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Town cement play-off spot

PUBLISHED: 18:46 17 April 2004 | UPDATED: 04:47 02 March 2010

Gillingham 1 Ipswich 2

MARTIJN Reuser turned this match the way of Ipswich Town and moved them one big step nearer to the First Division play offs.

Ipswich looked a ragged outfit in the first period and could have no complaints at being behind when John Hills drove home a seventh minute penalty.

Gillingham 1 Ipswich 2

MARTIJN Reuser turned this match the way of Ipswich Town and moved them one big step nearer to the First Division play offs.

Ipswich looked a ragged outfit in the first period and could have no complaints at being behind when John Hills drove home a seventh minute penalty.

By half time the home side could have scored more with the complete Ipswich back four being booked showing the pressure that they were under.

Manager Joe Royle switched Ipswich to a 3-5-2 formation in the second period to combat the control Gillingham had in midfield and with Richard Naylor posing problems up front and Darren Bent running the home defence ragged Ipswich took control.

Reuser curled home a 62nd free kick and five minutes later crossed for Bent to head his eighth goal in the last eight games. Lewis Price made his Ipswich debut and did nothing wrong looking assured all through and making one fine save when he dived at the feet of danger man Patrick Agyemang five minutes before he left the pitch.

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