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23 November 2018

Black Friday offer sees big crowd as the boss looks to turn up the volume

Town are expecting one of the biggest midweek Championship attendances at Portman Road in years for tonight’s visit of West Brom.

Close on 22,000 tickets have been sold already with supporters taking advantage of the Black Friday offer that has seen tickets heavily discounted in all areas.

All adult and senior prices are set at £10, while U23s and U19s will pay just a fiver. The cost of an U12 ticket is £3 in all permitted areas. Tickets are available on the gate, online and in Planet Blue. 

“I’ve heard there is going to be a big crowd in for the game and that is great to hear because there is no doubt that we need that support. It’s vital for us,” writes Town boss Paul Lambert in his column in tonight’s matchday programme.

“I met up with some of the supporters at the training ground this week, the lads that play the drums and a few from a fans group. It’s important to engage with the supporters because we’re all in this together.

“Supporters pay good money to come and watch us. Hard earned money and I want them to come to an environment where they can have a really good time.

“I can’t forecast the results but I can assure supporters we will play on the front foot, play with energy and give everything for this Club. If we can do that on the pitch, and the supporters are generating that same energy in the stands, that is a powerful weapon to win football matches.”

Clap banners will be handed out for all fans and supporters are asked to get to Portman Road early to minimise queuing before the 7.45pm kick-off.

Town’s Black Friday offers also include £3 a pint in the FanZone before kick-off, with doors opening at 6pm, while those who purchase a hot drink in Legends Bar will receive a free chocolate bar with every hot drink. 

There are big savings to be made in Planet Blue as well with 25 per cent off all 2018/19 replica kit; up to 50 per cent off 2018/19 training wear and up to 80 per cent off fashion items. 

In hospitality, there is a 10 per cent discount on all meals in the Hall of Fame restaurant, with a two or three course meal from £31.50. 

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Match Reports


23 November 2018

Lankester inches away from dramatic equaliser

Jack Lankester hit the post with the last kick of the game as Town pushed the promotion favourites all the way in front of 23,000 at Portman Road.

Jay Rodriguez put the visitors in front before the break and they doubled their advantage 15 minutes from time through Harvey Barnes.

Blues had carried a threat in the second-half though and had forced Albion back for spells and Kayden Jackson reduced the arrears on 85 minutes to set up a grandstand finish.  

Town had a flurry of corners at the end and Bart Bialkowski joined the attack, with Lankester hitting the woodwork from 20 yards.

Town stayed with the same side for the third successive game, Teddy Bishop taking a place on the bench after recovering from a hamstring injury.

Albion immediately showed their threat with Barnes leading a break, Matt Pennington doing enough to quell the danger.

The Everton loanee then picked up a yellow card for a foul, Cole Skuse and Jordan Spence combining to clear the threat from the free-kick.

Blues responded, Jonas Knudsen’s vicious volley going just over, Jordan Roberts unable to get on the end of Trevoh Chalobah’s cross, while at the other end Barnes was just wide with a snap shot.

Gwion Edwards looked to release Freddie Sears inside the box, Ahmed Hagazi spotting the intention and clearing, then the Albion defender should have given his side the lead seconds later, misfiring from eight yards after the ball broke kindly for him from a free-kick.

The Baggies got the goal they threatened on 26 minutes, Kieran Gibbs heading the ball back across goal and Rodriguez volleying in from close range.

A superb ball from former Town loanee Jake Livermore released Rodriguez who threatened a second, Roberts seeing a shot blocked for Blues, Flynn Downes then doing superbly to stop Barnes getting in.

Chalobah miskicked as he went for a volley from the edge of the box, Hal Robson-Kanu firing over from another Albion break, then Matt Phillips was denied a second for the visitors right on half-time after yet another counter.

Town started the second-half with as foot hard down on the accelerator and Roberts looked for an immediate equaliser, Hegazi doing enough to deflect his shot wide, Chalobah forcing a save from Sam Johnstone after Albion failed to deal with a corner, Pennington then seeing his shot drift wide.

The Baggies continued to carry a real threat on the break and Barnes hit the post after Robson-Kanu’s cross fell to him at the back post, Town going toe-to-toe though, Chalobah dragging a 20 yarder just wide.

Roberts was just shy of getting on the end of Spence’s cross as Town pressed for an equaliser before Blues made a first change with Bishop on for Downes just past the hour.

Bialkowski did enough to keep out Robson-Kanu at his near post, the Wales international then denied by the Town ‘keeper, Spence then robbing Rodriguez when a second goal looked certain.

Bishop showed lovely balance to glide inside before his shot cannoned to safely, Dwight Gayle then joining the action, replacing Robson-Kanu.

Albion’s second came after Town lost possession from a corner, Phillips led the breakaway and Barnes capitalised with a low finish after cutting inside from the right.

Jackson and Jack Lankester immediately entered the fray and Jackson gave Town a lifeline five minutes from time with a cool finish from close range with Lankester so close to a dramatic equaliser with the last kick of the game.

Town:  Bialkowski, Spence, Chambers, Pennington, Knudsen, Chalobah, Skuse, Edwards (Lankester 76), Downes (Bishop 64), Sears, Roberts (Jackson 76). Subs not used: Gerken, Donacien, Ward, Dozzell. Booked: Pennington.

West Brom: Johnstone, Gibbs, Robson-Kanu (Gayle 75), Morrison (Barry 88), Livermore, Phillips, Barnes, Rodriguez, Adarabioyo, Dawson, Hegazi. Subs not used: Myhill, Mears, Townsend, Hoolahan, Harper. Booked: Phillips, Johnstone.

Att: 22,995

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Ticket News


3 November 2018

Black Friday prices for visit of Black Country promotion favourites

Town’s game against promotion favourites West Brom on November 23 will see match tickets priced at just £10 for adults.

With the match taking place on Black Friday, the Club have heavily discounted tickets in all areas and for all ages.

All adult and senior prices will be £10, while U23s and U19s will pay just a fiver. The cost of an U12 ticket will be £3 in all permitted areas.      

Tickets are already on sale to season ticket holders and members and will go on general sale on Monday.

Those supporters who have already purchased match tickets for the game will be refunded. Full details will follow in due course.

“We’d like to see as many supporters as possible take advantage of our ‘Black Friday’ prices, get behind Paul and the team and help create a cracking atmosphere under the floodlights at Portman Road,” Town MD Ian Milne told the Club website.

Albion’s visit has been brought forward from the original date and will be shown live on Sky. Kick-off 7.45pm.

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