Football: TOWN CRIERS; Ipswich agony as they fail in play-offs again.Ipswich 4 Bolton 3 Agg 4-4: Bolton win on away goals
BOB TAYLOR scored an extra time goal which sent Bolton into the play-off play·off also play-off
1. A final game or series of games played to break a tie.
2. A series of games played to determine a championship. final and left Ipswich broken-hearted for the third successive season.
The 31-year-old striker struck after 96 minutes to set up a Wembley date with either Birmingham or Watford, who play tonight.
Disappointed Ipswich boss George Burley George Elder Burley (born June 3, 1956 in Cumnock, Kyle, East Ayrshire) is an ex-footballer. He is currently the manager of Southampton in the Football League Championship. Like many other ex-Ipswich players he owns a home Suffolk where his wife and daughter own shops. , who has seen his side fail in the play-offs for the last three seasons said: "We came so close two weeks ago, finishing third behind Bradford.
"We played some great stuff tonight. We showed determination, character and quality.
"I think we were the better side over the two legs but we just did not have rub of the green (Golf) anything happening to a ball in motion, such as its being deflected or stopped by any agency outside the match, or by the fore caddie.
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"But I still think that we showed Premiership quality going forward because I lost count of the chances that we created."
Bolton boss Colin Todd Colin Todd (born 12 December 1948 in Chester-le-Street) is a former English football player and current manager of Randers FC in the Danish Superliga. He previously managed Bolton Wanderers in the FA Premier League. will gratefully accept his place at Wembley, although he admitted Ipswich were unlucky not to have gained promotion. He said: "Ipswich deserve to go up, but I don't make the rules, and now we are just 90 minutes away from the Premiership."
Although Matt Holland scored his second goal of the night four minutes from the end of extra time to give Ipswich victory on the night, it was not enough to stop Bolton from going through to the final thanks to their three away goals.
The Ipswich players, who before the kick-off were dancing in their pre-match warm-up, sank to their knees at the final whistle having played their part in one of the most enthralling en·thrall
tr.v. en·thralled, en·thrall·ing, en·thralls
1. To hold spellbound; captivate: The magic show enthralled the audience.
2. To enslave. games of football to be seen this season.
Ipswich went into extra time needing to score as Bolton at that point had two away goals under their belt. But in their determination to push forward and score they left gaps at the back and it was Taylor who capitalised when Eidur Gudjohnson squared the ball and he slid it home.
The dramatic finale followed an equally incredible finish to normal time when Ipswich's England Under-21 star Kieron Dyer Kieron Courtney Dyer (born 29 December 1978 in Ipswich, England) is an English footballer, currently playing for West Ham United. Club career
Ipswich Town scored with a gem of a header with just 24 seconds left to force extra time.
Holland had given Ipswich a 14th-minute lead.
The game turned with two goals in a minute after the restart. Taylor equalised adj. 1.
p. p. os> of equalise; same as equalized. , but straight from the kick-off Dyer put Ipswich ahead again, and level on aggregate.
It looked all over for Ipswich after 84 minutes when Per Frandsen Per Frandsen (born February 6, 1970) is a Danish former professional football (soccer) player, who won the 1995 Danish Cup with F.C. Copenhagen, and played 265 league games as a midfielder for Bolton Wanderers in England. scored, but with just seconds remaining Dyer flicked home an inch-perfect header.
Bolton finally killed off Ipswich when Taylor struck six minutes into extra time and although Holland had the last word, it simply wasn't enough.