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Ipswich Town 0-0 Wigan Athletic

Mick McCarthy
Mick McCarthy's Ipswich have taken four points from their last four games

Ipswich Town lost ground on the Championship's top two as they were held by struggling Wigan in an uninspiring goalless draw.

Jay Tabb had Town's best chance of the first half, lashing over when put through by Tyrone Mings.

Wigan's James Perch headed wide from a Don Cowie corner after the break and at the other end David McGoldrick nodded straight at Ali Al Habsi.

Freddie Sears had a late chance for Town, but neither side deserved to win.

Fourth-placed Ipswich are 19 places and 29 points above relegation-threatened Wigan, but Mick McCarthy's promotion-chasing side lacked the creativity to unlock the languishing Latics.

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Mackay on Ipswich v Wigan

Wins for leaders Bournemouth, as well as promotion rivals Derby and Middlesbrough over the weekend, left Town three points off the top two.

And while Malky Mackay's Wigan will be pleased to have come away from Portman Road with a point, it did little to brighten their survival prospects, as they are seven points adrift of safety.

Wigan were able to bring on striker Billy McKay for his debut following a move from Inverness, where he has scored 10 times this term, but he was unable to affect the outcome.

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Wigan was a rubbish game - McCarthy

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy:

"I'm not going to make any excuses. Neither side played very well. We didn't deserve to win the game so I am delighted with the point from the game.

"I have always said we are not that good that we are going to win every game. But it takes about 75 points to make the play-offs so we now need 24.

"If you look through Wigan's team, you can't tell me that's a team in the bottom three. They ought to be challenging where we are."

Wigan boss Malky Mackay:

"I think we were terrific. I have watched Ipswich four times this season as a neutral and I knew they grinded teams down before scoring and winning - that is why they are near the top of the league.

"We had to make sure we matched that and we did. There was very little between the two teams. Anyone watching that game couldn't have said who was near the top and who was near the bottom."

Line-ups

Ipswich

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 4Chambers
  • 5SmithBooked at 31mins
  • 6Berra
  • 3Mings
  • 11AndersonSubstituted forBishopat 45'minutes
  • 8Skuse
  • 17Bru
  • 18TabbSubstituted forParrat 83'minutes
  • 10McGoldrick
  • 16HuntSubstituted forSearsat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Parr
  • 12Hunt
  • 20Sears
  • 27Bishop
  • 28Clarke
  • 29Ambrose
  • 35Kenny

Wigan

  • 26Al Habsi
  • 24PerchBooked at 80mins
  • 25Barnett
  • 27Ridgewell
  • 3A Taylor
  • 36KvistBooked at 35mins
  • 19Cowie
  • 14Huws
  • 33WaghornSubstituted forMckayat 78'minutes
  • 32Fortuné
  • 11McCleanBooked at 40mins

Substitutes

  • 1Carson
  • 10Mckay
  • 17Boyce
  • 28Pearce
  • 30Kiernan
  • 37Flores
  • 43Cosgrove
Referee:
Charles Breakspear
Attendance:
19,155

Match Stats

Home TeamIpswichAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home9
Away5
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Ipswich Town 0, Wigan Athletic 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 0, Wigan Athletic 0.

Foul by Kevin Bru (Ipswich Town).

Don Cowie (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Marc-Antoine Fortuné tries a through ball, but Billy McKay is caught offside.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

Offside, Ipswich Town. Jonathan Parr tries a through ball, but Freddie Sears is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by William Kvist.

Foul by David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town).

Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Tyrone Mings (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Jonathan Parr replaces Jay Tabb.

Attempt missed. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jay Tabb with a cross following a set piece situation.

Booking

James Perch (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by James Perch (Wigan Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Billy McKay replaces Martyn Waghorn.

Foul by Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town).

Liam Ridgewell (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Wigan Athletic. James Perch tries a through ball, but Marc-Antoine Fortuné is caught offside.

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Ali Al Habsi tries a through ball, but James McClean is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David McGoldrick with a cross.

Jay Tabb (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dangerous play by Don Cowie (Wigan Athletic).

Attempt saved. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tyrone Mings with a cross.

Offside, Ipswich Town. Teddy Bishop tries a through ball, but Tommy Smith is caught offside.

Teddy Bishop (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Martyn Waghorn (Wigan Athletic).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Don Cowie (Wigan Athletic) because of an injury.

Offside, Wigan Athletic. James Perch tries a through ball, but Marc-Antoine Fortuné is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Freddie Sears replaces Noel Hunt.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Tommy Smith.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

Attempt missed. James Perch (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Don Cowie with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

Attempt missed. Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Emyr Huws.

Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by William Kvist (Wigan Athletic).

goal

As It Stood

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1Bournemouth28166659283154
2Derby28166652252754
3Middlesbrough28158543182553
4Ipswich28149546271951
5Brentford2815494437749
6Watford28145956332347
7Wolves2812973335-245
8Norwich28128850341644
9Blackburn2810993838039
10Sheff Wed2891182125-438
11Birmingham2891093139-837
12Nottm Forest28810103740-334
13Cardiff2897123642-634
14Bolton2897123339-634
15Fulham28104144149-834
16Reading2897123342-934
17Huddersfield2897123647-1134
18Charlton2861572535-1033
19Leeds2888123039-932
20Rotherham28612102636-1030
21Brighton28611113036-629
22Millwall2869132644-1827
23Wigan28410142636-1022
24Blackpool2848162250-2820
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