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Preston North End 4-0 Ipswich Town - Match Report
Friday, 19th Apr 2019 16:57

Callum Robinson and Lukas Nmecha each scored twice as Preston North End beat Town 4-0 at Deepdale, the already-relegated Blues’ heaviest defeat of the season. Robinson netted on six and 22 to give the Lilywhites a comfortable half-time lead and Nmecha sealed the Lancastrians’ comprehensive win with his brace in the second half. The jaded-looking Blues, who never looked like getting anything from the game following a slow start in which Robinson netted the opening goal, went closest to scoring when Kayden Jackson hit the bar in the second half.

Idris El Mizouni was handed his full debut and Corrie Ndaba was named on the senior side’s bench for the first time as manager Paul Lambert made four changes.

The Tunisia U23 international, 18, came into the side on the right of the front three with Jackson starting in place of Collin Quaner, who was left out of the 18. Will Keane was on the bench for the first time since suffering his hamstring injury at Wigan in February.

In midfield, Flynn Downes returned in place of Andre Dozzell, who was a substitute, while at the centre of the defence Toto Nsiala replaced James Collins, who was missing from the squad.

Jon Nolan was back on the bench having overcome his achilles injury, while there were no loanees in the XI but Keane was joined by Trevoh Chalobah and James Bree among the subs.

For Preston, who went into the match having lost their last four, Joe Rafferty was handed his debut with Callum Robinson and Sean Maguire returning to the starting line-up. Ex-Blues keeper Michael Crowe was on the bench.

The home side started the game the brighter, skipper Paul Gallagher hitting an early freekick into a Town wall, then in the third minute Maguire struck a low effort which Bartosz Bialkowski claimed with ease.

However, the Lilywhites only had to wait until the sixth minute before they went in front. Robinson was fed on the edge of the area where he turned Nsiala and smashed a shot to the static Bialkowski’s left as skipper Luke Chambers dived in to block.

Having gone behind the Blues briefly took the game to the home side but without creating an opportunity.

However, in the 13th minute Preston threatened again when Lukas Nmecha was played through on goal, however, Nsiala did well to get back to slide in and divert his shot wide.

North End went close again from the resultant corner, Gallagher’s ball in from the right reaching Ben Davies, whose header beat Bialkowski but struck the post before being hooked away.

Town subsequently began to pass the ball around with more confidence in a game being played between two sides whose seasons are over in virtually a pre-season atmosphere at a warm and sunny Deepdale.

Downes shot over from distance on 18 after a promising El Mizouni ball in from the left had been cut out. Then on 21 Nsiala headed a Judge corner from the left to Declan Rudd in the Preston goal.

But in the 22nd minute the Lilywhites doubled their lead. Rafferty's cross from the right was headed away but only to Robinson on the left of the box from where he took a touch before shooting back across Bialkowski into the top corner of the net for his second goal of the game and his 13th of the season.

On 30 the teams went over to the touchline for a drinks break, adding to the game’s pre-season feel.

Five minutes later, a Chambers a looping header following a Judge corner on the left was cleared away from the line but with the Blues still not looking overly convincing.

A minute later Preston claimed a penalty when Nmecha went down as Chambers challenged but referee Stephen Martin waved away the protests which in the main came from the stands.

Preston had looked a big threat on the break all game with Nmecha getting behind the Blues’ backline on a number of occasions. This the on-loan Manchester City man did again on 37 before hitting his shot from the right of the box straight at Bialkowski, much the busier of the two keepers in the first half.

A minute later, Teddy Bishop hit a deflected shot through to Rudd, then on 43 the academy product turned his man on the edge of the area to the right before curling a shot just wide.

But the home side continued to present the more potent threat and in the final scheduled minute of the half went close again. Bialkowski did superbly to save Robinson’s shot but the ball looped into the air and reached Nmecha but the keeper had got back and was able to block his header as well.

In injury time a Downes shot was deflected over, then from the corner on the left taken by Judge seconds before the whistle Chambers headed goalwards but Rudd did well to palm the ball behind.

Town could hardly complain about the half-time scoreline with Preston having had chances to increase their lead with Nmecha not having made the most of his opportunities and Bialkowski having made his excellent late double save.

The Blues had found themselves behind before they had got going and even though they had had spells in control, had never really looked like getting back into the game.

Double-goalscorer Robinson may well have gone off at the break recalling last season’s corresponding fixture when he was one of two Preston players subbed in the 38th minute after Town, who went on to win the game 1-0, had dominated.

The Blues swapped Emmanuel for James Bree at half-time while Keane also appeared close to being introduced having warmed up with his match shirt underneath his bib.

Maguire flicked a header wide in the opening minute following the restart with the second half continuing in the understated manner of the first.

Preston increased their lead in the 56th minute. Maguire brought the ball forward from deep unchallenged and laid it to Robinson to his left from where he hit a low shot which Bialkowski saved but couldn’t hold and Nmecha rebounded home from close range.

El Mizouni, who will have benefited from further experience of first-team football, was swapped for Keane in the 59th minute.

Two minutes later, the Blues came close to pulling a goal back. Jackson seized on a mix-up between keeper Rudd and a defender as the ball was played through the middle. The striker did well to find himself space but his shot hit the underside of the bar and bounced out, rather summing up the summer signing from Accrington’s season.

Keane’s shot was blocked with Town seeing more of the ball in the Preston half but with a comeback looking unlikely. On 71 Preston switched Gallagher for Louis Moult, prior to the second drinks break of the afternoon, then in the 74th minute Josh Ginelly took over from Maguire.

The game, which had hardly been an enthralling fixture from the outset appeared to be petering out, but in the 75th minute the home side netted their fourth of the afternoon.

A low ball from Robinson on the left found Nmecha coming in at the far post from where the on-loan Manchester City striker slammed the ball past Bialkowski.

Town, behind by four goals for the first time since the Aston Villa defeat a year ago on Monday, withdrew Bishop, who like the rest of the team had had a frustrating afternoon, for Chalobah.

After Kenlock had been booked for an off the ball clash with Ryan Ledson, Preston sub Jayden Stockley forced Bialkowski into another impressive save late on with the home side looking more likely to add to their lead than the Blues were to reduce it in the closing stages.

Referee Martin brought the game to a close after two minutes of injury time with virtually all 428 travelling Blues supporters having stayed in their seats despite another very disappointing afternoon, even if they were unsurprisingly subdued by recent standards.

It was a Town side lacking in intensity from the off, looking like it had had much of its fight knocked out of it by last week’s confirmation of relegation.

After Preston had scored their opening goal in the sixth minute there was never any real doubt which side would go on to win with the Lilywhites showing the sort of clinical finishing that the Blues could have done with this season with the scoreline hardly flattering them.

Town will hope to be a lot better when they host Swansea City at Portman Road on Easter Monday.

Preston: Rudd, Fisher, Davies, Storey, Rafferty, Ledson, Gallagher (c) (Moult 71), Robinson (Stockley 76), Johnson, Maguire (Ginelly 74), Nmecha. Unused: Crowe, Earl, Huntington, O’Reilly.

Town: Bialkowski, Emmanuel (Bree 46), Chambers (c), Nsiala, Kenlock, Skuse, Bishop (Chalobah 76), Downes, El Mizouni (Keane 59), Judge, Jackson. Unused: Gerken, Nolan, Dozzell, Ndaba. Referee: Stephen Martin (Staffordshire). Att: 12,546 (Town: 428).

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heathen66 added 18:15 - Apr 19
It is all ok blaming Evans but it was not him playing one up top and ending the game with a back 4 and 3 defensive midfielders.
I appreciate what PL has done so far but his tactics are left wanting. How much better do we look playing 2 up top but PL is eztremely reluctant to start and only change when it is too late.
We have nothing to lose so lets go for it.look how positive we looked in the 2nd half vs Brum but revert baxk to the usual 4-1-3-1-1.

RobsonWark added 18:18 - Apr 19
blues1 We have been on a downward spiral all season...Since Chambers played in the first game and has been in the team ever since!!

RobsonWark added 18:24 - Apr 19
TimmyH He has cost us nearly every game this season! Why are you so blind? Look at the videos of all the matches on youtube or skysports and see the rubbish defending he does every week. No younger player should EVER use him as an example of defending. He may be a great ambassador off the field but he is a useless player on the field. Enough said.

runaround added 18:26 - Apr 19
Really poor result & by the sound of it an unacceptable performance on the pitch. My sympathies are with the town fans who spent their time & money going to watch that today. They deserved so much better. Interesting that we had most of our fit experienced players in the starting lineup today, the ones who should be leading by example & helping the younger less experienced players through. I do wonder if some of the “no pressure to challenge for promotion “ attitude that has been alluded to existing at the club before this season is pretty deeply ingrained into the psyche of some of our longer serving players? As today they just didn’t compete or battle today. The club won’t improve until that changes so if those players cannot get passed that, then they should not be part of our future

therein61 added 18:29 - Apr 19
Robsonwark I've been saying this ever since their last awarded contracts(by the idiot who claimed Skuse was premiership class!!) while they both went through the motions safe knowing their leader would pick them come hell or high water, and still they are letting us down week in week out, Chambers is a great influence off the park(which explains his and his mate's continued point costing appearances) and thinks he is now bigger than the club!!, but what do I know I played at level 7 and thought I can recognise a player, but like you I have been taken apart for my views by people who don't even go to Town games, they just come on here to annoy!! rise above them dear boy their opinions are worthless.

TimmyH added 18:31 - Apr 19
I'm not blind!...I can see the mistakes he makes as well as other defenders do too (not as many), and yes he has been poor this season. You have to ask why he continually starts with Hurst and Lambert?...I'd rather have Nsiala and Pennington starting or have started but no point in playing the latter now.

PragmaticBlue added 18:37 - Apr 19
The situation hasn’t changed since last week. Are those in apoplexy today the same people who showed such great support then? We are down and nothing will change until the summer, then we will see what the club do.

Some people must lead very angry lives, or conversely have nothing to worry about. Relax at least until August!

Nobbysnuts added 18:37 - Apr 19
Embarrassing shower of sh#te. I think most of the players have now got their heads firmly planted in their holiday brochure's.

Chondzoresk added 18:38 - Apr 19
@Blues1....I am not negative, I am just a realist. Not just today’s performance, but many others this season. Sick to death by pathetic half hearted rubbish we as fans are having to tolerate. Especially those travelling hundreds of miles to endure.

Today was a great advert for NOT re-newing season tickets of course. My son being one of them. As he was there, I assume you were not, it wasn’t ‘ridiculous’ of him to say that to me after what he and many others watched.


RobsonWark added 18:39 - Apr 19
Anyone watching the Sky Sports highlights...Chambers didn't tackle their no7 for the first goal...just tried to block the shot AGAIN! Chambers again at fault for the 3rd goal...running towards their runner when Nsala had him covered and leaving their no7 again in open space to shoot which was saved by Bart and then was tapped in by another player behind Chambers. And the 4th goal...why was Chambers defending in midfield from Preston's free kick? It's only going to get worse and more tears with Chambers playing week in week out. If hr plays every week we will be playing non league football in 2 years!!! Wake up and smell the coffee all you Chambers lovers!!!

ianmarshall10 added 18:43 - Apr 19
Would we be in this state under Mick I highly doubt it I just wish the ones who wanted Mick out would showed the same passion towards Marcus Evans as he his the problem we had the same wage budget as Burton in league 1 this season...... Fukn Burton we’re Ipswich Town what a joke...
M.E out!!!!

warktheline added 18:44 - Apr 19
‘Relax until August’ .....maybe some need to wake up and smell the coffee! A bit of ‘anger’ also wouldn’t go amiss!

Bluearmy_81 added 18:46 - Apr 19
"It is all ok blaming Evans but it was not him playing one up top and ending the game with a back 4 and 3 defensive midfielders."

Come on!! Do I really need to explain how our current position is the fault of ME far more than anyone else?! Do I?! Really?!! Come on!!! 🙄😣

midastouch added 18:54 - Apr 19
The season that keeps on taking!

ChrisFelix added 18:57 - Apr 19
I agree Chambers as captain should play an important role in organising his defence. This is clearly beyond him. He remains a liability.
On a positive note when & if the injured players return ( & I don't mean the 2 sicknotes) the qi
quality will improve

Trac70 added 19:02 - Apr 19
Let's make Alan Judge skipper next season. He's decided to stand by us (far play, although probably regretting already). Cracking player and should be able to gain the respect of his team mates. Time for Chambers to step aside into an "ambassador" type roll.

heathen66 added 19:15 - Apr 19
Bluearmy_81. I did not say it was not Evans fault however it is not ALL his fault. PL must take some of the blame for todays performance. Lack of direction on and off the pitch.

PSGBlue added 19:15 - Apr 19
Evans, you simply don't get it. Its a winning, entertaining team that sells tickets - not reducing the prices!

londontractorboy57 added 19:16 - Apr 19
Oh dear oh dear you got what you wished for now you cant stop bleating about the consequences
Many moaned about MM lack of plan B what is the current one ? numbskulls.

dirtydingusmagee added 19:22 - Apr 19
Blues1 ,they have been relegated for months, we have not made up any ground at all, in fact we are further adrift since PL arrived.We have been relegated without a fight, name a player who week in week out has given everything to get us out of the mire, , nobody .We have had spells that were good by comparison to the norm , but still a long way from good enough .Despite PL lifting spirits in players and on terraces, he has failed to get any results . Results are what count at the end of the day, or are we to ''happy clap'' our way to Lge 2.?

ITFCsince73 added 19:36 - Apr 19
To think we’ve gave Chambers another 2 years to run this team....he couldn’t run a bath.

warktheline added 19:43 - Apr 19
Don’t care what anyone says, the ‘proper blokes’ should have gone out the door with McCarthy, hapless Hurst failed, and now lousy Lambert can’t see the woods for the trees! Unreal, it really is, and before those start shouting all of these managers can’t be wrong, have a look at the league table! Free wheeling under McCarthy and still are! Keep up the rhetoric boys, so many are easily fooled in sleepy Suffolk !

osseyseleven added 19:45 - Apr 19
Please Mr Lambert tell me that you don’t truly believe that you think we are going to be competitive next season in League One with all these young players who are nowhere near good enough to get you out of league one.The squad needs a complete overhaul to get some players in who know the division. We will be beat up,every week with this current crop.


RobsonWark added 19:52 - Apr 19
londontractorboy57 The MAJOR problem in all this mess is CHAMBERS!!! We would be far better off without him and playing with 10 men. He is a MAJOR liability to our team week in week out. I can not believe all the Chambers lovers on here.

ITFCsince73 added 19:54 - Apr 19
The senior players of this club are and have been our downfall for a long time.
As I’ve said previous if Skuse and Chambo had any genuine quality, they would have left long ago with the rest of our better players.
The club made a huge mistake awarding Chambo with a fresh 2 year contract.
To carry on any longer with this captaincy is madness....take a look at our win percentage over the last 70 games. It’s past the embarrassing stage.
Why would the club or anyone else think the teams win rate will all of a sudden improve?
It’s been and continues to be abysmal by absolute anybody’s standard....and you better believe it, Chambo will continue to play regardless of any form, and he will continue with the captaincy regardless of any team form while he’s still at the club. Which all fills me with zero confidence.

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