Match ends, Ipswich Town 0, Wigan Athletic 0.
Ipswich Town 0-0 Wigan Athletic
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.
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.
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."
- 5SmithBooked at 31mins
- 11AndersonSubstituted forBishopat 45'minutes
- 18TabbSubstituted forParrat 83'minutes
- 16HuntSubstituted forSearsat 65'minutes
- 26Al Habsi
- 24PerchBooked at 80mins
- 36KvistBooked at 35mins
- 33WaghornSubstituted forMckayat 78'minutes
- 11McCleanBooked at 40mins
- Charles Breakspear
- Shots on Target
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, 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.
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, 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.