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Crewe Alexandra (0) 0 - 0 (0) Ipswich Town

Division 1 1997-98

Tuesday, October 21, 1997

Referee: G Frankland

Manager: Unknown

Gresty Road

Attendance: 4,730

Manager: George Burley

Match Number: 2703

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Match Report

Crewe Alexandra 0 Ipswich Town 0

Ipswich carved out most of the scoring chances in a lively game at Gresty Road but couldn't outwit Crewe goalkeeper Jason Kearton, who turned in a man of the match display.

Crewe stretched their unbeaten run to five games but had to scratch for openings although manager Dario Gradi said afterwards: "I thought it was an excellent game which neither side deserved to lose and if either team had nicked it no-one could complain."

Ipswich provided nearly all the early pressure with England Under-21 international Kieron Dyer causing most of the problems for Crewe with his surging runs on the right.

Bobby Petta flashed an angled drive into the side netting as Ipswich warmed to their task and Kearton saved Crewe with successive blocks from Matthew Holland and Alex Mathie.

Crewe's only real chance of the same period was wasted by Ashley Westwood who half hit his shot from Kenny Lunt's free kick and the effort was hacked clear by goalkeeper Richard Wright.

Practically the best chance Ipswich had all match fell to midfield man Mick Stockwell who broke clear but steered his shot wide as Kearton advanced to cut down the angle.

Kearton produced a quality save to flick Dyer's 25-yard drive over the bar and Jason Dozzell, on-loan at his former club from Tottenham, had a header blocked on the goal-line.

Crewe showed more determination in the second-half but it was Ipswich who continued to call the tune and exert tremendous pressure on the home defence.

Dozzell wasted another great chance when he was foiled at point-blank range by Kearton.

And as the chapter of misfortunes continued for Town, Holland saw his shot blocked on the line after Dozzell had headed the ball down from Petta's corner.

Kearton used his feet to keep out Mathie's shot and Mark Rivers headed a Jason Cundy header off a line as Crewe continued to hold out by the skin of their teeth.

But at least the beseiged Crewe side managed to finish with a flourish as midfielder Phil Charnock smashed a searing drive over the Ipswich bar and Dele Adebola's header bounced over the top.

But really a victory for Crewe would have flattered them and would have represented daylight robbery for Ipswich who would have pocketed the three points had they possessed a dependable marksman.

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