Stockport County 0 Ipswich Town 1
The margin of victory may have been slim but the manner was quite comprehensive as Ipswich Town consolidated their bid for the play-offs and all but killed off Stockport's hopes.
This was Town's 14th game unbeaten in the League and they have taken 29 points out of a possible 33 from their last 11 matches.
Ipswich warmed up gently but confidently, gradually pressed the throttle, reached full power early in the second half and then went into cruise control.
The opening quarter of the game saw the Town defence, where Jason Cundy and Tony Mowbray were quite outstanding, deal with a succession of high balls aimed at Brett Angell, before an 80-yard dash by Mick Stockwell set up Alex Mathie for a shot that Flynn cleared off the line.
From that point, Ipswich took control, although the decisive moment did not arrive until the 55th minute.
The tireless Matt Holland headed forward for David Johnson to use his speed and calmly beat Nixon for his 25th goal of the season.
Once again it was fine opportunism by the little striker. Nixon denied Bobby Petta a second with an excellent save and did even better to tip over an acrobatic effort from substitute James Scowcroft.
Johnson, too, had a couple of opportunities to add to the score. Stockport never looked like getting back into the game as Richard Wright showed great authority with the crosses they aimed at their big men.
It was only Stockport's second home defeat of the season and manager George Burley was highly delighted by the all-round team effort his players produced. "They overcame a difficult hurdle through their exceptional work-rate," was his verdict.
He added: "The back four were exceptional today. To come away with three points was a great result. It is clear to all that we have great desire and enthusiasm."
Commenting on the new signing, Jamie Clapham , Burley said: "Now that Jamie has signed a permanent contract for Ipswich, today he played his best game since his arrival at the club. I am confident that the young lad will go from strength to strength - he is a superb acquisition for the club.
"We look forward to seeing a full house for a home match against Wolves next Saturday."
Ipswich have nine matches of the League campaign to go and six of them are at home, Wolves likely to be the most dangerous.
It is beginning to look like any four from six for the play-offs, with Town well placed and still brimming with confidence.
TEAM: Wright, Stockwell, Taricco, Dyer, Mowbray, Cundy, Clapham, Holland, Johnson, Mathie, Petta. Subs: Scowcroft (for Mathie, 64 mins), Uhlenbeek and Tanner (not used).