since 1878
sql/match-reports/1997-98/1998-1-17-0.htm

Middlesbrough (0) 1 - 1 (0) Ipswich Town

Division 1 1997-98

Saturday, January 17, 1998

Referee: M Dean

Manager: Unknown

Riverside Stadium

Attendance: 30,081

Manager: George Burley

Match Number: 2723

Goals

Home
 Pearson 
Away
 David Johnson 

Substitutions

Home
CampbellVickers

Cards

Home
 Gianluca Festa (17)
Away
 

Teams

Home

Schwarzer

Maddison

Kinder

Gianluca Festa

Pearson

Mustoe

Hignett

Townsend

Beck

Merson

Campbell

Substitutes

Home

Vickers

Match Report

Middlesbrough 1 Ipswich Town 1

This was the right result for a match played in difficult conditions which see-sawed one way and then the other and provided plenty of thrills.

Ipswich had the better of the opening quarter of an hour with Mick Stockwell going close.

Then in the 17th minute, David Johnson found himself clear on goal, only to be brought down from behind by Italian defender Gianluca Festa.

The result, a red card for Festa and boos for Johnson thereafter from the passionate 'Boro fans in a packed Riverside Stadium.

Going down to ten men seemed to lift the home side and they took the initiative, with Richard Wright having to make three excellent saves, and Mustoe hitting the crossbar in the last minute of the half.

Town came back strongly in the early part of the second period, although Wright again saved them with a superb block from Beck's header.

Manager George Burley decided on the hour to change the system and bring on Alex Mathie as a third striker in place of young Wayne Brown who had enjoyed a good debut.

Ironically, three minutes later, 'Boro took the lead.

The dangerous and classy Merson won a free kick, took it himself and Nigel Pearson sent a fine header in off the crossbar.

Ipswich then took over and began to make the extra man count.

After Schwarzer had denied Johnson with a brilliant save, the little striker scored his ninth goal of the season in the 77th minute.

Stockwell's cross was headed back by Scrowcroft for Johnson to react quickly and head in.

Either side could have won it in the last ten minutes, although Town had more opportunities - the best one falling to Mathie in stoppage time, but again Schwarzer was there to stop his well-struck shot.

Club captain Tony Mowbray, who received a tremendous ovation on his return to a club where he spent 12 years, was in agreement with his manager that a draw was a fair result and one that Ipswich, who were without Dyer, Venus, Cundy and Petta, would have settled for before the match.

Burley said of the sending-off incident: "David was brought down - it's as simple as that." He added that boos from the crowd "didn't bother" the Town star.

However, 'Boro manager Bryan Robson claimed Festa was innocent.

TEAM: Wright, Stockwell, Taricco, Williams, Mowbray, Brown, Tanner, Holland, Johnson, Scrowcroft, Clapham. Subs: Mathie (for Brown, 60 mins), Milton (not used), Sonner (not used).

Match Gallery

Content

1997-98 Reports