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Fleetwood Town 0 v 1 Ipswich Town
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Saturday, 5th October 2019 Kick-off 15:00
Fleetwood Town 0-1 Ipswich Town - Match Report
Saturday, 5th Oct 2019 17:21

Kayden Jackson’s sixth goal of the season saw Town to a 1-0 victory over Fleetwood at Highbury, stretching the Blues’ lead at the top of League One to four points. Jackson, who later missed a penalty, slammed home the rebound after a Luke Garbutt freekick had been saved in the 58th minute. Town were reduced to 10 men in injury time when James Wilson was dismissed for a second bookable offence but the Blues were able to hang on for their fifth away win of the season.

Boss Paul Lambert made one change with Luke Woolfenden coming into the side and Alan Judge dropping to the bench.

Woolfenden returned to his usual role on the right side of the Blues’ back three with Cole Skuse moving into midfield and Jon Nolan taking up the more advanced central role. Fleetwood were unchanged from the team which won 3-0 at Shrewsbury last week.

The home side created the game’s first opening in the sixth minute when Danny Andrew was played in down the left by Kyle Dempsey but his ball into the box was cut out by Town skipper Luke Chambers.

The Blues, with most of their 1,100 fans behind Tomas Holy’s goal on an old-fashioned terrace, defended that corner but a minute later from another flag-kick, this time on the right, Wes Burns headed wide at the near post.

Fleetwood had shaded a fairly scruffy opening quarter of an hour and on 19 Blues striker James Norwood was booked for a foul on Cod Army skipper Paul Coutts five yards outside the penalty area.

The freekick came to nothing and from the resultant goalkick Coutts joined Norwood in referee Carl Boyeson’s book for a foul on Nolan.

Town went close for the first time in the 23rd minute when Woolfenden found Garbutt with an excellent cross-field pass. The on-loan Everton man brought the ball into the area before hitting a low shot across the face of goal but just wide.

Kane Vincent-Young did well to turn a Lewie Coyle cross from the right wide of his own goal at the far post ahead of Andrew with the Blues still to get on top of the home side.

Chances had been few and far between at both ends - certainly less frequent than freekicks which had been a regular interruption - but on 36 Norwood threatened for the first time.

Kayden Jackson did well on the left and played back to Garbutt, who whipped the ball over to Norwood, who was unable to keep his header down.

Cole Skuse’s name was added to referee Boyeson’s book in the 43rd minute for a foul on Josh Morris as Fleetwood broke after a Town corner, Flynn Downes having slipped as he looked to hook back into the box.

Just before what had been a battling, evenly-contested half was brought to a close by referee Boyeson, Chambers intercepted a dangerous Ched Evans pass forward.

Town had fleetingly imposed their passing on the home side, who equally had had spells on top but with both defences having kept the game’s chances to a minimum.

Garbutt’s shot across the face and Norwood’s header over the bar were the pick of the opportunities at both ends.

Vincent-Young was replaced by Gwion Edwards ahead of the second half, the former Colchester man presumably having suffered a knock.

Town should have gone ahead a minute after the restart when an error from Jimmy Dunne allowed Norwood in on goal but the Blues’ number 10 shot the wrong side of Fleetwood keeper Alex Cairns’s right post. Four minutes later, Wilson was yellow-carded for a foul on Burns.

The Blues had another opportunity to go in front on 50 when Jackson used his pace to get on a loose touch from Jordan Rossiter just inside the Fleetwood half and took it into the right of the area. The former Accrington man looked set to shoot but instead cut inside towards Nolan but too far in front of the midfielder and the danger was cleared.

But the travelling Blue Army didn’t have to wait too much longer for a Town goal. Norwood was caught in the face by Harry Souttar’s arm 30 yards out and unsurprisingly Garbutt was the man given the ball for the freekick.

The left wing-back hit a shot which Cairns stopped down to his right but couldn’t keep out and, as was the case with the Blues’ second goal against Tranmere last week, Jackson was first to the loose ball and found the net off the keeper’s arm. The Town striker celebrated his sixth goal of the campaign with his team-mates in front of the large travelling support.

Town might well have been awarded a penalty in the 64th minute when Nolan and Rossiter collided as the midfielder looked to get on Norwood’s low cross from the right. Referee Boyeson may have felt that the ball had already passed both players when contact was made, otherwise it looked a very strong shout.

Two minutes later, the Blues made heavy weather of clearing their lines following a Fleetwood freekick with Souttar and Dunne both seeing efforts blocked. On 67 Evans volleyed wide from the edge of the box.

The former Sheffield United man required treatment not long afterwards after an aerial clash but was able to continue. While Evans was receiving attention, Norwood sat down, evidently feeling his ongoing groin problem, before gingerly making his way to the touchline. Danny Rowe took over playing off Jackson.

Evans was booked for a late challenge on Skuse before the game briefly erupted in the 73rd minute when Edwards fouled Coutts on the touchline and Andrew reacted. Downes tried to act as peacemaker as a number of players joined in the melee. Eventually referee Boyeson booked Edwards and Andrew.

Town looked to be denied what appeared a stonewall penalty in the 77th minute. Jackson burst into the area on the left and was felled by Souttar. Referee Boyeson awarded a goalkick with Jackson amazed at his decision. Souttar appeared similarly surprised with the pair subsequently exchanging grins, a relieved one in the defender’s case.

Fleetwood came close to an equaliser a minute later when sub Ashley Hunter nodded a deep cross from the right across goal and Evans was inches away from supplying the final touch at the opposite post.

Jackson saw a shot from a tight angle blocked following an overhit Garbutt corner from the right on 86 with the Blues seeing out the final minutes in relative comfort at that stage.

And two minutes later they were finally awarded a penalty when Jackson was felled by Dunne after being played in on the right of the box by Nolan, who had been the Blues’ most influential player in the second half. The Town number nine took the kick himself but scuffed it wide of Cairns’s left post, much to his frustration.

Fleetwood looked to put the Blues under pressure in six minutes of injury time but with the Town backline remaining resolute, preventing any serious chances.

However, three minutes into injury time Town were reduced to 10 men when Wilson was red-carded for a second bookable offence after fouling Paddy Madden. The defender will miss the next league game at Accrington.

Emyr Huws took over from Jackson for the final moments, before Nolan was added to the lengthy list of cautions for a foul.

Fleetwood continued pressing in the closing seconds, Holy confidently grabbing a cross before referee Boyeson confirmed Town’s third 1-0 away win in their last three games on their travels.

At the whistle, the players and staff celebrated with their now familiar hand-in-hand salute of their travelling support.

While not the prettiest of displays, the Blues did enough to claim the three points and will feel the scoreline ought to have been more comfortable given Jackson’s penalty miss and two other very decent claims for spot-kicks.

At the other end, Holy was never seriously tested with Fleetwood’s only really big chance Hunter’s knockdown which Evans failed to reach.

The win and Wycombe’s 3-3 draw with Peterborough means the Blues’ lead at the top of the division has increased to four points with a game in hand on the Chairboys.

Town's unbeaten run is now 11 league games since the beginning of the season - the best since 1980/81 - and 12 overall including the final game of 2018/19. Following today's game only Town and Liverpool remain unbeaten in the top four divisions, Coventry having been beaten 4-0 at Rotherham.

They have kept six clean sheets in their last seven league matches and have won seven of their last eight league games.

Town’s next game is against Gillingham in the Trophy at Portman Road on Tuesday with their next league fixture live on Sky in 15 days at Accrington Stanley.

Fleetwood: Cairns, Coyle, Andrew, Souttar, Burns, Dempsey (Hunter 77), Evans, Morris (Madden 59), Dunne, Coutts, Rossiter. Unused: Gilks, Clarke, Biggins, Sowerby, Sheron.

Town: Holy, Vincent-Young (Edwards 46), Woolfenden, Chambers, Wilson, Garbutt, Skuse, Downes, Nolan, Jackson (Huws 90), Norwood (Rowe 71). Unused: Norris, Huws, Dozzell, Judge, Georgiou. Referee: Carl Boyeson (East Yorkshire). Att: 4,312 (Town: 1,086).

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midastouch added 17:22 - Oct 5
Message for Joey "Joke" Barton, probably as good as a group of players as Ipswich have had in a long time.

LWNR2013 added 17:22 - Oct 5
Get in!

thechangingman added 17:24 - Oct 5
I am starting to get a nosebleed, being this high up for so long!!

That's a very impressive result today, and it's exciting to see us building up a real sense of momentum.

Happy days are here again...

martin587 added 17:27 - Oct 5
Superb solid performance from the team.Well done lads.Nothing more to add.Very long drive home and plenty to talk about.😁

pazzy added 17:27 - Oct 5
WOW keep it going my blue boys

Shaun22 added 17:29 - Oct 5
PL: “James Norwood will have a little operation over the next couple of days so hopefully he’s not out for too long. The international break will come at a good time... that not good

wkj added 17:29 - Oct 5
Great 3 points, especially due to the horible spirit of the game in the 2nd half. Thankfully we were more of a threat to ourselves than Joey Barton's miscreant circus and came up out on top when results in other games were massively in our favour.

BlueandTruesince82 added 17:30 - Oct 5
Given other results today this feels like a good 3 points. Fleetwood not lost at home since Feb COYB

warktheline added 17:32 - Oct 5
Great win! The march goes on and on and on!👍😁

dangerous30 added 17:32 - Oct 5
Well done town and the way support 😀👍🍺

SpiritOfJohn added 17:34 - Oct 5
Another great win. Luke Garbutt to take the next pen please!

delias_cheesy_flaps added 17:37 - Oct 5
As bad a refereeing display as you're likely to see, two stonewallers not given before we fluff our lines again from the spot.

Another clean sheet though and only a couple of moments where we let their abject attack have a sniff.

Sometime soon (I hope), we will play for the full 90 and someone will be getting a spanking!

runningout added 17:38 - Oct 5
Another tough game won. Phew!

jas0999 added 17:39 - Oct 5
Very impressed. The wins keep coming. Another clean sheet! We are also creating a lot of chances and at some point will I suspect win very heavily away from home. Good again from the boys and Lambert seems to be getting it right most weeks.


WhoisJimmyJuan added 17:40 - Oct 5
Incredible consistency being shown now. I understand why some aren't sure about Lambo's rotation policy, but I think this is working, even if it means the performances are sometimes workmanlike. If you ever feel underwhelmed by the style, cheer yourself up with a look at the league table. Incredible.

Nobbysnuts added 17:40 - Oct 5
Great result boys from a possible banana skin. Stick that up your ar#e Barton you stupid little pri#k. Coyb👍👍👍👍👍

Cakeman added 17:41 - Oct 5
Disrespectful manager 0, Class manager 1.....very pleasing

therein61 added 17:42 - Oct 5
Well done you boys for an extremely hard earned 3 points in a difficult game, no cigar today then Mr Joseph Barton just as well it means those around you have their sight intact!!!!.

JewellintheTown added 17:50 - Oct 5
Glad for the win and well done lads for holding on, & will be slated for saying this but am I the only one slightly concerned we're scraping by & missing far too many chances lately? I want to be happy & excited, but can't help feeling we're really a Championship side temporarily in League 1, not a league 1 side doing really well in league 1, in which case we should really be winning 2 or 3. If this was the FA cup & we were still in the Championship, we'd be expecting to win this game comfortably. OK, we all know we are where we are for a bunch of reasons & we're taking many positive steps back up the ladder, but if we want to not just survive next season but be pushing for, dare I say it promotion, the boys need to sharpen up & finish far more chances. When we're winning 2 or 3 a game, then I think we're ready for the championship again. Feels like we're scraping by & not bossing it at the moment. Enjoying wins but without sounding ungrateful, think a bigger margin will prepare us better for returning to where we should be from last seasons blip. Need to start thinking like we're a championship side again in a division lower. On positive notes, was a good away win against a high flying side & kept another clean sheet & one of only two unbeaten teams in all divisions. Nice one!

runaround added 17:54 - Oct 5
Massive result for us & with other results going our way the table makes lovely reading for all Ipswich Town fans. Yes it’s in a lower league but it’s enjoyable right now & after years of false dawns & not much else it’s great to see the team top & winning
I am actually looking forward to Tuesday night now just to see Steve Evans explode

TimmyH added 17:58 - Oct 5
We certainly like these 1-0 scorelines away from home and would have taken this result before kick off, again rather scrappy performance wise but what can't be argued is our tight defence...leaps and bounds above anybody else in this league and that's why we are top!

Well done lads and up yours Joey!

Suffolkboy added 17:59 - Oct 5
Only continuing and very real ‘worry ‘ is the number of chances ,and very real chances seemingly missed or wasted through lack of either a rigorously calm ,ruthless approach , OR lack of technique .
Reports indicate Norwood and Jackson similarly at a loss .
We’re right at the top , long May it be so , BUT it ain’t going to be easy to stay there and the demands will of necessity increase .We can’t actually afford to miss penalties , at the very least the target must be hit : what’s so difficult ? These are professional well paid athletes and should DO better .SORT it out coaches ; is it physical ,is it mental, is it emotional ? Get it corrected , PLEASE .
COYB and very well done today !

shortmarine1969 added 18:01 - Oct 5
Jewell in the Town - Hvae you actually watched any of our not so recent games against lower div sides...we have more or less lost the lot.!! so your analogy does not really hold up , yes we have not dominated for 90 mins , but certainly large portions of games , and as pointed out many teams will raise thier game against the so called bigger team...but the facts are we a div one...we were sh*te in the championship last season those 36 games were no "blip"..and we are now 11 unbeaten , 4 points clear with a game in hand . what more do you want mate ??? , i think you view of where we are is a tad too high , this is a marathon not a sprint..a long way to go.

Lightningboy added 18:07 - Oct 5
What were you saying Barton?...Now go and crawl back under your rock.

Great result lads 👍🏻💙

ITFCsince73 added 18:22 - Oct 5
Another expected 3 points.
A lot of people saying “we will lose eventually”. Why?
I can see us going to Xmas unbeaten. Then who knows....

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