BOA MORTE BLUNDERS SWING GAME
By Patrick Goss
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
There had looked only one victor in the game, with Fulham carving out opportunity after opportunity before finally taking the lead, but the game changed after Boa Morte missed a penalty and then saw his resultant petulance earn him an early bath.
Fulham's goal, when it came, was simplicity itself, Barry Hayles latching onto a loose ball in the area to power home from close range.
Fulham, in complete control by this point, then found themselves awarded a penalty after a Steve Marlet pass was handled in the box by John McGreal.
Boa Morte stepped up to take the resultant spot kick but was well wide with his effort.
Clearly irritated by his miss, Boa Morte soon found himself in trouble and was booked when he reacted to Fabian Wilnis and appeared to slap the Dutch star.
Although he maybe should have been dismissed for this offence, Boa Morte did not heed the warning and as the half drew to a close was sent-off, when he clearly dived in the box in the attempt to make amends for his miss.
Ipswich, clearly buoyed after the break by their numerical superiority pushed for an equaliser, and the only real surprise is that it took them as long as twelve minutes to get it.
Martijn Reuser orchestrated the goal, escaping down the left hand side and flighting a cross that evaded van der Saar.
Sixto Parelta picked up the ball and fed Jermain Wright - who lashed home with aplomb from just inside the area.
Both sides had chances to pick up a victory, but it was not to be, and Fulham will both rue a first half dismissal that ended their dominance of the game, and that they again did not take their chances when they were on top.
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Fulham v Ipswich