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Portman Road (ATT 22,551) 29th August 2005 - Kick off 12:45 Ref: B Curson

Ipswich Ipswich Town vs Preston North End Preston

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Nugent brace sees off Town

By Simon Fudge.   Last Updated: 29/08/05 2:51pm

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David Nugent scored two first half goals as Preston North End strolled past Ipswich Town 4-0 on Bank Holiday Monday.

Nugent's fine first half brace set the Lancashire club on their way to a fine win in the early kick-off at Portman Road.

On-loan Manchester United youngster David Jones made it three before the break and substitute Patrick Agyemang wrapped up the points with a fourth goal five minutes from the end.

An even-looking start saw Ipswich create a half chance but Graham Alexander did well to recover and block away Ian Westlake's left foot shot after Sam Parkin picked him out with a fine ball forward.

The Lilywhites should have then taken the lead but Danny Dichio struck the frame of the far post with a powerful header after Tyrone Mears picked him out with a fine cross from right.

Darren Currie then squandered a chance for the home side with a free kick from the right that eluded everyone after Nugent brought down Spaniard Castro Sito for a booking.

Both sides then exchanged decent chances, with Jones going close with a left foot strike that flew just over bar, while Lilywhites goalkeeper Carlo Nash did well to make a diving stop to Jim Magilton's right foot volley moments later.

The deadlock was then broken just after the half hour mark, as Jones slipped a fine though ball to the in-form Nugent and the former Bury man placed an excellent right foot finish past Ipswich goalkeeper Lewis Price for 1-0.

Billy Davies' side extended their lead three minutes later and Nugent found the scoresheet again with another fine right foot strike.

He took a Paul McKenna pass from the right and eluded his markers to burst into the Ipswich box and strike home his second goal of the match.

Despite introducing youngster Dean McDonald for Kevin Horlock, Preston made it three with another fine move after Jones took a pass from the left from Mears.

The youngster then played a give and go with Dichio on the edge of the box before striking left footed past Price for a 3-0 half time lead.

The scoreline really ended the match as a contest and the second half saw Preston in full control of proceedings.

Brian O'Neil failed to test Price with a free header after the break, while Fabian Wilnis forced Nash into a fine diving save with a right foot piledriver.

Nugent was then gifted a chance to claim a hat-trick after Price failed to deal with his clearance after coming out of his box but his weak strike was cleared off the line.

With the match nearing the full time whistle, Preston scored a fourth goal when substitute Agyemang latched onto a long ball forward.

The former Wimbledon and Gillingham man powered his way past his marker before finishing right footed for an emphatic 4-0 victory in East Anglia.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 21 39
2 Middlesbrough 21 39
3 Derby County 21 38
4 Ipswich Town 21 38
5 Brentford 21 37
6 Watford 21 35
7 Norwich City 21 33
8 Blackburn Rovers 21 31
9 Nottingham Forest 21 30
10 Charlton Athletic 21 30
11 Cardiff City 21 30
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 30
13 Sheffield Wednesday 21 28
14 Fulham 21 25
15 Birmingham City 21 25
16 Reading 21 25
17 Huddersfield Town 21 24
18 Bolton Wanderers 21 23
19 Leeds United 21 23
20 Millwall 21 23
21 Rotherham United 21 21
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 21 18
23 Wigan Athletic 21 17
24 Blackpool 21 13

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