Ipswich Town 1 - 1 Bristol City

Match info: Championship at Portman Road

Date: 22/12/2012 KO: 15:00 Ref: M Haywood Att: 17,290

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Ipswich

Tommy Smith 32

1
vs
1

Bristol C

Neil Danns 11

FT (ht: 1-1)

  • Last Updated: December 22 2012, 18:46 GMT

Bristol City manager Derek McInnes spoke of his frustration after seeing his side held to a 1-1 draw at Ipswich in a match he felt they deserved to win.

Derek McInnes: Frustrated after draw
Derek McInnes: Frustrated after draw

The Robins dominated the first half and had enough chances to beat their fellow strugglers but instead had to settle for a point which leaves them in the bottom two of the npower Championship.

To add to City's misery, their relegation rivals Barnsley, Sheffield Wednesday and Peterborough all recorded victories.

McInnes said: "I'm frustrated not to get three points because I thought we were by far the better team.

"When you play that well and create chances, you hope to win. We dominated the first half, although the second was more even, and played with a confidence.

"There was a concentration and focus about us, which is especially important in away matches."

City took the lead in the 11th minute through a fine strike from Neil Danns but that advantage was cancelled out in the 32nd minute when Tommy Smith acrobatically drew Ipswich level.

"We knew it was going to be a tough afternoon but I thought it was even tougher for Ipswich," said McInnes.

"When you play Mick McCarthy's teams you have to battle and scrap for everything, but I'm pleased with the way my players took responsibility in terms of keeping their shape.

"Having an extra man at the back made a difference and nullified and neutralised a lot of what they wanted to do. We frustrated them."

McInnes, who felt his side had two penalty claims for handballs, is keeping a cool head in terms of the relegation scrap.

"Anyone can beat anyone in this league, but I'm not too concerned about others at the moment because there are still so many points to play for," he said.

"I'm just concentrating on my team."

City were good value for their lead, which was given to them when Aaron Cresswell's clearance deflected off team-mate Andy Drury and fell invitingly for Danns to lash home from just inside the area.

Jon Stead and Paul Anderson had already gone close, while Danns had another effort blocked by Bradley Orr before Stead's jinking run was followed by a weak shot straight at Stephen Henderson.

Ipswich's only real opportunity early on had fallen to DJ Campbell, but his shot was saved by Tom Heaton and then scrambled behind by Liam Fontaine.

However, the hosts were on level terms before the break thanks to an excellently-taken goal by Smith.

Lee Martin's corner was headed down by Luke Chambers and centre-half Smith produced a finish any striker would be proud of, hooking the ball past Heaton.

McCarthy was pleased to get a draw out of the game, saying: "We got better in the second half but didn't play particularly well.

"Bristol City did play well, though, and I should congratulate them. I was glad to get in at 1-1.

"I was happy to take a point from a game we could have lost, to not lose twice on the bounce and not to crumble when we could have done.

"In terms of performance, it was nowhere near as well as we played against Nottingham Forest or Millwall.

"But these are the hardest games.

"Expectations are higher when you play teams around you but, as today's results prove, this league is bonkers and it will be that way until the end.

"I've said it before but it will be a scrap until then.

"We've had a good run but I've seen it before when a new manager comes in.

"A team starts winning and everything is shiny and new, but it's about maintaining it."


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