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West Ham's Paolo di Canio
"They played much better than us."
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Saturday, 14 October, 2000, 15:52 GMT 16:52 UK
Di Canio rescues Hammers at Ipswich
Marcus Stewart grabbed his fifth of the season
Ipswich 1-1 West Ham

Paolo Di Canio earned West Ham a valuable point with a superb far post volley as the Hammers for once got a better result than they perhaps deserved.

Ipswich were again impressive and could easily have added to the early goal from Marcus Stewart before the Italian pegged them back.

The game was less than five minutes old when Fabian Wilnis collected a short throw-in from Jermaine Wright and whipped a teasing cross into Shaka Hislop's goalmouth.

Stewart stole inside a static defence and glanced a header past the West Ham keeper for his fifth of the season.

Jim Magilton rattled the foot of the post with a 25-yard shot, in the 11th minute, as the Suffolk club tore into their big-city neighbours.


Stuart Pearce was booked for a very late tackle on Matt Holland, deep in Ipswich territory, in the 13th minute and was lucky to stay on the pitch when he clattered Stewart seconds later.

Hislop clung onto a Mark Venus free-kick and sprang low to his right to grab Holland's snap-shot but the visitors slowly started to settle.

The way we played was excellent and we probably created three or four times more chances than West Ham
  George Burley, Ipswich manager
Frank Lampard gave Richard Wright his first work of the afternoon with a low drive from 30 yards.

The young England keeper saved easily and then gathered another Lampard pot-shot.

Town dominated back to dominate possession before the break. Skilful midfield build-up play, involving Holland and Jamie Clapham, carved out a chance for Stewart.

The striker took it early, cutting in from the left and trying to shape a shot round Hislop with the outside of his left foot but he was off target.


Stewart's start to the second half was almost as explosive as the first, as he seemed to be tripped from behind by Rio Ferdinand as he chased the ball out of the area, but the referee waved play on.

Ipswich continued to come at West Ham, with Stewart cleverly setting up Holland on the edge of the area for a fierce shot which rose too high.

The Hammers' frustration was evident as Frederic Kanoute battled past two defenders and was clearly brought down on the edge of the area by Venus, but referee Neal Barry gave an Ipswich free-kick as Kanoute fell hands first on to the ball and booked the Frenchman for kicking the ball away.

We were sloppy and I don't know why, but we are always like that after an international week
  Harry Redknapp, West Ham manager
Moments later, just after the hour, Kanoute burst on to a clever Pearce flick but was just frustrated by a last-ditch tackle as he closed in on Wright.

The Hammers needed something special, and it came on 72 minutes when Trevor Sinclair jinked into the area and chipped a cross to the far post where Di Canio fired a superb volley back across Wright and inside the far post.

Off target

Ipswich's reply was almost instant as Naylor's looping header was touched over by Hislop, and Hermann Hreidarsson was just off target from the following corner.

Magilton should have restored the lead when he was played in by Clapham, but Hislop was able to save a tame shot.

Clapham then sent over a teasing cross which sub James Scowcroft won superbly but his downward header hit Naylor and went fractionally wide before he could really direct it goalwards.

Hislop ensured it was a point apiece with a fine reaction save late on from Hreidarsson's strong low shot, and recovered to grap the rebound as sub David Johnson hurtled in.

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

West Ham: Hislop, Ferdinand, Stimac, S. Pearce, Sinclair, Winterburn, Lomas, Lampard, Cole, Kanoute, Di Canio.
Subs: Bywater, Carrick, Moncur, Diawara, Potts.

Referee: N Barry (Scunthorpe)

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