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Ipswich Town (0) 1 - 0 (0) Crystal Palace

Coca-Cola Championship 2007-08

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Referee: AP DUrso

Manager: Jim Magilton

Portman Road 13:15

Attendance: 19,382

Manager: Peter Taylor

Match Number: 3213

Goals

Home
 Jon Walters (72)
Away
 

Substitutions

Away
GreenKuqi (64)
FletcherFreedman (73)
MorrisonHughes (73)

Cards

Home
 
Away
 Speroni (43)
 Soares (59)

Teams

Away

Speroni

Lawrence

Hudson

Cort

Craig

Soares

Fletcher

Green

Kennedy

Morrison

Scowcroft

Substitutes

Away

Flinders

Freedman

Butterfield

Hughes

Kuqi

Match Report

Ipswich 1-0 Crystal Palace

Jonathan Walters grabbed the only goal of the game as Ipswich saw off Palace to secure joint top spot in the table.

The hosts were indebted to a fine Neil Alexander save in the first half as the keeper saved Stuart Green's free-kick.

But Ipswich then took control and were unfortunate when Palace keeper Julian Speroni escaped a red card despite a deliberate handball outside of the box.

It mattered little, though, as Walters powered home a header from Gary Roberts's cross to seal the points.

Ipswich boss Jim Magilton:

"Of course I'm absolutely delighted with our start. It's only early days but it's always nice to be at the right end of the table.

"We didn't get off to a great start last season, but then I didn't have anything to do with pre-season then so it's a bit different this time around.

"I thought Jason De Vos was magnificent today and our youngsters are really coming through so it's looking promising."

Palace manager Peter Taylor:

"I thought it was a pretty tight game to be honest. Until they scored they didn't look too dangerous.

"The effort of the players was good and although it wasn't a great performance it wasn't the worst and maybe a draw would have been a fair result.

"As for the Speroni incident, of course he shouldn't be out there handling the ball but I was always confident it would be a yellow card not red because it wasn't a clear-cut goalscoring opportunity."

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