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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 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

Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 0, Ipswich Town 0.

Full Time

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

Foul by Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers).

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

Foul by Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers).

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

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

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

Booking

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

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

Foul by Noel Hunt (Ipswich Town).

Booking

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

Foul by Eidur Gudjohnsen (Bolton Wanderers).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Darren Ambrose replaces Jay Tabb.

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

Foul by Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town).

Booking

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

Foul by Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers).

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

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Matt Mills.

Attempt blocked. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Daryl Murphy.

Attempt missed. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Noel Hunt.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Lee Chung-Yong (Bolton Wanderers) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Noel Hunt replaces Paul Anderson.

Booking

Tyrone Mings (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers).

Paul Anderson (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Tyrone Mings.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Tim Ream.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Kevin Bru replaces Teddy Bishop.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Josh Vela replaces David Wheater.

Foul by Dorian Dervite (Bolton Wanderers).

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

Attempt saved. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Daryl Murphy.

Attempt missed. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Paul Anderson.

Offside, Ipswich Town. Cole Skuse tries a through ball, but David McGoldrick is caught offside.

Attempt missed. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Christophe Berra.

Attempt missed. David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Tim Ream following a set piece situation.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth21116444242039
2Middlesbrough21116435152039
3Derby21115538211738
4Ipswich21108332201238
5Brentford2111463427737
6Watford21105638231535
7Norwich2196635241133
8Blackburn218763231131
9Nottm Forest217953126530
10Charlton2161232322130
11Cardiff218672727030
12Wolves218672431-730
13Sheff Wed2161051617-128
14Fulham2174103139-825
15Birmingham216782332-925
16Reading2174102636-1025
17Huddersfield216692738-1124
18Bolton2165102228-623
19Leeds2165102431-723
20Millwall215882331-823
21Rotherham214981626-1021
22Brighton213992129-818
23Wigan2138102128-717
24Blackpool2127121633-1713
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