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Ipswich Town (1) 5 - 3 (2) Bolton Wanderers

Division 1 Play-Off Semi-Final, 2nd Leg 1999-00

Wednesday, May 17, 2000

Referee: B Knight

Manager: George Burley

Portman Road

Attendance: 21,543

Manager: Unknown

Match Number: 2854


 Jim Magilton (18)
 Jim Magilton (49)
 Jim Magilton (90)
 Jamie Clapham (94)
 Martijn Reuser (109)
 Holdsworth (6)
 Holdsworth (39)
 Johnston (50)




 Warhurst (35)
 Ritchie (40)
 Holdsworth (42)
 Johnston (66)
 Johansen (77)
 Mike Whitlow (90)
 Robbie Elliott (97)
 Phillips (108)
 Passi (114)





Mike Whitlow






Robbie Elliott








Match Report

Ipswich Town 5 Bolton Wanderers 3

IPSWICH TOWN overcame their play-off hoodoo to reach Wembley for the first time since 1978 on a turbulent evening in which they came from behind three times to secure a dramatic extra-time victory at Portman Road.

Jim Magilton scored a hat-trick amd had a penalty saved. Bolton, who received 10 yellow cards and were reduced to nine men after having Mike Whitlow and Robbie Elliott dismissed, are certain to face stern action from the Football Association.

Bolton had gone ahead within six minutes and only another 11 had passed when Ipswich restored parity in a tempestuous start to a fascinating game.

Mistakes early on suggested that nerves were already frayed and it was not a surprise when the visitors took the lead though there was a question over the legality of Elliott's challenge on Richard Wright.

The Ipswich defence seemed to stop, expecting a whistle, but Dean Holdsworth reacted quickest, prodding the ball into the bottom corner and referee Barry Knight, watching from close quarters, gave the goal.

Ipswich drew level with the first penalty of the evening. Bolton had already shown a cavalier approach in the tackle and when Magilton played an exchange of passes with David Johnson, the Irishman was hauled down by Holdsworth.

A 15-man brawl ensued but it soon calmed down, allowing Magilton to convert the penalty to Jussi Jaaskelainen's right.

Ipswich had been able to include Johnson just three days after the player had required X-rays to check on a neck injury sustained in the first leg when Bolton were leading 2-0.

Stewart's two goals earned Ipswich a draw at the Reebok Stadium but they found themselves trailing again before last night's interval.

In the 35th minute, Mowbray fouled Allan Johnston and after Claus Jensen and Elliott had run over the ball Holdsworth placed it beyond Wright and into the far corner.

Still feelings were running high and, in the 44th minute, Bolton's players were guilty of verbally assaulting Knight, who had just awarded a second penalty kick after Stewart was adjuged to have been fouled by Paul Ritchie.

Even if the decision was harsh there was no justification for the behaviour of at least half a dozen players who ran as one to the official.

It was similar to the scenes at Old Trafford when Andy D'Urso faced the full angst of Roy Keane, Jaap Stam and Co. This time, the complaints were led by Whitlow, Gudni Bergsson, Paul Warhurst, Claus Jensen, Michael Johnsen and Ritchie.

So vociferous did it become that Knight, who was under so much pressure he was unable to show any yellow cards, took refuge behind three stewards. But even as Magilton stepped back to take the kick, Warhurst seemed to say something and the row continued again.

Predictably, when Magilton eventually got to take the kick, he sent it the same way and this time Jaaskelainen was able to push it around the post.

The excitement of this remarkable game continued into the second half in which both sides scored inside the first five minutes.

In the 49th minute, Magilton made amends for his penalty miss when he evaded a challenge from Whitlow, ghosted past Warhurst and Ritchie and drove a magnificent half volley beyond Jaaskelainen.

But Portman Road descended to a deadly hush when, within a minute, Bolton regained their lead, Johnston hammering a quite stunning 35-yard volley over Wright to give Bolton a 5-4 aggregate lead.

After Magilton had claimed a last-minute equaliser in normal time, Bolton had Whitlow sent off soon after and, four minutes into extra time, Jamie Clapham converted a penalty.

Bolton were reduced to nine men when Elliott was sent off and in the 109th minute Martijn Reuser scored Ipswich's fifth goal of the night.

Daily Telegraph

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