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Portsmouth (0) 0 - 1 (1) Ipswich Town

Division 1 1997-98

Monday, April 13, 1998

Referee: J Brandwood

Manager: Unknown

Fratton Park

Attendance: 15,040

Manager: George Burley

Match Number: 2741

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Match Report

Portsmouth 0 Ipswich Town 1

Ipswich Town moved a big step nearer a guaranteed play-off spot with an Easter Monday victory at one of their favourite away venues.

A single goal win doesn't sound too convincing but that was what this was. With better finishing, Town could have had four or five.

Ipswich got off to just the start they wanted with a goal after only eight minutes. Petta and Holland combined to set up Mathie, back in the side in place of Scowcroft, on the left.

The driven cross saw David Johnson control and, although his first shot was blocked, he showed great reactions to tuck away the rebound.

Portsmouth were shaken and, led by the dangerous Aloisi, they tried to come back. The Australian striker hit two efforts wide and Durnin shot just over the bar -- but at the other end, Flahavan was by far the busier keeper.

He saved from Johnson, Mathie and Stockwell, but was fortunate to see Petta's shot flash wide.

The last minute of the first half brought chances at both ends. Aloisi turned to shoot just past the post and then Thompson brought down Johnson in the area.

The little striker took the penalty himself but shot wide. Johnson said later he had had an attack of nerves.

The second half was a similar story of Ipswich domination and fine approach work. Stockwell twice got into great positions but missed the target and Mathie hit one just too high.

Wright had only one save to make, diving to stop a low Hillier drive, and Petta should have wrapped it up close to full time when further flowing football gave him a real chance seven yards out, but his shot was too high.

After Saturday when Tranmere played for a point, this was a different story. Portsmouth wanted to win and this left Ipswich space to play in. Dyer and Holland ran the midfield, Cundy and Mowbray were a solid barrier at the back.

Stockwell and Taricco on one side, and Clapham and Petta on the other, combined well out wide, and Johnson and Mathie were extremely mobile.

It was another impressive all-round team performance and it put Ipswich back in fifth place, needing five points from four matches to make absolutely sure of a prolonged season.

George Burley commented after the game: "The boys played an exceptional game and created a lot of chances - Kieron Dyer was superb today. It was an important three points for us and it was satisfying to see us move up one place. We were the only team in the top nine to move up today.

"I would like to thank those supporters who travelled to Portsmouth today - their support was outstanding and very much appreciated."

TEAM: Wright, Stockwell, Taricco, Dyer, Mowbray, Cundy, Clapham, Holland, Johnson, Mathie, Petta. Subs: Scowcroft (for Mathie, 88 mins), Venus (for Mowbray, 85). Unused: Sonner.

Attendance: 15,040.

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