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Ipswich Town 2-0 Bolton Wanderers

Ainsley Maitland-Niles
Ainsley Maitland-Niles (centre) scored his first senior goal

Ainsley Maitland-Niles scored his first senior goal as Ipswich beat Bolton for their first win since 15 September.

The 18-year-old, on loan from Arsenal, found the back of the net with a low left-foot finish from 25 yards.

Brett Pitman marked his return to Ipswich's starting line-up with his fourth goal of the season as his rasping shot secured all three points.

Wanderers failed to really test keeper Dean Gerken as their winless run stretched to nine games.

The hosts dominated proceedings and took the lead after just 13 minutes through their young winger.

Pitman was unlucky not to score in the first half as his goalbound effort from Daryl Murphy's cross was cleared off the line by Jose Manuel Casado.

Substitute Jonathan Douglas continued Ipswich's barrage on Bolton's goal early in the second half, with the midfielder's stinging shot from the edge of the box rattling the bar.

With the visitors looking unlikely to score, a brilliant piece of play between Freddie Sears and Pitman split the Bolton defence before the latter netted from a tight angle.

Bolton remain in the relegation places having won just one Championship game this season.

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy:

"We have played well in recent games and not got the result, so to get the win is a relief.

"I would have taken a scruffy shinner or an own goal to get back to winning ways but our performance was outstanding.

"We had a difficult spell in the first half but we weathered that storm. It was great to get a clean sheet, which was a team effort, and some of the play from the front lads was terrific."

Bolton manager Neil Lennon:

"There was a mental fragility but on the basis of previous games, I do think we have the squad.

"We need to start showing moral courage to score goals and put our foot in. There is no point being a nice team - we have to start winning games.

"I thought we were in the game in the first half, but we never competed in the second half.

"If you don't compete in this division, especially against a Mick McCarthy side, you will get beat."

Line-ups

Ipswich

  • 1Gerken
  • 4ChambersBooked at 80mins
  • 5Smith
  • 6Berra
  • 3KnudsenBooked at 26mins
  • 7Maitland-NilesSubstituted forDouglasat 44'minutes
  • 8Skuse
  • 17Bru
  • 20Sears
  • 9Murphy
  • 11PitmanSubstituted forMcGoldrickat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Parr
  • 10McGoldrick
  • 15Oar
  • 16Coke
  • 21Malarczyk
  • 22Douglas
  • 33Bialkowski

Bolton

  • 1Amos
  • 2GouanoSubstituted forDerikat 45'minutes
  • 4Dervite
  • 31Wheater
  • 20CasadoBooked at 7mins
  • 8SpearingSubstituted forHeskeyat 79'minutes
  • 6Vela
  • 21Pratley
  • 12ClaytonSubstituted forWooleryat 73'minutes
  • 14MadineBooked at 58mins
  • 7Feeney

Substitutes

  • 13Rachubka
  • 15Derik
  • 18Danns
  • 19Heskey
  • 23Dobbie
  • 27Twardzik
  • 30Woolery
Referee:
Darren Deadman
Attendance:
17,017

Match Stats

Home TeamIpswichAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home21
Away10
Shots on Target
Home10
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home13
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ipswich Town 2, Bolton Wanderers 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 2, Bolton Wanderers 0.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Liam Feeney (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from long range on the left is too high.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Ipswich Town. David McGoldrick replaces Brett Pitman.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Jonathan Douglas with a headed pass.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Emile Heskey (Bolton Wanderers).

  8. Post update

    Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Freddie Sears.

  10. Post update

    Offside, Ipswich Town. Jonas Knudsen tries a through ball, but Daryl Murphy is caught offside.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Brett Pitman.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonas Knudsen.

  13. Post update

    Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Casado tries a through ball, but Gary Madine is caught offside.

  14. Booking

    Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  15. Post update

    Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town).

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Emile Heskey replaces Jay Spearing.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town) header from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kevin Bru with a cross following a set piece situation.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Casado (Bolton Wanderers).

  20. Post update

    Kevin Bru (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hull159422381531
2Burnley159422314931
3Brighton158701911831
4Middlesbrough159332491530
5Derby1586122101230
6Birmingham157441915425
7Reading156632315824
8Sheff Wed156631916324
9Cardiff155731512322
10Ipswich155641821-321
11Fulham155552723420
12Brentford156272022-220
13QPR155462224-219
14Wolves155372021-118
15Blackburn153751414016
16Preston153751113-216
17Leeds153751319-616
18Huddersfield153661620-415
19Nottm Forest153571116-514
20MK Dons154291321-814
21Bristol City153571726-914
22Bolton151771022-1210
23Charlton152491125-1410
24Rotherham1523101528-139
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