REPORT: Ipswich Town 2-1 Wednesday

REPORT: Ipswich Town 2-1 Wednesday

Wednesday headed to Suffolk looking to make it three wins in a week and took on an Ipswich side hoping to kick-start their season with a home win.

Wednesday started the game brightly, winning an early corner after a Ross Wallace shot was parried away. A long ball from Jack Hunt then fortuitously released Marco Matias whose shot rattled back off the post.

On six minutes Jonathan Douglas – a recent arrival in Suffolk following his release from Brentford – was given an early yellow card after a clattering challenge on Sam Hutchinson.

Ipswich began to take control of the game, threatening through their aerial strength with a succession of corners, but it was Wednesday who took the lead as Matias broke down the left and crossed for Wallace to convert with a rasping finish.

The lead would not last long however. Following a defensive mix-up between Glenn Loovens and Jérémy Hélan, Freddie Sears stole in around the back to level the scores from an acute angle.

Ipswich would continue to threaten down the Wednesday left, looking to isolate Hélan on the wing and then take advantage of The Owls’ collective shortage of height at set-plays.

Wednesday celebrate taking the lead (Image: @swfc)

Wednesday celebrate taking the lead (Image: @swfc)

Wednesday themselves looked to assert themselves in midfield and, as an entertaining half reached it’s end, began to find the feet of Lewis McGugan and Álex López with greater frequency. Marco Matias, while offering little in terms of defensive support to Hélan, was a constant threat for Wednesday down the Ipswich right.

HT – Ipswich 1-1 Wednesday

Ipswich started the second half on the front foot, and as a the game began to spice up thanks to some questionable refereeing, they took the lead.

A half-cleared corner fell to Ryan Fraser, the on-loan Bournemouth winger skipped past Lucas João to cross, and as Westwood unconvincingly jumped for the ball, Tommy Smith headed in from close range.

The Owls’ stopper was then taken off for Joe Wildsmith after not being able to shake off a problem from the first half. Wildsmith was to find himself immediately at the centre of attention as Sears burst through to force a fine save from the young ‘keeper.

Carvalhal looked to change things up with Atdhe Nuhiu replacing Sam Hutchinson, who had earlier picked up his customary booking.

Wednesday threatened in patches but failed to consistently test Bialkowski in the Ipswich goal as time ticked on towards the last ten minutes. Ipswich continued to retreat in fear of falling to another late equaliser, and despite the introduction of Nuhiu and Kieran Lee and Wednesday couldn’t force an equaliser.

FT – Ipswich 2-1 Wednesday 

Wednesday will look to rectify today’s defeat with victory over Reading in mid-week; meanwhile stick with for the Ipswich ramble, coverage of Carvalhal’s Monday press conference and all the build-up to the Royals’ visit.

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