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Ipswich Town (1) 3 - 1 (0) Crystal Palace

Division 1 1996-97

Thursday, December 26, 1996

Referee: G Singh

Manager: George Burley

Portman Road

Attendance: 16,020

Manager: Unknown

Match Number: 2663

Goals

Away
 Gordon 

Substitutions

Away
EdworthyHopkin
QuinnMcKenzie
DyerFreedman

Cards

Home
 
Away
 

Teams

Away

Day

Edworthy

Gordon

Roberts

Tuttle

Quinn

Muscat

Ndah

Shipperley

Dyer

Veart

Substitutes

Away

Hopkin

Freedman

McKenzie

Match Report

Ipswich Town 3 Crystal Palace 1

A GLIMPSE of Palace colours is all it takes to transform Ipswich into goalscoring dervishes. This was a convincing scoreline, their most impressive since Palace were last at Portman Road for a Coca-Cola Cup tie two months ago and conceded four.

It makes it all the sweeter for local satisfaction that Dave Bassett was again on the end of a heavy Suffolk punch. Following the League game between the sides at Selhurst Park the Palace manager had rebuked Ipswich for their negativity.

Palace could have legitimate qualms about the way they fell behind after a debatable penalty a minute from the interval when David Tuttle was ruled to have fended off Paul Mason's touch with his left hand. Adam Tanner's conversion had Bassett raging: "It was a pathetic decision, I wish I could think of a better word for it. We did not deserve to go behind and at the end I am thinking 'how have we lost this one by three?'."

The visitors twice came close in the second half, through Carl Veart and Neil Shipperley, but Mason's marvellous volley from well outside the area deserved to be a match-winner on its own.

That put Ipswich 2-0 ahead and Bassett sent on David Hopkins and Dougie Freedman to give his side a vital edge in front of goal. A Dean Gordon penalty, when Shipperley was pulled down, lifted their spirits but with 11 minutes remaining Richard Naylor made it three with his first League goal.

Daily Telegraph

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