Wednesday 30 January 2002, 8:00pm at Portman Road, Ipswich
Barclays Premier League
Ipswich Town
Ipswich Town
1
Bent 10'
Fulham FC
Fulham
0
Wednesday 30 January 2002

10' Goal

Marcus Bent

67' Yellow Card

John McGreal Card was given for a foul

69' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Marcus Stewart
Off:Alun Armstrong

82' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Martijn Reuser
Off:Jermaine Wright

31' Yellow Card

Alain Goma Card was given for a foul

82' Yellow Card

Steve Finnan Card was given for a foul

46' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Barry Hayles
Off:Zat Knight

46' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:John Collins
Off:Bjarne Goldbaek

67' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Abdeslam Ouaddou
Off:Sylvain Legwinski

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Ipswich climbed out of the Premiership's bottom three with their sixth victory in seven matches at Portman Road.


George Burley's side were seemingly down-and-out six weeks ago with just one league win all season.

But 18 points from a possible 21, thanks in no small part to the goals of

Marcus Bent, have them better placed to become the first side in 10 years of the Premier League to be bottom at Christmas and survive.

It was Bent's 10th-minute goal that settled the contest in front of the Suffolk club's best crowd of the season, 25,156.

Ipswich captain Matt Holland made his 200th consecutive league appearance, having started every match since his £800,000 move from Bournemouth in the summer of 1997.

Burley did make changes, however, following the 4-1 FA Cup drubbing at the hands of Manchester City with Marcus Stewart, Martijn Reuser, Titus Bramble and Fabian Wilnis axed. In came Alun Armstrong, Jamie Clapham, Mark Venus and Chris Makin.

Mid-table Fulham, draw specialists in the Premiership, had lost just five times in the top-flight upon arriving in Suffolk.

But inspired by Argentinian midfielder Sixto Peralta and the enthusiastic Bent, the Blues made it a round half-dozen.

Bent, paired up front with Armstrong, was presented with the first chance of the contest in the seventh minute, but his header from Venus' cross had the pace taken off it by an Alain Goma block and Edwin van der Sar smothered.

The hosts only had to wait another couple of minutes, though, to open the scoring as Bent scored his seventh goal in eight matches.

Peralta sent Armstrong racing down the left and as he cut into the area to shoot, Zat Knight's sliding tackle looped the ball over van der Sar and Bent made sure by sidefooting in from on the line.

Fulham's response came from Louis Saha, who weaved his way into the area but over-ran the ball and Makin shepherded back to Andy Marshall.

Home keeper Marshall then made two interventions as Fulham sought a leveller as Venus' miskick left him scurrying to palm around an upright.

And when Steed Malbranque found room for a shot, he recovered to collect after the initial effort squirmed through his grasp.

Yet Burley's side could have gone in at the break with their advantage doubled.

John McGreal rose above everyone and beat van der Sar, who had strayed out of position, but somehow headed a Venus corner wide.

Bent also found power but not direction when Hermann Hreidarsson's left-wing cross picked him out and van der Sar collected above his head.

Fulham manager Jean Tigana responded at the break by introducing Barry Hayles and John Collins in place of Knight and Bjarne Goldbaek.

Within a minute of the restart they may have been two goals behind as lacklustre defending allowed the ball to reach Holland 20 yards from goal – but his shot swerved inches wide.

Tigana's tinkering, which resulted in Saha switching to the left flank, provided the visitors with a better balance.

It also meant they enjoyed a greater share of possession with Collins hoovering up anything untidy in the middle of the field.

In fact, the veteran midfielder went closest for the Londoners in the second period as his free-kick forced Marshall to touch behind for a corner, scrambling to his left.

Bent's pace sent him clear of the Fulham rearguard moments later and the visitors were thankful for Steve Finnan's awareness as the full-back blocked Clapham at the far post from the striker's cross after van der Sar and Goma got in a tangle.

Ipswich's in-form frontman should have made absolutely sure of the points six minutes from time, however, as Peralta's toe-poke guided him goalwards.

But, for once, Bent failed to keep his composure and the on-rushing van der Sar blocked with his legs.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Wednesday 30 January 2002
Kick-off: 8:00pm

Venue: Portman Road, Ipswich
Attendance: 25,156

Referee: Alan Wiley

Ipswich Town

Line-up: Marshall; McGreal, Venus, Makin, Hreidarsson; Wright (Reuser 82'), Holland, Peralta, Clapham; Bent, Armstrong (Stewart 69')

Unused substitutes: Sereni, Bramble, Counago

Fulham

Line-up: Van der Sar; Finnan, Knight (Hayles 46'), Melville, Brevett; Malbranque, Legwinski (Ouaddou 67'), Goma, Goldbaek (Collins 46'); Saha, Marlet

Unused substitutes: Taylor, Stolcers

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester United 25 48
2 Arsenal 24 47
3 Newcastle United 24 46
4 Liverpool 25 46
5 Leeds United 24 42
6 Chelsea 24 40
7 Aston Villa 24 36
8 Tottenham Hotspur 24 32
9 Charlton Athletic 24 32
10 Fulham 23 31
11 Southampton 24 29
12 Everton 24 28
13 Sunderland 24 28
14 West Ham United 24 28
15 Ipswich Town 24 27
16 Middlesbrough 23 26
17 Blackburn Rovers 24 25
18 Bolton Wanderers 24 25
19 Derby County 24 19
20 Leicester City 24 17
Ipswich Town (4-4-2)
  • 33Andy Marshall
  • 4John McGreal
  • 6Mark Venus
  • 15Chris Makin
  • 5Hermann Hreidarsson
  • 14Jermaine Wright
  • 8Matt Holland
  • Sixto Peralta
  • Jamie Clapham
  • 23Marcus Bent
  • 10Alun Armstrong
Substitutes
  • Matteo Sereni
  • 19Titus Bramble
  • 30Martijn Reuser
  • Marcus Stewart
  • 9Pablo Counago
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Edwin Van der Sar
  • 2Steve Finnan
  • 16Zat Knight
  • 4Andy Melville
  • 3Rufus Brevett
  • 14Steed Malbranque
  • 18Sylvain Legwinski
  • 24Alain Goma
  • 19Bjarne Goldbaek
  • 20Louis Saha
  • 7Steve Marlet
Substitutes
  • 12Maik Taylor
  • 25Abdeslam Ouaddou
  • 10John Collins
  • 40Andrejs Stolcers
  • 15Barry Hayles