Match: Aston Villa v Ipswich Town
Date: February 11, 2017
Venue: Villa Park
Weather: 2C, damp
Villa’s unbeaten home record ground to a halt in a bitterly disappointing setback at the hands of Ipswich Town.
After dominating the first half, Steve Bruce’s men lost their momentum after the interval and fell to an 83rd-minute goal from Emyr Huws.
Henri Lansbury and Conor Hourihane both went close during the opening exchanges, while Birkir Bjarnason’s fierce rising shot rattled the bar after Lansbury had rolled a free-kick invitingly across the penalty area.
Ipswich keeper Bartosz Bialkowksi also frustrated the home side when he got down to hold Jonathan Kodjia’s low shot on the turn just before the interval.
But Ipswich came back strongly in the second half and although Villa had a header cleared off the line, Huws converted at close range seven minutes from the end following David McGoldrick’s low cross from the left.
VILLA: Johnstone; Chester (c), Elphick (Bacuna 90), Baker; Hutton (Adomah 65), Bjarnason, Lansbury, Hourihane, Taylor (Green 78); Kodjia, HoganUnused subs: Bunn, Gardner, Amavi, Davis.
IPSWICH: Bialkowksi; Emmanuel, Chambers, Berra (Spence 44), Knudsen; Ward, Taylor (Kenlock 27), Diagouraga, McGoldrick, Huws (Bru 87).Unused subs: Gerken, Pitman, Sears, Moore.
Referee: Tim Robinson
Assistant Referee 1: Jonathan Hunt
Assistant referee 2: Mark Jones
Fourth Official: John Brooks