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Preston North End vs Ipswich Town. Sky Bet Championship.


Preston North End 3

  • W Keane (5th minute, 39th minute)
  • G Edmundson (8th minute own goal)

Ipswich Town 2

  • K Moore (75th minute, 87th minute)

Preston North End 3-2 Ipswich Town: Tractor Boys slip out of top two with defeat

Report and free match highlights from the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston North End and Ipswich Town at Deepdale on Saturday | A Will Keane double and a George Edmundsson own goal do enough despite Tractor Boys fightback.

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Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston and Ipswich.

Ipswich missed their chance to move back into the Championship top two as they fell to a 3-2 defeat at Preston.

A week after being embarrassed by non-league Maidstone in the FA Cup, the Tractor Boys were unable to restore their pride as they capitulated in what proved to be a nightmare first half at Deepdale thanks to a Will Keane brace and George Edmundson's own goal.

Debutant Kieffer Moore came off the bench after half-time and bagged two goals to threaten a dramatic comeback late on, but Preston hung on for a victory which eased them back closer to the play-off places.

The writing was on the wall for Ipswich almost from the first whistle and Liam Millar had already gone close by the time Preston notched their opener after five minutes.

Keane grabbed it, firing home from 20 yards via a hefty deflection off defender Edmundson after he had met Ben Whiteman's pass.

It got even worse for the unfortunate Edmundson just three minutes later. With Emil Riis darting on to Keane's smart through-ball, Edmundson got a foot in to tackle, only to direct the ball past goalkeeper Vaclav Hladky and into the gaping goal.

Ipswich looked all at sea but did manage to steady the ship somewhat, although by the half-hour mark they still had not troubled North End keeper Freddie Woodman.

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At the other end, Preston had gone off the boil slightly but Ryan Lowe's men managed to add a third six minutes before the break.

This time Mads Frokjaer pounced on an awful pass out from the decidedly shaky Hladky, with the ball eventually springing out for Keane to easily slot home his second from close range.

Ipswich had clearly endured a stern talking-to from boss Kieran McKenna at the break and they almost reduced the deficit soon after the restart.

Leif Davis took aim from a free-kick but his shot bounced out off a post.

As the hour mark passed, Jeremy Sarmiento tried his luck from distance but Woodman was equal to the task and saved competently.

Substitute Moore, making his debut following his midweek loan switch from Bournemouth, also headed just off target and it was looking like it was not going to be Ipswich's day, until the same player gave them hope after 74 minutes, leaping highest to nod home Davis's cross.

When Moore tapped home to make it 3-2 with three minutes left, there were gasps of concern from the home faithful, but Preston hung to secure an eye-catching win.

The managers

Preston's Ryan Lowe:

"The lads have been fantastic. I thought everything they did from start to finish was brilliant.

"It had to be because Ipswich are a top quality side. It was great to be three up at half-time, but we knew Ipswich weren't out of it and they'd fight so hard in the second half.

"We knew there would be a reaction. They brought Moore on and he was a real handful, and they went a bit more direct but we defended brilliantly.

"The players have showed a terrific mentality today. We've shown we can beat a top side like Ipswich, so now it's maybe about beating more of the teams in and around us if we're going to challenge near the top.

"Even at 3-0 at half-time I was a little bit scared to say too much in the dressing room.

"That was for fear of upsetting our rhythm too much, but we've hung on against a good team with a great manager who has really got them going this season."

Ipswich's Kieran McKenna:

"You're always trying to have that variety you need in your playing squad. Having options like Kieffer means you can help to have variety in your play, especially in your attacking play.

"I think that's something we've done really well over the past 12 months. We've been good at finding those different ways to threaten teams.

"My belief has always been that we have to adapt to the quality of the players at our disposal and try our best to utilise their best attributes. That's while staying true to our beliefs about how we want to play and how we want an Ipswich team to look.

"It proved to be a really difficult first half at what is a difficult place to come to.

"We lacked enough profile and presence in that first half and ultimately it cost us.

"We needed to improve of course, and we did, and by the end of the game I thought we probably deserved to get something out of the game.

"It's a blow at this stage of the season, but we can only improve on that first-half performance. There's still a long way to go."

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