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IpswichIpswich Town1CreweCrewe Alexandra0

Ipswich Town 1-0 Crewe Alexandra

Oli Hawkins' first goal for Ipswich was enough to beat Crewe and move the Tractor Boys into second place in League One.

The 6ft 5in striker, who signed from Portsmouth on a free transfer in the summer, headed home Alan Judge's superb cross after 62 minutes to seal the three points at Portman Road.

Crewe enjoyed an excellent first half but were unable to beat Town goalkeeper Tomas Holy, who made several outstanding saves to deny the visitors.

Alex started the game brightly and Holy was called into an early save from Luke Offord's header after Harry Pickering whipped in a dangerous free-kick from the left.

The visitors tested Holy again after 13 minutes when Owen Dale's fierce strike from the right was parried away by the Town keeper.

The Czech goalkeeper then produced a miraculous stop to deny the Railwaymen after half an hour when he blocked Tom Lowery's effort from point-blank range following Dale's cut-back.

Ipswich improved after the break and Stephen Ward's cross after 56 minutes found Hawkins but the striker's header was smothered by Will Jaaskelainen.

But Hawkins did find the net for Ipswich six minutes later when he headed home Judge's teasing delivery from the left.

Holy made another smart save to deny Offord after 68 minutes, and Ipswich withstood some late pressure to secure the win.

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Line-ups

Ipswich

  • 1Holy
  • 4Chambers
  • 6Woolfenden
  • 2McGuinness
  • 3Ward
  • 15BishopSubstituted forLankesterat 80'minutes
  • 23DozzellBooked at 55mins
  • 18JudgeBooked at 66mins
  • 7EdwardsBooked at 88mins
  • 32HawkinsSubstituted forJacksonat 69'minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 20SearsSubstituted forBennettsat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Jackson
  • 14Lankester
  • 17Bennetts
  • 22Nsiala
  • 28Cornell
  • 30Kenlock
  • 44Huws

Crewe

  • 1Jaaskelainen
  • 2Ng
  • 29Beckles
  • 17Offord
  • 3Pickering
  • 8Lowery
  • 4Wintle
  • 11AinleySubstituted forFinneyat 82'minutes
  • 19DaleSubstituted forPowellat 71'minutes
  • 12MandronBooked at 63minsSubstituted forPorterat 71'minutes
  • 10Kirk

Substitutes

  • 7Powell
  • 9Porter
  • 13Richards
  • 14Finney
  • 15Zanzala
  • 23Johnson
  • 28Murphy
Referee:
Trevor Kettle

Match Stats

Home TeamIpswichAway TeamCrewe
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home6
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away7
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home17
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ipswich Town 1, Crewe Alexandra 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 1, Crewe Alexandra 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Daniel Powell (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Perry Ng.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Chris Porter (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Harry Pickering with a cross.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Oliver Finney (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  6. Post update

    Perry Ng (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Keanan Bennetts (Ipswich Town).

  8. Post update

    Perry Ng (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Stephen Ward (Ipswich Town).

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Daniel Powell (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Harry Pickering with a cross following a set piece situation.

  11. Booking

    Gwion Edwards (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Charlie Kirk (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Gwion Edwards (Ipswich Town).

  14. Booking

    Kayden Jackson (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card.

  15. Post update

    Perry Ng (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Kayden Jackson (Ipswich Town).

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Ipswich Town. Keanan Bennetts replaces Freddie Sears.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Oliver Finney replaces Callum Ainley.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Omar Beckles (Crewe Alexandra).

  20. Post update

    Kayden Jackson (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Peterborough107121991022
2Ipswich10712167922
3Lincoln City10712146822
4Hull10703169721
5Charlton9612115619
6Sunderland9531126618
7Portsmouth10523169717
8Doncaster9513169716
9Fleetwood10514138516
10Plymouth94321311215
11Wimbledon103431212013
12Accrington7403910-112
13Bristol Rovers93331013-312
14Rochdale103341015-512
15Crewe931588010
16Blackpool10316914-510
17Gillingham10316915-610
18Northampton103161020-1010
19MK Dons102351113-29
20Swindon83051114-39
21Wigan10217817-97
22Shrewsbury9135613-76
23Burton101361220-86
24Oxford Utd8206816-86
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