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BBC Sport's Dave Woods
reports from Portman Road
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Ipswich striker David Johnson
"The lads who stepped in did us proud"
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banner Tuesday, 28 November, 2000, 23:41 GMT
Ipswich see off Sky Blues again
Ipswich celebrate
Ipswich celebrate Titus Bramble's early opener
Ipswich 2-1 Coventry

Goals from Titus Bramble and David Johnson were enough for Ipswich to see off sorry Coventry for the second time in a week.

The victory propelled George Burley's side into the quarter-finals, where they will meet either Manchester City or Wimbledon.

Coventry were left counting the cost of Youssef Chippo's generosity in the build-up to Bramble's opener inside five minutes.

He made amends by winning a penalty, converted by Craig Bellamy, but his earlier slip proved decisive.

Both sides chose to rest scorers from the weekend - Ipswich's nine-goal marksman Marcus Stewart and Coventry captain Mustapha Hadji, but Ipswich wasted no time in taking the lead.

David Johnson
David Johnson celebrates his winner for Ipswich

There appeared no apparent danger as Chippo seized on a loose ball inside his own area following a corner.

But, instead of clearing, the Moroccan midfielder attempted to dribble and succeeded only in teeing up Bramble.

The giant teenage centre-back gleefully slotted the ball inside Chris Kirkland's near post from 10 yards.

Seconds after that sixth-minute howler, Chippo almost equalised with a brilliant 30-yard volley which Keith Branagan acrobatically tipped over the bar.

Bramble may have added his second for Town as he again found space in the area, but his header from a Martijn Reuser corner flew the wrong side of Kirkland's left-hand post.

Coventry's former Norwich striker Bellamy - roundly jeered by the home fans on his return to East Anglia remained the visitors' most likely threat.

His pace and skill set him free on the right-hand by-line and forced Branagan to smother a 31st-minute cross-shot at the feet of John Aloisi.

Scales in unfamiliar territory

Ipswich lost captain Matt Holland through injury at the break, with Burley forced to ask veteran John Scales to play in an unfamiliar midfield role.

The hosts' new venture almost found reward immediately with Johnson twice inches away from finding the target.

First, he failed to direct a header from a Fabian Wilnis centre, before a volleyed cross from Stewart evaded his lunge in the six-yard box.

Ipswich had started the period the better, yet Coventry found an equaliser through a swift breakaway.

Chippo, villain of the piece earlier, raced into the area - and Wilnis' challenge sent the Moroccan to the turf.

Referee Paul Durkin pointed to the spot, and Bellamy's two-step shuffle of a penalty sent Branagan the wrong way.

But Johnson eventually found his range after seizing on a long ball, striding into the area in the 65th minute, evading Williams' desperate last-gasp challenge and sliding a left-foot shot under Kirkland for Ipswich to regain the advantage.

David Johnson
David Johnson celebrates his winner for Ipswich

Clapham forced Kirkland to block a drive midway through the half, and Johnson headed over after Scales flicked on at a set-piece as Ipswich searched for a killer third.

Substitute Hadji could have rescued Coventry in the final minute but sent a free header from Thompson's left-wing corner over the top.


Ipswich: Branagan, Wilnis, Clapham, Bramble, Scales, Hreidarsson, Holland, Johnson, Reuser, J. Wright, Scowcroft. Subs: Salmon, Stewart, Croft, Karic, Logan.

Coventry: Kirkland, Breen, Williams, Konjic, Quinn, Telfer, Eustace, Thompson, Chippo, Bellamy, Aloisi. Subs: Hedman, Hadji, Palmer, Zuniga, Strachan.

Referee: P Durkin

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