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Ipswich Town (0) 3 - 1 (1) Charlton Athletic

Division 1 1997-98

Saturday, March 7, 1998

Referee: P Richards

Manager: George Burley

Portman Road

Attendance: 19,831

Manager: Unknown

Match Number: 2735























Match Report

Ipswich Town 3 Charlton Athletic 1

Ipswich Town came from behind once again to notch up a fifth consecutive home League win over fellow play-off hopefuls Charlton Athletic.

The Blues made a sluggish start to the game and the visitors went ahead - but Town came storming back after the break.

Ipswich's leading scorer David Johnson had a good chance early on, but couldn't quite control a swirling cross from Mauricio Taricco six yards out.

That was the home side's only real chance in the first half hour as Charlton - the Divison's joint leading scorers before Saturday - took the game to Town.

They had appeals for a penalty turned down when Mark Bright fell as Tony Mowbray challenged, but got a goal on 22 minutes.

Jason Cundy failed to control the ball on a slippery surface and Clive Mendonca raced away to go around Richard Wright and slot home from a narrow angle.

Soon after, Taricco had to come to the rescue of his keeper after Wright's sliced punch looked set to fall to Bright who would have had an open goal, but for the Argentinian's desperate clearance.

A mistake by Charlton keeper Sasa Ilic almost allowed Town back into the game when he also mistimed a punch, the ball dropping to Bobby Petta whose left-foot drive cannoned off the top of the cross-bar.

Ipswich had another fortunate escape in first-half stoppage time when an off-balance Mendonca failed to make contact with a volley attempt, less than six yards from goal.

The home side looked far more confident after the break and Ilic had already saved efforts from Alex Mathie and Jamie Clapham before Micky Stockwell produced a superb 52nd minute equaliser.

The little midfielder had both feet off the ground when he caught the ball on the volley from the edge of the box, as a headed clearance fell to him, but he struck it brilliantly and it flew into the top corner.

Bright then saw a header land on the roof of Town's net, before Stockwell suffered a similar fate as he moved on to a Clapham cross.

A Mathie toe-poke from a Petta free-kick flew just wide before Ipswich's pressure paid off on 75 minutes as they went in front.

Mathie sent in a corner from the right, Mowbray headed it back into the danger zone and Cundy was quickest to the ball to head home.

Charlton decided to throw men forward at that point - and were caught on the break for the killer third goal two minutes from time.

Richard Rufus tried to keep Matt Holland's long ball in play to launch a Charlton attack, only to be robbed by Kieron Dyer.

The loose ball was picked up by Johnson who coolly slotted his shot under the advancing Ilic for his 16th goal for Town and 24th in total this season.

The win lifted Ipswich to fifth in the table and extended their unbeaten League run to 13 games - nine wins and four draws - with 31 points from 39 collected in that spell.

TEAM (played in 4-4-2 formation): Wright, Taricco, Mowbray, Cundy, Clapham, Stockwell, Holland, Dyer, Petta, Mathie (sub Scowcroft, 81 mins), Johnson. Unused subs: Sonner, Tanner.

Attendance: 19,831

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