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Sunday, 3 November, 2002, 17:42 GMT
Ipswich 1-2 C Palace
Darren Ambrose of Ipswich clashes with Darren Powell of Crystal Palace
Ipswich are just three points above the relegation zone

Joe Royle's first Nationwide League match in charge of Ipswich ended in defeat with Palace defender Danny Butterfield firing a 78th-minute winner.

Prolfiic Palace striker Andy Johnson followed up two successive hat-tricks by firing home his ninth of the season to give Trevor Francis' side a 19th-minute lead.

The 18-year-old Ipswich midfielder Ambrose had struck back for Royle's new charges before half-time.

Twice Hermann Hreidarsson went close to salvaging a point for Town but his shot and then header went wide of Alex Kolinko's post.

Early on Palace had more cut and thrust and their early endeavour was rewarded when the in-form Johnson fired home his eighth goal of the season.

Dele Adebola played Johnson in from the left edge of the box and the striker lashed the ball low into the bottom corner from 18 yards.

Ipswich finally got the equaliser in the 39th minute, Ambrose heading in off the post from Darren Bent's pin-point cross for his eighth goal of the season.

Ambrose's goal merely encouraged Palace to redouble their efforts.

Dougie Freedman went close with two efforts just before the interval and substitute Julian Gray - on for the injured Danny Granville - made an immediate impression.

Gray picked out Freedman with his cross and the striker forced a fine save from Andy Marshall who tipped his goalbound header over the bar.

Marshall was at his best again minutes later, blocking Tony Popovic's close-range header from Butterfield's left-wing cross.

Johnson also played a part in Palace's winner.

The striker laid the ball off and the 22-year-old Butterfield slammed the ball into the roof of the net.

Before Hreidarsson went close Freedman almost settled matters, his left-foot 20-yarder tipped over in fine style again by keeper Marshall.


Ipswich: Marshall, Makin, Gaardsoe, Brown, Hreidarsson, Ambrose, Magilton, Holland, Clapham, Armstrong, Darren Bent.
Subs: Pullen, Wilnis, Wright, George, Venus.

Crystal Palace: Kolinko, Butterfield, Popovic, Powell, Granville, Riihilahti, Derry, Mullins, Adebola, Freedman, Johnson.
Subs: Michopoulos, Gray, Black, Symons, Antwi.

Referee: C Webster (Tyne & Wear).


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