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Ipswich Town 1-2 West Bromwich Albion: Baggies go second in Championship

Jay Rodriguez
West Bromwich Albion striker Jay Rodriguez netted his ninth goal of the season to open the scoring at Portman Road

West Bromwich Albion moved up to second place in the Championship with victory at bottom club Ipswich Town.

Jay Rodriguez scored Albion's first-half opener, netting his ninth goal of the season from six yards after Kieran Gibbs had nodded a right-wing cross back across goal.

Rodriguez and Ahmed Hegazi wasted good opportunities before Harvey Barnes, who had earlier struck the post from 10 yards, fired low into the corner from a similar range to double Albion's lead.

Ipswich substitute Kayden Jackson pounced on Tosin Adarabioyo's error to cause a nervy finale and youngster Jack Lankester clipped the post with a stoppage-time free-kick, but Albion held on to move within two points of leaders Norwich.

Meanwhile, Paul Lambert's first defeat in three games as Ipswich boss leaves the Suffolk side still without a home win this season and five points adrift at the foot of the second tier.

Albion beat fellow promotion challengers Leeds 4-1 just before the international break and, although they could not replicate the clinical finishing of that impressive victory, two well-worked goals at Portman Road were enough to secure their ninth league win of the campaign.

Middlesbrough, Leeds and Sheffield United could all overtake the Baggies again if they win their respective matches on Saturday.

Ipswich manager Paul Lambert told BBC Radio Suffolk: "I thought in the first half we were a little bit tentative.

"You look at their bench - they've got guys that have actually won the Premier League coming on and we've got young academy kids making a name for themselves.

"I said to the lads sometimes people say the table doesn't lie, well it does lie at times."

West Brom head coach Darren Moore told BBC WM: "I thought it was an excellent away-day performance.

"I thought we dominated the game once it settled down after 10 or 15 minutes and we created chances - we scored two goals, I think we could've got more.

"I said to the boys that Paul Lambert's got this team (Ipswich) in the ascendancy - they won't be where they are for much longer because they work hard, they press and they're an honest team."

Line-ups

Ipswich

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 12Spence
  • 4Chambers
  • 5PenningtonBooked at 11mins
  • 3Knudsen
  • 6Chalobah
  • 8Skuse
  • 21DownesSubstituted forBishopat 64'minutes
  • 7EdwardsSubstituted forLankesterat 77'minutes
  • 19RobertsSubstituted forJacksonat 78'minutes
  • 20Sears

Substitutes

  • 1Gerken
  • 2Donacien
  • 9Jackson
  • 15Bishop
  • 18Ward
  • 23Dozzell
  • 36Lankester

West Brom

  • 1JohnstoneBooked at 90mins
  • 24Adarabioyo
  • 25Dawson
  • 26Hegazi
  • 3GibbsBooked at 90mins
  • 10PhillipsBooked at 84mins
  • 8Livermore
  • 7MorrisonSubstituted forBarryat 89'minutes
  • 4Robson-KanuSubstituted forGayleat 75'minutes
  • 19Rodriguez
  • 15Barnes

Substitutes

  • 12Mears
  • 13Myhill
  • 14Townsend
  • 16Gayle
  • 18Barry
  • 22Hoolahan
  • 34Harper
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
22,995

Match Stats

Home TeamIpswichAway TeamWest Brom
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home12
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Ipswich Town 1, West Bromwich Albion 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 1, West Bromwich Albion 2.

Booking

Sam Johnstone (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Jack Lankester (Ipswich Town) hits the left post with a left footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

Booking

Kieran Gibbs (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Teddy Bishop (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion).

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Craig Dawson.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Matthew Pennington.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Kieran Gibbs.

Foul by Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town).

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

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Gareth Barry replaces James Morrison.

Foul by Jack Lankester (Ipswich Town).

James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal!

Goal! Ipswich Town 1, West Bromwich Albion 2. Kayden Jackson (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Booking

Matt Phillips (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town).

Matt Phillips (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Kayden Jackson (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Trevoh Chalobah.

Offside, Ipswich Town. Jonas Knudsen tries a through ball, but Kayden Jackson is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Kayden Jackson replaces Jordan Roberts.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Jack Lankester replaces Gwion Edwards.

Goal!

Goal! Ipswich Town 0, West Bromwich Albion 2. Harvey Barnes (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Matt Phillips following a fast break.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Craig Dawson.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Dwight Gayle replaces Hal Robson-Kanu.

Foul by Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town).

Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Teddy Bishop (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Roberts.

Attempt missed. Tosin Adarabioyo (West Bromwich Albion) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Matt Phillips with a cross following a corner.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Cole Skuse.

Attempt blocked. Jay Rodriguez (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Hal Robson-Kanu with a through ball.

Attempt missed. Gwion Edwards (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jordan Roberts with a cross.

Attempt saved. Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jay Rodriguez.

Bartosz Bialkowski (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion).

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Bartosz Bialkowski.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Teddy Bishop replaces Flynn Downes.

Jordan Roberts (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich1710342820833
2West Brom1894539261331
3Middlesbrough178721981131
4Leeds1786329171230
5Sheff Utd179352719830
6Derby178452520528
7Nottm Forest176922316727
8Swansea177551913626
9Blackburn176832021-126
10QPR178271822-426
11Aston Villa176652723424
12Birmingham175932320324
13Bristol City176472019122
14Stoke175751920-122
15Brentford175662723421
16Wigan176291926-720
17Sheff Wed175572130-920
18Preston174672630-418
19Rotherham174671423-918
20Reading174492429-516
21Millwall174492229-716
22Hull174491624-816
23Bolton174491123-1216
24Ipswich181891530-1511
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