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Monday 25 November 2013

On this day in 2000: Stewart double gives Ipswich victory

  • Marcus Stewart celebrates his double as Ipswich beat Man City 3-2 at Maine Road

  • Hermann Hreidarsson also scored with a towering header for the Tractor Boys

  • Ipswich manager George Burley said his team were "awesome at times" against Man City

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

25 November 2000 – Manchester City 2-3 Ipswich Town

Marcus Stewart scored twice as Ipswich Town won at Maine Road to go third in the Barclays Premier League table and inflict a fifth straight league defeat on Manchester City.

Stewart opened the scoring with a diving header from a left-wing cross by Jamie Clapham.

Town doubled the lead just after the half-hour mark when Hermann Hreidarsson powerfully headed home a corner.

Stewart scored his second at the far post from James Scowcroft's cross in the 53rd minute but City then hit back.

They halved the deficit midway though the second period when substitute Paulo Wanchope drove the ball home.

Substitute David Johnson then hit the post for Ipswich before City cut the deficit once again when Steve Howey headed in a Mark Kennedy from six yards out.

Ipswich boss George Burley said: “We’re very pleased to be doing so well and I thought for 70 minutes we were awesome at times.” 

Manchester City manager Joe Royle said: “In the first half we were strangers and I would take the blame for that because I picked an overly offensive side to try and get amongst the goals because we have looked shot-shy.”

Newly promoted Ipswich ended up in a Uefa Cup place after finishing fifth in a remarkable first season back in the Barclays Premier League, while Man City were unable to secure safety, finishing in 18th position.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Marcus Stewart's double against Man City moved Ipswich up to third in the Barclays Premier League