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Ipswich Town 1-0 Birmingham City

Joe Garner
Joe Garner left Rangers one year into a three-year deal, having scored 10 goals in 37 appearances for the club last season

Joe Garner marked his return to English football by scoring the winner for Ipswich Town against Birmingham City.

Blues were the more threatening side before the break, with Che Adams and Clayton Donaldson both going close.

Ipswich suffered a first-half blow, with Andre Dozzell leaving the field on a stretcher with a knee injury.

Town returned from the interval buoyant and Garner met a Jonas Knudsen cross to slide home, while Freddie Sears failed to add a second from close range.

Ipswich goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski made a series of saves either side of the break to ensure Ipswich, a side that lost their final pre-season match 6-1 to League One side Charlton a week earlier, claimed all three points in their Championship opener against Harry Redknapp's Blues.

Marc Roberts, one of thee summer arrivals to start for Blues, and Emilio Nsue were among those to be denied by the home goalkeeper.

Eighteen-year-old midfielder Dozzell, who helped England win the Under-19 European Championship title last month, looked bright for the hosts and played with poise, but needed treatment once before eventually being forced off in first-half injury time.

While it made for a miserable end to the first half, Garner ensured the second started positively, scoring his first goal in the Championship since April 2016, in what was his last full campaign in England's second-tier before leaving Preston for one season in the Scottish Premiership with Rangers.

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy:

"For me it was vital we won and played well. I've had lovely support but there would have been an element waiting for me and I wouldn't blame them because we were rubbish last year.

"Somebody asked me about my ambition and that is to build a team and win games.

"I've had lovely support from everybody at the club and the fans. They turned up and it humbles me. It was nice to repay it with a good performance and a win."

Line-ups

Ipswich

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 2IorfaSubstituted forWebsterat 74'minutes
  • 12SpenceBooked at 48mins
  • 4Chambers
  • 5Smith
  • 3Knudsen
  • 18G Ward
  • 8Skuse
  • 23DozzellSubstituted forDownesat 45+5'minutes
  • 20Sears
  • 14Garner

Substitutes

  • 1Gerken
  • 6Webster
  • 10McGoldrick
  • 11Celina
  • 21Downes
  • 22Nydam
  • 30Kenlock

Birmingham

  • 13Stockdale
  • 2Nsue
  • 28Morrison
  • 4RobertsBooked at 89mins
  • 3Grounds
  • 26Davis
  • 17Ndoye
  • 8Gardner
  • 19MaghomaSubstituted forKeitaat 79'minutes
  • 14Adams
  • 9Donaldson

Substitutes

  • 5Shotton
  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 29Kuszczak
  • 33Keita
  • 44Brock-Madsen
  • 45Harding
  • 50Gleeson
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
18,153

Match Stats

Home TeamIpswichAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home12
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Ipswich Town 1, Birmingham City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 1, Birmingham City 0.

Attempt missed. Cheikh Ndoye (Birmingham City) with an attempt from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Craig Gardner with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Tommy Smith.

Booking

Marc Roberts (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Marc Roberts (Birmingham City).

Attempt blocked. Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Cheikh Ndoye (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Marc Roberts with a cross.

Flynn Downes (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Gardner (Birmingham City).

Foul by Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town).

Che Adams (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Offside, Ipswich Town. Grant Ward tries a through ball, but Freddie Sears is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Cheick Keita replaces Jacques Maghoma.

Joe Garner (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Morrison (Birmingham City).

Attempt missed. Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jordan Spence.

Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City).

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Adam Webster replaces Dominic Iorfa.

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

Foul by David Davis (Birmingham City).

Grant Ward (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cheikh Ndoye (Birmingham City).

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Cole Skuse.

Dominic Iorfa (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Che Adams (Birmingham City).

Foul by Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town).

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

Attempt missed. Craig Gardner (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Joe Garner (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonathan Grounds (Birmingham City).

Attempt missed. Cheikh Ndoye (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Che Adams with a cross.

Attempt missed. Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Grant Ward with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Che Adams.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Jonathan Grounds.

Attempt blocked. Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City11003123
2QPR11002023
3Cardiff11001013
4Ipswich11001013
5Nottm Forest11001013
6Preston11001013
7Sheff Utd11001013
8Wolves11001013
9Aston Villa10101101
10Derby10101101
11Fulham10101101
12Hull10101101
13Norwich10101101
14Sunderland10101101
15Bolton00000000
16Leeds00000000
17Birmingham100101-10
18Brentford100101-10
19Burton100101-10
20Middlesbrough100101-10
21Millwall100101-10
22Sheff Wed100101-10
23Barnsley100113-20
24Reading100102-20
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