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Report: Preston 1 Ipswich Town 2 – Fraser nets a sublime winner to keep Town top

12:08 09 September 2015

Brett Pitman celebrates his goal during the first half against Preston

Brett Pitman celebrates his goal during the first half against Preston

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A goal-of-the-season contender from Ryan Fraser sealed Ipswich Town a 2-1 victory at Preston North End this afternoon.

The Blues winger caressed a curling, floated effort into the top corner from the angle of the box in the 65th minute following patient build-up involving 15+ passes.

Town had taken the lead against the run of play through Brett Pitman’s 24th minute header but went into the break level after Daniel Johnson finished off a rapid counter-attacking move.

Mick McCarthy’s men remain top of the Championship table having claimed 10 points from their opening four league matches. They have scored two goals in all five of their league and cup outings so far this season.

This is Town’s first league win at Deepdale since 1966, last season’s League One play-off champions Preston – who had not conceded a goal in their opening three games – losing at home for the first time in the league since November 15, 2014.

Blues boss McCarthy made three changes to his starting XI following Tuesday night’s 2-0 home win over Burnley.

Dean Gerken was a late replacement for Bartosz Bialkowski in goal, the latter out for ‘personal reasons’.

The injured Daryl Murphy (tight calf) was replaced by midweek goalscorer David McGoldrick, while teenage Arsenal loanee Ainsley Maitland-Niles – so impressive in the opening three league games – dropped to the bench and was replaced by front man Brett Pitman.

Preston manager Simon Grayson made just one enforced alteration to his team following their goalless stalemate at Rotherham on Tuesday night – injured striker Will Keane replaced by Neil Kilkenny.

Talismanic front man Jermaine Beckford – who missed the opening three league matches with a pre-season injury - was named on the bench.

The Lilywhites have played with a wing-back system in recent times, but abandoned that in an attempt to catch their opponents out – Grayson instead going 4-4-1-1.

Any fears that the Lancashire side would park the bus proved to be unfounded, the home side getting on the front foot from the off.

It required a Jonas Knudsen block on Chris Humphrey in the area in the eighth minute. Moments later, Paul Huntington headed a Paul Gallagher corner delivery just over.

The onslaught continued with Joe Garner heading Gallagher’s wicked deep free-kick delivery just the wrong side of the post, with Gallagher’s powerful effort from the edge of the box beaten away by Gerken with less than 15 minutes played.

Garner dragged a shot wide and then, after Neil Kilkenny’s fabulous raking pass took out the entire Town defence, Humphrey messed up a good volley opportunity.

Town’s opener therefore came massively against the run of play. Following Knudsen’s long throw up the line, Freddie Sears worked himself some space, crossed from the left and Pitman squeezed an expert header inside the near post on the angle of the six-yard box. It was the visitors’ first attempt on goal.

That goal temporarily took the wind out of Preston, but they deservedly went into the break on level terms thanks to a fine counter-attacking goal scored in the 37th minute.

After Knudsen’s attempted long throw into the area was headed clear, Christophe Berra’s failed attempt to come through the back of Garner and win the ball in the centre of the pitch suddenly left the Blues badly exposed at the back.

Humphrey quickly picked out forward sprinting Johnson and the dreadlocked Jamaican raced into the open space before producing a cool one-on-one finish.

Ipswich had lacked cohesion in the opening 45 minutes, but gradually grew in confidence after the restart.

Fraser produced a trademark burst to the by-line in the 49th minute, defenders’ legs dangling dangerously in the box, before his chipped cross was scrambled clear.

One patient passing move eventually came to nothing, Berra’s hooked shot cleared after keeper Jordan Pickford misjudged the flight of a cross.

Then McGoldrick fired narrowly over the bar from a difficult position following a sublime piece of control with the outside of his boot.

Ipswich’s golden moment arrived in the 65th minute. First there was patient, probing build-up, several players involved in a 20+ passing move from left to right. Then, at the end of it, Fraser – right on the angle of the penalty box – caresses a curling, floating, side-footed effort over the keeper and into the top corner.

It will surely end up a Championship goal of the season contender.

Town lived dangerously five minutes later. After an almighty goalmouth scramble, the ball was put back into the area, Paul Huntington’s header was pushed out by Gerken and Knudsen produced a brave last-ditch block on Garner.

And there was another heart in mouth moment in the 75th minute when Garner forced Humphrey’s cross over the line from close-range, the referee disallowing it and booking him for the use of an arm.

It was yet more infuriating play from a talented player who spent most of the game throwing himself to the floor.

Preston introduced Beckford off the bench for the final 15 minutes, but Ipswich defended manfully with their own sub – Maitland-Niles – relieving pressure at the other end.

PRESTON NORTH END (3-5-2): Pickford; Clarke (cpt), Huntington, Wright; Humphrey, Kilkenny (Beckford 75), Welsh, Gallagher (Reid 82), Cunningham (Woods 32); Johnson, Garner.

Unused subs: Kirkland, Vermijl, Browne, Brownhill.

IPSWICH TOWN (4-2-3-1): Gerken; Chambers (cpt), Smith, Berra, Knudsen; Skuse, Douglas; Fraser (Toure 85), McGoldrick (Maitland-Niles 61), Sears; Pitman.

Unused subs: Crowe, Emmanuel, Kenlock, Tabb, Coke.

Attendance: 12,330

Referee: Mr M Brown.

37 comments

  • Alan, one thing we all know is on the few occassions you come on the page, you will try to be constructive and not make an entry full of insults and abuse. you will have seen I have given this handful of people the opportunity to tell me where I am wrong, they just come back with no response to the questions whatsoever. You suggest I accept that I am not always right,, Alan you know what I write is only my opinion, which I am perfectly entitled to, but when I get it wrong you will also know I do apologise, you must remember last season I said the signing of Murphy was not a good one, I and many others were proved so wrong but you will know that I apologised, and said Murphy had stuffed my claim down my throat. I do not intend to be bullied off the site by 5 people with not one constructive comment between them.

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    Cyril Baker

    Tuesday, August 25, 2015

  • Cyril ; we've explained where you're wrong many many times over the last couple of years; your arguments had some traction when town were struggling, but your refusal to give Mick and his team any credit at all combined with your constant demand for ME to gamble more millions on multiple signings even though Mick has forged a good team on a shoe string; is just getting repetitive and boring. Change the record. go watch the football and enjoy it for what it is. In short; get a life mate!

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    Negative_Pleb_#1

    Tuesday, August 25, 2015

  • Whats happened to the moderator these days?? my posts are actually getting published this season! Has he gone on holiday or just thought sod it whats the point....? Staidtastic is dead; LONG LIVE NEGATIVE PLEB #1!!!!

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    Negative_Pleb_#1

    Tuesday, August 25, 2015

  • Hi Cyril, thanks for the mention, my aim is not to insult but merely to try and help you? Frankly i worry. But as with many of life issues; the first step is admitting you have a problem in the first place. Its as simple as that i'm afraid

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    Negative_Pleb_#1

    Tuesday, August 25, 2015

  • Cyril you have admitted more than once you are on here to wind people up which you excel at so you have to face a lot of responses. It would help your cause if you occasionally admitted you were wrong.

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    Alan Chaplin

    Monday, August 24, 2015

  • Nic, you are of course correct, my comments do leave me open to the critics, but come on dony get things out of proportion, on this page there are five critics, the same people that have a go at everything I write and please do no suggest they are the magority, and there is no place for making it personel. You have seen I give them every opportunity to tell me where I am wrong, and you have also seen they cannot do so. I do not believe ME is good for the club, and I will not change my view on that until i see some real investment, and I do not like MM big boot football, but I do accept he cannot please us all.

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    Cyril Baker

    Monday, August 24, 2015

  • The issue here is Cyril, last season you openly admitted that you only post on this site in order to wind people up and you have now reiterated this statement. How can you expect anyone to have a reasonable debate with you when you have a different agenda to the rest of us ? You act as if you are hurt by genuine supporter's comments, yet your sole aim is to invite this type of response. If indeed you are an elderly gentleman, may I suggest you use the wisdom you should have surely gained by now and post comments that actually contribute to the otherwise healthy debate on this forum. Regards Nic

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    Nic Spato

    Monday, August 24, 2015

  • Most readers will be pleased to hear that I have decided not to respond to future insults for negative pleb. As much as I like a debate or argument it is difficult to do so with entries that have no contribution, but simply ignorant abuse. He reminds me of the problem we had in football in the 70's with his uneducated holiganism. I will not pretend I have enjoyed the insults that have been thown but the inability to explain his point. This site should surely be about and club and team not personalities.

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    Cyril Baker

    Monday, August 24, 2015

  • Great post trueblue

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    saxon

    Monday, August 24, 2015

  • negative pleb, you and me both as I only respond to those that name me. I didnt have to change my log in because I could not win the argument.

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    Cyril Baker

    Monday, August 24, 2015

  • "thanks for the mention" ???? - anyone who thanks another poster for mentioning their name is clearly suffering from a deeply disturbing psychological affliction. They seem to be mistaking this message board for some kind of reality tv show. They crave the attention of the other contributors so badly they will compose messages of an increasingly desperate nature. Its worrying frankly. It is the artist formerly known as Staidtastics opinion that these desperate posters should spend less time on the internet, and maybe try and leave their squalid bedsits once in a while. Once they have acclimatised to real life sufficiently and been independently assessed by a qualified psychologist - then they could maybe attend sporting events. Such as an Ipswich Town Home game.

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    Negative_Pleb_#1

    Monday, August 24, 2015

  • Rodenbacher, I have never seen you on the site before so I am sure you have had no debates with those of a different view. Perhaps we should all sign in with multi logins to add to our support.

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    Cyril Baker

    Sunday, August 23, 2015

  • Cyril Baker, I would prefer to read the comments of individuals who attended the match, even controversial ones. Please come up with something new and not what is old hat! Why not meet with your other contenders and leave this site to real debate. Thanking you in advance that you take my advice.

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    Rodenbacher Ex-pat

    Sunday, August 23, 2015

  • And thats the point isnt it Cyril. Instead of entering in to an intelligent debate about and institution we all love you'd rather try and wind people up. Most people on here mange to have a reasoned and sensible discussion whether they agree or not. You on the other hand would rather name call, its just rather sad isn't it. You have a choice between an interesting conversation witj someone or trying to rattle a cage and every time you decide to rattle, then it irks you because simeone responds in the same manner. That is the behaviour of someone very troubled. I really dont know how you get through the day with that outlook. Ever noticed how positive things happen to positive people? Try looking up mate and maybe even you can turn that frown upside down. Or choose to be a wind up merchant, high road, or approac things like my 5 year old nephew. I suppose the difference is a 5 year old doesnt know better.

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    TrueBlue

    Sunday, August 23, 2015

  • Oh Saxon did you feel left out, I promise to put you on the list next time. Saxon you dont appear to have much savy,stands to reason if I respond to five different people it is likely I will have the most entries, anyhow I enjoy winding you up.

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    Cyril Baker

    Sunday, August 23, 2015

  • Cyril We would love to ignore you but you have 6 more posts on here today making yourself hard to ignore with your pathetic anti Town comments. Then you accuse someone of having a lot to say about nothing, talk about pot kettle black, give it a rest Cyril you are ruining any enjoyment on this page

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    saxon

    Sunday, August 23, 2015

  • Ken Hairy, with so many entries on this page against my comments, but when I check I find it is only, yourself, redhotitfc, negative pleb, true blue, with a lot to say about nothing, what do they say about empty vessels making the most noise.

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    Cyril Baker

    Sunday, August 23, 2015

  • Cyril, you are as repetitive as you are boring and negative. And since you never attend a game you have no basis for your whingeing. Alas, you also lack both a sense of humour and any self-awareness. So perhaps you could do the decent thing, take a deep breath, and spare us your relentless negativity? Most of the saddos who post here are supporters.

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    Ken Hairy

    Sunday, August 23, 2015

  • trueblue, calm down I would suggest 13 yrs is pretty patient, remember ME said promotion in 5 yrs when he took over, and appointing three managers in 7 yrs does not show a lot of patience. I do think we will have a good season but if a couple of people want to attack my entries I will respond particularly as they are always the same. Just ignore me

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    Cyril Baker

    Sunday, August 23, 2015

  • Oh Cyril you do imagine things. What the entire site knows is that you are talking nonsense yet again. For the last 3 years many of us have tried to expalin you need patience. For the last 3 years you have done nothing but whinge about the manager, the owner, the football etc whilst we have all explained the idiocy of your bemusing observations. I have told you time and time again you need patience, that mick had a plan and your calls for change were misguided and now the moment thingd are going well your all over the bandwagon. If you think you're falling anyone you are kidding yourself. 3 years of pure hatred and bilous output ("i never criticised MM", yes you did, weekly) from you means none of us forget your bleeting so to try and put that on someone else now is insulting, but that shouldn't suprise anyone since you've done nothing but insult your fellow posters since you have been on here. Frankly your are a nasty and bitter old man who should know better but for whatever reason you contiune bltahering on anyways. Onr must assume at this point you are trying to avoid a large dose of humble pie but its to Johnny come lately to get away with that so stuff it down Cyril nom nom. Grow up whilst you're at. The only team that deserves you as a fan is Norwich and I wouldn't even wish you on them. Seriously Cyril, learn some humility and get over yourself you nasty, nasty man.

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    TrueBlue

    Sunday, August 23, 2015

  • negative pleb, thanks for the mention, but I am afraid someone who wants to be known as a negative pleb has a serious problem so I apologise for arguing with you.

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    Cyril Baker

    Sunday, August 23, 2015

  • redhotitfc, I know what you said, you know what you said, but far more important the readers know what you said, and I am qite happy toleave it at that

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    Cyril Baker

    Sunday, August 23, 2015

  • Good result great to see town top of the table of course I doubt we will be there all season but if we can stay in touch with top two how awesome would that be? Automatic promotion the dream! Be a bit annoying when all the yo yo fan negative plebs come flooding back for their favoured premier league football pretending to everyone they were there during promotion season putting pressure on ticket sales and making match days a logistical nightmare. But never mind. oh and Cyril your attention seeking is getting beyond a joke. I think something deeply psychological is going on with you and it's not good. Try getting out of the squalid bedsit every now and again mate. It's as simple as that I'm afraid.

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    Negative_Pleb_#1

    Sunday, August 23, 2015

  • A win is a win however it's achieved and all teams looking to go up will have a number of them. I feel that we will have a better season than last as MM has done well with his player movements giving a more balanced squad. Lots of excitement ahead. COYB

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    Alan Chaplin

    Sunday, August 23, 2015

  • But enough of Cyrils nonsense, he loves turning an Ipswich win into the Cyril Baker show! Very much looking forward to the rest of the season and excited about the skill we have in attacking positions. It seems we have a 'I can score more than you' attitude. Long may it reign :)

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    redhotitfc

    Saturday, August 22, 2015

  • I've think you've been forgetting your medication Cyril. You keep imagining me saying things yet conveniently can't find where I posted it. Even though there is a search bar top right. You don't want Ipswich to win because of your unfounded hatred for ME. I want Ipswich to get promoted and if we lose 38 games at least we would have been there. I'd rather do that than be here for another 15 years.

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    redhotitfc

    Saturday, August 22, 2015

  • redhotitfc, I appreciate you have previously said that you would prefer to stay in the Championship and win matches than get promotion and lose matches, you certainly have a lot of ambition for the club.

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    Cyril Baker

    Saturday, August 22, 2015

  • Another good result. Top of the table. 10 goals in 5 games, none from Darryl Murphy who we were so reliant on last season. I wonder whether the sale of Tyrone Mings which is financing significant changes to our team is going to trigger promotion for us as it did with the Kieron Dyer sale the last time we went up.

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    Richard Gardiner

    Saturday, August 22, 2015

  • Who cares if it was luck, we won! I'd rather be played off the park yet take the 3 points than be the other team. Cyril, the new C word! MM won, get used to it.

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    redhotitfc

    Saturday, August 22, 2015

  • OMG Cyril you're right, what the hell was MM thinking??? COYB!

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    Paul Breach

    Saturday, August 22, 2015

  • Ken Hairy, at least you accept it was a tad fortunate, you need the luck, but why the change in system, when all he needed to do was play, Pitman for the injured Murphy? and it was only when he did this that we got a result.

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    Cyril Baker

    Saturday, August 22, 2015

  • Phew that was close well done Ipswich you did what necessary to win the game let's keep it up and stay leading the pack

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    expatriot

    Saturday, August 22, 2015

  • Florida boy 2 is watching all of you.

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    floridaboy1

    Saturday, August 22, 2015

  • This was a tough place to go and get 3 points, many a side will get beaten there. I am a little concerned about the poor central defending in the first half though. The ball over the top, forcing both of our central defenders to run back towards our own goal was a little dissapointing. An issue that MM I've no doubt will consider with trepidation.

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    Ithadtobe

    Saturday, August 22, 2015

  • We're getting the luck which, for the superstitious amongst us (hang on, where's the black cat gone?) is worth something, for this was a tad fortunate. As Cyril, who attended the game in his spiritual form (vodka & lime) will confirm. And floridaboy1 is on the nail re Brentford. What, however, has he done to floridaboy2? I think we should be told.

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    Ken Hairy

    Saturday, August 22, 2015

  • Top of the league, 5 points clear off 7th and against some tough looking teams! Strength in depth! Looking forward to this season indeed.

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    redhotitfc

    Saturday, August 22, 2015

  • Game on!! Shame about the Brentford capitulation otherwise we would be away me boys!!

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    floridaboy1

    Saturday, August 22, 2015

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