FOOTBALL: George Surly as Ipswich fall guys take a pounding.
GEORGE BURLEY'S Ipswich Town bandwagon finally came off the rails at Stamford Bridge yesterday where they were hammered 4-1 by rampant Chelsea.
The self-styled Tractor Boys were given a second-half lesson by the Blues superstars and had John McGreal sent off for swearing after Sam Della Bona had been awarded a penalty.
Marcus Stewart gave Ipswich the lead in 23 minutes but Uruguayan midfielder Gustavo Poyet levelled on the stroke of half-time and second-half strikes by Dennis Wise, Poyet's second and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink from the spot completed a miserable day for Ipswich.
Burley defended McGreal but blasted ref Andy D'Urso over the spot-kick incident after Fabian Wilnus was judged to have fouled Della Bona.
The Scots gaffer admitted: "We were outstanding for the first 45 minutes but their equaliser before the interval turned the game and then the referee influenced the scoreline.
"Everyone in the ground was surprised when the penalty was awarded. The ref told me John was sent off for foul and abusive language but John told me he didn't swear.
"A little bit of common sense should have prevailed and if the ref looks at the video he will realise he made a mistake."
At Elland Road, Leeds expensive flops lost their fifth home game of the season as they were sunk 3-1 by injury-ravaged Newcastle.
Robbie Keane gave David O'Leary's men the lead after just three minutes when he steered former Celt Mark Viduka's cross past Shay Given.
Nol Solano levelled a minute later from the spot before Clarence Acuna put the Geordies ahead in 44 minutes and Shola Ameobi sealed the points late on.
Toon boss Bobby Robson was delighted with his patched-up side's win but ruled out talk of a UEFA Cup place.
He said: "We are up to sixth and given our injury list that is quite a remarkable feat. The players deserve everything that will be written about them from this game.
"But we are not going to talk about Europe. We've mentioned it as a motivational point to the players and as a target they can go for from now until the end of May."
In the basement battle at Pride Park, Manchester City came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw with Derby.
Daryll Powell gave Jim Smith's men the lead just after the break but Steve Howey levelled for the Citizens.Michael Owen missed three second-half sitters to continue his miserable run of form as Liverpool failed to win at home to Middlesbrough in a 0-0 draw.
Arsenal dominated proceedings at Filbert Street but failed to break down Leicester in a scoreless draw, while Spurs and Southampton couldn't find the net either at White Hart Lane.
In the First Division, leaders Fulham won 3-1 at Watford thanks to Luis Boa Morte's double and a Louis Saha strike.
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|Publication:||Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||Jan 21, 2001|
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