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Andy's Ram-pant.

Ipswich 1

Southend 1

Andy Rammell sparked a knees-up at the seaside last night by firing the goal that earned Southend a well-deserved point.

Their travelling fans could hardly believe it had gone in at first. For in their previous eight away matches Southend had managed to hit the target only once.

It's 47 years since Southend last won at Portman Road.

The more cynical of their supporters could be forgiven for thinking it's almost as long since they scored an away goal.

Boss Ronnie Whelan was forced to read the riot act at half-time.

Ipswich, ahead through Mick Stockwell after only seven minutes, dominated the first half and Southend looked like caving in at any minute.

But they held on and responded to Whelan's ear-bashing with a spectacular recovery.

"We had to have a few words with them, for they were dead in the head and needed shaking up," said Whelan. "We made life difficult for ourselves by starting too slowly and giving away a sloppy goal.

"But I'm delighted with the way they fought back in the second half, when we did enough to win the game."

Stockwell gave Ipswich the lead after a Gerry Creaney nod-down.

But the Seasiders got on terms when a long ball from Keith Dublin caught the Ipswich back four hopelessly square and Rammell raced away to drive the ball past Richard Wright.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Steggles, Jack
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 10, 1996
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