Championship
IpswichIpswich Town0CharltonCharlton Athletic0
Mick McCarthy and Jose Riga
Neither Mick McCarthy or Jose Riga would have been satisfied with a point

Ipswich and Charlton's respective hopes of reaching the Championship play-offs and avoiding relegation were dented in a goalless draw at Portman Road.

A game of few chances saw Charlton go closest late on when Bartosz Bialkowski denied both Ademola Lookman and Yaya Sanogo with a sharp double save.

Ipswich failed to score for a third successive game as they slipped seven points behind the play-off places.

Charlton stay second from bottom and seven points adrift of safety.

Mick McCarthy named an unchanged Ipswich starting line-up but saw his side equal their longest goal drought of the season.

Charlton were unable to build on their home win against Birmingham on Saturday and results elsewhere saw them fall a point further behind in their attempts to beat the drop to League One.

But Jose Riga's side kept Bialkowski the busier of the two goalkeepers on the night.

As well as Lookman and Sanogo's late efforts, Jorge Teixera had a near post header tipped over the bar in the closing moments of the first half.

Callum Harriott also proved a handful throughout for the Ipswich defence.

Ben Pringle had the home side's best effort when his rasping first-half shot from outside the box was tipped behind for a corner by Nick Pope.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy:

"It was a difficult game with neither side doing enough to win it. Both had chances and why they are in the bottom three, heaven only knows.

"They are a pretty tight unit and we weren't good enough to break that down.

"It did neither of us any favours - us trying to get into the play-offs and them out of the bottom three.

"We will try and win our next game and win as many as we can and see where that takes us.

But we are now in a must-win situation - there is no getting away from that."

Charlton manager Jose Riga:

"You have seen from that performance that we have the drive, will and commitment to fight until the end, until it is mathematically not possible.

"But we will need to create a miracle.

"We did very well and tried to play football while enduring a tough challenge. We created good opportunities and was strong both offensively and defensively.

"The only thing missing was the one goal and we deserved to take all three points. We were not lucky with the other results but we have to keep performing."

Line-ups

Ipswich

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 4Chambers
  • 5Smith
  • 6Berra
  • 3KnudsenBooked at 16mins
  • 12FeeneySubstituted forMcGoldrickat 65'minutes
  • 22Douglas
  • 8Skuse
  • 20Sears
  • 15PringleSubstituted forVarneyat 45'minutes
  • 11PitmanSubstituted forBishopat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Gerken
  • 10McGoldrick
  • 17Bru
  • 19Hyam
  • 27Bishop
  • 42Varney
  • 44Foley

Charlton

  • 30Pope
  • 20Solly
  • 15Fanni
  • 50TeixeiraBooked at 46mins
  • 21Fox
  • 7Berg GudmundssonSubstituted forMottaat 19'minutesSubstituted forMakienokat 87'minutes
  • 12Diarra
  • 8CousinsBooked at 85mins
  • 37Lookman
  • 11HarriottSubstituted forVetokeleat 74'minutes
  • 25Sanogo

Substitutes

  • 1Henderson
  • 2Yun
  • 4Jackson
  • 9Makienok
  • 14Vetokele
  • 26Lennon
  • 47Motta
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
17,787

Match Stats

Home TeamIpswichAway TeamCharlton
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home13
Away16
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away8
Fouls
Home8
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ipswich Town 0, Charlton Athletic 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 0, Charlton Athletic 0.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Ipswich Town. Freddie Sears tries a through ball, but David McGoldrick is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Tommy Smith.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Luke Chambers.

  6. Post update

    Teddy Bishop (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Alou Diarra (Charlton Athletic).

  8. Post update

    Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Luke Varney.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Luke Chambers.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Simon Makienok replaces Marco Motta.

  11. Post update

    Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Igor Vetokele (Charlton Athletic).

  13. Booking

    Jordan Cousins (Charlton Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

  14. Post update

    Teddy Bishop (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Igor Vetokele (Charlton Athletic).

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Luke Chambers.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Ipswich Town. Teddy Bishop replaces Brett Pitman.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Yaya Sanogo (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ademola Lookman (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich Town).

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