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Ipswich Town (1) 1 - 2 (1) Bradford City

Nationwide League Division One 2002-03

Monday, August 26, 2002

Referee: FG Stretton

Manager: George Burley

Portman Road 15:00

Attendance: 25,457

Manager: Nicky Law

Match Number: 2955


 Darren Bent (14)
 Evans (24)
 Proctor (83)


AthertonJacobs (59)
StandingJorgenson (77)
CadamarteriJuanjo (86)


 Atherton (53)





















Match Report

City stun promotion favourites Opposition Report From The Terrace

To supporters who regularly travel away from home, home performances count for much less than away performances. Defeats can make the distance back home seem ten-fold, but victory is all the sweeter. And last night at Portman Road, the most unlikeliest of away wins did much to prove that.

It was City's first ever win at Ipswich, and just their tenth victory on the road since we edged out the same side for promotion to the Premiership back in May 1999. And to put the icing on the cake of such an unexpected victory was that City thoroughly deserved it, and the fans even more so.

For whatever reason, the game had been put back to an evening kick-off, further reducing the number of supporters making the long trip south. While we struggle to even muster a decent home crowd, Ipswich, who are expecting immediate promotion, do not. While 20-odd thousand locals politely applauded the action, let a gentle whoop of jubilation at the goal and barely got annoyed, the couple of hundred hardy souls in the away end did not shut up, ready for defeat, and just sung to their hearts content.

That defeat looked on the cards, when the Darren Bent turned in Darren Ambrose's cross for the home side to take the lead after just 14 minutes. It was their second foray forwards and their first effort on goal - another Leicester-esque score was in the offing.

But City maintained their own pressure. Michael Proctor had already fired over before the goal and shortly afterwards, Danny Cadamarteri was guilty of an even worse miss. Shoddy marking left him totally in the clear but he could only fire over with his left foot.

After 24 minutes, City equalised from pretty much the same spot as they took the lead two years ago. On that occasion, a free-kick was touched for Benito Carbone to score a fantastic goal. This time, Paul Evans needed no touch as he his free-kick sailed from a stationary position past Andy Marshall.

City were back in the game and back with a vengeance. They continued to defend resolutely, and at the other end maintain their hunt for a glorious winner. Several much better chances had been scorned when first Evans and Cadamarteri fired even more warning signs.

The ex-Everton player was industrious down the left hand side, and was his dribbling could not do, his pace did. Taking three men out he laid on the ball for Evans. City's goalscorer had his shooting boots on and tried his luck from all of 40 yards. Everyone was stunned when the ball thudded off the crossbar. Shortly after, Cadamarteri this time cut inside to fire into the side netting.

But with time running out, loan signing Proctor did what his usual team-mates in the North East have failed to do so far this season and hit the net. In the first half he had seen a great chance turned wide by Marshall. This time, his turn and shot was too good for the ex-Norwich stopper.

City were in wonderland. Ipswich poured forward in search of an equaliser and very nearly got one. But City defenders and Aidan Davison in goal threw themselves at everything. On the one occasion they were beaten, ex-Huddersfield striker, Marcus Stewart could only watch in despair as his effort came back off the woodwork.

At the moment, City remain one of the most unpredictable sides in the division. It is highly probably anyone trying to predict City's results would have got every single one wrong. If City can maintain such levels of unpredictably and inconsistency, then mid-table will be within easy reach. Some semblance of form and who knows what position is possible.

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