Greatest individual seasons: Marcus Stewart defies expectations to fire Ipswich into Europe (2000/01)

Marcus Stewart 2000/01

Sometimes, a season’s work can be summed up in one goal. Ipswich had faced a storm at Anfield in December 2000, but as half-time neared George Burley’s team had started to show the orderly, incisive football that had taken them into the European places.

There was time for more: Mark Venus sent an accurate ball to Marcus Stewart, who laid it sideways to Jamie Clapham – three left-footers creating one of the triangles that this team worked so effectively. Stewart ran on; Clapham drew Markus Babbel and slipped him in on the left of the area. Stewart rarely had the pace to hare straight for goal in these situations, but there was something else he could try. Checking sharply, he left Stephane Henchoz on his backside.

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