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Bent fires Ipswich ahead

Published: Thursday 31 October 2002, 23.44CET
Ipswich Town FC 1-0 FK Slovan Liberec Darren Bent volley defeats Czech champions.

Match statistics

IpswichLiberec

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target1
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 31 October 2002, 23.44CET

Bent fires Ipswich ahead

Ipswich Town FC 1-0 FK Slovan Liberec Darren Bent volley defeats Czech champions.

A well-taken volley from substitute Darren Bent on 67 minutes gave Ipswich Town FC a 1-0 win against Czech champions FC Slovan Liberec in the first leg of their UEFA Cup second-round tie.

Volleyed finish
Jim Magilton in a central area found Alun Armstrong on the left. He crossed to substitute Bent making a run into the area who volleyed past Kinsky to make it 1-0. Slovan had their chances to score but the home side, in their first game under new manager Joe Royle, defended well and will travel to the Czech Republic in a fortnight confident of securing an aggregate win.

Scuffed shot
The first meaningful chance before the break fell to Ipswich's Darren Ambrose on eleven minutes after goalkeeper Antonín Kinsky punched a Jamie Clapham cross at his feet, but the youngster scuffed his shot from 12 metres.

Instinctive save
On 20 minutes Ipswich keeper Andy Marshall failed to deal with a back-pass, but managed to scramble the ball clear. Then, a minute later, Armstrong forced Kinsky into an instinctive save with a powerful diving header. Ipswich should have taken the lead on the half-hour when an in-swinging Clapham cross found Armstrong, who, unmarked and with time to control the ball, poked wide.

Long-range efforts
Clapham again went close with a fierce shot on 37 minutes and three minutes later a shot of similar power by Tomáš Zápotocny from 30 metres forced Marshall to tip over. But perhaps the best chance of the half came just before the interval. Martin Zboncák hit the crossbar from five metres after the ball had been flicked down by Miroslav Slepicka.

Bright start
Slovan started the second half brightly, playing quick, tidy football. However, the outcome of the game was decided in the space of two minutes. First the home side went 1-0 up on 67 minutes, then, from the restart, the visitors charged up the pitch and substitute Baffour Gyan headed against the Ipswich crossbar.

Manager pleased
Royle was delighted to make a winning start. "It wasn’t difficult to prepare for the match," he said. "There was so many pleasing things about the performance. We had a bit of luck though but we had a level of performance that even on a bad day would have given us the chance of a result."

'We had the chances'
Slovan coach Ladislav Škorpil admitted: "The players can play better than they did tonight. We had the chances to win the game but the players tried their best.”

Last updated: 01/11/02 0.49CET

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Lineups

ipswich

Ipswich

liberec

Liberec

1
MarshallAndy Marshall
1
KinskýAntonín Kinský
15
MakinChris Makin
2
CapekPavel Capek
Substitution74
4
McGrealJohn McGreal
Substitution45
5
ZápotočnýTomáš Zápotočný
Yellow Card71
17
BrownWayne Brown
6
ZbončákMartin Zbončák
5
HreidarssonHermann Hreidarsson
7
NezmarJan Nezmar
7
MagiltonJim Magilton
8
SlepičkaMiroslav Slepička
Substitution57
8
HollandMatt Holland (C)
10
HodúrIvan Hodúr
Substitution78
22
AmbroseDarren Ambrose
Substitution78
11
HoleňákMiroslav Holeňák
3
ClaphamJamie Clapham
12
PolákJan Polák
9
CouñagoPablo Couñago
Substitution64
16
LukášPetr Lukáš
10
ArmstrongAlun Armstrong
17
JanůTomáš Janů

Substitutes

26
PullenJames Pullen
30
HauzrZbyněk Hauzr
21
MillerTommy Miller
3
GyanBaffour Gyan
Substitution57
23
GaardsøeThomas Gaardsøe
Substitution45
Yellow Card59
4
AnčicJuraj Ančic
Substitution78
18
BentDarren Bent
Substitution64
Goal68
13
HološkoFilip Hološko
14
WrightJermaine Wright
20
BlahaL'ubomír Blaha
2
WilnisFabian Wilnis
23
PapoušekPetr Papoušek
19
GeorgeFinidi George
Substitution78
24
SlovákSamuel Slovák
Substitution74

Coach

Ladislav Škorpil (CZE)

Referee

Philippe Leuba (SUI)

Assistant referees

Stéphane Cuhat (SUI), Armand Barraud (SUI)

Fourth official

Guido Wildhaber (SUI)

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