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Report: Ipswich Town 1-0 Wycombe

The Tractor Boys seal second season win over Chairboys.

29 December 2021

A James Norwood tap-in was the difference between Wycombe and Ipswich Town at Portman Road, as the Tractor Boys secured all three points.

After an 18 day wait, the Chairboys took on Ipswich Town in their last fixture of 2021. With Gareth Ainsworth missing out due to a positive COVID test, Richard Dobson and ex-Ipswich man Matt Bloomfield took the helm for the League One fixture.

A full-strength side was at the disposal of Dobson and Bloomfield, with only Ryan Tafazolli, Dominic Gape and Sullay Kaikai unavailable - the former duo carrying knocks and the latter on international duty for Sierra Leone. Chris Forino was awarded another start after impressing against Burton Albion, while Josh Scowen returned to the bench after a lengthy injury.

The first five minutes of the contest passed without either side really getting a handle on the game or creating clear-cut opportunities. Ipswich looked marginally quicker out of the blocks however, and retained possession adeptly while they had it. It was Ipswich captain Sam Morsy who had the first glimpse of goal in the 7th minute, as he sent a shot well over the bar from just outside the box.

In the 10th minute, Wycombe saw their first sight of goal, as Jason McCarthy was brought down by Matt Penney just outside the Ipswich box while powering through on goal. Captain Joe Jacobson stepped up to take a swinger from the right hand side but his shot was headed clear by the wall.

Shortly after, Brandon Hanlan was left frustrated, as some nervy defending from Luke Woolfenden saw the Chairboy muscle his way through on the edge of the box, before an awkward touch lost him possession.

Wycombe fans breathed a sigh of relief as the clock neared 20 minutes, as Sone Aluko twisted and turned past Jordan Obita, before sliding a cross into Macaulay Bonne who was lurking at the back post and able to tap home, before the linesman raised his flag.

Despite having to absorb a period of pressure from the hosts as the game reached the half an hour mark, it was Wycombe with a chance. A long ball forward made its way to Obita, whose drive into the box got him further than anticipated, before a stinging cross was blocked by a gaggle of Ipswich shirts, seeing Vaclav Hladky require treatment. The break in play led to a poorly delivered Jacobson corner that was easily cleared.

An altercation between Anthony Stewart and James Norwood then saw Ipswich deliver a dangerous free-kick deep into the box. Stockdale was able to punch away, before a bicycle kick from Stewart saw the Chairboys able to reset.

However, it wasn’t long before the hosts were able to make their chances count, as a shot from a tight angle was tipped away by Stockdale, only to see Norwood tap home from close range at the back post in the 44th minute. 

Half-time: Ipswich Town 1-0 Wycombe Wanderers

It was Ipswich who were gifted the chance to double their lead five minutes into the second half, as Stewart misjudged a high long ball before slipping and allowing Macauley Bonne to drive forward. His shot was dragged wide under pressure from Chris Forino.

Jacobson was the next to come close, as a free-kick from the right hand side was sent sailing towards goal before Hladky was able to punch away.

Ipswich could have secured their second in the 60th minute, as Norwood latched onto a long ball, before slashing his shot wide of the posts.

Wycombe couldn’t make anything of the bout of possession that followed, as two corners did little to trouble the Ipswich back line and left the Chairboys looking vulnerable to a counter attack.

The Dobson-Bloomfield duo made their first changes in the 70th minute, as Anis Mehmeti and Josh Scowen replaced David Wheeler and Curtis Thompson respectively.

And it was Wycombe with the next chance. Some dancing feet from Garath McCleary left him deep inside the box, where he was able to square the ball to Hanlan, who despite his best efforts, was only able to send the ball spinning over the crossbar.

Mehmeti also looked to make his mark on the game as the ball fell to the youngster’s feet on the edge of the box. He stopped the ball dead before rounding his player, unleashing a low shot which was deflected away for a corner.

Another change for the Chairboys ushered a new formation, as Forino made way for Wycombe general Adebayo Akinfenwa in the 80th minute.

Wycombe came agonisingly close in the 87th minute, as a Jacobson corner was smashed goalward for the Ipswich keeper to parry. Stewart was on hand to snatch the rebound, but his shot, despite its power, was well off target.

It was Ipswich with the last chance of the game as a ball through the middle saw Josh Scowen have to pull out of what would have been a dangerous challenge, allowing Sam Morsy through on goal. After slowing his attack, he squared the ball, only to see Conor Chaplin hit the post before Wes Burns headed to the corner to kill the game off.

Full-time: Ipswich Town 1-0 Wycombe Wanderers

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