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Ipswich v Albion - from Portman Road
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- Full-time: Ipswich 0 Albion 3
- Classy performance from the Seagulls
- Hammond strikes on 14
- CMS fires his 11th of the season (34)
- Bridge makes it three from distance (68)
- Four pages of coverage in The Argus tomorrow
A summary of the action is now online elsewhere on this website.
David produced a superb pass to send Hoskins clear but the striker lobbed too high with the final kick of the game
Five minutes were added as hushed home fans made their way to the exits.
Scotland had perked Ipswich up in attack but it appeared to be too little, too late while Albion were still working hard in pursuit of a first away clean sheet in seven outings.
Dobbie took the role of lone front man.
Scotland beat two men just outside the box, teeing himself up for a right-foot blast. But El-Abd flung himself at the ball and produced a super block.
Seconds later, in the 86th minute, Dobbie went on as sub for Mackail-Smith.
Orlandi made way for Hoskins in the 80th minute.
Hammond, Mackail-Smith and Bridge may have got the goals, but don't underestimate the shift put in by the recalled Barnes. #ITFC 0 #BHAFC 3— @OfficialBHAFC 01 January 2013
Edwards' low cross offered a chance of consolation for Town but Greer, facing his own goal, managed to hook it over the bar and, again, the Seagulls stood firm when the subsequent corner came in.
Hyam replaced N'Daw as the hosts' final change.
Bridge's shot from 20 yards bounced in front of Henderson. Should probably have been saved but who cares? #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 01 January 2013
Remember that turnaround result v Saints a year ago was 3-0. History repeating itself? #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 01 January 2013
As the move continued, Mackail-Smith linked with Barnes and Orlandi before Dicker, on the right, swept a glorious crossfield ball into the path of BRIDGE. The left-back left fly from 25 yards and the ball flew between Henderson and his near post on 68 minutes.
El-Abd won his first headed contest with Scotland, then gathered the loose ball to play a considered pass into the path of Mackail-Smith, the only Albion man upfield, and it proved to be the source of great things.
19,018 inside Portman Road today - #itfc second best of season. #bhafc— @davegoods 01 January 2013
The first Ipswich changes came on 65 minutes as the front pair of Murphy and Campbell were replaced by Chopra and Scotland, the men who had caused Albion such problems here last season.
Bridcutt was booked for fouling Martin just outside the penalty area in Town's inside-left channel. El-Abd, having been spoken to seconds earlier, then saw yellow for jostling in the penalty area as players waited for Martin to loft in the resulting free-kick.
But, as it turned out, the ball went nowhere near any of them as Martin went direct for goal with a right-foot curler which was about a yard too high.
Attendance: 19,018 (909 away fans)
Change made sense. Kazenga had been quite subdued and #bhafc can get Dicker on the ball in midfield.— @AndyNaylorArgus 01 January 2013
Dicker replaced LuaLua in the 55th minute.
N'Daw latched on to a headed clearance to thump in a volley from the edge of the box. His full-blooded effort drew "ooooohhhs" from the crowd but was about six yards wide.
LuaLua tracked back well to concede a corner as he covered Orr's run from right back. Albion again cleared - and then blocked Cresswell's follow-up shot - but Ipswich were starting to build some momentum.
Albion were angry with a free-kick decision five yards outside their own box in the opening minute of the second period as they challenged Campbell. Cresswell's curler deflected wide off the wall for a corner which was cleared.
Second half is now in progress
When Ipswich did produce decent service from wide, via Cresswell from deep, Bridge got in a fine defensive header just beyond the far post.
#itfc service into box has been really poor. None of the midfield four being creative enough. Not a lot on bench could change that— @davegoods 01 January 2013
ALBION 2-0 CMS: Warren Aspinall "That's why there's a £3m price tag on him, half a chance. Best Albion have played this season" #BHAFC— @BBCSussexSport 01 January 2013
Albion were then almost gifted a third as Mackail-Smith fed Barnes, who got to the byline and saw his cut back deflect narrowly wide off a defender.
Fine angled finish by CMS (11th) after released through the inside right channel. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 01 January 2013
Albion doubled their lead on the counter attack on 34 minutes as Barnes' header got MACKAIL-SMITH away down the inside right-right channel. His low right-foot shot across Henderson was well struck and hit the far post, then bounced across to strike the inside of the other upright before crossing the line.
The corner count was rising rapidly at both ends. David blocked a Martin cross at the expense of a corner, which led to another which Barnes headed clear on the edge of the six-yard box.
An awful error of judement by Henderson, who failed to gather a routine ball over the top, forced Ipswich to concede another corner on the Albion right. Again Orlandi aimed for a runner at the near post but this time Ipswich scrambled clear.
@davegoods - whose tweet I just used - is Dave Gooderham, who covers Ipswich for the East Anglian Daily Times.
RT @davegoods: #itfc not clicking at the moment. Now #bhafc have the lead, they can certainly keep the ball. Crowd need a lift. 0-1, 25mins— @itfcnasc 01 January 2013
Murphy made something out of nothing for Ipswich with a volley from an angle on 25 minutes but Kuszczak pawed it away.
Has been an encouraging start by #bhafc, not just the goal. Ipswich not at it so far.— @AndyNaylorArgus 01 January 2013
Martin's next corner was hit more cleanly but Kuszczak held it above his head at the far post.
Left-back Cresswell was keen to get forward - with Barnes clearly detailed to track him back. Cresswell worked room after combining with Martin to deliver a dangerous low cross between the Albion back line and Kuszczak. Greer stretched to clear it behind and the Seagulls cleared Martin's poor flag kick.
Simplicity itself. Near post header after N'Daw lost him. Didn't need those orange boots! #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 01 January 2013
Orlandi and LuaLua then combined to win a flag kick on the other flank but this time Ipswich survived.
Orlandi whipped the corner in to the near post and HAMMOND headed it home from close range in the 14th minute.
It was a flag kick at the other end, won by Barnes after David had again got forward down the right, which led to Albion going ahead.
Ipswich lifted their fans by winning a corner which eventually fell to the recalled Reo-Coker just outside the box. But the midfielder fired high and wide.
David produced a good first touch to get away from Martin and go on a dangerous run. He cut inside and then slid the ball back outside to Mackail-Smith on the right edge of the box. Mackail-Smith drove the ball low into the goalmouth but it was cleared before Barnes could get there.
There was a subdued atmosphere around Portman Road in the early stages of this New Year's Day game but Albion had made a pretty solid start and enjoyed plenty of possession.
Just shook hands with Mauricio Tarrico!!! I won't wash that had for ages! #highlightof2013 #ITFC #bhafc— @lewyitfc 01 January 2013
Nice touch. Gather Tano doing a Q&A at pub near ground tonight on his return to Ipswich in aid of Bobby Robson Foundation. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 01 January 2013
David's next action was to trot over to the left to take a free-kick just inside the home half. He whipped in a terrific delivery which Chambers nodded just over his own bar at full strength.
Stand-in right-back David was in the wars inside the first minute. He was caught late by Martin as he looked to hook the ball away and required treatment before resuming. Martin was booked.
David at right-back today. Match is in progress.
A positive note to kick-off 2013. #bhafc were 16th this time last year, on a run of defeats and injury-ravaged.— @AndyNaylorArgus 01 January 2013
Team news is elsewhere on the site but essentially it is Hammond and Barnes in for Bruno and Crofts.
Happy New Year!
Just a moment. Let me re-phrase that.
Happy New Year?
That question mark is arguably the most appropriate form of punctuation as we go into 2013. There appears to be a fair bit of negativity around after the 3-1 defeat to Watford on Saturday, taking the winless run to five games. However, the Seagulls remain above halfway and those within the squad insist they are very close to being a very good Championship side. Let’s see if they get back to winning ways against in-form Ipswich here at Portman Road today.