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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 Bournemouth 46 90
2 Watford 46 89
3 Norwich City 46 86
4 Middlesbrough 46 85
5 Brentford 46 78
6 Ipswich Town 46 78
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 78
8 Derby County 46 77
9 Blackburn Rovers 46 67
10 Birmingham City 46 63
11 Cardiff City 46 62
12 Charlton Athletic 46 60
13 Sheffield Wednesday 46 60
14 Nottingham Forest 46 59
15 Leeds United 46 56
16 Huddersfield Town 46 55
17 Fulham 46 52
18 Bolton Wanderers 46 51
19 Reading 46 50
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 46 47
21 Rotherham United 46 46
22 Millwall 46 41
23 Wigan Athletic 46 39
24 Blackpool 46 26