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Ipswich Town (1) 2 - 1 (1) Huddersfield Town

Division 1 1995-96

Wednesday, May 1, 1996

Referee: M Pierce

Manager: George Burley

Portman Road

Attendance: 17,473

Manager: Unknown

Match Number: 2631

Goals

Away
 Thornley 

Substitutions

Away
CollinsBaldry
ThornleyWard

Cards

Home
 Simon Milton (66)
Away
 

Teams

Away

Francis

Jenkins

Cowan

Bullock

Scully

Gray

Collins

Makel

Booth

Jepson

Thornley

Substitutes

Away

Baldry

Ward

Match Report

Ipswich Town 2 Huddersfield Town 1

IPSWICH ended this thrilling contest with their season still very much alive while all that beckons for Huddersfield is the summer holidays. It was a play-off in itself - a destination for which Ipswich now appear to be heading after Alex Mathie's late winner.

Another victory on Sunday, at home to Millwall, will be enough to extend their campaign by a further three weeks with the possibility of a Premiership prize at the end of it. Certainly the force seems to be with the men from Suffolk.

After Mathie's 84th-minute decider it took a magnificent save from Richard Wright to secure all three points.

Huddersfield gave everything they had but their away form has been their downfall and the win they needed to keep their own ambition intact would not come. Still, they can feel proud to come so close.

It could have been another story as the two sides traded blow for blow. Having gone in front through Ben Thornley in the 24th minute the visitors threatened to pile on the agony for Ipswich with Andy Booth impressively leading the assault.

He sent one thumping effort narrowly wide and in the second half rapped the post from a difficult angle. In the dying minutes he thought he had brought the scores level, only for Wright to plunge to his left to save.

Ipswich had to demonstrate their mettle having gone behind, and again when Simon Milton was ordered off midway through the second half for a second bookable offence. Mathie's equaliser, in stoppage time at the end of the opening 45 minutes, steadied them and gave them something to aim at.

His second, a composed finish beyond the advancing Steve Francis, was his 19th of the season and put him on level terms with his attacking partner Ian Marshall who set up the chance.

Daily Telegraph

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