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Portman Road (ATT 23,145) 1st October 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: C Penton

Ipswich Ipswich Town vs Crewe Alexandra Crewe

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Forster condemns Crewe

By Mark Kendall.   Last Updated: 01/10/05 2:48pm

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Ipswich fought back from a goal down to beat Crewe in a lively encounter at Portman Road.

The hosts were trailing at the interval to a David Vaughan goal, but emerged victorious thanks to strikes from Darren Currie and substitute Nicky Forster.

There were chances aplenty early on as Eddie Johnson shot wide and Jim Magilton saw a rasping long-ranger tipped over.

Steve Jones wasted another presentable opportunity for the visitors whilst Richard Naylor was equally profligate with a header at the other end.

Crewe eventually broke the deadlock on 26 minutes, although there was more than a touch of fortune about the goal.

Vaughan whipped over a free-kick which eluded everybody, including home goalkeeper Lewis Price, and nestled into the bottom corner.

Owen Garvan and Jason de Vos were both denied before the break as the visitors went in ahead at the interval.

However, it did not take Ipswich long to restore parity in the second period as Currie curled home a superb free-kick after a foul on Forster.

The home side then grabbed the initiative and moved ahead midway through the half when Forster broke through and confidently stroked the ball past Ben Williams.

The former Reading striker had the chance to make the points safe on 79 minutes but was denied by a fine stop from Williams.

In the end it mattered not as Joe Royle's side held on for a much-needed win following the 3-0 midweek reverse at Burnley.

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Leicester City 42 90
2 Burnley 42 83
3 Derby County 42 75
4 Queens Park Rangers 42 73
5 Wigan Athletic 41 67
6 Reading 42 64
7 Brighton and Hove Albion 42 64
8 Ipswich Town 42 64
9 Bournemouth 42 62
10 Blackburn Rovers 42 60
11 Nottingham Forest 42 59
12 Middlesbrough 42 58
13 Watford 41 57
14 Bolton Wanderers 42 54
15 Sheffield Wednesday 42 50
16 Leeds United 42 50
17 Huddersfield Town 42 46
18 Birmingham City 41 43
19 Doncaster Rovers 42 43
20 Blackpool 42 42
21 Charlton Athletic 41 41
22 Millwall 42 40
23 Barnsley 42 39
24 Yeovil Town 42 36

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