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Portman Road (ATT 23,957) 31st December 2005 - Kick off 13:00 Ref: A D'Urso

Ipswich Ipswich Town vs Luton Town Luton

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Luton 0

Ipswich sneak win

By Patrick Whyte.   Last Updated: 31/12/05 5:15pm

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Ipswich Town took all three points from a tight encounter at Portman Road against Luton Town.

The match finished 1-0 with Ian Westlake's strike on 69 minutes proving the difference.

Ipswich's injury problems up front showed as on a number of occasions they lacked the guile required to score.

However, they were not the only culprits as Luton also missed a bagful of chances.

Warren Feeney had the game's first chance but his shot was saved by Ipswich goalkeeper Shane Supple.

Aside from Feeney's early effort there was little to talk about in the first half, until Dean Bowditch had a glorious chance on 38 minutes. However, the youngster blew his chance by blasting over.

Bowditch's opportunity opened the door for some other great chances before the break.

The Hatters' Paul Underwood failed to hit the target and Bowditch had another strike but Marlon Beresford pulled off a good save to deny him.

After the break Luton almost snatched the lead but Steve Robinson's header after 49 minutes flashed wide.

The Hatters again went close as Beresford was forced to pull off a good stop to prevent the home side taking the lead after Daniel Haynes' shot.

Robinson had another chance to score but he failed to hit the target for the second time.

Luton were gradually moving up the gears, and Supple was forced to make a diving save in order to deny Underwood.

However, the away side were to rue their missed chances as Westlake curled in a fantastic free kick.

Jason De Vos was fouled on the edge of the area by Kevin Nicholls and the 22-year-old sealed all three points with a superlative effort.

Luton pushed for an equaliser, but Town defended well. Fabian Wilnis blocked another Robinson shot as Ipswich closed out the game and took the victory.

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Ipswich 1-0 Luton

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