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The Big Match Preview: Ipswich vs Wycombe

All you need to know.

26 November 2019

Team news, tickets, travel and more...

Ipswich Town v Wycombe Wanderers
Tuesday 26th November 2019 (kick off 7.45pm)
Portman Road
Referee: Alan Young

Can Wycombe Wanderers really open up an eight-point lead at the top of the League 1 table going into an 18-day break from action? That's the unthinkable scenario swimming round the heads of hundreds of Chairboys fans heading east this evening, for their first ever visit to Portman Road.

Ipswich were the pre-season title favourites and sit well-placed in second - though insisting the pressure is on Wycombe rather than themselves tonight - and look to provide the sternest test yet in Wanderers' phenomenal season so far, with Paul Lambert hoping to replicate what he did at rivals Norwich by returning a fallen giant to the top two tiers.

They've excelled at home, losing just once, but Saturday's draw with Blackpool was seen as two points dropped and they'll be looking to make amends against a Wycombe side facing a fifth straight victory, having kept clean sheets in each of their last four league outings.

Gareth Ainsworth's men will sit top of the table at full-time whatever the outcome, but having taken scalps of Sunderland, Portsmouth and Rotherham already this season, it might be unwise to bet against them adding to that list with another big name tonight.


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Wycombe sold out its initial allocation of 500 tickets, but there will be plenty available on arrival, with a total allocation of around 1,900.

Tickets will be available to purchase at turnstiles 10 and 11. These are cash turnstiles with no debit or credit card facilities for away fans.

Alcohol will be available up to kick off and at half time (providing there are no issues).

Ticket prices are as follows.

Adults: £27
Seniors (65+): £20
Under 23s: £14
Under 19s: £7

Away tickets made available for collection can be picked up from Portman Road from 6.15pm.

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Matt Bloomfield is fit and raring to go against his former club despite picking up a knock against Doncaster on Saturday, whilst Dominic Gape is in contention to return to the midfield after sitting out the 1-0 win. There are no new injuries to report.

Ipswich hope to have James Norwood fit again to lead the attack, having missed the 2-2 draw with Blackpool three days ago.

Wycombe will play in yellow at Portman Road.

The referee for tonight is Alan Young, who last officiated a Wycombe game in August - the 0-0 draw at AFC Wimbledon.

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By Adrian Wood

POST CODE: IP1 2DA

Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Take the M40 towards London and at J1A take the M25(N) signed M1/M11/Watford. Continue to J28 and take the A12 signed Chelmsford. When you reach the junction of the A12 and A14, just south of Ipswich, take the A1214 (London Road) towards Ipswich. As you approach the town centre, there’s a Sainsbury’s supermarket on the left – at this point, go straight on past Sainsbury’s and then almost immediately right onto West End road.  Take the first left (after about half a mile) onto Sir Alf Ramsey Way and you will arrive at the stadium.

Mileage from High Wycombe = 113 (approx. journey time a little over 2 hours)

Recommended area for car parking
There is no official stadium car park, but there is parking all around the ground.  The closest is a large NCP on Portman Road (right by the away end), which usually has spaces up to around 45 minutes before kick-off.  There’s also a large car park on West End Road (5 minutes’ walk away) and at the railway station (less than 10 minutes).  The town centre is less than 10 minutes’ walk and has numerous car parks.

Using the train?
From London, there are 2-3 trains an hour, all from London Liverpool Street.  The train company is Greater Anglia operated by Abellio East Anglia (www.greateranglia.co.uk).  The faster trains go on to Norwich, are air-conditioned and most have a buffet bar. Ipswich station is only 5 to 10 minutes’ walk from the ground. You will see the Portman Road floodlights in the distance as your train comes into the station.

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*Click here for Ipswich's away fans guide for this fixture*

Facilities for away fans
The ground capacity is 30,311 (all seated). Portman Road is a traditional ground, with 4 separate stands. The away end is usually blocks V1 and V2 of the Cobbold Stand. This gives you a good side-stand upper-tier view of the action, though it is an older stand, dating from the 1970s. Turnstiles open 90 minutes before kickoff and fans are searched on entry (note that bags larger than 40 x 40 x 10cms are not allowed). The matchday programme can be purchased outside the stadium from the blue, tardis-like kiosks. Programmes cost £3.50 and are not for sale inside the ground.

Time on your hands?
The Station Hotel (formerly the Riverside Hotel) is opposite the station, and is the official away pub.  It is roomy, has a garden and TV screens, and three beers on handpump from the Greene King stable. The “Punch & Judy” pub on Cardinal Park, which is close to the ground also comes recommended as a pub which is family orientated and where both sets of fans can enjoy a drink. Note that most pubs immediately around the ground are for home fans only.

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Watch live on iFollow from anywhere in the world (£10 in the UK & Ireland, £5 overseas). Otherwise you can also listen to the audio commentary (£2.50 for the game, £4.49 monthly, or £45 for the year).

 

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Match Reports

Report: Ipswich 0-0 Wycombe

All square at Portman Road.

26 November 2019

Wanderers maintained their five-point lead at the top of League 1 with a well-deserved draw at Ipswich Town on Tuesday evening.

Home keeper Tomas Holy saved a late penalty from Joe Jacobson to preserve a point for the hosts, having earlier kept out Adebayo Akinfenwa's effort to keep his side in the game.

Ipswich were angered by a disallowed goal in the first half, with Kayden Jackson adjudged offside after Luke Chambers' header made its way to the back of the net, leaving Town winless in three in the league while Wycombe complete an unbeaten month without conceding.

Gareth Ainsworth made two changes to the side that started in Saturday’s 1-0 triumph over Doncaster, bringing Dominic Gape and Adebayo Akinfenwa back into the line-up as Nnamdi Ofoborh and Alex Samuel dropped to the bench.

More significantly, Matt Bloomfield led the visitors out as Wycombe captain at the ground he grew up visiting as a young Ipswich fan, developing through the Suffolk club’s youth system and making one senior appearance before making his way to Bucks 16 years ago.

Paul Smyth had the game’s first sight of goal, sending a first-time snapshot wide of the near post after Curtis Thompson found Gape in space on the left.

But Ipswich came into the game strongly, and should have opened the scoring on 14 minutes, only for James Norwood to miss an incredible chance from close range. Kayden Jackson did excellently to start the move and then deliver a peach of a cross from the right, but as Norwood dived in to meet it, he could only glance his header wide of the far post when it looked easier to score.

Paul Smyth then had a strong dart towards goal which resulted in him closing down Tomas Holy’s clearance, only to be denied a chance by the referee’s decision to punish him for a handball, before Joe Jacobson tested the keeper’s handling with a low effort from distance which skidded off the wet surface and into his gloves.

The hosts looked a threat though with the quick long ball for Jackson, as he drifted across the frontline from left to right, evading markers and finding pockets of space in which to operate.

Then came a moment for the Beast, as Adebayo Akinfenwa outmuscled Luke Chambers to tee himself for a first-time chance which was blocked by the legs of Holy.

Luke Garbutt hammered a free-kick into the wall from 30 yards, before he and Jon Nolan were booked for two fouls in quick succession, and Jacobson then curled a free-kick wide of the near post after a rarely-spotted foul on Akinfenwa.

But it was Garbutt’s set-pieces which looked most likely to unlock the Wycombe door, and another inviting corner led to Chambers glancing a header inches past the far post.

Then came a flash point, as Ipswich thought they had the lead, only for the referee to make a very late decision to disallow Chambers’ header for an offside decision against Kayden Jackson, leading to James Norwood seeing a yellow card for dissent.

Paul Smyth then saw yellow for kicking the ball away, before Janoi Donacien became the fourth Ipswich name in the referee’s notebook for a foul shortly before the half-time whistle.

With no changes at the break, the start of the second period was relatively settled, but gathered pace after Norwood’s header was hooked away by Charles en route to goal.

Matt Bloomfield placed a difficult chance over the bar before Anthony Stewart was booked for a foul, and then Gareth Ainsworth introduced Scott Kashket into his frontline as Paul Smyth made way.

Adebayo Akinfenwa drilled over on the turn but generally couldn’t catch a break against the referee, who punished him for virtually every aerial duel, before Bloomfield was withdrawn on 72 minutes with Nick Freeman taking his place.

Ryan Allsop saw yellow for time-wasting , and then Luke Woolfenden was also booked – again for dissent – before Ipswich made two changes, introducing Gwion Edwards and Danny Rowe for James Wilson and Emyr Huws, before Curtis Thompson joined a long list of names in the book.

David Wheeler saw a powerful shot blocked from the edge of the box, but he was then involved in a huge talking point in the game as he was tripped in the box to give Alan Young no choice but to point to the spot. Nick Freeman was fouled in the build-up but the referee’s advantage allowed Wheeler to nip in and beat his man to the ball.

However, Jacobson’s penalty was expertly saved by Tomas Holy with a giant hand away to his right, and Ipswich had renewed hope of going on to find a winner as Will Keane came on for James Norwood.

Keane flashed a volley over the bar from outside the box, before Kashket was booked for a trip as he rushed back to defend against Gwion Edwards’ dart down the right, but Woolfenden headed the free-kick over.

Akinfenwa was booked for persistent fouling – as the game entered a tense six minutes of stoppage time, in which Kashket drilled wide, and then Dominic Gape made a brave block to keep out Gwion Edwards’ last-ditch effort.

Wycombe now enter a period of two-and-a-half weeks without a game, having not conceded a goal since October 22nd, sitting five points clear at the top of the table.

Ipswich: Holy, Chambers, Wilson (Edwards 82), Woolfenden, Donacien, Garbutt, Skuse, Nolan, Huws (Rowe 82), Jackson, Norwood (Keane 88).

Unused subs: Norris, Judge, Nsiala, Dozzell.

Wycombe: Allsop, Grimmer, Jacobson, Stewart, Charles, Gape, Thompson, Bloomfield Freeman 72), Wheeler, Smyth (Kashket 62), Akinfenwa.

Unused subs: Yates, Phillips, Samuel, Aarons, Ofoborh.

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Ticket News

Tickets and travel: Ipswich (A, 26/11)

It's a first ever visit to Portman Road.

6 November 2019

Tickets for Wanderers' League 1 game at Ipswich Town on Tuesday 26th November (k.o. 7.45pm) can now only be purchased on arrival at Portman Road.

*Click here for Ipswich's away fans guide for this fixture*

Wycombe sold out its initial allocation of 500 tickets, but there will be plenty available on arrival, with a total allocation of around 1,900.

Tickets will be available to purchase at turnstiles 10 and 11. These are cash turnstiles with no debit or credit card facilities for away fans.

Alcohol will be available up to kick off and at half time (providing there are no issues).

Ticket prices are as follows.

Adults: £27
Seniors (65+): £20
Under 23s: £14
Under 19s: £7

Away tickets made available for collection can be picked up from Adams Park until noon on the day of the game, or from the home club's stadium from 6.15pm.

To book coach travel, visit http://www.owwsa.co.uk.

Travel
By Adrian Wood

POST CODE: IP1 2DA

Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Take the M40 towards London and at J1A take the M25(N) signed M1/M11/Watford. Continue to J28 and take the A12 signed Chelmsford. When you reach the junction of the A12 and A14, just south of Ipswich, take the A1214 (London Road) towards Ipswich. As you approach the town centre, there’s a Sainsbury’s supermarket on the left – at this point, go straight on past Sainsbury’s and then almost immediately right onto West End road.  Take the first left (after about half a mile) onto Sir Alf Ramsey Way and you will arrive at the stadium.

Mileage from High Wycombe = 113 (approx. journey time a little over 2 hours)

Recommended area for car parking
There is no official stadium car park, but there is parking all around the ground.  The closest is a large NCP on Portman Road (right by the away end), which usually has spaces up to around 45 minutes before kick-off.  There’s also a large car park on West End Road (5 minutes’ walk away) and at the railway station (less than 10 minutes).  The town centre is less than 10 minutes’ walk and has numerous car parks.

Using the train?
From London, there are 2-3 trains an hour, all from London Liverpool Street.  The train company is Greater Anglia operated by Abellio East Anglia (www.greateranglia.co.uk).  The faster trains go on to Norwich, are air-conditioned and most have a buffet bar. Ipswich station is only 5 to 10 minutes’ walk from the ground. You will see the Portman Road floodlights in the distance as your train comes into the station.

Facilities for away fans
The ground capacity is 30,311 (all seated). Portman Road is a traditional ground, with 4 separate stands. The away end is usually blocks V1 and V2 of the Cobbold Stand. This gives you a good side-stand upper-tier view of the action, though it is an older stand, dating from the 1970s. Turnstiles open 90 minutes before kickoff and fans are searched on entry (note that bags larger than 40 x 40 x 10cms are not allowed). The matchday programme can be purchased outside the stadium from the blue, tardis-like kiosks. Programmes cost £3.50 and are not for sale inside the ground.

Time on your hands?
The Station Hotel (formerly the Riverside Hotel) is opposite the station, and is the official away pub.  It is roomy, has a garden and TV screens, and three beers on handpump from the Greene King stable. The “Punch & Judy” pub on Cardinal Park, which is close to the ground also comes recommended as a pub which is family orientated and where both sets of fans can enjoy a drink. Note that most pubs immediately around the ground are for home fans only.

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