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West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Ipswich Town: Darren Moore sacked after draw with bottom club

Stefan Johansen scores for West Bron
Stefan Johansen's deflected free-kick was his first goal of the season

West Bromwich Albion lost ground on the Championship's top two after being frustrated by bottom side Ipswich Town in what proved to be head coach Darren Moore's final match in charge.

The 44-year-old was sacked less than three hours after his side were denied victory by the Tractor Boys, slipping nine points below the automatic promotion places.

The Baggies had looked on course for victory after Stefan Johansen gave them the lead inside five minutes with a deflected free-kick that wrong-footed goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski.

They had a string of chances to seal the points in the first half, but found Bialkowski in excellent form - the Pole making two good saves from Jacob Murphy and then denying Tosin Adarabioyo from point-blank range after the defender had met Johansen's corner.

But Ipswich drew level early in the second half through Jon Nolan, who headed Gwion Edwards' cross from the right into the bottom corner from 12 yards out, and held on for a point.

The result saw the fourth-placed Baggies' winless run stretch to three matches, following back-to-back losses to promotion rivals Sheffield United and Leeds United.

Bialkowksi was instrumental in Ipswich's resistance, miraculously saving Dwight Gayle's effort on the edge of the six-yard box after the ball had dropped kindly for the Albion striker.

Town could have snatched an unlikely win through Kayden Jackson, but the forward was twice denied by Sam Johnstone in the West Brom goal, firstly after being put through on the left-hand side and then after a smart turn and shot inside the penalty area.

The visitors also threatened through Alan Judge's 30-yard effort, which dipped just over the bar, but will ultimately be satisfied with a spirited display.

Speaking before his departure was announced, West Brom head coach Darren Moore told BBC Radio WM 95.6:

"Based on the chances we created, we should have won the game. We had some great chances to score a second goal. Their 'keeper has pulled off some magnificent saves, which suggests we had the upper hand.

"In the second half, they had nothing to lose. They were throwing men forward. That left us spaces to exploit, but we couldn't get that killer touch right to finish them off. The final pass eluded us.

"Nobody here wants to draw games. We want to win. So you can understand [fans booing]. We've got to find our rhythm again and get back to winning ways. The next opportunity is Wednesday."

Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert told BBC Radio Suffolk:

"I've come away [from games] thinking 'how the hell have we lost?' We play really good football. That's why the fans come to watch us. We've got a really good nucleus of young players. It's not over, that's for sure.

"We looked really dynamic today. We passed the ball really well; I thought we deserved more.

"Jon Nolan is playing really well. He has a great eye for a goal, and makes great runs. But it wasn't just Jon; I thought the whole team was excellent."

Line-ups

West Brom

  • 1Johnstone
  • 25Dawson
  • 5Bartley
  • 24AdarabioyoSubstituted forFieldat 86'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 14Townsend
  • 10PhillipsSubstituted forLekoat 63'minutes
  • 8Livermore
  • 6JohansenSubstituted forMorrisonat 71'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 19Rodriguez
  • 16Gayle
  • 70MurphyBooked at 70mins

Substitutes

  • 7Morrison
  • 11Brunt
  • 15Montero
  • 20Leko
  • 23Bond
  • 28Field
  • 34Harper

Ipswich

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 41Bree
  • 4Chambers
  • 3KnudsenBooked at 33mins
  • 30Kenlock
  • 15BishopSubstituted forDawkinsat 72'minutes
  • 8Skuse
  • 11Nolan
  • 7EdwardsBooked at 47mins
  • 45QuanerSubstituted forJacksonat 45'minutes
  • 31Judge

Substitutes

  • 1Gerken
  • 9Jackson
  • 16Nydam
  • 22Nsiala
  • 23Dozzell
  • 27Emmanuel
  • 49Dawkins
Referee:
Andy Woolmer
Attendance:
23,973

Match Stats

Home TeamWest BromAway TeamIpswich
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home16
Away22
Shots on Target
Home5
Away7
Corners
Home9
Away7
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 1, Ipswich Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 1, Ipswich Town 1.

Foul by Simon Dawkins (Ipswich Town).

Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Alan Judge (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion).

Attempt missed. Jonathan Leko (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jay Rodriguez.

Attempt saved. Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich Town) header from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Booking

Sam Field (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Kayden Jackson (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sam Field (West Bromwich Albion).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Sam Field replaces Tosin Adarabioyo because of an injury.

Delay in match Tosin Adarabioyo (West Bromwich Albion) because of an injury.

Foul by James Bree (Ipswich Town).

Jonathan Leko (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Simon Dawkins (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Jonathan Leko.

Attempt missed. Kayden Jackson (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the left. Assisted by Jon Nolan with a cross.

Attempt saved. Kayden Jackson (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Myles Kenlock.

Attempt missed. Jon Nolan (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Alan Judge.

Attempt missed. Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jacob Murphy following a corner.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Myles Kenlock.

Attempt missed. Jay Rodriguez (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jacob Murphy.

Foul by Simon Dawkins (Ipswich Town).

Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Simon Dawkins replaces Teddy Bishop.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. James Morrison replaces Stefan Johansen.

Booking

Jacob Murphy (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Gwion Edwards (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jacob Murphy (West Bromwich Albion).

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Luke Chambers.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Conor Townsend.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Sam Johnstone.

Attempt saved. Kayden Jackson (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Myles Kenlock.

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

Foul by Kyle Bartley (West Bromwich Albion).

Attempt saved. Dwight Gayle (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonathan Leko.

Attempt missed. Jay Rodriguez (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Stefan Johansen with a cross following a corner.

goal

As It Stood

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1Norwich36219672452772
2Leeds36217860382270
3Sheff Utd36208861342768
4West Brom361710968482061
5Middlesbrough351513739261358
6Derby361510114644255
7Bristol City35159114437754
8Nottm Forest361314950401053
9Preston361312115549651
10Birmingham35121495345850
11Hull36148145051-150
12Brentford3513101260471349
13Sheff Wed361213114249-749
14Aston Villa35111596153848
15Swansea35138144543247
16Stoke361015113742-545
17Blackburn361111144756-944
18QPR36127174255-1343
19Reading36812164053-1336
20Wigan3699183652-1636
21Millwall36810183955-1634
22Rotherham36615153758-2133
23Bolton3678212456-3229
24Ipswich36313202860-3222
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