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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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Elizabeth added 19:54 - Apr 19
Obviously these players have thrown in the towel already .. have they no pride or proud to wear the shirt .. I guess not ! Usually when the inevitable has happened the team plays with freedom and results are better than what’s gone before ! No pride , determination or loyalty ! Show them all the door and start recruiting a team worthy of playing for IT FC !! Totally disgraceful!

londontractorboy57 added 19:55 - Apr 19
osseyseleven 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 same young players everyone castigated MM for not playing,well the numbskulls and armchair managers got what they wished for now whats plan B.

RobsonWark added 19:56 - Apr 19
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!!!!"
Are you an insomniac? F'ing boring. boring football. Why would any professional player want to play under MM you fool.

Dolphinblue added 19:58 - Apr 19
😂😂😂😂😂why is everyone so serious, we are already down 😂😂😂😂😂😂. Cheer up peeps 😋

shakytown added 19:58 - Apr 19
Are any of these third and forth rate lazy pieces of S..t even interested in playing for Ipswich??????? How on earth can anyone even dream these so called top class youngsters we have are anything other than sunday league pi...eads is beyond me. Without major changes in the off season we will be relegated again and then again. Mr Evans you will have to open your wallet big time just for us to get to the standard of a mid table league 1 side. These chumps are without a doubt the worst team to have ever played in the football leagues,

Dolphinblue added 19:59 - Apr 19
Everyone moaning to the managers to play the youngsters😂😂😂😂 now there not good enough😂😂😂😂 make up yr minds🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

osseyseleven added 20:02 - Apr 19
London tractor boy ..........I have never said they are good enough..........I am saying I can’t believe lambert believes we will be competing with a bunch of youngsters plus 3 or 4 senior players which is what lambert and the club keep,saying is the way forward......It was time for McCarthy to go when he did but he Done a unbelievable job as he was paperering over some huge cracks while he was in charge ..........I have said countless times while EVANS own this club their is no bright future whoever is the manager....

warktheline added 20:05 - Apr 19
Dolphinblue an absolute waste of space on forum! Senseless posts!

ITFCsince73 added 20:09 - Apr 19
It’s funny that itfcsince67. It was Chambo who mad life difficult for Hurst.
Hurst never stood a chance from day 1, due to the influence of the captain calamity.
Respect to Lambo, he obviously had the experience to deal with the likes of Chambers.
Although no one at the club has more power than LC. So I’d expect PL to come off second best.

blueboy1981 added 20:17 - Apr 19
Far too many players today had their minds on shorts and flip flops - instead of football boots.

Livid at such a performance after having the admirable show of support recently, for Club, Manager, and Players.

However much one would prefer to believe all will be well next season - that belief will prove foolhardy on the back of today’s evidence.
The Club has to get TOUGH on falures, whoever they are - otherwise we are heading nowhere.

RobsonWark added 20:17 - Apr 19
I hate Evans for giving Chambers another 2 year contract. Come on Marcus please pay me £10,000 or £15,000 a week and I can play better football xxx I LOVE YOU Marcus xxx

alfromcol added 20:18 - Apr 19
load of crap on here as usual.

tallguy6767 added 20:27 - Apr 19
I watched Burton v Portsmouth this afternoon and we are nowhere near the level to compete for promotion. Sad times! !

blueboy1981 added 20:33 - Apr 19
Personally, I believe this to be the last chance saloon for Lambert - other than maybe being offered the Scotland post at some point.

Before we continue with the notion of him being tha Messiah to achieve all things for us - 6 months of Management tenure - and we lose disgracefully 4-0 to an extremely average Championship team.
Would take a pretty poor Manager to generate less wins than he has for us - by hook, or by crook.

I still believe in him, but as results become less forthcoming, the belief starts to wain.

RobsonWark added 20:38 - Apr 19
blueboy1981 added 20:33 - Apr 19
"Personally, I believe this to be the last chance saloon for Lambert - other than maybe being offered the Scotland post at some point".
His problem is CHAMBERS. I think there must be a clause in Chambers contract that he has to play every game...why else would he be picked??????

warktheline added 20:46 - Apr 19
McCarthy, has to date, been the best thing to happen to Ipswich Town Football Club, up until, Evans showed him the way forward ! There you go, our football club summed up in one short sentence !

warktheline added 20:47 - Apr 19
....under Evans ownership !

cat added 20:49 - Apr 19
Reality check today, you’d expect at least a battling performance after what’s been a very limp season. Little wonder when you have a chairman, manager and a captain who say or do the right things then fail miserable to deliver in any shape or form.
Evans needs to step up and show some proper intent, Lambert wants to stop mugging us off with his connection thingie and bigging up the fans, and Chambers needs to do one pronto like along with his bestie Skuse. Until these things happen it’s gonna be same old, same old.
I will be renewing but after days like today you do question your sanity.

dirtydingusmagee added 20:54 - Apr 19
Lambert needs to start using a ''Hairdryer''. Spent all his time here so far ''mothering'' the players. He needs to start kicking a#se, be it ''proper blokes or young guns, Lg1 teams wont be fielding teams of Jelly Babies , Time to man up and play hard, give sweat and blood for the shirt, .The players of old must cringe at the way that the pride has disapeared .ITFC is becoming a spineless corpse.

ITFCsince73 added 20:55 - Apr 19
I’ve no issues with any of the younger players. And yes I’ve been calling for them to play for months and months.
And long may it continue.
But please dear god make Judge the club captain.....although that’s impossible while Chambo is still at the club. And his best buddy Skuse.
The gruesome twosome haven’t finished yet.
And the club hasn’t fallen to its lowest point yet. That is still to come.

blueboy1981 added 21:20 - Apr 19
ITFCsince73 ......... when are your 'no issue with' youngsters going to show they are up to 'steeping up' then ?

They've had their chances to impress and do so this season - they couldn't have had an easier season to prove what others have not got, but they have.

Overrated by being 'talked up' is my opinion - I challenge them to prove me wrong real soon, next week wouldn't be soon enough for me.

If they cannot impress now - they never will.

warktheline added 21:21 - Apr 19
@cat, careful you’ll upset the Chambers and Skuse ‘sleepwalking brigade’!

My previous post was sarcastically summing up the ‘heights’ of Evans ownership, although some can’t see anything wrong with his emotionless detachment from club!

blueboy1981 added 21:21 - Apr 19
........ should read:- stepping up. Don't wish to confuse !

warktheline added 21:24 - Apr 19
@blueboy, maybe Chambers and co should help show and support the younger players going forward!

warktheline added 21:29 - Apr 19
@blueboy, is it okay to criticise today 😂....your opinion is all over the place! Do we all SHUT UP and support the club or go support someone else, or not?

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