Game #5522

Seasons | 2018-19 |

Matchday | #32 |
League Game | #29 |
Manager Game | #18 |
Saturday, 26 January 2019
Football League | Championship | Home | Ipswich Town | Villa Park | 33,653 |

Game Summary

Manager | Dean Smith | 

KO | 15.00 |

Referee | Keith Stroud | 
 HT Score | 1-0 | 
 FT Score | 2-1 | 

 FT Result | Won | 

Last 5 Games | DLLDW | 

Scorers | Tammy Abraham | 6’ | 61’ (pen) |

Assists | Conor Hourihane | 6’ | 

 League Position | 10th | +3 | 

Line Up |

GK Lovre Kalinić | BOOKED | 78' |
RB Alan Hutton |
LB Neil Taylor |
CB James Chester |
CB Tommy Elphick |
M John McGinn |
M Glenn Whelan |
SUB OFF | 78' |
M Conor Hourihane | ASSIST | 6' | BOOKED | 84' |
W Albert Adomah | SUB OFF | 68' | 
W Anwar El Ghazi | BOOKED | 27' | SUB OFF | 85' |
CF Tammy Abraham | GOAL | 6' | 61' | 

Substitutes |

RB Ahmed El Mohamady for W Albert Adomah | 68’ | 
CF Jonathan Kodjia for M Glenn Whelan | 78’ | 
M Mile Jedinak for W Anwar El Ghazi | 85’ |

 

Unused Substitutes |

GK Jed Steer
CF Keinan Davis
CB Kortney Hause
F Callum O’Hare

Cards |

 Yellow | Anwar El Ghazi for a bad foul | 27' |

 Yellow | Lovre Kalinić | 78’ |

 Yellow | Conor Hourihane for a bad foul | 84’ | 

Team Stats |

Starting XI Average Age | 28.91 | 

Oldest Player | M Glenn Whelan | 35.06 |

Youngest Player | CF Tammy Abraham | 21.33 |

Unavailable | 

Injury |

M Jack Grealish |

CB Axel Tuanzebe |

GK Ørjan Nyland |

M Henri Lansbury |

W André Green | 


Loaned Out |

M Gary Gardner | Birmingham City | 9 August 2018 - 31 May 2019 |

RB Mitchell Clark | Port Vale | 16 August 2018 - 31 May 2019 |

M Aaron Tshibola | Kilmarnock | 29 August 2018 - 31 May 2019 |

RB Richie De Laet | Melbourne City | 14 September 2018 - 31 May 2019 |

CF Ross McCormack | Motherwell | 5 January 2019 - 31 May 2019 |

 F Rushian Hepburn-Murphy | Cambridge United | 11 January 2019 - 31 May 2019 |

Match Stats |

Possession F | 45
Possession A | 55
Shots F | 23
Shots A | 8
Shots on Target F | 13
Shots on Target A | 3
Corners F | 9
Corners A | 3
Fouls F | 14
Fouls A | 19

 On this day 26 January 2019 

Tammy Abraham became the first player to score in 7 successive home games since Pongo Waring in 1932-33.

Match Report

Sky Sports

Saturday, 26 January 2019

Tammy Abraham scored twice for Aston Villa as Ipswich boss Paul Lambert suffered an unhappy return to his former club.


The 2-1 defeat was hardly surprising, although Villa should have recorded a more conclusive win over a club in such desperate straits, who did keep the game alive with a late strike from Freddie Sears.

 

Town boss Paul Lambert has now seen Ipswich win just twice in 14 games under his control and there was rarely any chance of an improvement to that record against a Villa side who continue to look disjointed.

 

Fortunately they possess a goalscorer in Abraham who took his tally to 19 for the season in this game.
 

Relegation-threatened Ipswich found themselves in trouble as early as the sixth minute when Abraham notched his 10th goal in six home games.

 

The goal came as a result of some woeful Ipswich defending as the uncertain Bartosz Bialkowski could not decide whether to come off his line or remain rooted. The indecision proved fatal as Abraham moved in to head home a pinpoint free-kick from Conor Hourihane.
 

It was an ominous start for the Tractor Boys, who had previously collected only one away point from a possible 18.
 

Villa - without Jack Grealish for a 10th successive game, a spell across which Villa have only won one of eight league games - made their customary high-level start.
 

Fortunately for Villa their opposition lacked the power to counter-attack in strength.
 

The result was that the team with the worst defensive record in the Sky Bet Championship were able to maintain a slender lead.
 

There were, however, occasions when James Chester in particular was ill at ease and Ipswich were given a boost to their flagging fortunes to take the game to Villa.
 

James Collins, who was in the Ipswich team only a month after turning down the offer of a short-term contract with his old club Villa, was a stalwart in Town’s defence.
 

In quick succession he halted the progress of Anwar El Ghazi and then headed away a dangerous cross from the on-loan Lille winger.
 

Twice John McGinn tested Bialkowski with powerful shots, while the Ipswich ‘keeper had to show some smart reflex action to keep out a drive from Abraham as Villa failed to build upon their early advantage.
 

Villa maintained their relentless pressure in the second half but Ipswich resolutely kept themselves in the game until the 61st minute, when Abraham converted a penalty after McGinn had been needlessly impeded by Alan Judge.
 

But the introduction of Colin Quaner gave Ipswich more attacking pressure and in the 76th minute Sears scored with a 25-yard rising drive, while an 80th-minute glancing header from Trevoh Chalobah hit the outside of a post.
 

The managers
 

Dean Smith:

 

”We could have won 5-0. It didn’t matter as it was about getting a win at home, which we thoroughly we deserved. It was comfortable at 2-0 until Freddie Sears stuck one away in the top corner. Then we had a five-minute spell when there was a bit of panic trying to get over the line.
 

“I was disappointed it wasn’t emphatic as it should have been. Tammy should have been walking away with his 21st and 22nd goals of the season, while John McGinn should also have scored a couple. We had a number of chances and had we been more clinical we would have made the game more comfortable.”