TOWN: A THROWBACK TO A PREVIOUS ERA
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