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Saturday, 11 November, 2000, 18:38 GMT
Ipswich late show crushes Charlton
Matt Holland
Matt Holland showed his team-mates the way to goal
Ipswich 2-0 Charlton

Ipswich finally found the route to goal with two goals inside the final 11 minutes as the Suffolk club won the battle between two of the promoted clubs at Portman Road.

Matt Holland and Marcus Stewart were the goalscorers, but Ipswich who enjoyed huge amounts of possession struggled to make their domination pay and Charlton came close on a number of occasions in the first half.

The home side made an impressive start with Jamie Clapham highly prominent on the left, but it was from the right, appropriately through Jermaine Wright that their early chances came.

The former Crewe man tested Kiely from 20 yards before his excellent run led to both his effort and one from Scowcroft being blocked on the edge of the Charlton box.


"We've set our standards very high this season and now it's up to us to keep that going
  Ipswich boss George Burley
Despite Ipswich's early dominance it was Alan Curbishley's men who came closest to scoring.

Claus Jensen, who chose The Valley over Portman Road during the summer and was reminded of that by the home fans, met a Johansson cross at the near post and glanced it against the outside of the upright.

On 22 minutes Finnish striker Johannson wasted a great opportunity as he had only Richard Wright to beat following a swift Charlton break.

But the England keeper narrowed the angle and pushed Johansson's effort into the side-netting.

Mark Venus went close on two occasions, as Ipswich forced the pressure once again and Graham Stuart was shown the yellow card for a foul on Fabian Wilnis.

Team-mate Jon Robinson followed him into referee Steve Bennett's notepad for arguing with the decision.

Marcus Stewart
Marcus Stewart netted his seventh of the season

As the first half drew to a close both sides wasted further chances. First Johansson drew a fine save out of Wright with an effort that took a slight deflection off Hreidarsson.

Then at the other end a Venus corner broke off Stewart and was headed off his own goal line by Mark Kinsella.

The second period began in much the same vein as the first. Clapham grazed the outside of Kiely's left post from the edge of the area then Hreidarsson's headed over from Wright's corner.

Stewart blazed the ball across the face of goal when Scowcroft was well placed before Bramble replaced Wilnis and Charlton brought on Salako for Robinson.

Charlton's Karim Bagheri became the first Iranian to play in the Premiership when he replaced Svensson for the last 18 minutes while Ipswich tried Naylor in place of Scowcroft.

I think both clubs have given themselves a bit of a chance of survival this season
  Charlton boss Alan Curbishley

But just as it looked like the breakthrough would never arrive Ipswich ensured that their record of scoring in every Premiership match this season remained intact.

Matt Holland, in his 183rd consecutive appearance for the Suffolk team, turned away from his Republic of Ireland colleague Mark Kinsella before blasting the ball home from 18 yards.

Once he had showed the route to goal, top scorer Stewart followed his lead, netting his seventh of the season. He looped the ball over Shields and Brown's efforts on the line were to no avail.

A Kiely error should have presented Clapham with a third but the former Tottenham man toe-poked the ball past an unattended goal.

It was a deserved victory for the home team, but they made their fans wait.

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

Charlton: Kiely, Powell, Stuart, Kinsella, Robinson, Brown, Shields, Jensen, Johansson, Svensson, Fish.
Subs: Konchesky, Todd, Salako, Bagheri, Caig.

Referee: S Bennett (Orpington)

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