The Imps travelled down to Portman Road thinking that a point would be classed as a great result.
However, an impressive battling performance saw Lincoln take all three points after a Ben House header at the back post in the first half was enough to seal the victory. A game which saw The Imps have fleeting moments of possession and extended periods of pressure within their own half. Ipswich had a staggering 77% possession and 33 shots in total. But with excellent blocks and tackles from the team, Ipswich were left feeling frustrated and questioning how they didn’t score, writes Samuel Rowson.
Ipswich Town’s manager Kieran McKenna spoke to The East Anglian Times team shortly after the game to reflect on a frustrating game in which his side registered 33 shots during the game but no goals.
“We didn’t have that many shots on target but we got to really good positions. I think if you’re not having shots on target because all your shots are from 35 yards then you are concerned about what you are doing to break down the low block, but we got to really good positions and had some really good chances that, on another day, I would back us to score.”
McKenna also had his say on the Imps defensive performance. “It didn’t happen today. They blocked a lot of shots. With a 1-0 lead they had that extra incentive and had every right to have so many of their team back in the penalty box diving in front of shots.
The goal by House in the first half was also discussed at length with the publication; McKenna felt his team could have dealt with the situation better as for the second time in a row Ipswich conceded from a set piece.
“It’s another strange one to be honest because he spoons a header 20 yards up in the air,” said McKenna. “We didn’t mark well enough, we didn’t pin the runners into the six-yard box well enough, so it gives them chance to get the first contact.
“It’s an unusual goal, of course. We need to do better after it goes so high up in the air. We need to be more alert and get back inside the frame of the goal better as a team.
“There are few little details there to improve. Of course there’s a lucky element to the goal as well. As I say, that made the game a lot more difficult than it already was.”
Words From Walton
Credit Graham BurrellIpswich keeper Christian Walton faced the media shortly after the game on Saturday and also spoke to the East Anglian Times. He was asked about the goal they conceded.
“It was the second corner they had and they went for the near post with them both. The ball has gone up in the air and I’m not getting there I don’t think and it’s gone back across the goal for a tap-in. It’s disappointing because we work really hard on set plays so it’s tough to take.”
He also applauded City’s performance, adding “we can be happy with the second-half performance but we just didn’t get it over the line. Fair play to Lincoln for defending really well.
Twitter/ Fan Reaction
After a historic victory in Suffolk, we look at the online reaction of Ipswich fans on points in the game.
City hold on for a HUGE win at Portman Road – thank you to all the Imps who made the trip, and safe travels back home this evening!
UP. THE. IMPS.
— Lincoln City FC 🇺🇦 (@LincolnCity_FC) October 15, 2022
33 Shots, 7 On Target, No Goals
Many Ipswich fans will be wondering how their team failed to score on Saturday. The Tractor Boys’ dominance in most areas on the field would normally end in three points. Some fans, such as Liam see this as a momentary blip and how on other days could easily have been a positive result for the home side who have experienced a rich vein of form and are still sitting 2nd in the table at time of writing.
32 shots. 14 corners. 76% possession. Defeats like this happen. All about how we bounce back from it.
— Liam 💚 (@bmovienerd) October 15, 2022
Parking The Bus
Many Ipswich Town fans have come out to say congratulations to Lincoln, with us ‘parking the bus’ for the majority of the game, it made the attacking third more compact, narrowing the chances of conceding a major chance and ultimately winning us the game. Even with the chances Ipswich created, they had an xG of lower than 2 goals. With 7 shots on target from 33 shots. Our resolute defence helped us secure a first win at Portman Road since 1954.
Wasn’t our day today, you could tell from kick off with the flat atmosphere around the ground. Lincoln parked the bus and sat in and until the 60th minute we had no idea what we were doing. Not a great day at the office really, can’t win them all. Onto the next.
— James (@janthonydean) October 15, 2022
Kennedy Tactical Masterclass
Many a comment was directed towards the way Lincoln set up their back line in order to nullify the attacking threat of Ipswich. Jackson was at the heart of the high praise alongside manager Kennedy for the battling Lincoln side.
Teams are sussing us out and are being effective at shutting us out. Need to be far more clinical in the final 3rd.
Work comes on the training ground now.
— ꧁☬ℭ𝔥𝔯𝔦𝔰☬꧂ (@OtherBrother74) October 15, 2022
Penalty Shouts For Ipswich
During the game, there were a few shouts from the home side for penalties, however, the referee waved the appeals away. Ipswich town fans were feeling hard done by as a result.
'referee' – debatable. Bottled every big decision.
— Mike Lee (@munkdrike) October 15, 2022