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PrestonPreston North End1IpswichIpswich Town2

Preston North End 1-2 Ipswich Town

Ryan Fraser
Ryan Fraser has scored twice during his loan spell from Bournemouth

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."

Line-ups

Preston

  • 1Pickford
  • 5Clarke
  • 23Huntington
  • 6WrightBooked at 77mins
  • 7Humphrey
  • 8KilkennySubstituted forBeckfordat 75'minutes
  • 19WelshBooked at 44mins
  • 3CunninghamSubstituted forWoodsat 32'minutes
  • 11Johnson
  • 12GallagherSubstituted forReidat 82'minutes
  • 14GarnerBooked at 74mins

Substitutes

  • 2Vermijl
  • 10Beckford
  • 15Woods
  • 16Browne
  • 17Reid
  • 22Brownhill
  • 43Kirkland

Ipswich

  • 1Gerken
  • 4Chambers
  • 5Smith
  • 6Berra
  • 3Knudsen
  • 8Skuse
  • 22Douglas
  • 20SearsSubstituted forEmmanuelat 90+3'minutes
  • 10McGoldrickSubstituted forMaitland-Nilesat 62'minutes
  • 14FraserSubstituted forToureat 85'minutes
  • 11Pitman

Substitutes

  • 7Maitland-Niles
  • 16Coke
  • 18Tabb
  • 29Emmanuel
  • 30Kenlock
  • 38Crowe
  • 39Toure
Referee:
Mark Brown
Attendance:
12,330

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamIpswich
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home16
Away4
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Preston North End 1, Ipswich Town 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Preston North End 1, Ipswich Town 2.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Ipswich Town. Joshua Emmanuel replaces Freddie Sears.

  4. Post update

    Offside, Preston North End. Calum Woods tries a through ball, but Jermaine Beckford is caught offside.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Joe Garner (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Ipswich Town. Larsen Touré replaces Ryan Fraser.

  7. Post update

    Foul by John Welsh (Preston North End).

  8. Post update

    Brett Pitman (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Preston North End. Kyel Reid replaces Paul Gallagher.

  10. Post update

    Offside, Preston North End. Bailey Wright tries a through ball, but Joe Garner is caught offside.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Brett Pitman (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

  12. Booking

    Bailey Wright (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Bailey Wright (Preston North End).

  14. Post update

    Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Preston North End. Jermaine Beckford replaces Neil Kilkenny.

  16. Booking

    Joe Garner (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

  18. Post update

    Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

  20. Post update

    Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.