Toffees unstuck by Town
Everton 1 Ipswich Town 2: IPSWICH Town continued their fantastic winning run to make it seven Premiership wins from eight matches with a battling 2-1 victory at Goodison Park.
Everton 1 Ipswich Town 2
IPSWICH Town continued their fantastic winning run to make it seven Premiership wins from eight matches with a battling 2-1 victory at Goodison Park.
The win means that Ipswich leap frog Everton to move up to twelfth place in the Premiership table and with the league as tight as it is Ipswich fans might be tempted to look at the chance of a place in Europe rather than worrying about relegation.
Ipswich started the match in confident fashion and after just ten minutes they took the lead. Jamie Clapham broke for the Blues down the left and crossed the ball to the edge of the Everton area where Sixto Peralta raced onto the ball and swept it home.
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Town looked comfortable but when Andy Marshall rushed out to claim a Duncan Ferguson knockdown Kevin Campbell nipped in and was brought down by the Ipswich keeper. The penalty was given and David Unsworth stepped up to force the ball home from the spot despite Marshall getting a hand to it.
But Ipswich battled back into the game and when Marcus Bent was fouled just before the break five yards outside the Everton area Ipswich made the most of the free-kick. Clapham pushed the ball in to the path of Matt Holland and he rifled his shot past Steven Simonsen to give Ipswich a 2-1 half-time lead.
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Everton looked for an equaliser throughout a scrappy second-half but the Ipswich defence held firm.
Duncan Ferguson's height was Everton's main threat but John McGreal gave an excellent display of marking and Marshall was only called upon to make a couple of routine saves.
When the final whistle came it was another well deserved three points for the Blues who now look forward to making it a Merseyside double when Liverpool visit Portman Road next week.