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Ipswich Town (1) 1 - 0 (0) Stockport County

Division 1 1998-99

Tuesday, April 20, 1999

Referee: R Styles

Manager: George Burley

Portman Road

Attendance: 17,056

Manager: Unknown

Match Number: 2796

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 Jim Magilton 
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Match Report

Ipswich Town 1 Stockport County 0

A GOAL of Premiership pedigree from Jim Magilton saw Ipswich regain the second automatic promotion place in Division One.

The two-horse race to accompany Sunderland into the big time saw George Burley's men take full advantage of their game in hand on Bradford and they now have a three-point cushion with three matches left.

Though they failed to rubber-stamp their superiority by adding to Magilton's spectacular first-half strike, Ipswich's hopes of finishing above Bradford were further boosted by the successful return of Kieron Dyer, starting his first game for seven weeks after recovering from a cracked fibula.

Ipswich were in command from the outset, Dyer showing no obvious effects of his lay-off in a midfield monopolised by Magilton. David Johnson's ability to twist defenders into knots proved a real handful.

Their patient, passing football finally brought a reward six minutes from half-time when Jamie Clapham was forced to check his cut-in from the left to find Magilton.

The former Sheffield Wednesday midfielder, having earlier set his sights with a drive from similar distance, unleashed a fierce shot from 30 yards that tucked inside the near-post.

Goalkeeper Carlo Nash's handling was otherwise exemplary and he saved well from Clapham and Johnson.

Daily Telegraph

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