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Leeds United (1) 1 - 2 (1) Ipswich Town

FA Carling Premiership 2000-01

Saturday, September 16, 2000

Referee: M Halsey

Manager: Unknown

Elland Road

Attendance: 35,552

Manager: George Burley

Match Number: 2861

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Town Stun Leeds

Ipswich today shocked the majority of the football world with a superb victory in Yorkshire. They surprised the headline writers by earning their 1st away win of the season, as they deservedly beat the Cider men 2-1 at Elland Road. Despite taking an early lead, an injury hit Leeds team never looked capable of stopping a determined Ipswich storming to memorable win, a win which was achieved in stylish fashion with a display of slick passing and dogged defending. The Blues condemned Leeds to more misery, fresh after their midweek spanking at the hands of Barcelona. Town bettered a weary Leeds team in every department, and the only disappointment was that they were not able to win by a bigger margin, to fairly reflect the domination of us 'minnows' from Suffolk. The Ipswich team was generally as expected, with out-of-sorts David Johnson being replaced by Marcus Stewart up front in partnership with Scowie. The only other change was Jon McGreal replacing Mark Venus. This meant we were to see yet another new central defensive partnership, with McGreal linking up with this time with young Titus. Hreidarsson moved to left back, while Wilnis kept his place as right back in a 4-4-2 formation. Holland also passed a fitness test to make his 174th appearance. No surprise there! A depleted Leeds team, was further weakened when influential skipper Lucas Radebe was sidelined after suffering concussion at the Nou Camp. He was replaced by Naarwich reject Danny Mills in defence, as Leeds took up a 4-3-3 formation. Despite the missing the likes of Woodgate and Kewell, it still looked a strong team on paper. Town Kicked off attacking the Don Revie stand, and to be honest, the early signs did not look good. Passes went astray, and soon Ipswich were on the back foot. Fabian Wilnis gave possession way twice in quick succession. Fabian has impressed recently, but it looked liked he was set to have one of his stinkers. Fortunately the Flying Dutchman seems to be made of sterner stuff these days, and recovered to enjoy an overall good performance. It took Leeds just four minutes to find the back of the net. Kelly dashed down the left flank, and centred to an unmarked Lee Bowyer. Bowyer did not connect cleanly, but his scuffed shot made its way to the bottom left corner of the net, passing the outstretched Wright. It was another weak goal to concede, and questions must again be raised about the Ipswich marking. Kelly was given too much space, and Bowyer was unchallenged. At this point the silent Town fans feared the worst. On the back of two defeats, memories of the 1996 relegation season were beginning to come flooding back as Elland Road erupted. But Burley's team is much stronger than when we last visited here, and began to show the type of resilience and skill which saw us promoted. The boys began to claw their way back into the match, and after 12 minutes Scowcroft got his first goal of the season. Stewart crossed the ball to an advancing Hreidarsson. He then flicked the ball to Scowie who calmly nodded the ball in the back off the net. Hreidarsson's flick may well have been a shot gone wrong, but we'll give him the benefit of the doubt, and it picked out Scowie to perfection. There was certainly no luck about the build up, which saw Town's goal a culmination of about 15 consecutive passes. Town were now flicking the ball around in the manner they did against Man Utd and Sunderland, as Leeds began to chase shadows. As the half wore on Chances were few and far between, but it was Ipswich were looking the most comfortable. McGreal marked his return with a superb tackle to disposes Huckerby, which had the town fans in raptures. The only other notable goal scoring chance of the half fell to Town. Stewart came connected with a McGreal cross, but was unable to score. He should have found the target, and knew it, but it was a good effort from the former Huddersfield man, who was enjoying his partnership with Scowcroft.Boos Greeted the Leeds Team from their Supporters at half time, while Town fans were more than happy with their players. Half Time: Leeds 1, Ipswich 1. The Second half kicked off in a similar manner to how the first had ended, with Ipswich looking very confident. After just two minutes Jermaine Wright scored in front of the Town fans to send the travelling army wild. He has been looking more and more classy in recent games, and created his own goal by bursting through and slotting a ball to the feet of Marcus Stewart. Jamma carried on to take the return pass from Stewart, and then fired the ball home from an angle. It was a sweet, sweet moment for Town, and oh, did Jermaine enjoy it. You could see from his celebrations how much it meant to him. He had a quiet time last season, with many questioning Burley signing him. He has found a new lease of life now and looks such a quality player. Ipswich were enjoying themselves, and rather than sit back, continued to frustrate Leeds by keeping the ball, and restricting them to a handful of half chances. As the half wore on Town fans began to sense it could be their day. Leeds began to find some urgency in the final twenty minutes, and Huckerby nearly equalised. He beat Hreidarsson with ease and should have done better with his shot, but could not find the power and Wrighty saved well.As Leeds pushed forward, it opened up the door for Ipswich to counter attacks, and we saw another couple of Bramble's rampaging runs through the middle. Holland should have made it 3-1 when he got on the end of a Jamma cross, but the header was aimed straight at Nigel Martin. It was a nervy final five minutes, but Leeds never really looked like equalising. They were given a free kick at the death, by a referee who started to give Leeds free kicks every Ipswich tackled for the ball, but the ball was hoofed high away from the target to the relief of the Town fans. The final whistle was met with jubilant celebrations from the Town fans, although the stadium was by now almost half empty as disgruntled Leeds fans had already made their feeling clear by heading for the exits. Much has predictably been made by the national media of the fact that this was an under strength Leeds team, and admittedly, this is true. But don't take anything away from Ipswich, as this was a very big win. I for one, was expecting us to be on the back of Leeds backlash after their dismal midweek showing, and I suspect, so were a few Leeds fans. Even with the injury list, they can still field a team of well known players. They probably underestimated us, and if teams continue to that, we will beat them. It gives renewed confidence that we can more than hold our own in this league, after the recent defeats against Leicester and Aston Villa. Bring on the Arsenal! McGreal looked a rock alongside the ever-improving Bramble, while Hreidarsson looked very competent in the left back role. Jermaine Wright seems to be finding life easier in the Premier League than the first division, and deservedly grabbed the winner. Up front, Scowcroft was a constant threat and formed an impressive partnership with Stewart. The only disappointment is perhaps Clapham, who although is no means playing badly, is not performing to the level we know he is capable of. A final word must go to Nigel Martin. He received a bit of flack from the Ipswich fans who started Chanting ‘England's number 2' to him. He laughed it off, and then gestured than he actually thought he was number 4 in the pecking order for the England jersey. It was a nice moment, and he received a round of applause by the Town fans.

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