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16 March 2017

On Saturday 18th March, the Bluebirds welcome Ipswich Town to South Wales for their second successive home Sky Bet Championship match.



Ipswich Town arrive in the Welsh capital having drawn their last six games and currently occupy sixteenth place in the Championship table.

Mick McCarthy’s men recorded a good 1-0 away win over Aston Villa midway through February, but since then they have drawn with the likes of Brighton & Hove Albion, Leeds United and Brentford.

Last time out, the Tractor Boys drew 1-1 with Barnsley at Oakwell. Midfielder Marley Watkins had put the Tykes in front in the second half, but a last gasp equaliser from former Bluebird Tom Lawrence earned his side a point.

Ipswich were active in the January transfer window in an effort to bolster their squad. Along with City's Emyr Huws, the Tractor Boys also brought Toumani Diagouraga and Dominic Samuel in on loan. McCarthy made four permanent signings in the window, with Jordan Spence, Kieffer Moore, Danny Rowe and Steven Taylor all arriving at Portman Road.


Tom Lawrence joined the Bluebirds on loan from Leicester City in January 2016, making fourteen appearances for the Bluebirds before heading back to the Premier League champions. He joined the Tractor Boys at the beginning of the current campaign and has netted eleven times in all competitions for Mick McCarthy’s men.

Emyr Huws arrived at Cardiff City Stadium from Wigan Athletic in summer 2016. He secured a temporary switch to Ipswich this January and started brightly for the Tractor Boys, scoring in his second game for the club against Aston Villa in early February. Under the terms of his loan, Emyr is ineligible for selection in Saturday’s game.

Other players to have represented both the Bluebirds and the Tractor Boys include Michael Chopra, Mark Kennedy, Alan Lee, Neil Alexander and Gary Croft.   


The Bluebirds hosted Ipswich at Ninian Park on 24th November 2007 in a Championship game where winger Paul Parry would make telling contributions at both ends of the pitch.

Both teams were evenly matched for the opening half hour until Parry controlled the ball well before firing a powerful effort past former City ‘keeper Neil Alexander into the back of the net. Another former Bluebird, Alan Lee, had earlier hit the bar for Ipswich but City went in 1-0 up at the break.

Ipswich had to wait the majority of the second half for their best chance to equalise. The Tractor Boys were pressing high up the pitch and that gave Tommy Miller the chance to strike a shot that seemed destined to find the goal, however Parry was on hand to clear the effort off the line.

The Bluebirds saw out the remaining minutes to earn a hard fought three points.


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Match Reports


18 March 2017


Kenneth Zohore's brace saw the Bluebirds come from behind against Ipswich Town, before Joe Bennett's goal added the icing on the cake, securing a 3-1 win at CCS.


The Bluebirds dominated the early stages, and had a number of good opportunities to take the lead. After three minutes, a Peter Whittingham free-kick from the left hand side went a whisker wide of the far post. Minutes later, the in-form Zohore fired over the bar, after collecting the ball and turning sharply.

The visitors came close from a breakaway counter-attack, with Tom Lawrence finding David McGoldrick. The striker’s shot from eight yards out was smartly saved by Allan McGregor, keeping the game goalless. However, Ipswich did take the lead after twenty-three minutes, through captain Luke Chambers. A free-kick was whipped into the box from the right, with the defender’s header finding the bottom corner.

City surged forward hoping to find an immediate response, with a Bennett free-kick forcing Bartosz Białkowski to punch the ball behind for a corner. The Bluebirds got their equaliser after thirty-six minutes, with striker Zohore on target. A Jazz Richards cross was met by Sean Morrison, whose knock-down header was volleyed home by the Dane.


City went in search of a second before the half-time whistle, with Junior Hoilett striking the woodwork. The winger collected the ball inside the box and dribbled around his defensive opponent before smashing a fierce effort against the post, with the teams going into the break on level terms.

However, the Bluebirds took the lead five minutes into the second half, with Zohore netting his tenth of the season. He nipped in front of his marker to head the ball in the direction of Hoilett, whose delightful back-heel flick fell straight into Zohore’s path. A cool finish from the striker marked his third home brace in four matches, putting City ahead.

The Tractor Boys looked to hit back through McGoldrick, whose looping shot from inside the box was gratefully claimed by McGregor. The home side went straight up the other end and almost doubled the advantage through Hoilett, though his shot skidded just wide of the upright.


The three points were secured on the sixty-three minute mark, as Bennett netted his first goal for the Club. An excellent run from Kadeem Harris saw the winger burst into the box, attracting two Ipswich defenders. He laid the ball off to Bennett, who applied an accurate finish into the top right hand corner of Białkowski’s net.

The last half an hour was confidently and calmly seen out by Neil Warnock’s men, with some brave defending from the back four maintaining the two goal lead. With five minutes remaining, Hoilett had a final chance to extend the lead, having been found unmarked in the box by an Anthony Pilkington pass. However, the Canadian’s shot went straight at the Ipswich 'keeper.

The final whistle confirmed Cardiff’s return to winning ways. With an international break coming up, the Bluebirds head into a well-earned break, but the next chance to watch football at Cardiff City Stadium comes next Sunday, with Kevin McNaughton returning to South Wales for his Benefit Match. 


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