Ipswich 1-0 birmingham
Joe Garner marked his return to English football by scoring the only goal, as Ipswich beat Birmingham, aided with an outstanding performance from debutant Flynn Downes.
by ethan turner
The first was evenly matched, with the visitors creating the more promising opportunities. Che Adams and Clayton Donaldson both going close. Two minutes before half-time, neat build-up play between Andre Dozzell and Garner resulted in Sears being left free in the box but his shot was saved by David Stockdale in the Birmingham goal. Unfortunately Town wrapped-up the first half without their most influential player. Andre Dozzell was sadly stretchered off.
McCarthy later said that the injury seems to be a cruciate ligament. Dozzell clearly showed what talent he had during that first half. It’s a real shame to see such a promising young player be given the opportunity and end up suffering a major injury. Due to the injury, it led to the substitution of Downes.
Town returned from the interval buoyant, which was rewarded by a Garner goal. Following a slick Knudsen was able to place an immaculate cross, which enabled the striker to fire home. The remainder of the half was gritty, with standout performer Downes showing his potential, matureness and the fact that he can remain resolute.
After a miserable end to what would have been a satisfactory pre-season, it left fans anxious coming into the game. Thankfully the football on the pitch was impressive, meaning fans can feel optimistic and perhaps think positively on the future ahead.
next up for town
A hat-trick of away games is on the agenda for the tractor boys. To begin with a trip down south to Luton in the EFL Cup. Despite it being a cup game, it’s crucial to keep momentum going, and not have to bow out to once again a lower league side. A week today and Town will be at Oakwell, against Barnsley.
The reds lost to Bristol City, should certainly be a winnable game for Mick’s men. Finally it’s journey to the Den. All three games are without doubt winnable, giving the players the opportunity to impress fans and complete August in a high position.