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Alexandra Stadium (ATT 7,236) 4th December 2004 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: R Olivier

Crewe Crewe Alexandra vs Ipswich Town Ipswich

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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.



Sky Bet Championship

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