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Ipswich Town 1-1 Birmingham City

Jonathan Grounds
Jonathan Grounds scored for only the third time in 125 appearances for Birmingham

Ipswich Town made it nine draws in 12 games as they hit back to deny Birmingham the win at Portman Road.

Jonathan Grounds fired into the roof of the net to put Blues ahead after Bartosz Bialkowski saved Lukas Jutkiewicz's initial shot.

Jutkiewicz almost doubled the lead when put through by Craig Gardner's reverse pass, but Bialkowski saved well.

Town's equaliser had a touch of good fortune when Grant Ward's overhit cross flew over Tomasz Kuszczak into the net.

Freddie Sears should have opened the scoring for Town, who are winless in eight matches, but fired straight at the legs of Kuszczak, and then had a goal ruled out for offside.

But Birmingham, who have won just twice in 20 matches since Gianfranco Zola took over as manager, created chances to secure their fifth away win of the season.

David Davis was inches away from connecting with Jutkiewicz's low cross before Bialkowski made a fine save to keep out David McGoldrick's header towards his own goal.

Ipswich substitute Kevin Bru went close late on to what would have been only a second win in 13 matches, but his curling shot was narrowly wide.

The Tractor Boys' fifth successive home draw keeps them 17th, a place above Birmingham on goal difference, with both sides six points above the relegation zone.

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy: "I don't want to be involved in a relegation fight. We've got to get enough points and stay in the league.

"I thought the first half was a Championship scrap that we probably shaded, but we lost all our momentum for giving a poor goal away.

"Bartosz Bialkowski kept us in it and we weren't playing well. It was a horrible atmosphere and we got away with a wonder-strike, or a lucky cross, to get a point."

Birmingham manager Gianfranco Zola told BBC WM: "We looked like we were cruising. We scored a goal and I didn't see them scoring because we were defending very well.

"We had a couple of great chances, but we didn't convert. It is a pity because probably we deserved a little bit more.

"They [the players] fought very hard today - a lot of players have run a lot - so it will be important to recover quickly."

Line-ups

Ipswich

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 12Spence
  • 4Chambers
  • 6Berra
  • 3Knudsen
  • 18Ward
  • 8SkuseSubstituted forBruat 45+1'minutes
  • 22Douglas
  • 20Sears
  • 11PitmanSubstituted forSamuelat 71'minutes
  • 10McGoldrick

Substitutes

  • 1Gerken
  • 2Taylor
  • 17Bru
  • 30Kenlock
  • 35Rowe
  • 37Diagouraga
  • 42Samuel

Birmingham

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 31BielikBooked at 69mins
  • 5Shotton
  • 4Robinson
  • 2Nsue
  • 6KieftenbeldSubstituted forGleesonat 86'minutes
  • 7Tesche
  • 26DavisSubstituted forDonaldsonat 83'minutes
  • 3Grounds
  • 12Gardner
  • 15Jutkiewicz

Substitutes

  • 1Legzdins
  • 8Gleeson
  • 9Donaldson
  • 14Adams
  • 21Frei Koyunlu
  • 25Cogley
  • 33Keita
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
16,667

Match Stats

Home TeamIpswichAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home11
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Ipswich Town 1, Birmingham City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 1, Birmingham City 1.

Attempt missed. Kevin Bru (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Krystian Bielik.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Bartosz Bialkowski.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Bartosz Bialkowski.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Jonas Knudsen.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Stephen Gleeson replaces Maikel Kieftenbeld.

Offside, Birmingham City. Tomasz Kuszczak tries a through ball, but Clayton Donaldson is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Clayton Donaldson replaces David Davis because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match David Davis (Birmingham City) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kevin Bru.

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

Foul by Craig Gardner (Birmingham City).

Goal!

Goal! Ipswich Town 1, Birmingham City 1. Grant Ward (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Dominic Samuel.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Dominic Samuel replaces Brett Pitman.

Foul by Grant Ward (Ipswich Town).

Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Krystian Bielik (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Krystian Bielik (Birmingham City).

Foul by Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town).

Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town).

David Davis (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Brett Pitman (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ryan Shotton (Birmingham City).

Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Davis (Birmingham City).

Attempt missed. Nsue (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Lukas Jutkiewicz.

David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Nsue (Birmingham City).

Foul by Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town).

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

Attempt missed. Ryan Shotton (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Bartosz Bialkowski.

Attempt saved. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Craig Gardner with a through ball.

Attempt missed. Brett Pitman (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jordan Spence.

Goal!

Goal! Ipswich Town 0, Birmingham City 1. Jonathan Grounds (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.

goal

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