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Bournemouth 2-2 Ipswich Town

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Daryl Murphy's header rescued a point for Ipswich as Bournemouth lost ground on Championship leaders Derby.

Yann Kermorgant's scissors kick gave Bournemouth the lead but Ipswich pulled level through Teddy Bishop's side-foot.

Ritchie's close-range shot at the back post put Bournemouth back in front, but Murphy equalised with a header from Paul Anderson's free-kick.

The result put Bournemouth three points behind Derby, with Ipswich a point further behind in fourth.

The Cherries began at a blistering pace with Ritchie thumping the bar from 18 yards before Kermorgant found the net with a superb strike for his fourth of the season.

Bournemouth continued to press and Ipswich had goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski to thank after he denied Marc Pugh, Callum Wilson and Ritchie in quick succession.

Ipswich grew into the game as the half wore on and a header by Murphy glanced the crossbar.

Cherries keeper Artur Boruc was also called into action before the break, first saving David McGoldrick's strike with his legs, before tipping Christophe Berra's header over the bar.

However, Ipswich equalised five minutes after half-time as Bishop converted Tyrone Mings' cross from 12 yards.

That scoreline lasted just four minutes as Bournemouth went back in front, Wilson finding Ritchie, who converted at the back post.

Bournemouth were denied a penalty after substitute Tokelo Rantie was sandwiched by two Ipswich defenders, an incident that resulted in the South Africa striker being stretchered off and forced 12 minutes of stoppage time.

Pugh's shot was then well saved by Bialkowski, but it was Ipswich who scored next with Murphy's header from Anderson's swung free-kick to make it 2-2.

Bournemouth pushed for a winner, with Pugh curling a shot just wide and seeing another effort saved, while Harry Arter blazed over the bar and Brett Pitman wasted another chance in added time.

Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy: "I won't have this little old Bournemouth routine because if you come down here with that attitude you will get a slap. They have got a team of real hard-nosed players and they have spent a few bob on getting that.

"If you get a point away from home it's a good point. I would take a point without getting off the bus because of how competitive this league is."

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe: "We made a great start. We looked in great form and like we would carry on our good run.

"I couldn't be more pleased with the team and I think the only thing that was missing was the goals. I think it was one of our very best performances of the season."

Line-ups

Bournemouth

  • 31Boruc
  • 2Francis
  • 5Elphick
  • 3S Cook
  • 11Daniels
  • 30RitchieBooked at 52mins
  • 8Arter
  • 6Surman
  • 7Pugh
  • 18KermorgantBooked at 90mins
  • 13C WilsonSubstituted forRantieat 62'minutesSubstituted forPitmanat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Camp
  • 4Gosling
  • 9Rantie
  • 10Pitman
  • 15A Smith
  • 19Stanislas
  • 20Fraser

Ipswich

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 4Chambers
  • 5Smith
  • 6BerraBooked at 59mins
  • 3MingsBooked at 73minsSubstituted forParrat 83'minutes
  • 17BruSubstituted forBishopat 17'minutesSubstituted forSammonat 90+2'minutes
  • 8Skuse
  • 19HyamBooked at 86mins
  • 11Anderson
  • 10McGoldrick
  • 9Murphy

Substitutes

  • 1Gerken
  • 2Parr
  • 14Bajner
  • 18Tabb
  • 23Henshall
  • 27Bishop
  • 32Sammon
Referee:
Michael Bull
Attendance:
11,115

Match Stats

Home TeamBournemouthAway TeamIpswich
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home23
Away10
Shots on Target
Home9
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bournemouth 2, Ipswich Town 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bournemouth 2, Ipswich Town 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Matt Ritchie.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Harry Arter (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrew Surman.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Matt Ritchie.

  6. Post update

    Offside, Ipswich Town. Daryl Murphy tries a through ball, but Conor Sammon is caught offside.

  7. Booking

    Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth).

  9. Post update

    Jonathan Parr (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town).

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Conor Sammon with a headed pass.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Harry Arter (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Brett Pitman with a headed pass.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Ritchie.

  15. Post update

    Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town).

  17. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Jonathan Parr.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Harry Arter following a set piece situation.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Ipswich Town. Conor Sammon replaces Teddy Bishop.

  20. Post update

    Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.