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West Bromwich Albion (1) 1 - 1 (0) Ipswich Town

Division 1 1999-00

Tuesday, April 4, 2000

Referee: C Wilkes

Manager: Unknown

The Hawthorns

Attendance: 12,536

Manager: George Burley

Match Number: 2846

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West Bromwich Albion 1 Ipswich Town 1

THEY came to praise returning folk-hero Bob Taylor, but it was Lee Hughes who may have buried Ipswich Town's latest promotion dream.

West Bromwich Albion's Hughes was injured in the process of stealing the 43rd-minute goal which put Ipswich off their chance of reclaiming second place, but it was the visitors who were most hurt by this result.

Matt Holland's second-half equaliser meant Ipswich stayed fourth from the top, while Albion remain fourth off the bottom. But on the premise that the struggling teams, by definition, can expect to garner fewer points, this result was a boost for Gary Megson's team after three successive defeats.

Taylor, scorer of 113 Albion goals in six years before his two-year stint with Bolton, was one of five home debutants.

A three-goal defeat last night would have ushered Albion into the relegation zone, but instead the supporters' dream partnership of Taylor and Hughes gave them new impetus.

Albion statisticians might have been in fear of a team whom they had not beaten in 16 years. But Hughes's ice-breaker, when he nipped in to poke Richard Sneekes's pass through Richard Wright's legs, settled nerves. It was Albion's first goal at home against these opponents for a decade.

Ipswich knew a two-goal victory would lift them into second place. Indeed, they enjoyed the better of a quiet opening half-hour as David Johnson, curled a right-foot shot which Brian Jensen parried and then tested the Danish goalkeeper further with a neat 20-yard lob.

But Hughes's 16th goal of the season set the home fires burning, even it came at a cost. The striker was injured in colliding with Wright and failed to reappear for the second period, replaced by Fabian De Freitas.

Ipswich's leading marksman is enduring a lean period. Johnson, with 17 goals, has only been on target three times in 17 games now and he spurned an excellent invitation to equalise after 58 minutes.

Magilton and Johnson appeared to exchange words, at least, before the Jamaican was promptly substituted. Finally the visitors' quality told. Receiving Jamie Clapham's pass, Holland lifted the ball over the body of the advancing Jensen.

Yet three minutes from time, Taylor so nearly scored the winning goal the script needed. When De Freitas's shot was blocked, the ball ricocheted from Taylor's back against the inside of a post, but safely into the hands of Wright.

Daily Telegraph

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