DJ Campbell's early strike gave Ipswich Town their first league win in 13 attempts, in Mick McCarthy's opening game in charge of the club.

The on-loan Queens Park Rangers forward turned and struck home the winning goal just eight minutes into the match.

Nikola Zigic missed two glorious chances for the home side, wasting a header before shooting straight at goalkeeper Stephen Henderson.

Despite the win, Ipswich remain bottom of the Championship table.

Championship managers on debut

Dougie Freedman's Bolton overcame leaders Cardiff 2-1

Sean Dyche's Burnley beat Wolves 2-0

Mick McCarthy's Ipswich beat Birmingham 1-0

Henning Berg's Blackburn lost 2-0 at Crystal Palace, who had new boss Ian Holloway watching in the stands

It was a highly satisfactory start for former Sunderland and Wolves manager McCarthy who replaced Paul Jewell during the week.

Having picked up only one league win this season - against Watford in August - the Tractor Boys doubled their tally with an efficient performance over a lacklustre Birmingham side.

Lee Clark's men were looking to make it back-to-back wins for the first time this season, but were booed off at full time and remain 17th with 16 points from 14 games.

The away side punished Birmingham with the only goal of the game when youngster Nathan Redmond lost possession in the middle of the park and Campbell reacted brilliantly to turn the ball past Jack Butland.

Town could have doubled their lead when Daryl Murphy's shot was pushed away by Butland, and he saved again from Lee Martin.

The hosts pushed forward in search of the equaliser and Marlon King had an effort tipped over by Henderson, before Clark sent on substitute Zigic.

The towering Serb should have found the net from an inch-perfect King cross, and again found himself in space in the box but was unable to find a way past Henderson as Ipswich held on to win at St Andrew's for the time since 1986.

Birmingham manager Lee Clark:

"We're creating a negative attitude around the stadium with our first-half performance.

"We're starting (home) games - certainly Barnsley, Huddersfield and today - so flat that the crowd become apprehensive and a bit bored to be honest with you because they're not getting dished up any quality or drive.

"Then they do it in the second half. But why? Why not do it from the first whistle?

"I hate changing the team around but I've got to have players who are playing consistently well week in, week out home and away."

Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy:

"You couldn't have asked for much better than first game getting a win and ending a losing streak for the club, and a losing streak for me.

"My last game was a defeat (as Wolves boss in February) and I didn't want to start with one.

"I thought the players gave everything. We had some blocks, there was a great save at the end. I though their goalkeeper made a great save from Danny Higginbotham.

"All in all it was a fairly even game, I think we deserved to win it and the block and the save at the end earned it for us."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Birmingham

  • 01 Butland
  • 03 Murphy
  • 04 Caldwell
  • 06 Davies
  • 30 Robinson
  • 08 Mullins
  • 12 Morrison
  • 15 Elliott (Lovenkrands - 83' )
  • 22 Redmond (Burke - 46' )
  • 09 King
  • 29 Lita (Zigic - 61' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Doyle
  • 24 Packwood
  • 07 Burke
  • 10 Ambrose
  • 32 Diop
  • 11 Lovenkrands
  • 19 Zigic

Ipswich

  • 13 Henderson
  • 03 Cresswell
  • 04 Chambers
  • 06 Higginbotham
  • 07 Edwards
  • 08 N'daw (Drury - 90' )
  • 11 Martin
  • 16 Wellens (Bilel - 81' Booked )
  • 23 Reo-Coker
  • 05 Campbell (E'-Thomas - 90' )
  • 27 Murphy

Substitutes

  • 01 Loach
  • 20 Smith
  • 21 Bilel
  • 09 E'-Thomas
  • 17 Drury
  • 10 Chopra
  • 14 Scotland
Ref: Attwell
Att: 18,063

Match Stats

Shots

10 5

On target

4 3

Corners

4 8

Fouls

5 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:22 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +2:23

Corner taken by Christopher Burke from the right by-line played to the near post, Aaron Cresswell manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +0:01 Substitution

Substitution Andy Drury comes on in place of Guirane N'Daw.

90:00 +0:01 Substitution

Substitution (Ipswich) makes a substitution, with Jay Emmanuel-Thomas coming on for DJ Campbell.

87:41

Marlon King takes a shot. Luke Chambers gets a block in.

84:38

Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

84:38 Booking

Booking Bilel Mohsni receives a yellow card.

84:26

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Caldwell by Bilel Mohsni.

82:22 Substitution

Substitution Wade Elliott goes off and Peter Lovenkrands comes on.

82:22

Shot by Ravel Morrison from just outside the area goes over the net.

80:22

Aaron Cresswell takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Wade Elliott.

80:22 Substitution

Substitution Bilel Mohsni is brought on as a substitute for Richie Wellens.

78:58

The referee blows for offside against Marlon King. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Henderson.

76:47

Nikola Zigic handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Stephen Henderson restarts play with the free kick.

73:37

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ravel Morrison by Nigel Reo-Coker. David Murphy takes the free kick.

72:02

Nikola Zigic takes a shot. Save by Stephen Henderson.

70:22

Unfair challenge on Richie Wellens by Nikola Zigic results in a free kick. Stephen Henderson takes the free kick.

65:51

Ravel Morrison has an effort at goal from long range that misses to the right of the goal.

65:01

Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Nikola Zigic misses to the right of the target.

62:19

Christopher Burke has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

61:33

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Wade Elliott, Daryl Murphy makes a clearance.

60:54

DJ Campbell is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jack Butland takes the indirect free kick.

60:25 Substitution

Substitution (Birmingham) makes a substitution, with Nikola Zigic coming on for Leroy Lita.

58:59

The assistant referee signals for offside against Christopher Burke. Stephen Henderson takes the direct free kick.

58:11

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jack Butland.

57:31

Corner taken right-footed by Richie Wellens from the left by-line to the near post, Marlon King manages to make a clearance.

57:06

Steven Caldwell concedes a free kick for a foul on Daryl Murphy. Richie Wellens takes the direct free kick.

53:44

Unfair challenge on DJ Campbell by Steven Caldwell results in a free kick. Richie Wellens restarts play with the free kick.

51:03

The referee penalises DJ Campbell for handball. David Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

49:21

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jack Butland.

49:01

Daryl Murphy is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Jack Butland.

48:33

Carlos Edwards takes a shot. Blocked by Curtis Davies.

47:58

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Aaron Cresswell, Paul Robinson manages to make a clearance.

47:25

The assistant referee signals for offside against Marlon King. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Henderson.

46:32

Outswinging corner taken by Richie Wellens from the right by-line.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Christopher Burke on for Nathan Redmond.

45:00 +2:16 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

43:06

Luke Chambers gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leroy Lita. Free kick crossed by Wade Elliott, save by Stephen Henderson.

42:42

The referee blows for offside against Daryl Murphy. Direct free kick taken by Jack Butland.

41:43

Foul by Leroy Lita on Danny Higginbotham, free kick awarded. Stephen Henderson takes the direct free kick.

40:51

The referee blows for offside against Daryl Murphy. Jack Butland takes the free kick.

37:31

The referee blows for offside against Marlon King. Stephen Henderson takes the direct free kick.

35:50

Foul by Daryl Murphy on David Murphy, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jack Butland.

34:30

Outswinging corner taken by Wade Elliott from the right by-line, Headed effort from inside the area by David Murphy misses to the left of the target.

31:46

Richie Wellens takes the inswinging corner, David Murphy makes a clearance. Corner from the right by-line taken by Richie Wellens, David Murphy makes a clearance. Lee Martin takes a shot. Save made by Jack Butland. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Richie Wellens, free kick awarded for a foul by Daryl Murphy on Curtis Davies. Jack Butland restarts play with the free kick.

31:02

The assistant referee flags for offside against Leroy Lita. Stephen Henderson takes the indirect free kick.

29:59

Wade Elliott takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Headed effort from inside the area by Leroy Lita misses to the left of the target.

28:42

Ravel Morrison fouled by Lee Martin, the ref awards a free kick. Shot comes in from Marlon King from the free kick, save made by Stephen Henderson.

26:49

Guirane N'Daw takes a shot.

25:45

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Richie Wellens from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Wade Elliott.

24:33

Daryl Murphy takes a shot. Save by Jack Butland.

21:41

Carlos Edwards gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Murphy. Wade Elliott crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance by Nigel Reo-Coker.

20:36

Wade Elliott takes a shot. Save by Stephen Henderson.

19:43

Leroy Lita fouled by Guirane N'Daw, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

18:34

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Leroy Lita by Nigel Reo-Coker. Wade Elliott crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, save by Stephen Henderson.

7:42

Assist on the goal came from Lee Martin.

7:42 Goal scored

Goal! - DJ Campbell - Birmingham 0 - 1 Ipswich A goal is scored by DJ Campbell from inside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Birmingham 0-1 Ipswich.

6:36

Daryl Murphy is ruled offside. Jack Butland takes the indirect free kick.

3:03

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Carlos Edwards by Wade Elliott. Stephen Henderson takes the direct free kick.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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