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Wolverhampton Wanderers (1) 1 - 1 (1) Ipswich Town

Division 1 1997-98

Saturday, November 15, 1997

Referee: J Kirkby

Manager: Unknown

Molineux

Attendance: 21,937

Manager: George Burley

Match Number: 2709

Goals

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 Keane 
Away
 David Johnson 

Substitutions

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FergusonOsborn
SimpsonPaatalainen

Cards

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Away
 

Teams

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Stowell

Atkins

Gilkes

Robinson

Williams

Curle

Ferguson

Froggatt

Keane

Freedman

Simpson

Substitutes

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Paatalainen

Osborn

Match Report

Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 Ipswich Town 1

An outstanding performance by David Johnson earned Ipswich a point at Wolves - but it really should have been three.

Only a penalty save by goalkeeper Mike Stowell prevented the East Anglians recording their first away win of the season and condemning Wolves to their first home league defeat.

Wolves were booed off at the end by their fans, having gone right off the boil since raising the hopes of their followers with successive wins over Middlesbrough and Crewe earlier this month.

Wolves were in trouble almost from the start as Johnson, signed in a £1million deal from Bury on Thursday night, got to work.

He brought a diving save from Stowell after escaping the attentions of four markers and then completely carved open the home defence as he raced on to a pass from Kieron Dyer to pull back a centre following which Mick Stockwell failed to beat Stowell from only three yards.

Wolves also looked dangerous on the break, and Steve Froggatt and Paul Simpson both went close from long range.

But it was against the run of play when Wolves went in front in the 27th minute.

Dougie Freedman picked out Robbie Keane with a fine diagonal ball which the Irish teenager expertly blasted past goalkeeper Richard Wright.

Ipswich laid siege on Wolves' defence from that point, and only a brilliant interception from Adrian Williams on Stockwell kept the lead intact.

Then Ipswich shot themselves in the foot when defender Adam Tanner saw his weak penalty easily saved in the 36th minute, after Williams had brought down Johnson in full flight.

But former Manchester United reserve Johnson brought his side level in the 44th minute when he turned sharply to score left-footed at the near post, after Geraint Williams had found him with a short pass.

The second half was largely uneventful, although Wolves went close through both Froggatt, Keane and Michael Gilkes on the break.

Ipswich had most of the play and piled up a corner count well into double figures but lacked a killer instinct with Stockwell and Matt Holland both off target.

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