Monday 24 February 2014
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Ipswich Town captain Matt Holland and substitute Alun Armstrong scored in the final nine minutes of their Barclays Premier League encounter with Everton to help their side end a run of five straight defeats in all competitions.
Holland struck in the 81st minute before Armstrong, a half-time replacement, sealed victory three minutes later, with both goals involving debutant Mark Burchill and coming after the 70th minute sending-off of Alex Nyarko.
The result meant Ipswich, who had been knocked out of both cup competitions in successive matches at the end of January, climbed one place to fifth in the table. It left Everton in 15th place, only five points above the relegation zone.
There were few clear-cut chances in the first half, although a miscued clearance from Fabian Wilnis was gathered by Ipswich goalkeeper Richard Wright. James Scowcroft came close at the other end.
Nyarko was booked for an early second-half foul on Mark Venus and received his second yellow for a challenge on Titus Bramble.
The breakthrough for the "Tractor Boys" came when Burchill’s cross was only partially cleared by Michael Ball and Holland pounced on the loose ball to curl it over Everton goalkeeper Paul Gerrard.
Armstrong sealed the points when he headed home another centre from Burchill.
“We have probably played better this season and lost but we are just happy with the three points,” Ipswich manager George Burley said.
Ipswich finished the season in fifth, capping off an impressive first season back in the Barclays Premier League after a six-year absence, while Everton came 16th and avoided relegation by eight points.