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Saturday, 16 September, 2000, 16:41 GMT 17:41 UK
Ipswich pour more misery on Leeds
Jermaine Wright
Jermaine Wright celebrates putting Ipswich ahead
Leeds 1-2 Ipswich

Leeds' disappointing week continued as they slipped to defeat at the hands of Ipswich at Elland Road.

Jermaine Wright's well taken goal at the start of the second half handed Ipswich their first away victory of the season and their improved showing after the break merited the three points.

All had seemed so different in the early stages of the game as Gary Kelly's low centre from the right after three minutes was side-footed home from 10 yards by Lee Bowyer leaving Richard Wright with no chance.

But Ipswich were quickly back on level terms. Hermann Hreidarsson's miscued volley from a Marcus Stewart cross was headed beyond the reach of Nigel Martyn on 10 minutes by James Scowcroft.

Lee Bowyer
Lee Bowyer netted Leeds' early goal

And the visitors went close again on 24 minutes as Matt Holland latched on to a Jermaine Wright pass only to see his close range effort blocked by Danny Mills.

Referee Halsey chose to book Hreidarsson on 33 minutes for tugging the shirt of Alan Smith and moments later Michael Bridges curled a right footed effort over after cutting in from the left.


But it was Ipswich should have taken the lead on 38 minutes as John McGreal's cross from the right found Stewart unmarked at the far post but he headed the ball narrowly wide.

Ipswich were quickly out of the traps in the second half and within 90 seconds of the restart Jermaine Wright exchanged passes with Stewart before firing across Martyn to give the visitors the lead.

We had to dig deep but all credit to the boys they showed a lot of courage and in the end it came good for us.
  Ipswich boss George Burley
Leeds' frustrations were highlighted in Mills' late challenge from behind on Scowcroft that rightly resulted in a yellow card as a disappointing game briefly came to life.

Olivier Dacourt and Holland contested a loose ball with the Frenchman coming off the worse, before Wilnis was booked for a foul on Bridges.

Leeds didn't manage to force their first attempt of the second half until the hour mark when Smith headed a Bowyer corner well wide.


Huckerby went closer in the 66th minute as he got in behind the Ipswich defence but Wright got down well to save his toe-poked effort.

Not taking anything away from them, but we were well below form and they deserved to take the points.
  Leeds manager David O'Leary

McGreal was then shown the yellow card after checking the run of Bowyer as Leeds began to enjoy more of the possession.

But they were failing to create chances and Ipswich almost extended their lead on 82 minutes as Holland's far post header was well saved by Martyn.

Stewart tested Martyn once more, but Leeds, who have now lost twice at home to newly promoted sides, must surely be praying that their injury problems improve quickly.

Leeds: Martyn, Kelly, Harte, Duberry, Mills, Bowyer, Dacourt, McPhail, Smith, Bridges, Huckerby.
Subs: Robinson, Jones, Hay, Burns, Hackworth.

Ipswich: R. Wright, Wilnis, Clapham, McGreal, Magilton, Holland, J. Wright, Stewart, Scowcroft, Bramble, Hriedarsson.
Subs: Johnson, Salmon, Scales, Croft, Reuser.

Referee: M Halsey (Welwyn Garden City)

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