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Ipswich Town (0) 0 - 1 (1) Southampton

FA Cup 3rd Round 1999-00

Monday, December 13, 1999

Referee: Unknown

Manager: George Burley

Portman Road

Attendance: 14,383

Manager: Unknown

Match Number: 2828




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Match Report

Ipswich Town 0 Southampton 1

GIVEN the league form of the teams in their respective divisions, this must go down as another FA Cup third-round upset. Ipswich, fourth in Division One, had the better of Premiership opponents who again have one eye on relegation, but the home team did not have the strength or finishing power to capitalise on some neat build-up play.

Southampton's reward for this victory is a fourth-round tie against Aston Villa. They have had mixed fortunes at Villa Park this season, winning in the Premiership but losing in the Worthington Cup.

The visitors called on their experience to overcome Ipswich in a tie that rarely quickened the pulse. A header by Dean Richards four minutes before the interval proved decisive and while Ipswich had more of the play, for all their huff and puff there was no final product.

Southampton defended sensibly and comfortably. The nearest Ipswich came to scoring was in the 73rd minute, when a shot by Richard Naylor struck team-mate Jonas Axeldal. It was not their night.

Ipswich started positively, forcing three corners in the opening two minutes. The First Division side had the better of a generally sterile first half in which promising moves petered out.

Southampton created problems for themselves by giving the ball away, which allowed the home team to maintain the initiative.

Ipswich were particularly dangerous down the right, where Fabian Wilnis combined well with David Johnson, who was a constant danger with his pace and movement. However, Southampton had a good chance to take the lead in the 16th minute when Marian Pahars beat John McGreal and Richard Wright did well to parry his close-range shot.

Ipswich had a promising spell 10 minutes before the interval. First Wilnis put Johnson free, but the Ipswich striker's attempted lob went straight into Paul Jones's hands, then Wilnis crossed from the right and Johnson's firm header was saved. Continuing the pressure on Southampton's defence, Johnson flicked the ball to James Scowcroft, who forced a diving save from Jones with a left-foot shot.

Against the run of play, Southampton broke the deadlock after 40 minutes. From Jo Tessem's long free-kick on the right, Richards got away from Tony Mowbray and scored with a glancing header which went past Wright from 15 yards. It was Southampton's first goal for 408 minutes.

The second half continued the pattern of the first, Ipswich taking the game to Southampton without seriously troubling Jones.

The visitors defended comfortably, forcing Ipswich to shoot from outside the penalty area in search of the equaliser. In a rare attack, Southampton won a 67th minute corner on the left and from the cleverly worked move Richards again lost Mowbray, but this time the defender's header hit the crossbar.

The disappointing attendance of 14,383 reflected the trend from the weekend and while Christmas shopping was a contributary factor then, the cold, damp weather last night was not an incentive to leave the warmth of home.

Daily Telegraph

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