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Wolverhampton Wanderers (1) 2 - 1 (0) Ipswich Town

Division 1 1999-00

Saturday, March 11, 2000

Referee: M Jones

Manager: Unknown

Molineux

Attendance: 22,652

Manager: George Burley

Match Number: 2842

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Match Report

Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 Ipswich Town 1

GEORGE BURLEY, the Ipswich manager, left Molineux in a rage after he thought his side had been denied a penalty late in the game.

The fact that the referee, Michael Jones, did not consult his linesman when Ipswich's second-half substitute Richard Naylor tumbled over Wolves' defender Richard Muscat prompted Burley into comments that could get him into trouble with the Football Association.

Burley said: "The referee was a disgrace and I told him so. It was a blatant penalty. All I'm doing is telling the truth."

In reality, Ipswich should not have had to rely on winning dubious penalty decisions. They dominated the match and were beaten by two sucker goals at the start of each half.

The goals came from Haarvard Flo, the Norwegian called back into the Wolves team because of Ade Akinbiyi's suspension. Both were scored after the striker received the ball with his back to goal. They constituted virtually Wolves' only shots on target.

The Midlanders spent the rest of the match mounting a nine-man rearguard action wall to keep Ipswich out.

Colin Lee, the Wolves manager, denied it was a lucky win. He said: "Sometimes you have to respect the team you are playing and drop off them. It's the style you see in Europe very often."

Wolves' version of the Maginot Line held out until the 75th minute, when Clap- ham's cross from the left was headed home by Jamie Scowcroft, for once unmarked at the far post.

Ipswich should have scored more. Scowcroft, Jermaine Wright, Tony Mowbray, Jim Magilton all went close and only the acrobatics of Wolves' goalkeeper, Michael Oakes, stopped David Johnson grabbing a hatful.

The Ipswich goal produced the inevitable thrilling finale with a disputed penalty shout and enough goalmouth scrambles to keep the Molineux faithful screaming for the whistle to end it all.

The win keeps Wolves' play-off hopes alive. Defeat for Ipswich, even in the topsy-turvy world that is the First Division, left Burley praying for a return to their best form in front of goal.

Daily Telegraph

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