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18 October 2016

The game started with a slow tempo and neither team could keep hold of the ball in front of the half-empty Portman Road crowd, but it was the home side that drew first blood.

GOAL: The home side took the lead on 15 minutes, undeservedly you could argue. Freddie Sears collected the ball on the left from a nice Kevin Bru pass before being allowed time and space to deliver the cross which Luke Chambers headed in at the back post (1-0).

The goal didn't seem to rattle Burton Albion too much and they had a great chance to equalise when Chris O'Grady slipped the ball through to Lucas Akins who raced through on goal but Christophe Berra's presence was enough to put the Albion forward off as he shot wide of goal.

Another chance went begging for the Brewers in the first half as Jamie Ward tested Bartosz Bialkowski from 20 yards only to see his shot saved before Dyer dragged the rebound shot across the face of goal from 12 yards.

Burton could have, and should have had a goal before the break as Ward and Dyer combined brilliantly in the box which left Dyer with a shooting opportunity from 12 yards but it just had too much height on it and the Ipswich stopper watched it over the bar.

The chances kept on coming for Burton in the first half as Ward played the ball through to Brayford who saw his shot well saved at the near post by the legs of Bialkowski.

Half time: Ipswich Town 1-0 Burton Albion

No changes for either side at the break.

Leon best had held the ball up well and really linked Ipswich's play up in the first half, and he could have grabbed himself a goal early in the second half as he received the ball inside the box, the goal opened up for him but Ben Turner did everything he could to make sure the score stayed as it was.

The second half was dominated by the away side and the chances kept on coming, but it didn't seem to be Burton's night in front of goal. Oliver Langford waved away a penalty appeal from Ben Turner as he was dragged down by Christophe Berra inside the box.

Nigel Clough made his first sub on 84 minutes when Marcus Harness replaced John Mousinho, Brayford slotted into the defence whilst the youngster, Harness, played in the wide position.

GOAL: The home side added a second, again it was against the run of play as Lawrence provided the cross for Sears who poked it into the top corner inside the box (2-0).

Tom Flanagan and Lee Williamson were introduced to the game straight after the goal as their replaced John Brayford and Jackson Irvine respectively.

Full time: Ipswich Town 2-0 Burton Albion

Attendance: 15,818 (134 away)

Ash's man of the match: Jamie Ward

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