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IPSWICH were heading for the UEFA Cup at this stage last season, but one year on they were virtually condemned to a future of Nationwide League football by Fredi Bobic's first- half hat-trick .

Unless George Burley's men fashion a miracle out of a run-in which includes games against the Premiership's top three, glamour nights in Moscow and Milan will fade to a distant memory and they will have to content themselves with the prospect of a day trip to Brighton.

Bobic's treble blast was enhanced by a strike from French international Youri Djorkaeff for a result that ought to secure the Trotters their place in the elite next season.

While Sam Allardyce's men rose to the occasion magnificently, Ipswich, playing like a side whose fate had been decided weeks ago, produced a performance remarkable for its sheer ineptitude, and only had Jamie Clapham's last-minute consolation to show for their poor efforts.
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Title Annotation:Football
Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Apr 7, 2002
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