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Town held at Crewe

By Paul Higham.   Last Updated: 04/12/04 1:35pm

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Championship leaders Ipswich Town had to come from two-goals down to earn a point at Crewe Alexandra.

Joe Royle's side are flying high at the top of the table, but looked dead and buried at half time at Gresty Road when they trailed 2-0.

Dean Ashton is widely tipped for a move to The Premiership and Crewe may struggle to keep hold of their star man after another great display of finishing.

Ashton struck twice in three minutes against Town to increase his tally for the season to 17.

His first came on 24 minutes after David Vaughan skipped past a couple of challengers before finding Ashton on the left, who cut inside before rifling a shot that Kelvin Davis got a hand to but could not keep out.

With the leaders visibly rattled, Ashton doubled his and Crewe's advantage when Kenny Lunt's fine through ball found the prolific marksman on the left hand side of the box, and his confidence meant he had no problems firing the ball first time past Davis and into the far corner.

Royle got his side in at half time and gave them a talking-to, on the evidence of their rejuvenated display in the second period.

Striker-turned-defender Richard Naylor pulled a goal back for Town ten minutes after the break when he fired home from close range following a corner.

Darren Bent drew the sides level just four minutes later when he got to a bouncing ball before Clayton Ince and lofted it over the keeper and into the net.

The visitors were well and truly on top now and Ince had to make a few good saves while Vaughan cleared off the line, as Dario Gradi's side were forced to cling on for a point.

Matches

Table

Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 23 45
2 Ipswich Town 23 44
3 Derby County 23 42
4 Middlesbrough 23 42
5 Brentford 23 40
6 Watford 23 38
7 Norwich City 23 37
8 Blackburn Rovers 23 34
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 23 34
10 Nottingham Forest 23 31
11 Cardiff City 23 31
12 Charlton Athletic 23 31
13 Sheffield Wednesday 23 31
14 Bolton Wanderers 23 29
15 Fulham 23 28
16 Birmingham City 23 28
17 Reading 23 26
18 Rotherham United 23 25
19 Huddersfield Town 23 25
20 Leeds United 23 24
21 Millwall 23 23
22 Wigan Athletic 23 20
23 Brighton and Hove Albion 23 20
24 Blackpool 23 13

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