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IPSWICH: ON THE WHISTLE MATCH REPORT

14 April 2017

Nigel Clough made one enforced change to the team that drew 1-1 with Aston Villa last week. In came John Mousinho for the injured Kyle McFadzean.

Burton Albion somehow fell to a 2-0 defeat at Portman Road in the reverse fixture after playing some of the most attractive football of the season, but they soon looked to put that right with a high-tempo start to the game at the Pirelli Stadium. John Brayford played a ball off the slick surface into the 18-yard-box which fell at the feet of Cauley Woodrow who shot on the turn but it was held by Bartosz Bialkowski in the away goal.

A switch of formation 25 minutes into the game saw Albion shape up 3-5-2 and go forward with an attacking intent. Tom Flanagan moved to the right whilst Brayford, Mousinho and Turner lined up in the back three.

Lloyd Dyer was the hero last week when he levelled things up to earn a point against Aston Villa, and he very nearly scored a carbon copy on the half hour mark when the ball fell kindly to him inside the area but his volley was deflected wide off the backside of Christophe Berra.

Burton Albion have been awarded one penalty in 68 games including today's match, and that tally should have been doubled as Cauley Woodrow shot left-footed inside the box but Luke Chambers denied the Albion forward with two hands.

Jackson Irvine is sitting pretty at the top of Albion's goal scorers list for the season, and he nearly added to his tally of ten from a corner late in the half. His first headed effort was blocked before he stuck out a foot and poked his second effort wide of the goal.

HT: Burton Albion 0-0 Ipswich Town

Nigel Clough made a change at the break with Luke Varney coming on in place of Marvin Sordell.

The visitors came out of the traps quickest in the second half and soon made the Brewers pay when Tom Lawrence's corner was thumped home by Luke Chambers to open the scoring.

Michael Kightly has been deployed in a more central position in recent weeks and his bursting run through the centre of the park was matched by Cauley Woodrow's pass but the on-loan Burnley man saw his low shot saved by Bialkowski.

The night went from bad to worse for Burton Albion as Ipswich Town doubled their lead through Freddie Sears who broke down the left but his first shot was saved by McLaughlin before the ball fell kindly for Sears to have a second bite of the cherry and tuck home from close range.

Burton Albion WERE given a penalty, at last. A second penalty in 68 games as Luke Varney was brought down inside the box by Myles Kenlock. Lucas Akins stepped up and made no mistake as he side-footed it into the top right corner.

FT: Burton Albion 1-2 Ipswich Town

Attendance: 5,236

Ash's man of the match: Luke Murphy

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