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Ipswich Town 0-0 Aston Villa

Freddie Sears (left)
Freddie Sears joined Ipswich from Colchester United in January 2015

Aston Villa held on to claim a point at Ipswich and secure a fifth draw from their eight Championship games.

Freddie Sears went close to winning the game for Town late on, striking the post deep into injury time.

The striker also went close with two free-kicks and Villa's Jonathan Kodjia turned away attempts by substitute Leon Best and Cole Skuse on the goal line.

Jordan Ayew had Villa's best chance, when he was blocked by Adam Webster with the goal at his mercy.

Since being relegated and having broken the Championship transfer record to sign Kodjia, Villa have managed to win only once in the league this season.

And, having conceded goals in the last six minutes of four matches, Roberto di Matteo's side were lucky not to do so again.

Sears saw one of his free-kicks deflected wide, while the other was saved by Pierluigi Gollini, and Kodjia came to the rescue defensively with his two goal-line clearances.

Jack Grealish, Ashley Westwood and Ayew all had attempts blocked but the Ghanaian should have put Villa ahead early in the second half when he rounded keeper Bartosz Bialkowski before being denied by Webster's challenge.

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy: "I think it was a fair result and I was pleased with the performance and how we played against an expensively assembled team of very good players.

"We could have won it at the end but if that was my side, I would have said 'great defending' so you have to give Villa credit.

"My players gave everything and I can trust them to do that and leave nothing behind in every match. That is a really nice thing for a manager to know week-in, week-out.

"We may not always play well but it is never because we haven't tried."

Aston Villa boss Roberto Di Matteo: "I don't think it was a boring 0-0. We were resilient and defended well against the threat of Ipswich.

"We were better on the ball in the first half as we tried to create a bit of danger and we had some half-chances.

"The second half was a bit more difficult but it was a good solid performance at a place that is always difficult to play at.

"A point away from home is always a good point and I am pleased with how we fought until the end."

Line-ups

Ipswich

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 4Chambers
  • 15Webster
  • 6Berra
  • 3Knudsen
  • 8Skuse
  • 22Douglas
  • 18Ward
  • 20Sears
  • 27LawrenceBooked at 52minsSubstituted forBishopat 58'minutesSubstituted forBestat 88'minutes
  • 11PitmanSubstituted forVarneyat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Gerken
  • 7Bishop
  • 9Best
  • 12Varney
  • 17Bru
  • 28Grant
  • 30Kenlock

Aston Villa

  • 1Gollini
  • 12Chester
  • 6Elphick
  • 2BakerSubstituted forRichardsat 28'minutes
  • 7BacunaSubstituted forAdomahat 82'minutes
  • 15Westwood
  • 25Jedinak
  • 40Grealish
  • 23AmaviSubstituted forCissokhoat 67'minutes
  • 26KodjiaBooked at 74mins
  • 10J Ayew

Substitutes

  • 4Richards
  • 18Kozák
  • 21Hutton
  • 22Gardner
  • 28Cissokho
  • 31Bunn
  • 37Adomah
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
19,249

Match Stats

Home TeamIpswichAway TeamAston Villa
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home17
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away0
Corners
Home10
Away7
Fouls
Home10
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Ipswich Town 0, Aston Villa 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 0, Aston Villa 0.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Aly Cissokho.

Foul by Aly Cissokho (Aston Villa).

Grant Ward (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Jonas Knudsen.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Aly Cissokho.

Attempt blocked. Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Leon Best.

Attempt missed. Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Freddie Sears with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Pierluigi Gollini.

Attempt saved. Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Foul by Micah Richards (Aston Villa).

Luke Varney (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Ipswich Town. Luke Chambers tries a through ball, but Freddie Sears is caught offside.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by James Chester.

Attempt missed. Jonathan Douglas (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Freddie Sears with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Jonathan Kodjia.

Attempt blocked. Leon Best (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Freddie Sears with a cross.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Tommy Elphick.

Attempt blocked. Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Tommy Elphick (Aston Villa).

Leon Best (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Leon Best replaces Teddy Bishop because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Luke Varney replaces Brett Pitman.

Foul by Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa).

Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Grant Ward (Ipswich Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Albert Adomah replaces Leandro Bacuna.

Foul by Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa).

Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt blocked. Brett Pitman (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa).

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

Foul by Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa).

Grant Ward (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Jack Grealish (Aston Villa).

Grant Ward (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Ayew.

goal

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4Barnsley85031911815
5Birmingham8431106415
6Brentford8422135814
7Brighton8422106414
8Reading8422910-114
9Fulham834186213
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11Ipswich833287112
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17Burton8233121209
18Aston Villa81528808
19Preston8206712-56
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