IPSWICH Town opened a four-point lead at the top of League One after a 1-0 victory at promotion rivals Fleetwood Town.

Kayden Jackson struck the only goal just before the hour-mark - his sixth of the season - and that was enough for Paul Lambert's men to extend their unbeaten league start to 11 matches.

They have won eight of those games, drawing three, but this was the hosts' first league defeat in five outings.

Jackson also missed a late spot-kick before the visitors ended the match with ten men.

Town broke the deadlock after 58 minutes when Jackson mopped up a rebound after Alex Cairns could only parry Luke Garbutt's 25-yard free-kick.

Jackson then stroked a late penalty wide after being felled by Jimmy Dunne, before defender James Wilson was shown a second yellow card in stoppage-time.

Lambert felt his team should have won more comfortably.

“I thought we were excellent," said the Town boss.

“We had some good moments in the first half but in the second I thought we were really, really good.

"It could have been three or four and we should have put the game to bed.

“Apart from the penalty that was given, I thought we had two stonewallers and never got them.

"There were some strange decisions.

“As for the sending off, I couldn’t really see but there’s no malice in James Wilson.

"But the performance was absolutely great and all credit to the team because they were brilliant defensively.

"They (Fleetwood) never really had many chances.

"There were some long balls into the box but we defended great.”

The result sees Town move four points clear at the top of the division, with Wycombe Wanderers held to a 3-3 draw by Peterborough United and fellow high-fliers Coventry City crashing to a 4-0 defeat at Rotherham United.

Asked whether he could have imagined his team being in this position at this point in the campaign, Lambert said: “I don’t know because the club’s in transition.

"It’s having to rebuild and reconnect with people.

"There’s so much work to get done here it’s incredible. It’s not just what you see on the pitch, it’s everywhere."

Lambert made one change for Saturday's top-of-the-table clash, with Luke Woolfenden coming into the side and Alan Judge dropping to the bench.

Woolfenden returned to his usual role in the back three, with Cole Skuse moving into midfield and Jon Nolan taking up the more advanced central role instead of Judge.

Next up for the Blues is Tuesday's Leasing.com Trophy tie at home to Gillingham.

Their next league match is not until October 20, in a televised contest at Accrington Stanley.

They had been due to host Wycombe next weekend but that match has been postponed due to international call-ups and rescheduled for November 26.