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Ipswich Town (2) 3 - 0 (0) Port Vale

Division 1 1999-00

Saturday, April 8, 2000

Referee: S Baines

Manager: George Burley

Portman Road

Attendance: 19,663

Manager: Unknown

Match Number: 2847

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Match Report

Ipswich Town 3 Port Vale 0

THEY would rather not talk about it at Ipswich. When Portman Road's ear-splitting Tannoy is turned off at 3pm on a Saturday, a hush descends over the ground and each man and woman is left to their own thoughts. No singing, very little celebration and definitely no mentioning the play-offs.

Three times in the last three years Ipswich have failed at promotion's fickle knockout stage. Three goals against a miserable Port Vale team give no further clues as to whether they will be durable enough to survive the play-offs this time round.

The supporters even applaud the attendance announcement at Portman Road, and, one suspects, they would not object to clapping the groundsman, whose velvety playing surface is one of their greatest assets. The gentlefolk of Ipswich Town look the type who appreciate a good lawn - it cannot have pleased them to see David Johnson and Jim Magilton trading insults and blows at West Bromwich Albion last week.

Even the tightest of communities buckle under the strain occasionally and Magilton and Johnson will be glad to be relieved of some of the creative burden by Martijn Reuser, a player who should lend Ipswich fresh impetus in their promotion push.

The on-loan Ajax midfielder quickly assumed control of the midfield after coming on in the 70th minute. He set up Matt Holland's 82nd-minute goal with a through ball which the Ipswich captain slipped past Kevin Pilkington from just inside the area.

The home side took the lead in the 12th minute when Pilkington's parry of Jamie Clapham's shot could not prevent the ball looping to the back post.

James Scowcroft headed goalwards and the ball may have crossed the line before Pilkington batted it against defender Sagi Burton's backside. This final deflection led it to rest decisively in the net.

Johnson added the second on 39 minutes from Marcus Stewart's flick-on. Taking advantage of Mark Snijder's slip, he eluded Pilkington to slide the ball home. At Port Vale relegation is known as "it", George Burley calls the play-offs "them". For both these teams, the season's end is almost too terrible to contemplate.

Daily Telegraph

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