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Last Updated: Tuesday, 13 March 2007, 21:38 GMT
Preston 1-0 Ipswich
Preston bounced back from their loss to Hull by comfortably seeing off Ipswich.

Striker Michael Ricketts put the home side ahead when he thumped in a header from a Danny Pugh cross for his first goal for the club.

Pugh's corner on the hour mark almost led to another goal but defender Callum Davidson's shot came back off the post.

Preston had four strikers on in the latter stages as they saw attack as the best form of defence but failed to add to their tally.

  • Preston boss Paul Simpson hails Michael Ricketts' first goal for the club:
    "The smile on Michael's face showed everyone how relieved he was. It was a tremendous header.

    "I've been pleased with him and in the last couple of games I've made it difficult for him because I've played him out of position.

    "I asked him to get in the box and get goals because he is probably one of the best finishers I've ever seen when he gets the opportunity.

    "It's frustrating for a striker when you haven't got a first goal at a new club and it starts to be a burden but hopefully that takes the burden away."

  • Ipswich boss Jim Magilton:
    "Performance-wise we were grand and the goal was a little bit against the run of play.

    "We controlled possession and we played very well. We didn't really work the goalkeeper enough, get enough crosses in or have the belief that we would score a goal and there lies the difference.

    "But that's a bit like our season; we had a lot of possession but just didn't have the belief we would score a goal."

    Preston: Lonergan, Alexander, St. Ledger, Chilvers, Hill, Songo'o (Ormerod 80), Davidson, Sedgwick (Agyemang 76), Pugh, Nugent, Ricketts (Dichio 46).
    Subs Not Used: Henderson, Soley.

    Booked: Nugent, Davidson, Sedgwick, Songo'o, Ormerod.

    Goals: Ricketts 6.

    Ipswich: Price, Wright, Bruce, De Vos, Harding (Wilnis 62), Roberts, Legwinski, O'Callaghan (Garvan 69), Richards (Williams 34), Walters, Haynes.
    Subs Not Used: Supple, Clarke.

    Booked: Haynes, Harding, Williams.

    Att: 13,100.

    Ref: M Clattenburg (Co Durham).


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