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Match Preview: Ipswich Town vs. Cardiff City

The Bluebirds hit the road this week…

20 February 2018

Cardiff City travel to Portman Road on Wednesday evening, looking to build on their six-game unbeaten run in the Sky Bet Championship.

Ipswich welcome the Bluebirds off the back of their 1-1 draw in the East Anglian derby against Norwich City on Sunday afternoon.

What to expect from the Tractor Boys…

Mick McCarthy’s side currently occupy 12th place in the table, level on points with the Canaries and Leeds United. 13 wins from 32 games puts the Tractor Boys in sight of the play-offs, despite dropping away from their lofty early-season position.

Ipswich are unbeaten in February, with one win and two draws from their three fixtures. That victory came at the Stadium of Light at the start of the month, with Joe Garner and an Adam Matthews own goal securing the victory.

Martyn Waghorn has been a creative threat for the Tractor Boys this term, with 10 goals and eight assists to his name since arriving from Rangers in the summer.

Waghorn's fellow forward, Joe Garner, who also moved from Ibrox to East Anglia, is joint-top of Ipswich's goal scoring charts, with 10 goals and two assists so far in this campaign.

In the hot seat…

McCarthy has been with Ipswich since 2012, following his departure from current league leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Beginning his managerial career with Millwall 16 years ago, the 59 year-old spent four years with the Lions before taking charge of the Republic of Ireland. McCarthy, who represented the Boys in Green on 57 occasions as a player, went on to mastermind their progress to the knockout stages of the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea and Japan.

A three-year spell with Sunderland then led McCarthy to Molineux where he spent six years before making the move to Portman Road.

Previous meetings…

The Bluebirds are unbeaten in the last five meetings between the sides, with the reverse fixture in October seeing City triumph 3-1 at Cardiff City Stadium thanks to goals from Junior Hoilett, Omar Bogle and Danny Ward.

In fact, our last two meetings have ended in a 3-1 City win, as Kenneth Zohore's brace and a third from Joe Bennett secured the three points in last season’s encounter.

Club connections…

City's Liam Feeney spent time on loan with the Tractor Boys, making seven appearances during his spell from Bolton Wanderers in 2016. Meanwhile, two players within the Ipswich ranks have also been on the books at City in recent years. Emyr Huws and Tom Adeyemi both made the move from the Welsh capital to East Anglia.

Alan Lee and Mark Kennedy also switched directly from the Bluebirds to the Tractor Boys, and both went on to take up coaching positions at Portman Road. Lee - who made almost 100 appearances for City before scoring 34 times for Ipswich - is currently the club's U18 Manager.

Other players to sport both jerseys include City legend Michael Chopra, Jay Emmanuel Thomas and Tom Lawrence.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Ipswich Town 0-1 Cardiff City

21 February 2018

Kenneth Zohore's second-half strike secured a 1-0 victory over Ipswich Town on Wednesday evening, as Neil Warnock's men came away from Portman Road with three crucial points.

The Bluebirds came out of the traps quickly at in East Anglia, pressing their hosts back and earning a succession of early corners.

Matt Connolly, deputising in the absence of Joe Bennett and Armand Traoré, came inches from giving City an immediate lead from one such corner. After Joe Ralls sent the ball in, it fell to the defender, who hit his half-volley just wide of the post.

Ipswich soon came back into the game and had a spell of their own, with Neil Etheridge pulling off a strong save low to his left-hand side to keep out Grant Ward’s drive.

Bersant Celina also went close for the Tractor Boys, rounding Etheridge but taking the ball too wide to create a meaningful effort on target.

City were dealt a blow with half-time looming as talismanic skipper, Sean Morrison, was unable to shrug off a knock - being replaced by Greg Halford in an otherwise quiet opening period in East Anglia.

Not long into the second half, Adam Webster headed over for Ipswich, before Loïc Damour went close at the other end, drilling wide from the edge of the box.

However, a scrappy contest at Portman Road had it’s pivotal moment just after the hour mark, as the Bluebirds struck a decisive blow.

Kenneth Zohore attempted a spectacular bicycle kick inside the area, but miscued his effort and landed on the ball. With the Ipswich defence motionless, big Ken leapt back to his feet and poked the ball home at the second attempt; opening the scoring with a vitally important strike. 

Zohore saw a header drift over as he almost doubled City’s advantage, while the lively Ward curled an effort over Etheridge’s bar in response.

As the clock ticked down, Cardiff City’s now makeshift defence held resoundingly firm, with Halford and Connolly both racking up crucial clearances for the Bluebirds.

After three minutes of additional time, the referee signalled an end to the game, seeing Neil Warnock’s second-place men open up a four point gap beneath them in the Sky Bet Championship table.

Full-Time: Ipswich Town 0-1 Cardiff City

Ipswich Town: Bialkowski, Spence (Waghorn 78), Chambers, Webster, Carter-Vickers, Knudsen, Ward (Bru 85), Skuse, Hyam (Connolly 73), Celina, Sears.

Subs not used: Crowe, Kenlock, Gleeson, Iorfa.

Cardiff City: Etheridge, Morrison (Halford 40), Ecuele Manga, Ralls, Zohore (Bryson 86), Bamba, Connolly, Mendez-Laing, Damour, Grujić (Madine 46), Hoilett.

Subs not used: Murphy, Feeney, Pilkington, Wildschut.

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