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Brown unhappy with Town's goals

PUBLISHED: 07:00 20 January 2003 | UPDATED: 16:12 24 February 2010

DEPLETED Preston could not keep out rampant Ipswich, although Lillywhites' boss Craig Brown was less than happy with Town's first two goals, writes Derek Davis.

DEPLETED Preston could not keep out rampant Ipswich, although Lillywhites' boss Craig Brown was less than happy with Town's first two goals, writes Derek Davis.

The former Scotland boss said: "The result flattered Ipswich although they did shade the victory. Had we equalised just after half-time when we had a chance, it might have been different."

Brown disputed the referee's decision to award a free-kick after Pablo Couago went down under a Eric Skora challenge and believes Darren Bent handled as he put in Darren Ambrose's corner.

Brown said: "The free-kick decision disappointed me as I felt it was a 50-50 challenge but the referee chose to give a foul, which was a bit dubious.

"It was a poor goal for us to give away, it was a soft goal, he should never have been allowed to get a free header.

"The second Ipswich goal looked liked it might have been handled into the net.

"I'm not saying that has cost us a point but there have been other games when shocking decisions have gone against us and that has cost us.

"The third goal was almost incidental as they hit us as we were trying to push up and get something back and it was a very good finish."

The result extended Town's unbeaten run to nine but it meant Preston's sixth straight defeat and increases pressure on Brown but he refuses to buckle.

He added: "All credit to Ipswich. They are keeping their run together and as Joe said, they caught us at a good time for them and got the breaks in the game.

"We had five suspended and four out injured so that is nine regular first-team players missing, coming to Portman Road in what is a difficult enough fixture as it is.

"But the morale is not low, they are playing reasonably well but not getting a break.

"With three home games coming up in a row, there is now enough evidence to know we can get back to winning again.

"Many teams have a run like this and get through it and we will soon get stabilised and back to winning."

All five suspended players will be back for their home game with play-off contenders Nottingham Forest next week.

Captain Luke Chambers wants his Ipswich Town future sorted sooner rather than later but knows the club’s precarious position means he may have to be patient.

Paul Lambert believes striker Ellis Harrison has something to offer his side as the Welshman works towards full fitness.

Callum Connolly expects to take on an Ipswich Town side ‘playing with freedom’ when he makes his return to Portman Road tomorrow afternoon.

Oxford United boss Karl Robinson wants to sign Ipswich Town loanee Jordan Graham as soon as the January transfer window opens.

Ipswich Town take on a Wigan Athletic side including a number of familiar faces tomorrow. ANDY WARREN takes a look.

Ipswich Town’s East Anglian Derby visit to Norwich City will be shown live on Sky Sports.

Today we start a special countdown to Christmas, Ipswich Town style, with the 12 Greats of Christmas - a rundown of the 12 greatest Town players who’ve ever laced on boots, culminating on the big day itself with the Blues’ best-ever.

Ipswich Town have taken up their option to extend Freddie Sears’ contract until the summer of 2020.

Jon Nolan is back in the team under Paul Lambert. STUART WATSON spoke to the midfielder about Paul Hurst’s sacking, stepping up to the Championship and the visit of Wigan.

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