The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Chris Dunlavy

IP­SWICH clung to their place at the top of the Cham­pi­onship – with a vic­tory forged in Bournemouth.

Brett Pit­man and Ryan Fraser joined the Trac­tor Boys as makeweights in the £8m deal that took Ty­rone Mings to Dean Court this sum­mer.

And the wis­dom of that trans­ac­tion was ap­par­ent at Deep­dale, with Pit­man glanc­ing home to give Ip­swich the lead be­fore Fraser’s sump­tu­ous fin­ish sealed the win.

“I’m de­lighted for both of them,” said Ip­swich boss Mick McCarthy. “Brett’s great and I’m re­ally pleased he’s got that first goal for us. He had a year left on his con­tract at Bournemouth but I think Ed­die wanted to re­pay him for ev­ery­thing he’d done and let him go for free.

“And young Ryan, who we’ve got on loan – he’s not a prospect, he’s a proper foot­baller. I’ve said be­fore that we’re de­lighted to have him and he showed why with a goal wor­thy of win­ning any match.

“All in all, it was a great bit of busi­ness con­sid­er­ing we got two play­ers and made eight mil­lion quid!”

For pro­moted Pre­ston, who equalised through Daniel John­son late in the first-half, this was a bru­tal les­son in the re­al­i­ties of Cham­pi­onship life.

Dom­i­nant for large spells, they wasted a string of open­ings and were beaten by Ip­swich’s only two ef­forts on goal.

“We are de­flated,” said Si­mon Grayson, whose side have taken five points from four tough fix­tures and went into the game with the di­vi­sion’s only un­breached de­fence.

“We came up against a strong, dis­ci­plined team full of ex­pe­ri­enced pros. They know when to kill a game, know when to press. That’s why they were in the play-offs last year and why they’re top of the league now.

“I think we had 16 shots to their two but games aren’t de­cided on stats.You get fewer op­por­tu­ni­ties in the Cham­pi­onship and if you make mis­takes you’ll get pun­ished.

“But we’ll learn from that and over­all I’m pleased with the per­for­mance. I’m sure even Mick would ad­mit they were for­tu­nate to win to­day.”

In­deed he did, and with good rea­son. For 20 first-half min­utes, Pre­ston were ir­re­sistible, forg­ing

PIC­TURE: CameraSport

ALL SMILES: Ip­swich Town’s Ryan Fraser, left, cel­e­brates scor­ing his side’s sec­ond goal

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