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BBC Sport's Simon Mann
"Ipswich won without playing well"
 real 14k

Newcastle boss Bobby Robson
"We just didn't get the decisions"
 real 56k

Ipswich boss George Burley
"We needed to get three points today"
 real 56k

Saturday, 14 April, 2001, 16:08 GMT 17:08 UK
Late Ipswich strike thwarts Magpies
Nolberto Solano, centre, was sent off
Solano, centre, was sent off
Ipswich Town 1-0 Newcastle United

Ipswich moved into third place in the Premiership with a win against former manager Bobby Robson's Newcastle side.

Marcus Stewart provided the home team with their decisive goal from the penalty spot as Ipswich maintained their challenge for a Champions League place.

  Key incidents
1 min: Solano goes down in Ipswich area but no penalty
8: Reuser's well-struck shot is saved by Given
Hreidarsson is high with a header from Reuser's cross
11: Ameobi mis-times a shot from a Solano cross
17: Hughes heads against own Newcastle crossbar and Given saves Reuser shot
23: Magilton shoots over
30: Cort has a headed goal disallowed from a Solano corner
54: Armstrong shoots over from 14 yards
76: Stewart scores for Ipswich from the penalty spot as Solano is dismissed

The Suffolk side leap-frogged Leeds United in the Premiership table on the basis of goal difference after largely out-playing their rivals.

Stewart struck after Nolberto Solano handled a Hermann Hreidarsson header off the visitors' goal-line.

Solano was dismissed for the offence and Stewart compounded Newcastle's misery by confidently converting the resultant penalty.

Ipswich striker Alan Armstrong could have put the game beyond Newcastle's reach but headed from close range narrowly over a minute later.

Robson, returning to Portman Road for the first time since leaving in 1982, was greeted by general applause before his battling side frustrated Ipswich up until the goal.

The visitors even gave Ipswich a scare when they had a goal disallowed in the first half.


The pressure was on us because Newcastle are safe, maybe with nothing to play for, but we are fighting for a European spot and everybody expected us to win
  Ipswich Town manager George Burley

Solano sent in a corner which Carl Cort headed in at the near post, but Ipswich survived as the striker was penalised for apparent pushing.

The closest Ipswich had come prior to Stewart's goal was when Newcastle defender Aaron Hughes headed against his own crossbar with keeper Shay Given beaten.

From the rebound Given denied Martijn Reuser, who had been a lively force for the home side in the early stages.

Reuser saw Given keep out his well-struck shot at the far post and team-mate Hreidarsson head his cross over shortly afterwards.


Until every player in our club realises that you have to be alert every second of the match, we will continue to concede those type of goals
  Newcastle United manager Bobby Robson
Reuser then provided the cross from which Hughes almost scored a spectacular own goal.

Magilton shot over for Ipswich following a well-worked move and, as Ipswich continually failed to break down their opponents, it seemed they would have to be content with a point.

But Stewart's 19th Premiership goal of the season sees them still contesting a dream Champions League spot.


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

Newcastle: Given, Barton, O'Brien, Hughes, Quinn, Solano, Lee, Acuna, Speed, Ameobi, Cort. Subs: Bassedas, Harper, Lua-Lua, Stephen Caldwell, Gallacher.

Referee: M Dean (The Wirral)

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