsSubstituted forToureat 90'minutes
  • 17Bru
  • 15PringleSubstituted forVarneyat 68'minutes
  • 7Maitland-NilesSubstituted forPitmanat 53'minutes
  • 9Murphy
  • 20Sears

Substitutes

  • 11Pitman
  • 18Tabb
  • 30Kenlock
  • 36Henly
  • 37Digby
  • 39Toure
  • 42Varney
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
15,736

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamIpswich
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home16
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home13
Away6
Fouls
Home8
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol City 2, Ipswich Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol City 2, Ipswich Town 1.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

Booking

Richard O'Donnell (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jonas Knudsen following a set piece situation.

Kevin Bru (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kieran Agard (Bristol City).

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Larsen Touré replaces Kevin Foley.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Scott Wagstaff replaces Joe Bryan.

Offside, Bristol City. Aaron Wilbraham tries a through ball, but Kieran Agard is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Joe Bryan (Bristol City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kieran Agard.

Offside, Ipswich Town. Luke Chambers tries a through ball, but Daryl Murphy is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Joe Bryan (Bristol City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Foul by Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town).

Mark Little (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nathan Baker (Bristol City).

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Jonas Knudsen.

Attempt missed. Aden Flint (Bristol City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Marlon Pack with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Kevin Foley.

Attempt blocked. Kieran Agard (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Kevin Foley (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kevin Foley (Ipswich Town).

Kieran Agard (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Marlon Pack.

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

Foul by Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City).

Attempt missed. Korey Smith (Bristol City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Bartosz Bialkowski.

Attempt saved. Kieran Agard (Bristol City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Scott Golbourne.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Luke Varney replaces Ben Pringle.

Hand ball by Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City).

Attempt missed. Nathan Baker (Bristol City) header from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Marlon Pack with a cross following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Kieran Agard replaces Lee Tomlin.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Aaron Wilbraham replaces Jonathan Kodjia.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Ben Pringle.

Foul by Kevin Foley (Ipswich Town).

Luke Freeman (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol City 2, Ipswich Town 1. Brett Pitman (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Daryl Murphy.

goal

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3Burnley311511548262256
4Brighton301511440301056
5Sheff Wed311411649331653
6Derby311312640271351
7Birmingham3113993830848
8Ipswich3113994039148
9Cardiff31111373833546
10Nottm Forest31101293127442
11Preston31101292929042
12Wolves311010114042-240
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16Leeds30812102934-536
17Huddersfield3198144244-235
18Fulham30711124750-332
19Blackburn29613102527-231
20MK Dons3187162542-1731
21Bristol City31710142748-2131
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24Bolton31412153052-2224
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