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

Coca-Cola Championship 2009-10

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Referee: P Taylor

Manager: Roy Keane

Portman Road 15:00

Attendance: 19,454

Manager: Alan Irvine

Match Number: 3315

Goals

Home
 Jon Walters (45)
Away
 Ross Wallace (12)

Substitutions

Away
Jon ParkinEddie Nolan (45)
Paul ParryChris Sedgwick (57)
Sean StLedgerMicahel Hart (81)

Cards

Home
 Jon Walters (6)
 Tommy Smith (78)
Away
 Ross Wallace (6)
 Callum Davidson (8)
 Callum Davidson (42)

Teams

Away

Andy Lonergan

Callum Davidson

Sean StLedger

Liam Chilvers

Richard Chaplow

Velice Shumulikoski

Paul Parry

Billy Jones

Ross Wallace

Chris Brown

Jon Parkin

Substitutes

Away

Wayne Henderson

Micahel Hart

Eddie Nolan

Chris Sedgwick

Darren Carter

Stephen Elliott

Neil Mellor

Match Report

Ipswich Town 1 Preston North End 1

Football teams are sometimes moulded in the image of their managers but Ipswich are still to locate a conviction and mercilessness in winning games which has characterised the career of Roy Keane.

As a player the Irishman possessed an unquenchable desire for success and his time presiding over Sunderland's first team at this level provided an extension of that winning mentality.

Ipswich prey for such magic dust but, scrambling for a foothold and winless in the Championship, they again lacked crispness in their passing, astuteness in the tackle and ruthlessness in their finishing.

There are many conundrums for a managerial novice like Keane to solve at Portman Road. It must have been disconcerting for him to watch Preston, reduced to 10 men after the first half dismissal of captain Callum Davidson, play with more control, awareness and composure than his players.

Preston manager, Alan Irvine, one of a crop of bright managers in the second tier, has concocted a blend of resilience, epitomised by the energetic Richard Chaplow in midfield and Liam Chilvers in defence, with aesthetically delightful football which should herald another promotion charge this season. They will measure their considered football at Deepdale against Tottenham Hotspur in the Carling Cup third round.

Ipswich never lacked endeavour. They simply never had the ingenuity to pick the lock. Their football was direct but predictable and there was little awareness or shrewd movement in the final third.

A defensive malaise which has also undermined them took two minutes to emerge, Pim Balkestein misjudging a bounce and letting in Jon Parkin, whose shot was saved by Richard Wright.

It was not long before such inhibition cost Ipswich. Alex Bruce, entrusted with the captaincy by Keane, was beaten by Ross Wallace, who fired in off a post.

The home support tried to rejuvenate their team with belated cries of 'come on Ipswich' but the players required more than voluble support. They needed inspiration, a spark. Then the match turned.

Preston goalkeeper Andy Lonergan dropped a high Jack Colback cross, Liam Trotter fired the ball goalwards and Davidson blocked with his arms. A red card was brandished. Irvine disagreed but insisted he would not appeal. Jon Walters' kick was saved but he netted the rebound.

"Today goes to show why we're desperately trying to add to the squad," Keane said, hinting at four possible signings before Tuesday's transfer deadline.

"It's early days. I'm certain Roy will do a fantastic job," insisted Irvine, offering solace. Keane needs performances rather than empathy.

Neil Trainis (Telegraph.co.uk)

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