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"It was a strange, passionless afternoon."
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Saturday, 4 November, 2000, 17:06 GMT
Toon halt Town charge
Nol Solano and Hermann Hreidarsson
Nol Solano flashes a shot across the Ipswich goal
Newcastle 2-1 Ipswich

Bobby Robson came out on top in the battle between master and pupil at St James' Park as two goals from Alan Shearer saw Newcastle come from behind to beat Ipswich.

As the only side to have scored in every Premiership match this season, Ipswich, under the stewardship of Robson's former Portman Road right-back George Burley, maintained that record inside the opening 12 minutes.

Hermann Hreidarsson made a surging run down the left side and picked out Jermaine Wright at the far post with a deep cross.

The former Crewe man saw his first effort blocked by Speed then Given was at full stretch to block his second shot, but the ball fell to Stewart who fired into the roof of the net for his sixth goal of the season.


The referee was about 50 or 60 yards from it, Alan Shearer falls, the crowd shouts penalty and he gives them a penalty. But sometimes when you come away from home to a big stadium like this the decisions go against you.
  George Burley

Gary Speed almost levelled matters three minutes later but he thundered a header past Richard Wright's left post from a Solano corner.

Blasted

But on 21 minutes the home side did equalise as Alain Goma's long ball caught the Ipswich defence square and Alan Shearer controlled the ball on his chest before blasting the ball across Wright with his left foot.

Within a minute Domi almost added another, forcing Wright to tip over a searing drive after Venus failed to clear a Cordone cross.

But Ipswich fought back and after good work by Clapham was cruelly ended by Lee, Magilton curled a free-kick over Given's crossbar.

Hreidarsson and Clapham were providing excellent width for Ipswich on the left and after forcing a corner the giant Icelander headed wide at the far post.

Alan Shearer
Alan Shearer got back on the Premiership goal trail
After Speed went close once again for the home team, Ipswich were denied by one of their former stars as Kieron Dyer cleared a Matt Holland header from a Wright corner off his own goal line.

Productive

Steve Caldwell was introduced just before the break in place of Solano but after a bright and productive first half the sides went in level.

Caldwell's introduction enabled Bobby Robson's side to adapt to a 4-4-2 formation with Lee moving forward from his unaccustomed sweeper's role.

After a quiet opening to the second period both sides freshened their attack's with Lua Lua replacing Cordone for Newcastle and Ipswich sending on Johnson and Scowcroft for Naylor and Stewart.


I thought Alan Shearer was absolutely outstanding. I thought he was an absolute man. He gave a great exhibition of centre-forward play.
  Bobby Robson

On 66 minutes Newcastle took the lead and the creation and execution of the goal had plenty of similarities to the first goal.

Again a long ball forward, this time from Caldwell, set Shearer away and though Venus got back to challenge him he did so unfairly and conceded a penalty. Shearer stepped up to send Wright the wrong way and notch his seventh goal of the season.

Ipswich sent on Reuser in place of Hreidarsson before Acuna became the first name into the referee's notebook for a late challenge on Magilton.

From the resultant free-kick Ipswich wasted a great opportunity to level. The set-piece from Venus was headed on by Scowcroft but McGreal volleyed over from a great position.

A scramble in the Newcastle area following a free-kick saw Scowcroft slice high and wide when well placed but that was the last time the visitors threatened.


Newcastle: Given, Domi, Goma, Acuna, Lee, Dyer, Shearer, Speed, Solano, Cordone, Hughes.
Subs: Bassedas, Harper, Glass, Lua-Lua, S. Caldwell.

Ipswich: R. Wright, Wilnis, Clapham, McGreal, Venus, Hreidarsson, Magilton, Holland, Stewart, Naylor, J. Wright.
Subs: Johnson, Scowcroft, Salmon, Bramble, Reuser.

Referee: A Wiley (Burntwood)

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