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Ipswich boss George Burley
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Sunderland boss Peter Reid
"It was a tight one - to be honest they deserved the three points"
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Saturday, 26 August, 2000, 16:28 GMT 17:28 UK
Ipswich see off Sunderland
Chris Makin & David Johnson
Sunderland's Makin gets to grips with Johnson
Ipswich 1-0 Sunderland
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Titus Bramble marked his call-up to the England Under-21 side this week with his first goal for Ipswich which was enough to see off Sunderland.

The goal also marked Ipswich's first win since their return to Premiership football after four years of play-off torture.

Bramble scored the only goal of the game after 52 minutes when the defender, running from deep, controlled Marcus Stewart's though ball and with great poise beat Jurgen Macho in the Sunderland goal.

After an uncomfortable re-introduction to Premiership life last week at Tottenham, Ipswich were looking to build on their encouraging draw with Manchester United in midweek.


They came inches away from taking the lead after 15 minutes when Jermaine Wright crossed from the right and Matt Holland's strong header came off the surface and bounced just wide.

At the other end Wright almost gifted Sunderland an equaliser on his 250th senior appearance for Ipswich.

I encourage all my players to get forward if they have the chance - I don't want robots in my side
  George Burley

The England goalkeeper - but dropped from the national squad this week - punched at a Kevin Kilbane corner and completely missed the ball.

Kevin Phillips was ready to pounce but the ball would not come down and Ipswich were able to clear.

Straight from the break Bramble laid a ball through to Marcus Stewart but Macho came racing off his line to make a brave and crucial save.


Ipswich were looking the better side but nearly conceded a goal shortly before the break when a Niall Quinn shot was deflected into Phillips' path.

But the Sunderland striker uncharacteristically scooped his shot over both Wright and bar.

Overall we have got to improve. We are just not good enough at the moment
  Sunderland manger Peter Reid

After his high-profile performance in the Arsenal and Liverpool game in midweek, it was a quiet match for referee Graham Poll who made just two bookings.

The first was shown to Darren Holloway for bringing down Fabian Wilnis shortly after the restart.

Jamie Clapham curled the resulting free-kick just over and shortly later Bramble struck the winner.


Sunderland struggled to get back in the game after that although the introduction of John Oster did give Ipswich some concern.

But Jim Magilton should gave killed the game when he was clear in the box but too many touches allowed Macho to smother.

In the closing moments Ipswich striker David Johnson had a goal ruled out for offside and then hit the bar.


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

Sunderland: Macho, Makin, Gray, Hutchison, P Butler, Craddock, Thirlwell, Holloway, Kilbane, Quinn, Phillips.
Subs: Marriott, Nunez, Roy, McCartney, Oster.

Referee: G Poll (Tring)

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