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Sunderland (1) 2 - 2 (2) Ipswich Town

Division 1 1997-98

Saturday, February 28, 1998

Referee: M Jones

Manager: Unknown

Stadium of Light

Attendance: 35,114

Manager: George Burley

Match Number: 2733

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 Phillips 

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Match Report

Sunderland 2 Ipswich Town 2

Goals were expected in this meeting of Division One's in-form sides and they did not disappoint in a thrilling game which ended with honours even.

More than 35,000 in the new Stadium of Light created a tremendous atmosphere and in a competitive, hard-fought encounter, expertly refereed by Mike Jones, no cards were issued.

Alex Mathie had the ball in Sunderland's net after just three minutes, but was offside.

However, Ipswich got the start they wanted after ten minutes when David Johnson leapt to flick a ball on to Mathie.

He astutely played in Bobby Petta, whose shot went in off the far post. Town's lead lasted just three minutes before Darren Williams met Johnston's corner at the far post with a downward header to equalise.

Ipswich continued to take the game to the home side and in the 29th minute, they built a move down the right-hand side.

Johnson fed the ball in to Mathie, who laid it off for Kieron Dyer to pick his spot from 16 yards.

Sunderland were stung and Wright, going the wrong way, blocked a fierce Clark drive with his legs.

But then, just before half-time, Petta missed a good chance he had created himself with a hasty finish over the bar.

The home fans expected Sunderland to raise their game for the second half and they were not let down.

Six minutes after the interval, Johnston crossed, Quinn headed down and Kevin Phillips, a player who almost joined Ipswich last summer, hooked acrobatically in.

Thereafter Sunderland applied most of the pressure without creating too many chances until the last five minutes when Richard Wright, playing with 13 stitches in his facial injury, twice saved Town with a brave dive at Phillips' feet and a brilliant reaction save from the same player's close-range effort.

Manager George Burley was satisfied with a point which keeps Ipswich knocking on the door of the play-off zone in seventh place.

The manager felt the side had shown their battling qualities and the same will be needed for the next game - against another of the challenging teams, fifth-placed Sheffield United, at Bramall Lane.

Town's recent run of success is fuelling speculation that Burley could be in line for a Manager of the Month award.

If he were to win, it would be his second such award at Portman Road, the last one coming in April 1997, when Town won all five of their games, without conceding a single goal.

TEAM: Wright, Stockwell, Taricco, Dyer, Mowbray, Cundy, Clapham, Holland, Johnson, Mathie, Petta. Subs: Scowcroft (for Petta, 56 mins), Sonner (for Johnson, 74), Tanner (not used).

Attendance: 35,114

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