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Stoke City (1) 1 - 1 (0) Ipswich Town

Division 1 1997-98

Saturday, February 7, 1998

Referee: M Pike

Manager: Unknown

Britannia Stadium

Attendance: 11,416

Manager: George Burley

Match Number: 2728

Goals

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 Holsgrove 
Away
 Matt Holland 

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McMahonGabbiadini

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Away
 Mauricio Taricco (80)

Teams

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Muggleton

Pickering

McKinlay

Sigurdsson

Whittle

Keen

Holsgrove

Wallace

McMahon

Scully

Kavanagh

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Macari

Gabbiadini

Match Report

Stoke City 1 Ipswich Town 1

Matt Holland headed his seventh goal of the season 12 minutes from time to deny new Stoke boss Chris Kamara his first win in charge.

Holland stole in at the far post to net a firm downward header from substitute Danny Sonner's corner.

The goal rewarded strong second-half pressure from Ipswich after they had gone behind to Paul Holsgrove's first goal for Stoke.

George Burley's side, who have now lost just once in 11 games, always looked likely winners after they levelled but were rocked when Mauricio Taricco was sent off for a second bookable offence.

Stoke skipper Larus Sigurdsson, just back from international duty with Iceland, was soon in the thick of the action to deny Mike Stockwell after a poor defensive header by Ray Wallace.

But Stoke sprung to life in the 11th minute when a flowing move ended with Graham Kavanagh firing narrowly wide from Gerry McMahon's pass.

And the home side gave their fans some much-needed cheer when they took a 15th-minute lead through Holsgrove, who slid the ball home at the far post after Kavanagh cleverly dummied a low cross from Tosh McKinlay.

The goal did wonders for City's confidence and Sigurdsson almost doubled their lead when his header from Kevin Keen's centre was brilliantly saved by Richard Wright.

Ipswich were almost handed an equaliser when a defensive lapse enabled Alex Mathie to force a fine reflex save by Carl Muggleton.

And the visitors began to build up a head of steam with Jamie Clapham twice going close before the interval. Ipswich re-shuffled at half time with Sonner replacing Gus Uhlenbeek, resulting in positional changes for Taricco and Clapham.

And the visitors squandered an excellent chance to equalise in the 48th minute when Kieron Dyer failed to reach an inviting cross from Mathie.

Stoke replaced McMahon with Marco Gabbiadini in the 68th minute and Ipswich gambled with striker David Johnson coming on for midfielder Geraint Williams two minutes later.

The visitors then took control and they were only held at bay by gutsy Stoke defending until Holland struck.

Taricco's sending off, for a foul on Tony Scully, knocked them back but they still came closest to winning when Mathie's shot was saved by Muggleton.

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