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Birmingham City 1-0 Ipswich Town

Jota scores for Birmingham
Jota has scored three goals in his past two games for Birmingham, having managed only two in his first 25 games for Blues

Birmingham City climbed out of the Championship relegation zone with victory over mid-table Ipswich.

Jota's first-half penalty confirmed back-to-back league wins for Garry Monk's team, who are now two points clear of the bottom three.

Cameron Carter-Vickers brought down Jacques Maghoma inside the box and Jota stroked in the resulting spot-kick for his third goal in two games.

Ipswich, who stay 13th, failed to score for the fourth successive league match.

Martyn Waghorn forced a good second-half save from Blues goalkeeper David Stockdale but, playing their first game since it was announced that manager Mick McCarthy will leave his position at the end of the season, the Tractor Boys could not avoid a third consecutive defeat.

Blues have taken six points from their four matches since former Swansea, Leeds and Middlesbrough boss Monk took charge.

The most noticeable difference since Monk's appointment has been the greater influence of Spanish forward Jota, who struggled for goals following his club-record move from Brentford in August, but has been pivotal in Blues' successive wins either side of the international break.

Barnsley, who conceded a stoppage-time equaliser in their draw with Bristol City on Friday, drop into the bottom three.

Birmingham City boss Garry Monk told BBC WM 95.6:

"I am pleased with the players' attitude but the most important thing is winning three points.

"When I came in I said to the players, we're going to face different types of games. Against Hull a couple of weeks ago, we were on the front foot creating numerous chances and scoring goals whereas today we had to manage the game well defensively.

"The attitude of the players is going to help us get where we need to get to."

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy:

"I wanted to be as bothered about the game as I've always been. I wanted to end that game with a win but there was something which has gone which I cannot really explain.

"There has not been any difference in my relationship with the players. We have huge respect for each other.

"They are disappointed and shell-shocked. There are players looking for new contracts and will be wondering what is going to happen when a new manager comes in.

"It is important that we continue everything in the right way until the end of season, when I complete my contract. In the scheme of things we have had a bit of a dip. We have had a good season but are a middle-of-the-table side."

Line-ups

Birmingham

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Stockdale
  • 45Harding
  • 28Morrison
  • 12DeanBooked at 61mins
  • 5Colin
  • 27Jota
  • 26DavisBooked at 78mins
  • 6KieftenbeldSubstituted forNdoyeat 80'minutes
  • 19MaghomaSubstituted forLoweat 90'minutes
  • 10JutkiewiczSubstituted forDacres-Cogleyat 86'minutes
  • 14Adams

Substitutes

  • 4Roberts
  • 17Ndoye
  • 20Boga
  • 21Lowe
  • 25Dacres-Cogley
  • 29Kuszczak
  • 48Bailey

Ipswich

Formation 5-3-2

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 12Spence
  • 27Carter-Vickers
  • 4Chambers
  • 6WebsterBooked at 89mins
  • 3Knudsen
  • 18WardSubstituted forCelinaat 55'minutes
  • 8SkuseBooked at 68mins
  • 16ConnollySubstituted forHyamat 71'minutes
  • 9WaghornBooked at 89mins
  • 20SearsSubstituted forCarayolat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Celina
  • 19Hyam
  • 24Crowe
  • 25Gleeson
  • 30Kenlock
  • 32Carayol
  • 34Folami
Referee:
Roger East
Attendance:
20,555

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamIpswich
Possession
Home36%
Away64%
Shots
Home13
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Birmingham City 1, Ipswich Town 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Jota.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Jason Lowe.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Spence (Ipswich Town).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. Jason Lowe replaces Jacques Maghoma.

  8. Post update

    Offside, Birmingham City. Maxime Colin tries a through ball, but Jota is caught offside.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Adam Webster (Ipswich Town).

  10. Post update

    Cheikh Ndoye (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  11. Booking

    Martyn Waghorn (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card.

  12. Booking

    Adam Webster (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Adam Webster (Ipswich Town).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. Josh Dacres-Cogley replaces Lukas Jutkiewicz.

  16. Post update

    Offside, Birmingham City. Jota tries a through ball, but Che Adams is caught offside.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Harlee Dean.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. Cheikh Ndoye replaces Maikel Kieftenbeld.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mustapha Carayol with a cross.

  20. Booking

    David Davis (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves39267671343785
2Cardiff38247761322979
3Fulham392012768412772
4Aston Villa392010961372470
5Derby381614856381862
6Middlesbrough391881355381762
7Bristol City391614956441262
8Millwall3916131048371161
9Sheff Utd39187145244861
10Preston39151594941860
11Brentford391413125547855
12Leeds39158165254-253
13Ipswich39157174749-252
14Norwich391313134146-552
15QPR391211164556-1147
16Nottm Forest39137194356-1346
17Sheff Wed391014154553-844
18Hull39913175359-640
19Reading39912184557-1239
20Bolton39912183458-2439
21Birmingham39106232957-2836
22Barnsley39713193958-1934
23Sunderland39613204269-2731
24Burton3979232870-4230
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