Ipswich Town 1-0 Preston North End

27 Aug

Grant Ward (centre)


Grant Ward scored his fourth goal in four Championship matches for Ipswich

Grant Ward’s half-volley in the opening half was enough to earn Ipswich victory over Preston at Portman Road.

After Kevin Bru’s free-kick was only partially cleared, Ward controlled the ball before firing it in the corner.

Striker Jermaine Beckford was forced off with concussion, but the visitors nearly drew level as Callum Robinson’s was tipped over by Bartosz Bialkowski.

Liam Grimshaw volleyed wide late on as Ipswich hung on for a first league win since the opening day of the season.

Ward’s impressive strike came moments after Beckford was taken off in the 15th minute, and Freddie Sears then saw a goal-bound effort deflected just past Anders Lindegaard’s upright as the hosts looked to double their lead.

However as the visitors grew in confidence Eoin Doyle almost reached Chris Humphrey’s long throw, but Tommy Smith just blocked off the forward from reaching the ball.

Former Tottenham forward Ward had another opportunity to double Ipswich’s tally after Jonas Knudsen laid the ball off to him in the box, but he could only send his first-time shot high and wide.

Substitute Grimshaw’s late miss meant Preston were condemned to their fourth loss in five league matches.

Live Text

Match ends, Ipswich Town 1, Preston North End 0.

Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 1, Preston North End 0.

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Adam Webster replaces Grant Ward.

Attempt missed. Liam Grimshaw (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Foul by Eoin Doyle (Preston North End).

Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Callum Robinson with a cross.

Greg Cunningham (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Grant Ward (Ipswich Town).

Attempt missed. Grant Ward (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jonas Knudsen.

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Luke Varney replaces Brett Pitman.

Offside, Preston North End. Paul Gallagher tries a through ball, but Greg Cunningham is caught offside.

Tom Clarke (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Brett Pitman (Ipswich Town).

Attempt blocked. Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonas Knudsen.

Substitution, Preston North End. Liam Grimshaw replaces Daniel Johnson.

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Teddy Bishop replaces Kevin Bru.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Bailey Wright.

Attempt blocked. Brett Pitman (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonathan Douglas with a headed pass.

Offside, Ipswich Town. Jonas Knudsen tries a through ball, but Freddie Sears is caught offside.

Foul by Paul Gallagher (Preston North End).

Brett Pitman (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Offside, Ipswich Town. Bartosz Bialkowski tries a through ball, but Brett Pitman is caught offside.

Foul by Eoin Doyle (Preston North End).

Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Preston North End. Greg Cunningham tries a through ball, but Eoin Doyle is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Chris Humphrey (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Eoin Doyle with a headed pass.

John Welsh (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kevin Bru (Ipswich Town).

Foul by Chris Humphrey (Preston North End).

Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

John Welsh (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Brett Pitman (Ipswich Town).

Attempt missed. Greg Cunningham (Preston North End) header from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Paul Gallagher with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Luke Chambers.

Substitution, Preston North End. Eoin Doyle replaces Thomas Spurr.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Tommy Smith.

Foul by Jordan Hugill (Preston North End).

Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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