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Saturday, 27 January, 2001, 18:25 GMT
Dichio heads Ipswich out
Daniele Dichio
Dichio (bottom) was in great form against Ipswich
Sunderland 1-0 Ipswich

A first-half header from Daniele Dichio was enough to help Sunderland book their passage into the FA Cup fifth round at the expense of Ipswich.

Dichio met a cross from Don Hutchison to give Richard Wright, in the Ipswich goal, no chance.

The all-Premiership tie was a tense affair with both defences on red alert to combat the threat of Sunderland's Kevin Phillips and his opposite number Marcus Stewart.

But it was Dichio who had the majority of the clear-cut chances.

I think it was one we just about deserved to win, winning it with what I consider to be an outstanding goal.
  Sunderland manager Peter Reid
The sides, both in the top six of the Premiership, cancelled each other out in the opening minutes of the game.

Black Cats pressure

It took 17 minutes before the first shot in anger was struck.

Ipswich's Alun Armstrong slotted a pass through to Marcus Stewart who forced a great diving save from Thomas Sorensen.

  Match incidents
17 mins: Stewart forces diving save from Sorensen
19: Armstrong hits shot straight at Sorensen
23: Dichio heads Sunderland into the lead
50: Dichio shot hits post
Moments later Armstrong latched on to a hopeful ball from the back, while the Sunderland defence waited for offside, the striker ran through only for Sorensen to again deny Ipswich.

The Suffolk side were made to pay for their misses.

Sunderland defender Stanislav Varga spotted Hutchison whose elegant cross found the arriving Dichio's head.

The Black Cats put Ipswich under severe pressure during the opening 45 and were unlucky not to double their lead, with Dichio striking the ball marginally wide from 10 yards out.

The boys gave it their all today, but we didn't quite get back into the game when, on another day, we might have done
  Ipswich manager George Burley
It was a similar pattern at the start of the second half.

Dichio, enjoying a new lease of life with Niall Quinn on the bench, ran through on goal and poked a shot in front of the oncoming Ipswich 'keeper.

His effort was denied by the right-hand post.

It was to the credit of Sunderland's defence, marshalled by the impressive Varga, that Premiership top scorer Stewart was denied a shot on goal in the second period.

And for Peter Reid and his men that was enough for the win.

Sunderland: Sorensen, Gray, Williams, Craddock, Varga, Hutchison, McCann, Rae, Schwarz, Phillips, Dichio. Subs: Ingham, Makin, Oster, Kilbane, Quinn.

Ipswich: Richard Wright, Wilnis, McGreal, Venus, Bramble, Hreidarsson, Magilton, Holland, Jermaine Wright, Stewart, Armstrong. Subs: Branagan, Scowcroft, Naylor, Clapham, Reuser.

Referee: S Bennett (Orpington)

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