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IPSWICH 3 Waghorn 45, McGoldrick 49, Celina 64 PRESTON 0 at Portman Road PRESTON boss Alex Neil apologised to the travelling fans after his side's slump at Portman Road.

Trailing to Martin Waghorn's free-kick at the end of the first half, they were further undone by goals from David McGoldrick, and a Bersant Celina wonder strike that helped Ipswich move up to seventh place.

"I feel for the fans," said Neil. "Our last two performances have been very disappointing.

"We have a smallish squad and now have nine players missing through injury. We are being stretched to the limit.

"But we can't afford to sit here and feel sorry for ourselves.

"We had a five to 10-minute spell today when we threw a few crosses in and looked dangerous but it was a scrappy game and once we had given the first goal away we seemed to lose our way."

Ipswich took the lead almost on half-time when Waghorn was fouled on the edge of the penalty area, following neat play between him, McGoldrick and Kevin Bru. Waghorn took the free-kick himself and curled it past the Preston wall and into the net.

It might have been different for the visitors if Daniel Johnson's left-foot shot from outside the box had not hit the bar in the fifth minute of first-half injury time.

But Ipswich never looked back from the moment that McGoldrick headed home Jordan Spence's 49th-minute cross - and Kosovan Celina's third was the icing on the cake.

The forward, on loan from Manchester City, beat Chris Maxwell with a stunning strike into the roof of the net from just inside the penalty area after Spence was again the provider.

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy praised his team for their battling qualities.

"It was what was required," he said. "There are all sorts of ways to win a football match.

"I have been in the Championship long enough to know that there's a team coming to play against us who are going to be pretty tough and resolute.

"That's what we were going have to be, too and so it wasn't going to be pretty. The one bit of quality was the move before Waghorn's goal.

"In the second half we played a lot better and it always looks good when you score three goals."

IPSWICH Bialkowski, Spence, Chambers, Webster, Knudsen, Connolly (Ward 66), Skuse (Bru 31), Celina, Waghorn (Nydam 78), McGoldrick, Garner. Subs not used: Gerken, Iorfa, Sears, Kenlock. PRESTON Maxwell, Fisher (Vermijl 37), Huntington, Andrew Boyle, O'Connor, Pearson, Welsh (Gallagher 70), Barkhuizen, Browne, Johnson (Harrop 63), Hugill. Subs not used: Horgan, Mavididi, Hudson, Robinson. REFEREE Andrew Madley. LINE-UPS IPS PRE Possession 36% 65% Shots On Target 5 3 Shots Off Target 3 6 Blocked Shots 3 3 Corners 2 1 Fouls Conceded 11 8 Offsides 3 5 Yellow Cards 1 3 Red Cards 0 0 VITAL STATS

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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Nov 5, 2017
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