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Ipswich Town 0-1 Swansea City: Swans halt losing away run

Daniel James shoots wide
Ipswich were looking to complete their first ever league double over Swansea City in the 14th season in which they've faced the Swans

Swansea City ended their worst run of Championship away defeats with a 1-0 win at already relegated Ipswich Town.

The Swans had lost seven successive games on the road but were deserved winners at Portman Road.

The win ensured maximum points over the Easter weekend for Graham Potter's side whose poor away form has likely ended their hopes of a play-off berth.

Wayne Routledge scored the winner just before the hour after Daniel James struck the post with a 20-yard shot.

After beating Rotherham in an entertaining affair, the Swans were desperate to halt their run of seven successive defeats away from home, their worst ever sequence in the Championship and worst away form since 2001 when they lost eight on the spin in League One.

For Ipswich, the defeat completed a miserable Easter weekend after they were thrashed by Preston at Deepdale on Friday.

The Swans should have been ahead as early as the fifth minute, but Daniel James just missed the target after racing clear following a long punt up-field by Kristoffer Nordfeldt.

The Welsh side were spraying the ball around with confidence but were denied a penalty when George Byers went down under a heavy challenge, before Dean Gerken saved Jay Fulton's drive.

Ipswich were hoping to secure a double over Graham Potter's men following a 3-2 success at the Liberty Stadium in October, but Fulton again came close in a first period where Paul Lambert's men barely threatened.

However, they did come close with five minutes remaining in the half when an almighty scramble culminated in Will Keane striking the base of the post. It would prove a costly miss.

Connor Roberts was twice in a good position for Swansea, either side of the interval, only to miss the target, before Routledge finally broke the deadlock just before the hour mark.

Wales international James was once again at the centre of things as he wriggled clear and struck firmly, but his 20-yard shot hit the post, allowing Routledge to turn the ball home.

Wales international James, who is being tipped for big things next term, was a constant menace and he might have made the score secure after he weaved his way into the box, but his shot was just over the crossbar.

Nordfeldt was a virtual spectator for long spells in the Swansea goal, but he spread himself well to deny sub Collin Quaner as the visitors held on to secure the win.

Swansea are up to tenth, five points off the play-offs with three games remaining.

Ipswich manager Paul Lambert:

"Today was a lot better, there wasn't too much in the game and we had one or two chances to maybe score.

"It's been the same all season really, we had some good moments and just been punished at the wrong end of the pitch.

"The lads deserve a lot of credit for keeping going and we've got two massive games that can affect, depending on the results, two or maybe three teams."

Swansea boss Graham Potter told BBC Radio Wales Sport:

"The play-offs is a big outside possibility, but we have to keep winning our games.

"The fact we are still talking about it as a possibility heading towards the last weeks says a lot about our group.

"We will keep going, we need to win our two games at home and then we see.

"We want to finish the season as strongly as we can. The play-offs is out of our hands, but we look towards the next match and we will try and win.

"In terms of chances it could have been more than 1-0... but we needed to take our chances to make it more comfortable than it was."

Line-ups

Ipswich

  • 1Gerken
  • 41BreeBooked at 61mins
  • 4Chambers
  • 22NsialaBooked at 29mins
  • 25Elder
  • 23DozzellSubstituted forQuanerat 66'minutes
  • 6ChalobahSubstituted forBishopat 79'minutes
  • 21Downes
  • 7Edwards
  • 14KeaneSubstituted forJacksonat 66'minutes
  • 31Judge

Substitutes

  • 8Skuse
  • 9Jackson
  • 15Bishop
  • 16Nydam
  • 33Bialkowski
  • 45Quaner
  • 47Ndaba

Swansea

  • 1Nordfeldt
  • 23Roberts
  • 5van der Hoorn
  • 17Carter-Vickers
  • 26Naughton
  • 27FultonBooked at 20minsSubstituted forFerat 84'minutes
  • 21Grimes
  • 15RoutledgeSubstituted forDyerat 70'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 28ByersBooked at 16mins
  • 9McBurnie
  • 20JamesSubstituted forRodonat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Fer
  • 12Dyer
  • 13Benda
  • 19McKay
  • 22Rodon
  • 24John
  • 46Baker-Richardson
Referee:
Darren England
Attendance:
17,247

Match Stats

Home TeamIpswichAway TeamSwansea
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home13
Away17
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home15
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Ipswich Town 0, Swansea City 1.

Full Time

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

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Cameron Carter-Vickers.

Attempt missed. Alan Judge (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Oliver McBurnie (Swansea City).

Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Joe Rodon replaces Daniel James.

Booking

Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card.

Leroy Fer (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Collin Quaner (Ipswich Town).

Offside, Ipswich Town. Dean Gerken tries a through ball, but Collin Quaner is caught offside.

Foul by Leroy Fer (Swansea City).

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

Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum Elder (Ipswich Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Leroy Fer replaces Jay Fulton.

Attempt missed. Jay Fulton (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Nathan Dyer.

Attempt saved. Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Alan Judge with a cross.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Cameron Carter-Vickers.

Connor Roberts (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Teddy Bishop (Ipswich Town).

Offside, Ipswich Town. Luke Chambers tries a through ball, but Callum Elder is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. James Bree (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Teddy Bishop replaces Trevoh Chalobah.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Collin Quaner (Ipswich Town) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Collin Quaner (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Flynn Downes.

Attempt missed. Daniel James (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Matt Grimes following a corner.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by James Bree.

Attempt missed. Oliver McBurnie (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Daniel James with a cross.

Attempt missed. Daniel James (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jay Fulton.

Mike van der Hoorn (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Collin Quaner (Ipswich Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Nathan Dyer replaces Wayne Routledge.

Attempt missed. Matt Grimes (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jay Fulton.

Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum Elder (Ipswich Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Kayden Jackson replaces Will Keane.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Collin Quaner replaces Andre Dozzell.

Attempt blocked. Flynn Downes (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gwion Edwards.

goal

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