Memory match: Ipswich v PNE

David Nugent is all smiles as he celebrates scoring for PNE against Ipswich in August 2005
David Nugent is all smiles as he celebrates scoring for PNE against Ipswich in August 2005
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Throughout his career, one-time Preston striker David Nugent has had an uncanny knack of scoring against Ipswich Town.

Nugent has found the net 15 times in 14 games when playing against the Suffolk club.

Two of those came on a baking-hot August bank holiday Monday in 2005 as North End swept aside Ipswich at Portman Road.

His pair set the visitors on their way to an emphatic 4-0 victory, David Jones and Patrick Agyemang putting their names on the scoresheet after that.

Nugent’s liking for scoring against Ipswich had started six months earlier.

His second goal in PNE colours had come against them in February that year.

As time has gone on, the Scouser has also netted for Portsmouth, Leicester and Middlesbrough when Ipswich have been the opposition.

The 4-0 PNE win, more than a decade ago, was shown live on television and was a great way to end a run of five matches without a win for Billy Davies’ outfit.

After winning the first game of the 2005/06 season, a hangover then seemed to set in following the play-off final defeat to West Ham.

Hopes had not exactly been high as North End set off for East Anglia for the lunchtime kick-off.

But the mood had changed significantly by half-time as North End rattled their hosts with three first-half goals.

There were chances at either end early on, with Graham Alexander making a timely challenge to block a shot from Ian Westlake.

Preston’s response saw Danny Dichio send a header against the post after being found by Tyrone Mears’ searching cross.

Visiting keeper Carlo Nash saved from Jim Magilton before North End took the lead in the 31st minute.

Midfielder Jones, on loan from Manchester United, split the Ipswich back line with a fine through ball, releasing Nugent to run through and tuck a fine finish past Town keeper Lewis Price.

Less than three minutes later, Nugent had doubled the advantage.

Paul McKenna was his supplier this time, delivering a cross into the middle which the striker latched on to.

Nugent showed quick feet to evade a sliding challenge from Matt Richards, burst into the box before powering a shot beyond Price’s reach.

He celebrated in front of the home end, a plastic bottle thrown from the crowd in his direction.

The Lilywhites got their third goal moments before the break, Mears’ pass inside to Jones seeing the midfielder advance towards the box.

Jones played a one-two with Dichio and then drilled a low shot into the net.

Nugent fluffed a chance to complete his hat-trick in the second half, seeing a shot cleared off the line after Price had failed to hold a cross.

North End completed a fine afternoon with their fourth goal five minutes from time.

A pass from Chris Lucketti sent Agyemang clear, the substitute running through to slot past Price.

Nugent scored twice in the return clash at Deepdale the following March but fractured a metatarsal that night and was out for two months.