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Preston North End (1) 1 - 2 (1) Ipswich Town

Sky Bet Championship 2015-16

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Referee: Mark Brown

Manager: Simon Grayson

Deepdale 15:00

Attendance: 12,330 (Town 960)

Manager: Mick McCarthy

Match Number: 3614


 Daniel Johnson (36)
 Brett Pitman (24)
 Ryan Fraser (65)


Greg CunninghamCalum Woods (31)
Neil KilkennyJermaine Beckford (74)
Paul GallagherKyel Reid (81)


 John Welsh (43)
 Joe Garner (74)
 Bailey Wright (76)



Jordan Pickford

Tom Clarke

Paul Huntington

Bailey Wright

Chris Humphrey

Neil Kilkenny

John Welsh

Greg Cunningham

Daniel Johnson

Paul Gallagher

Joe Garner



Chris Kirkland

Marnick Vermijl

Jermaine Beckford

Calum Woods

Alan Browne

Kyel Reid

Josh Brownhill

Match Report

Preston 1 Ipswich 2

Ryan Fraser's stunning effort gave Ipswich Town victory at Preston North End that saw them maintain their unbeaten start to the season.

Ipswich took the lead against the run of play midway through the first half when Brett Pitman headed in his first Town goal from Freddie Sears' cross.

North End quickly equalised when Daniel Johnson finished off a swift counter-attack past keeper Dean Gerken.

Ipswich won it when on-loan winger Fraser curled in from 25 yards.

Preston had chances to level, though, but Ipswich defender Jonas Knudsen blocked an effort from Joe Garner after a goalmouth scramble, and Gerken later denied the North End front man from close range.

The result leaves Mick McCarthy's side unbeaten at the top of the Championship on goal difference, while Preston suffered their first defeat of the season.

Simon Grayson's side started much stronger, going close through headers from Paul Huntington and Garner, before Chris Humphrey sliced Greg Cunningham's cross to the back post off target when well placed.

But Preston, who were the only team yet to concede in the Championship this term, went behind when Pitman nodded in virtually unchallenged past Jordan Pickford.

They were not ahead for long though, as Preston broke and Humphrey laid in Johnson to slot home.

After a quiet spell in the second half, Scotland Under-21 international Fraser curled home into the top corner from the edge of the area.

And despite Grayson bringing on striker Jermaine Beckford for his first appearance of the season, Ipswich held on.

Preston North End manager Simon Grayson:

"The game could have been over and done with, with the chances we had and the problems we caused them but we didn't quite have that clinical edge and that was the difference.

"We've come up a disciplined team who know how to kill a game but we were very pleased with that first 30 minutes. If the game was played in stats then we would have won the game but that's not the case.

"We wanted to kick on in the second half but unfortunately we couldn't produce that little bit of quality that they did in the end. We came up against a strong team."

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy:

"I haven't got the biggest squad of players but the players I have are good players. I am delighted because it was a hard-fought game.

"Preston were the better team in the first half and we were lucky to go in front really. I had to change my shape because I fully expected them to play 3-5-2 and we planned for that but they changed it.

"There were one or two doing real selfless jobs for us. Not what we want to do but if we end up getting enough points to get in the Premier League, nobody will complain."

BBC Sport

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