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2017/18 English League Championship, Regular Season
  • Jota (21' PEN)

Birmingham move out of bottom three with vital win over Ipswich

Birmingham lifted themselves out of the bottom three with a 1-0 Sky Bet Championship home success over Ipswich.

In a poor game, Blues sealed a vital victory with a first-half penalty from Jota as they chalked up their second successive home win.

Injury-hit Ipswich announced in the build-up to the game that manager Mick McCarthy would leave the club at the end of the season, and they put in a disappointing display.

It was from one rare attack from the visitors that Ipswich found themselves a goal down in the 21st minute.

Birmingham goalkeeper David Stockdale's long throw found Jacques Maghoma and he raced away down the left and into the penalty area where he was brought down by Adam Webster resulting in a penalty which was converted by Jota.

Only a brilliant save by Bartosz Bialkowski prevented a second Birmingham goal on the half hour.

A speculative long-range effort from Che Adams was deflected and Bialkowski found himself going the wrong way only to fling out his right leg to block the goal-bound shot.

With David Davis back in their side, Birmingham appeared to be a more compact unit and were able to produce several storming attacks which kept Webster and skipper Luke Chambers under a great deal of pressure in the Ipswich rearguard.

Clear-cut chances were few and far between, with industrious striker Martyn Waghorn lacking support to make any real impact against a solid Birmingham defence.

Ipswich attempted to raise their game in the second period and they were the better team as Birmingham resolutely defended their slender advantage.

Birmingham, however, were denied a more conclusive win when Bialkowski produced another quality save to keep out a Lukas Jutkiewicz header.

English League Championship Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Norwich City 33 +23 63
2 Sheffield United 33 +24 61
3 Leeds United 32 +17 61
4 West Bromwich Albion 32 +24 57
5 Middlesbrough 32 +12 54
6 Bristol City 31 +10 53
7 Derby County 31 +7 51
8 Nottingham Forest 33 +8 47
9 Birmingham City 32 +9 46
10 Aston Villa 33 +4 44
11 Preston North End 33 +3 44
12 Hull City 32 +3 44
13 Swansea City 32 +3 44
14 Blackburn Rovers 33 -7 43
15 Sheffield Wednesday 32 -11 41
16 Brentford 31 +7 40
17 Stoke City 33 -7 40
18 Queens Park Rangers 31 -8 39
19 Wigan Athletic 32 -14 34
20 Millwall 31 -11 31
21 Reading 33 -15 29
22 Rotherham United 33 -20 29
23 Bolton Wanderers 33 -30 26
24 Ipswich Town 33 -31 20