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Bury (0) 0 - 3 (0) Ipswich Town

Division 1 1998-99

Saturday, February 6, 1999

Referee: K Leach

Manager: Unknown

Gigg Lane

Attendance: 4,750

Manager: George Burley

Match Number: 2783

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Match Report

Bury 0 Ipswich Town 3

IPSWICH'S prodigious goalkeeping talent, Richard Wright, joins up with the England squad this week for the friendly against France, but he faces a more difficult challenge in making such spectacular progress in the domestic game.

His opposite number, Dean Kiely, who, like Wright, has been linked with the forthcoming vacancy between the sticks at Old Trafford, explained the frustrations confronting domestic talent in the face of the deluge of imported players.

He said: "If there weren't so many foreigners in the Premiership, Richard would definitely be there now.

"It can be disheartening when you slog your guts out for 46 games trying to get noticed and when the summer comes around the big clubs just go out and buy someone much more cheaply from abroad."

If United do not move for Wright, then his hopes of reaching the Premiership with Ipswich were at least boosted by this easy win. He had little chance to demonstrate his international pedigree, but the clean sheet was his 18th of the season, a record unsurpassed throughout the four divisions.

The game turned on the 49th-minute penalty, converted by Mark Venus, that broke Bury's dogged resistance. Ipswich striker David Johnson, signed from Bury last season, tumbled under Andy Woodward's challenge to earn the spot-kick despite the home side's protests.

Kiely had a few words with the referee. He said: "I just asked the referee if he had got a television because he must know Johnson's reputation and have seen him go down like that before."

Captain Tony Mowbray's first goal of the season and on-loan striker Marlon Harewood confirmed Ipswich's dominance.

Daily Telegraph

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