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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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2 Watford 13 25
3 Middlesbrough 13 23
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 23
5 Norwich City 13 22
6 Nottingham Forest 13 22
7 Charlton Athletic 14 22
8 Bournemouth 13 21
9 Ipswich Town 13 20
10 Cardiff City 13 19
11 Blackburn Rovers 13 19
12 Brentford 13 19
13 Sheffield Wednesday 13 18
14 Rotherham United 13 16
15 Leeds United 13 16
16 Huddersfield Town 13 16
17 Reading 13 15
18 Millwall 13 14
19 Fulham 14 14
20 Wigan Athletic 13 12
21 Brighton and Hove Albion 13 12
22 Birmingham City 13 11
23 Bolton Wanderers 13 8
24 Blackpool 13 6

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