Robins thwarted by Lee-Barrett heroics
Ashton Gate, Bristol
16 April 2011
A remarkable goalkeeping performance from Arran Lee-Barrett ensured Ipswich an undeserved victory at Ashton Gate.
The Robins laid seige to the Ipswich goal from the very first kick, but could not find a way past an inspired goalkeeper in the opposition goal.
City had Ipswich on the ropes several times in the first-half, with Jamal Campbell-Ryce, Nicky Maynard, Jordan Spence and former Tractor Boy Jon Stead were all denied.
Albert Adomah burst down the right flank before pulling the ball back to an unmarked Campbell-Ryce who saw his shot clawed out by Lee-Barrett.
The highly-rated Connor Wickham then had a great chance to open the scoring, forcing David James to make a point-blank save.
Moments later, the Suffolk side were reduced to 10-men when Lee Martin was given his marching orders for a rash challenge on Kalifa Cisse.
Following the 27th minute dismissal, City turned the screw again with Stead and Spence both testing Lee-Barrett before the Welsh stopper plucked Marvin Elliott's pinpoint header out of thin air.
Campbell-Ryce was thwarted again five minutes before the break, when Lee-Barrett deflected his shot to safety following more good work by Adomah on the wing.
Stead and Campbell-Ryce both tried their luck again, only to find the half-time interval had not effected the concentration of Ipswich 'keeper!
And just to rub salt into our wounds, Josh Carson's speculative low drive from 30-yards - in what was to prove Ipswich's second shot on of the whole match - flew into the net.
By now, I expect you all know the script. City continued to huff and puff but found Lee-Barrett in unbelievable form.
Not content with keeping out TEN City efforts on goal as stoppage time approached, the Town 'keeper produced another outstanding save to to keep out Brett Pitman's last-gasp drive, while the lively Adomah saw his shot from distance flash just wide.
CITY (4-4-2): James; Spence, Stewart, Nyatanga, McAllister; Adomah, Cisse (Skuse '72), Elliott (Woolford '80), Campbell-Ryce; Stead (Pitman '58), Maynard.
IPSWICH (4-5-1): Lee-Barrett; Carson, Delaney, McAuley, O'Dea; Edwards, Norris, Leadbitter (Healy '70), Martin; Bullard; Wickham.
REFEREE: Russell Booth (Nottinghamshire)
* Match ratings provided by Bristol Boy.
David James - 6
Jordan Spence - 7
Lewin Nyatanga - 7
Damion Stewart - 7
Jamie McAllister - 6
Albert Adomah - 7
Kalifa Cisse - 7
Marvin Elliott - 4
Jamal Campbell-Ryce - 6
Jon Stead - 5
After three months on the sidelines, it was hardly surprising that his touch was well off today, but the only way to get match-fit is to play matches and, as a contender for Player of the Season before his injury, let's give the lad a chance.
Nicky Maynard - 6
Martyn Woolford - 6
Cole Skuse - 6
Brett Pitman - 6
"We'll play worse and win!"