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BBC Sport's Dave Woods
"Liverpool were generally second best"
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Ipswich manager George Burley
"It was a tremendous goal"
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Sunday, 10 December, 2000, 16:58 GMT
Ipswich outclass lacklustre Liverpool
Danny Murphy and Matt Holland
Danny Murphy slides in on Matt Holland
Liverpool 0-1 Ipswich

Ipswich claimed only their second ever victory at Anfield, as they outplayed an out-of-sorts Liverpool to move into third place in the Premiership.

Ipswich were all that Liverpool were not - fluent, cohesive and incisive, and they fully deserved the win as they took advantage of Gerard Houllier's back-firing squad rotation policy.

Houllier left Emile Heskey, who had scored 12 goals in 12 matches, on the bench and started the match with Michael Owen and Robbie Fowler in attack.

It was a decision the Liverpool boss may have begun to regret mid-way through the first half after watching his strikers take turns to miss gilt edged opportunities.


If I didn't rest Emile he would be drained and his form would slip
  Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier

Ipswich dominated the first 45 minutes playing some neat, controlled football and were rewarded as they went into the interval in the lead.

The visitors slick passing and movement was attractive to watch but ineffective until Marcus Stewart supplied the necessary cutting edge to open the scoring on the stroke of half-time.

Stewart raced in from the left, turned inside Stephane Henchoz and rounded Sander Westerveld before drilling the ball into the corner of the net.

It was a brilliant individual effort and Stewart's tenth goal of the season, but George Burley's side should have been behind by then.

Fowler and Owen were guilty of not converting good chances as Ipswich's defensive concentration lapsed.

With just ten minutes gone, Fowler's tame header from eight yards out bounced into the hands of Richard Wright and a quarter of an hour later Owen ran on to a low cross from Nicky Barmby and skewed his shot wide.

After the interval Liverpool increased the tempo and applied far more pressure on the Ipswich defence but could not find an equaliser.


We were playing against one of the big teams with world class players and we won because we had 100 per cent commitment
  Ipswich manager George Burley

The script was set for the introduction of Emile Heskey to play the role of Anfield saviour.

And when the striker broke free and had a clear run on goal barely five after minutes after coming on as substitute, it seemed as though he would play his part to perfection.

But Heskey hesitated with just Ipswich keeper Wright to beat and was disposessed by the recovering defenders when he really should have scored.

Liverpool continued to press and were unlucky not to draw level as Danny Murphy's 82nd minute free-kick hit the bar.

Just three minutes later Fowler's shot was cleared off the line by Wright's outstretched leg, but Ipswich remained disciplined in defence.

The visitors resilience was matched only by the home side's inept display and Burley's men now occupy a Champions League qualifying place in the table - a position which, on this performance, is certainly not false.


Liverpool: Westerveld, Henchoz, Hyypia, Ziege, Babbel, Carragher, Murphy, Barmby, McAllister, Fowler, Owen. Subs: Arphexad, Biscan, Gerrard, Smicer, Heskey.

Ipswich: R. Wright, Wilnis, Clapham, McGreal, Venus, Hreidarsson, Holland, J. Wright, Magilton, Stewart, Scowcroft. Subs: Croft, Johnson, Branagan, Reuser, Armstrong.

Referee: A Wiley

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