TIP THE BAL­ANCE

Mings Bournemouth deal brings ben­e­fits to Ip­swich

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chances at will. Joe Garner – a hand­ful through­out – headed wide from six yards, Chris Humphrey mis­cued a sit­ter and Paul Gal­lagher stung the palms of Dean Gerken.

Then, in a flash, Ip­swich were ahead, Fred­die Sears cross­ing for Pit­man who peeled off Bai­ley Wright to head in at the near post.

Yet if the opener was clin­i­cal, so was Pre­ston’s re­sponse, a light­ning counter-at­tack that saw Humphrey send John­son har­ing into space.The for­mer Villa midfielder had plenty of time to balls it up, but his side­foot fin­ish showed ad­mirable cool. Nev­er­the­less, Pre­ston’s fire had largely been quelled and a turgid, boggy sec­ond-half was grind­ing to a halt be­fore Fraser’s mo­ment of magic.

Again Pit­man was in­volved, tee­ing up Fraser on the edge of the box. The 21-year-old winger didn’t even take a touch, whip­ping a smooth, arch­ing fin­ish over and be­yond the de­spair­ing Jor­dan Pick­ford for his sec­ond goal in four games.

For Pre­ston full-back Greg Cun­ning­ham, a poor re­sult was only the half of it.

Drafted into the pro­vi­sional Ire­land squad and watched at Deep­dale by a clean-shaven Roy Keane, the 24-year-old suf­fered a ham­string in­jury and was with­drawn af­ter half an hour. Keane headed for the exit shortly af­ter­wards, pre­sum­ably to tell Martin O’Neill he needed a Plan B.

“He’s just tweaked his ham­string,” said Grayson.

“He’ll prob­a­bly be out for Tues­day, be­yond that we don’t know.

“Up to this game we’d kept three clean sheets and been re­ally sat­is­fied in what we’ve done.

“You want to give your­selves a good plat­form and a per­for­mance like that against the top of the league can only help us.”

LEAP: Pre­ston’s Paul Hunt­ing­ton bat­tles with Christophe Berra

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