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Bolton Wanderers 0-0 Ipswich Town

Mick McCarthy
Mick McCarthy's Ipswich Town are now unbeaten in eight Championship matches

Ipswich Town missed the chance to go top of the Championship but extended their unbeaten run to eight games with a goalless draw at in-form Bolton.

Derby's loss at Middlesbrough earlier in the day meant a win would have sent Mick McCarthy's side to the summit.

Midfielder Jay Tabb had their two best opportunities after half-time, but a close-range shot and a header were both kept out by goalkeeper Andy Lonergan.

Eidur Gudjohnsen played the final 30 minutes as a substitute for Bolton.

The 36-year-old former Chelsea and Barcelona forward made his first appearance for the club in more than 14 years after returning to Wanderers on a free transfer last week and was booked with a minute remaining.

Gudjohnsen returns
Eidur GudjohnsenEidur Gudjohnsen scored 27 goals in 77 games during his first spell with Bolton Wanderers between 1998 and 2000.
The Iceland striker's last outing before leaving to join Chelsea was against Ipswich in a second-tier play-off semi-final, a game in which he scored.

Bolton, who have now gone six matches without defeat, dropped points at home for the first time since Neil Lennon took charge in October.

Neither side could break the deadlock in an even first half, although both had chances to do so.

Lonergan tipped Daryl Murphy's lofted effort over the crossbar, and the Ipswich striker then curled a shot wide after being found by a glorious long-range pass from highly-rated full-back Tyrone Mings.

The hosts, who have taken 18 points from their 10 games under ex-Celtic boss Lennon, went close themselves when Max Clayton's shot was blocked by Christophe Berra and defender Tim Ream fired over.

Ipswich took control after the interval, but they could not find a winner.

After Lonergan's two saves from Tabb, Berra sent David McGoldrick clear but the striker's shot from a tight angle went wide.

The Tractor Boys dropped to fourth in the table, with Bournemouth the division's new leaders, while Bolton moved five points clear of the relegation zone.

Bolton manager Neil Lennon: " "If you can't win the game then don't lose it.

"I thought we had two good chances in the first half and Ipswich came on strong in the second. That's three clean sheets in a row but we just need a recipe for going forward.

"Eidur (Gudjohnsen) came in and gave us an injection of quality and life because we did lose our way. He will get better. He even got booked so he showed he has got lots of fight left in him which is always pleasing to see."

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy: "In the second half we were the dominant team but in the first I thought Bolton were the better side.

"They were a bit profligate when they had chance to create something and didn't. But our goalie didn't have save to make. In the second, there only looked likely to be one winner but in this league I was always conscious they didn't nick one and we got nothing from it.

"Bolton are back at it now."

Line-ups

Bolton

  • 24Lonergan
  • 14Dervite
  • 4Mills
  • 31WheaterSubstituted forVelaat 70'minutes
  • 5ReamBooked at 87mins
  • 21PratleySubstituted forGudjohnsenat 60'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 18Danns
  • 7Feeney
  • 27Lee
  • 12ClaytonSubstituted forSpearingat 28'minutes
  • 35Wilkinson

Substitutes

  • 1Bogdan
  • 3Moxey
  • 6Spearing
  • 11Hall
  • 17Trotter
  • 22Gudjohnsen
  • 25Vela

Ipswich

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 4Chambers
  • 5Smith
  • 6Berra
  • 3MingsBooked at 78mins
  • 27BishopSubstituted forBruat 72'minutes
  • 8Skuse
  • 18TabbSubstituted forAmbroseat 89'minutes
  • 11AndersonSubstituted forHuntat 78'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 10McGoldrickBooked at 44mins
  • 9Murphy

Substitutes

  • 1Gerken
  • 2Parr
  • 16Hunt
  • 17Bru
  • 28Clarke
  • 29Ambrose
  • 32Sammon
Referee:
Gary Sutton
Attendance:
15,186

Match Stats

Home TeamBoltonAway TeamIpswich
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home6
Away19
Shots on Target
Home0
Away7
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home13
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 0, Ipswich Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 0, Ipswich Town 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers).

  4. Post update

    Kevin Bru (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers).

  6. Post update

    Noel Hunt (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lee Chung-Yong (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Josh Vela.

  9. Booking

    Noel Hunt (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Noel Hunt (Ipswich Town).

  12. Booking

    Eidur Gudjohnsen (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Eidur Gudjohnsen (Bolton Wanderers).

  14. Post update

    Noel Hunt (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Ipswich Town. Darren Ambrose replaces Jay Tabb.

  16. Post update

    Josh Vela (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town).

  18. Booking

    Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers).

  20. Post update

    Noel Hunt (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.