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Ipswich Town (0) 1 - 1 (1) FC Sartid

UEFA Cup 1st Round, 1st Leg 2002-03

Thursday, September 19, 2002

Referee: Tomasz Mikulski

Manager: George Burley

Portman Road 19:45

Attendance: 16,933

Manager: Jovica Skoro

Match Number: 2959

Goals

Home
 Alun Armstrong (56)
Away
 Mirosavljevic (32)

Substitutions

Away
BogdanovicKizic (50)
RadosavljevicSavic (67)

Cards

Home
 
Away
 Mirosavljevic 
 Paunovic 
 Savic 
 Dejan Kekezovic 

Teams

Away

Zilic

Paunovic

Spasic

Socanac

Radosavljevic

Bogdanovic

Ramovic

Vaskovic

Dejan Kekezovic

Mirosavljevic

Zecevic

Substitutes

Away

Rankovic

Branezac

Kulic

Zivanovic

Djokic

Kizic

Savic

Match Report

Forty Year Record Preserved. Just.By ChevBlue

Town maintained their unbeaten European home record, a run that stretches back forty years to September 1962 and has included 30 home games, but did nothing to suggest that there is likely to be another home tie in the near future.

This was a poor performance against a well organised FC Sartid but one that had failed to beat Bangor City in the first leg of their qualifying round tie in Wales.

Town had the better of the opening stages of the game but ended the half being booed off the field by a good percentage of the crowd.

They should have gone ahead in the 12th minute but Darren Ambrose struck wide from 12-yards after receiving a cross from Herman Hreidarsson and then beating off the attentions of a Sartid defender.

The Yugoslavs passed the ball around well, looked threatening on the break and punished some sloppy defensive cover by Ipswich after 30 minutes.

Town lost possession on the right wing and a slip by Mark Venus allowed in Mirosavljevic who easily beat Andy Marshall with a crisp shot from 10 yards out.

Town continually over-passed the ball in the final third of the field with no one seemingly wishing to take responsibility for a shot on goal although Alun Armstrong almost levelled for the Town just before the break when he latched onto an excellent through ball from Pablo Counago.

Burley’s half-time team talk had some effect with Town pressing with some urgency for an equaliser, which duly came after 56 minutes.

John McGreal sent a floating cross into the area and Alun Armstrong hit a downward shot into the ground and past Zilic in the Sartid goal.

Town pressed for a further goal and minutes later Jamie Clapham’s header was tipped onto the bar by the visiting ‘keeper.

Sartid appeared to be tiring and in an effort to stop the flow of the game employed some infuriating time wasting tactics. Player after player went to the ground after innocuous challenges by Town players, writhing in agony as if felled with a machete, and using up as much time as possible when the trainer attended to them.

With quarter of an hour left to play Tommy Miller wasted a great chance, heading wide from a cross by Finidi George.

In injury time Kekezovic was dismissed by the Polish referee for his second bookable offence of the game but there was no time left for Town to take advantage of the extra man.

Sartid must now have the edge in the tie, with an away goal and home advantage in the second leg. Having preserved their excellent home record in European competition to me it would be no disaster to exit from UEFA Cup in two weeks time and concentrate on the more pressing matter of returning to the Premiership.

Congratulations to my nephew who was in charge of the diesel supply for the generators that power the Portman Road floodlights for the first time last night. The only things that shone on the evening.

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