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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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bristol City 2, Ipswich Town 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

  4. Booking

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

  5. Post update

    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.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Kieran Agard (Bristol City).

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Ipswich Town. Larsen Touré replaces Kevin Foley.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Scott Wagstaff replaces Joe Bryan.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Nathan Baker (Bristol City).

  19. Post update

    Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Jonas Knudsen.

  20. Post update

    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.

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