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Ipswich Town (0) 1 - 0 (0) Fulham

Division 1 1999-00

Saturday, March 25, 2000

Referee: T Bates

Manager: George Burley

Portman Road

Attendance: 20,168

Manager: Unknown

Match Number: 2845

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Match Report

Ipswich Town 1 Fulham 0

DUTCHMAN Martijn Reuser, a transfer deadline-day loan signing from Vitesse Arnhem, needed only 15 minutes as a late substitute to win himself a place in the hearts of the Portman Road crowd. His last-gasp goal was sweet relief for Ipswich, who had dominated without reward.

A fine goalkeeping display from Maik Taylor looked to have been enough to earn Fulham a share of the points, but in the last minute Jamie Clapham burst down the wing and found Jim Magilton. The Northern Ireland international's through ball was perfectly weighted for Reuser to toe-poke it home under the body of Taylor.

Ipswich had been the better team, particularly in the first half, when Matt Holland saw a diving header land on the roof of the net and another headed effort deflected just wide by team-mate Tony Mowbray. Taylor also made several fine saves.

Fulham were brighter in the second half andit looked as if increasingly frustrated Ipswich might yet be caught on the break, notably when substitute Bjarne Goldbaek nearly beat Richard Wright with a header and when Eddie Lewis had a good shot saved.

But Reuser, who has been on loan at Ajax this season without figuring in the first team, had the final word to relieve Ipswich and cheer manager George Burley, who has signed a new deal with the club.

Burley said: "It was frustrating that we had dominated the game without finishing them off. That's something we really have to work on." Of his new acquisition he said: "We were looking for an attacking midfielder who can score goals. He's a Dutch international with a really good pedigree, although he did find the pace rather quick."

This victory, much-needed given results elsewhereand very timely given their failure to score in their last three home games, will be a tonic to a club who must surely dread the prospect of another failure in the play-offs.

Fulham, meanwhile, must feel that their hopes of entering that particular lottery have receded with this result. Despite playing with three forwards, they rarely threatened.

Daily Telegraph

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