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Ipswich Town (0) 0 - 0 (0) Tranmere Rovers

Division 1 1999-00

Friday, November 12, 1999

Referee: M Messias

Manager: George Burley

Portman Road

Attendance: 14,514

Manager: Unknown

Match Number: 2822

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Match Report

Ipswich Town 0 Tranmere Rovers 0

DAVID JOHNSON, the Ipswich striker paraded by Scotland as their newest international recruit before being embarrassingly declared ineligible, could not put that disappointment behind him by rediscovering his goal-scoring form against Tranmere Rovers last night.

In a game which began slowly with Jamie Clapham's well-saved 20-yard shot rousing the only spark of interest in the first quarter-of-an-hour, Portman Road was brought to life with Jermaine Wright's 18th-minute corner. Cleared off the line by Ruben Hazell and with Johnson ready to pounce, Ipswich followed up with their most threatening spell of the half and should have taken the lead four minutes later.

Johnson was upended by Steve Yates in the Tranmere area but Mark Venus saw his spot-kick turned past the post by the impressive Joe Murphy, his second penalty save in the last three attempts.

The Tranmere stopper received a scare from Wright's 25-yard shot and his own defender Yates almost heading past him, but he managed to keep a clean sheet going into the interval.

Tranmere finished the half the stronger. Alan Mahon's angled shot just going over the bar of Richard Wright's goal on 34 minutes and nine minutes later Wright nearly paid the price for venturing out of his goal but the ball was cleared.

Although the visitors have lost six of their away League games this season, they have three wins from their last five outings compared with an Ipswich side whose promotion assault has stuttered recently.

Hoping to catch Ipswich on the counter-attack, manager John Aldridge's Merseyside outfit could have taken all three points had it not been for a smart save from Wright which denied Graham Allen plus some desperate defending which blocked Nick Henry's goal-bound shot late on.

Daily Telegraph

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