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Ipswich Town 4-2 Birmingham City

Freddie Sears
Freddie Sears scored his first goals for Ipswich at Portman Road

Freddie Sears struck twice as Ipswich beat Birmingham City at Portman Road to get their promotion bid back in motion.

Mick McCarthy's side, who lost at home to Reading on Saturday, led through Tyrone Mings's header against City.

Sears capitalised on defensive confusion after the break to score. David Davis headed in for City before Sears added his second with a low shot.

Davis scored again after firing through a congested box, but Kevin Bru sealed the win as Ipswich move up to third.

It was Bru's first goal for Ipswich and settled a contest which had become a tense occasion for the home side after Davis got his second of the game.

Ipswich have not suffered back-to-back league defeats this season and their consistency has provided a platform for an automatic promotion push few would have predicted at the start of the campaign.

Ipswich are now just three points behind second-placed Middlesbrough and five behind leaders Derby County, who both also won on Tuesday.

Birmingham have not won in the league since 10 January but still maintain an eight-point gap between themselves and the relegation places, though they have now conceded eight goals in two games.

Birmingham boss Gary Rowett will rue Wes Thomas' missed chance when he was unable to turn home the ball following a goalmouth scramble moments after Mings scored his first Ipswich goal with a powerful header.

Sears doubled the lead, capitalising on Birmingham keeper Darren Randolph's indecision in coming to collect a long ball, by racing clear to finish.

The ex-West Ham striker's second goal at Portman Road swiftly followed Davis's smart finish from a Paul Caddis cross and this time Sears took advantage of a mistake from Jonathan Grounds to outpace Jonathan Spector and then drill the ball into the far corner.

Ipswich keeper Bartosz Bialkowski seemed to be unsighted as he failed to keep Davis's second out, but moments after Sears was denied a third by a goal-line clearance, Bru was on hand to poke home on the rebound following Daryl Murphy's initial shot and seal the win.

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy: "I have been impressed with Freddie from the moment he walked through the door. He certainly has a chance of playing in the Premier League and we have a chance if he continues to play like that.

"He left the Premier League to go to Colchester and I admire him for going down to go back up again. I am delighted with him, his second goal was outstanding but both goals were really good finishes."

Birmingham manager Gary Rowett: "Ipswich are a good side but they have not had to work hard for any of their goals.

"Perhaps gifting them goals is a little harsh, but we defended poorly for all four goals."

Line-ups

Ipswich

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 4Chambers
  • 5Smith
  • 6Berra
  • 3Mings
  • 11AndersonSubstituted forChaplowat 70'minutes
  • 17Bru
  • 8SkuseSubstituted forTabbat 24'minutes
  • 2Parr
  • 20SearsSubstituted forClarkeat 89'minutes
  • 9Murphy

Substitutes

  • 1Gerken
  • 14Chaplow
  • 15Varney
  • 18Tabb
  • 24Connolly
  • 27Bishop
  • 28Clarke

Birmingham

  • 1Randolph
  • 31Caddis
  • 23Spector
  • 4Robinson
  • 3Grounds
  • 11CotterillSubstituted forGrayat 65'minutes
  • 8Gleeson
  • 26DavisBooked at 63mins
  • 12Novak
  • 9DonaldsonSubstituted forDyerat 78'minutes
  • 10ThomasSubstituted forZigicat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 15Kiernan
  • 17Reilly
  • 19Zigic
  • 21Doyle
  • 22Shinnie
  • 33Gray
  • 40Dyer
Referee:
Lee Probert
Attendance:
17,161

Match Stats

Home TeamIpswichAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home22
Away11
Shots on Target
Home8
Away4
Corners
Home9
Away3
Fouls
Home7
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Ipswich Town 4, Birmingham City 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 4, Birmingham City 2.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Luke Chambers.

Attempt blocked. Stephen Gleeson (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Offside, Birmingham City. Demarai Gray tries a through ball, but Nikola Zigic is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Ipswich Town 4, Birmingham City 2. Kevin Bru (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kevin Bru.

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

Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Matthew Clarke replaces Freddie Sears.

Foul by Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town).

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

Attempt saved. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Jay Tabb with a cross.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Jonathan Spector.

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

Attempt saved. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jay Tabb with a headed pass.

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

Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Nikola Zigic replaces Wes Thomas.

Richard Chaplow (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Davis (Birmingham City).

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Jonathan Spector.

Goal!

Goal! Ipswich Town 3, Birmingham City 2. David Davis (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Lloyd Dyer replaces Clayton Donaldson.

Offside, Birmingham City. Stephen Gleeson tries a through ball, but Jonathan Spector is caught offside.

Foul by Tyrone Mings (Ipswich Town).

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

Foul by Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Richard Chaplow replaces Paul Anderson.

Attempt missed. Jonathan Parr (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Freddie Sears.

Attempt blocked. Lee Novak (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonathan Grounds.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Demarai Gray replaces David Cotterill.

Goal!

Goal! Ipswich Town 3, Birmingham City 1. Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Booking

David Davis (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by David Davis (Birmingham City).

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Jonathan Spector.

Offside, Birmingham City. Darren Randolph tries a through ball, but Wes Thomas is caught offside.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Derby33198666333365
2Middlesbrough33189650222863
3Ipswich33179754342060
4Bournemouth32178766353159
5Norwich33178864372759
6Watford331851066402659
7Brentford331841153431058
8Wolves3315994640654
9Nottm Forest321111105147444
10Blackburn331111114344-144
11Sheff Wed331013102832-443
12Huddersfield33119134453-942
13Cardiff331011123944-541
14Leeds33118143442-841
15Reading33117153649-1340
16Charlton33815103443-939
17Birmingham33912123850-1239
18Brighton33813123842-437
19Bolton33107164153-1237
20Fulham33106174458-1436
21Rotherham33713133249-1734
22Millwall33710162951-2231
23Wigan33510182846-1825
24Blackpool33410192865-3722
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