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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 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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