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Preview: Fleetwood Town v Ipswich Town

4 March 2022

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Fleetwood Town face Ipswich Town on Saturday 5 March at Highbury in Sky Bet League One, and we have all you need to know ahead of the 3pm kick-off in our match preview.

Fixture: Fleetwood Town  v Ipswich Town

Competition: Sky Bet League One

Date: Saturday 5 March 2022

Kick-off: 15:00

Venue: Highbury Stadium, Park Avenue, Fleetwood, FY7 6TX

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FLEETWOOD TOWN

The Cods will be looking to get back to winning ways at the weekend when Ipswich come to the Fylde Coast after their last outing ended in a 2-0 loss to Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium on Tuesday night.

Two late first-half goals dealt Fleetwood a massive blow after a promising opening 45-minute performance. Will Keane converted a penalty and five minutes later, James McClean doubled the home side’s advantage. Town looked to fight back in the second half, but it just wasn’t their night.

In the game before that, Stephen Crainey’s side played out a six-goal thriller at Fratton Park, which saw Paddy Lane rifle in a goal of the season contender just before the half-time break.

Four goals in the first half meant it was an action-packed first period, however, it was backs to the wall for Fleetwood as the backline was broken twice in the second half the last in stoppage time meant the points were shared.

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IPSWICH TOWN

The Tractor Boys are currently sitting just outside the play-off spots in Sky Bet League One at the moment after drawing their last game against Morecambe, which ended one apiece.

Ipswich are six games unbeaten now after that Shrimps draw which needed to be salvaged on the day as former-Cod Wes Burns netted an equaliser four minutes before the end, cancelling out Aaron Wildig’s opener from the 59th minute.

Before that was a goalless draw against Cheltenham and a 3-0 win over Burton Albion. In the Burton game, Kayden Jackson broke the deadlock one minute in, with Burns and Bersant Celina adding to the score in the second half.

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LAST THREE MEETINGS BETWEEN THE TWO SIDES

Fixture: Ipswich Town 2-1 Fleetwood Town

Competition: Sky Bet League One

Date: Saturday 23 October 2021

Venue: Portman Road

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Fixture: Ipswich Town 3-1 Fleetwood Town

Competition: Sky Bet League One

Date: Sunday 9 May 2021

Venue: Portman Road

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Fixture: Fleetwood Town 2-0 Ipswich Town

Competition: Sky Bet League One

Date: Tuesday 16 March 2021

Venue: Highbury Stadium

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Fleetwood Town

Draws

Ipswich Town

H2H results

2

0

3

PRE-MATCH QUOTES: BARRY NICHOLSON

Assistant Head Coach Barry Nicholson spoke to the media ahead of Fleetwood Town’s Sky Bet League One clash against play-off hopefuls Ipswich Town at Highbury on Saturday. Here is what he had to say in his interview:

“Ipswich have got a good squad; they’ve got a lot of firepower at the top end of the pitch as they had Norwood up top with Aluko playing in the hole, with Celina and Chaplin on the bench and Piggott as well.

“They’ve got a real attacking threat on the pitch and it’s one we’ve got to look at, be aware of and try to block them out. On the other hand, we’ve got to try and play our stuff and hurt them going the other way.

“It will be different pressures on the day – they’re trying to reach the play-offs and we are trying to get away from the bottom end of the table so if both teams are at it at the weekend, it will be a good fixture. We’ve been doing well in games and have been a match for teams, but at the end of the day, you have to win games and we know that, so we have to turn those good performances into winning ones.”

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