TOWN: A THROW­BACK TO A PRE­VI­OUS ERA

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IP­SWICH are a strange team to watch. In an age of false nines, sign­ings by stats and tik­i­taka, the Trac­tor Boys are a throw­back – well or­gan­ised, tough to beat, rudi­men­tary but ef­fec­tive. Like Stoke un­der Tony Pulis, they are a side few neu­trals woud pay to watch but – with­out fail – get the job done. That abil­ity to grind out a re­sult was epit­o­mised at Deep­dale.

Out­manou­vered and of­ten over­whelmed, the best-drilled back four in the di­vi­sion hung tough, hit on the break and some­how sneaked a win. Whether it will be enough to chal­lenge for the ti­tle – de­fend­ing slen­der leads is a strength-sap­ping busi­ness – re­mains to be seen, but Ip­swich will be there at the busi­ness end for sure.

Pre­ston were mugged, but man­ager Si­mon Grayson was un­der­stand­ably up­beat.

On this per­for­mance, at least the first 45 min­utes, his side are more than good enough to stay in the di­vi­sion if not pester the top half.

STAR MAN BRETT PITMA

N Ip­swich

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