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Everton (0) 0 - 3 (1) Ipswich Town

FA Carling Premiership 2000-01

Saturday, September 30, 2000

Referee: J Winter

Manager: Unknown

Goodison Park

Attendance: 32,597

Manager: George Burley

Match Number: 2865




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Match Report

Town storm to three-nil victory

Burley's barmy army marched on to further glory today when they stunned Goodison Park by storming to an easy 3-0 victory. A first half goal from John McGreal was followed up by a brace from Marcus Stewart. An out-of-sorts Everton never really threatened to spoil the party, and another prize premier scalp was taken. The Team news brought a big surprise when ‘Psycho' Richard Naylor was named in the starting eleven ahead of James Scowcroft. Scowie had been nursing a foot injury after the Millwall marathon, and Burley chose to use Naylor to form a new look and untried partnership with Marcus Stewart. Stewart himself was returning to replace Jonhno, while John McGreal kept his place in defence from Mark Venus. Ipswich began with the 4-4-2 formation which had looked so ‘awesome' against 9-men Millwall. Everton were missing Francis Jeffers but the cuddly Paul Gascoigne passed a fitness test, and took his place in midfield. They took to the field operating a 5-3-2 system. The game started at a slow tempo with neither team looking particularly interested. However, after only 4 minutes Ipswich showed their attacking potential. Hreidarsson raced down the left and played a good ball into the feet of Holland. After a scramble the ball eventually fell to Jermaine Wright, and his fierce volley was deflected for a corner. The early signs looked good, as Ipswich were beginning to impose their passing game on a rusty looking Everton. Gascoigne was running around kicking everyone, and even found time to fluff a free kick. Hreidarsson, who was already looking useful, again burst down the left, and squared for Naylor who headed over the bar. After 18 minutes the boys finally made their possession count. Super Jim swept in a lovely ball, which caught the Everton defence cold. It found an unmarked John Mcgreal, who rose high and headed perfectly home. As soon as it left Mcgreal's head it looked a certain goal, and what a sweet moment it must have been for Scouser Mcgreal, in only his second Premiership start. What a place for him to score his first Ipswich goal, and only his career 2nd. It sent the travelling fans berserk as the players celebrated. Everton's first real chance came in the 29th minute, after a break from Campbell. He thundered down the left channel and passed to Alexandersson. From 8 yards out his shot produced a tremendous save from Richard Wright. Wrighty parried the shot and thankfully the lines were cleared. The half wound down with Everton showing more urgency and chances for Town were coming less often. Richard Wright was looking very solid, and just before the whistle blew he made a good double save from Campbell and seconds later Alexandersson. It kept Town's slender lead in tact at a vital time (are you watching Kevin Keegan?). Half time: Everton 0, Ipswich 1. The half time drinks had only just been supped when magnificent Ipswich doubled their lead. While we were expecting Everton to come out all guns blazing, Naylor intercepted a Steve Watson pass, found space and cained it down the left channel. He drilled in an accurate cross to Stewart, who calmly found the net from six yards. They had caught Everton unawares, and made them pay dearly. Frustration was creeping to Everton's play, and as they huffed and puffed, Ipswich passed the ball around sweetly to slow play down. It wasn't long before what seemed the unbelievable happened. Unsworth played a back pass which Stewart pounced on and slotted home at his second attempt. This was Stewart's 4rd goal of the season, and he is now showing everyone just why Burley parted with £2.75 million for his services. He is not the quickest of players, and sometimes his touch looks dodgy to say the least, but he clearly has that ability to simply score goals. That's something you can't teach. It seemed too good to be true, and the Goodison faithful also ‘expressed' their disbelief in a slightly more critical manner. Poor David Unsworth, who I thought had not looked too bad in the first half, was amazingly booed by the home supporters every time he touched the ball. That will really help his confidence. He did play a bad ball, but much credit must go to Stewart who was onto it in a flash. With still ½ an hour to go, some of the so-called football passionate Merseysiders started creeping out. They obviously were not predicting a comeback, but it would not be the first time Town have chucked away a 3-0 lead. Straight after the goal it should have been 4, as Town seemed to be running riot. Naylor played a great ball into Stewart, but he was unable to convert it into his hatrick. Everton tried bringing on the Hughes', both Steven and old clogger Mark, in an attempt to turn the tide. Gascoigne was looking more effective in the second half, and went close with a header, but offered little throughout the 2nd half to worry the Town defence. Scowcroft came on to replace the hard working Naylor, and Johnson was also given 20 minutes to impress at the famous old ground. As the game finished for another memorable win, the Evertonian's that were still in the ground booed their own players off the pitch. They also sportingly applauded the Ipswich players as they made their way to the tunnel. Town had climbed to ninth in the league with this victory, something few of us would have imagined after 8 games. It was another great all round performance, with what is looking a very balanced Ipswich side. There is no weak department at present, and all credit must again go to Burley, whose team continues to surprise and impress at this level. I've no doubt the national media will all point to how terrible Everton were, and they did look poor, but the truth is we made them look bad. Full time: Everton 0, Ipswich 3 (it's so good to type that!)

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