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Saturday, 21 October, 2000, 16:14 GMT 17:14 UK
Ipswich make it three on trot
Jamie Clapham
Jamie Clapham's free-kick sealed victory for Ipswich
Bradford 0-2 Ipswich

Ipswich picked up their third successive away victory to move up to sixth as Bradford's slow start to the campaign continued.

A first-half own goal from Dan Petrescu and a late free-kick from Jamie Clapham gave George Burley's men the points that their first-half dominance deserved.

Fresh from three goals in his last two Premiership outings, it was Marcus Stewart who went closest early on with an effort from 25 yards that was only just wide of Matt Clarke's right-hand post in the third minute.

The visitors were dominating possession and some of the Bradford tackling, from Peter Beagrie and David Wetherall in particular, was lucky to escape caution.

We're playing an attractive style of football and I want us to keep that going, although we know it's not going to be easy because it's a long hard season.
  George Burely
The home side's first attempt on goal didn't arrive until the 14th minute when a neat one-two between Stuart McCall and Peter Beagrie allowed Dean Windass to shoot from 25 yards.

Serious test

But the former Oxford and Aberdeen man's right-footed effort lacked the power to seriously test Richard Wright.

Ipswich's other Wright, Jermaine, almost broke the deadlock on 27 minutes. His fierce right-footed effort from the right looped up off Ian Nolan and almost dropped into the top corner of Clarke's goal.

Ashley Ward forced Wright into a smart one-handed save before McCall earnt the first yellow card of the afternoon for a late challenge.

But then on 33 minutes Ipswich took the lead.

Matt Holland raced away down the left and his driven cross was deflected into his own net by Petrescu.

Rather than prompting a response from the home side, the goal only spurred George Burley's side on to greater efforts and Fabian Wilnis and Richard Naylor both went close before the break.

Under pressure

Naylor arrived at the near post to meet a Wright cross after the former Crewe man had got away from Nolan on the right, but under pressure from Wetherall and Atherton the Ipswich striker couldn't find the target.

Bradford made a far more spirited start to the second half, sparked no doubt by a few harsh words from Chris Hutchings, and Benito Carbone shot wide from the edge of the area after a neat lay off by Windass.

I always knew this would be a tough job. I worked with Paul Jewell closely for the last two seasons and I realised you've got to work for everything that you get.
  Chris Hutchings
The Bantams came far closer on 65 minutes as McCall's half-volley from long range brought a flying save away to his left from Wright.

Ipswich then changed the make-up of their attack, sending David Johnson on in place of Stewart and he soon saw a goal-bound volley blocked by the body of Wetherall.

Carbone's acrobatic overhead-kick from a Ward knock down failed to seriously trouble Wright and so Hutchings reinforced his attack by replacing Petrescu with Dean Saunders.


Bradford piled forward with a three-man attack in place and Jamie Lawrence's driven cross from the right caused havoc in the Ipswich box before they scrambled the ball away.

Scowcroft replaced Magilton for the final ten minutes and, but for Clarke, Ipswich would have added a second three minutes from time as he brilliantly tipped Johnson's powerful header from a Clapham cross on to the angle of bar and post.

Moments later Clarke was left helpless as Clapham curled in a delightful free-kick from 20 yards.

Clapham himself had won the set piece after another of his forceful runs had been ended by a Bradford foul.

Johnson flashed a shot across the face of goal in injury time but Ipswich ended comfortable winners.

Bradford: Clarke, Nolan, McCall, Wetherall, Lawrence, Ward, Carbone, Beagrie, Windass, Atherton, Petrescu.
Subs: Whalley, Sharpe, Davison, Saunders, Grant.

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

Referee: P Taylor (Cheshunt)

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