Ipswich 2-0 Rochdale: Paul Lamerbt’s Town move top after third straight win

Saturday 26 September 2020 17:35, UK

Second-half goals from Teddy Bishop and Gwion Edwards maintained Ipswich’s 100 per cent record in Sky Bet League One and at the same time confirmed top spot following a 2-0 victory over Rochdale at Portman Road.

But the hosts were made to fight hard for the points by a spirited Dale who had their chances in an end-to-end first half.

A cleared corner found Bishop, who set up a wonderful opportunity but Jon Nolan overhit a cross to Freddie Sears.

Oliver Rathbone and Aaron Morley had half chances for Rochdale and their teenage goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu made a great save to deny Town striker Oli Hawkins who, moments later, saw a shot cannon off the post.

Another header from Hawkins was cleared off the line by Eoghan O’Connell and Rathbone’s long-range shot from a set-piece corner flew over Tomas Holy’s crossbar.

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Ipswich took the lead after 53 minutes when great hold-up play by Hawkins led to him feeding in Bishop, who slotted the ball home.

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And the home side extended their lead six minutes later when Edwards swept the ball home following good play by Stephen Ward.

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