Huddersfield and Ipswich played out a goalless draw at the John Smith's Stadium that did neither side's hopes of avoiding relegation any favours.

The home side had the better of the game with Neil Danns, Lee Novak and substitute Theo Robinson all having chances.

Luke Hyam had an effort blocked by Scott Arfield but otherwise Ipswich rarely threatened.

It will be seen as two points dropped for Huddersfield boss Mark Robins.

However, the former Coventry manager will be heartened by his side's defensive display in this encounter after Huddersfield having conceded 10 goals in his first two games in charge.

Terriers' tribulations continue

The draw means Huddersfield have managed just one league win in their last 17 games

There was little to excite the fans in the first half, with clear-cut chances at a premium.

Arfield's 20-yard effort in the seventh minute was deflected wide by Richard Stearman, before Adam Clayton dragged a shot wide for Huddersfield.

Ipswich were evidently trying to get the ball to Michael Chopra as often as possible, but the striker was well marshalled by Terriers defender Peter Clarke.

The home side's best chance arrived five minutes into the second half when Novak's shot was parried by Stephen Henderson before the Ipswich keeper managed to keep out Danns's follow up.

Huddersfield introduced Robinson, who signed on loan from Derby on Friday, and the striker's pace soon started to cause problems.

He should have opened the scoring 19 minutes from time when he was picked out by James Vaughan's pass over the top but he failed to connect with the ball from eight yards.

That proved to be the last real chance of the game as both sides had to settle for a point, which leaves Huddersfield three points above the relegation zone and Ipswich one point better off.

Huddersfield manager Mark Robins said: "They came for a point and got a point. We tried to get all three of them.

"There's a little bit of a lack of confidence and the surface doesn't help when you try to pass it but we tried.

"We had about seven shots on target and some good opportunities to score but we didn't take any of them. That's why it's only a point and not three."

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy said: "It was two bang ordinary teams on the day, playing on a lousy pitch. But I'll take a point all day long.

"It's a good point for us; I've never had a bad point away from home.

"We're both nervous, both looking at the wrong end of the table and that doesn't produce wonderfully free-flowing football."

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90:00 +4:24 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +4:02

The assistant referee flags for offside against Theo Robinson. Stephen Henderson restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +2:30

Theo Robinson is ruled offside. Stephen Henderson restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +1:48

The assistant referee signals for offside against Andy Drury. Alex Smithies restarts play with the free kick.

89:21

Corner taken right-footed by Andy Drury, clearance made by Peter Clarke.

87:51

Jack Hunt takes a shot. Save made by Stephen Henderson.

86:00

The ball is sent over by Guirane N'Daw.

83:22

Corner taken by Jack Hunt, Richard Stearman manages to make a clearance. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Jack Hunt, save by Stephen Henderson.

82:47 Substitution

Substitution Frank Nouble on for Michael Chopra.

80:37

Corner taken by Jack Hunt, Luke Hyam manages to make a clearance.

80:09

Andy Drury concedes a free kick for a foul on Calum Woods. Free kick crossed right-footed by Calum Woods from right channel.

77:51 Substitution

Substitution Andy Drury is brought on as a substitute for Lee Martin.

75:12

Corner taken by Jack Hunt from the right by-line, Stephen Henderson makes a save.

75:12 Substitution

Substitution Adam Clayton goes off and Jack Hunt comes on.

73:35

Daryl Murphy takes a shot. Alex Smithies makes a save.

72:16

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Adam Clayton, Tommy Smith manages to make a clearance.

71:44

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Adam Clayton from the right by-line, save made by Stephen Henderson.

70:50

Michael Chopra fouled by Peter Clarke, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Luke Hyam.

67:21

Theo Robinson is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Stephen Henderson.

66:35

Daryl Murphy concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Dixon. Alex Smithies restarts play with the free kick.

64:09

Daryl Murphy fouled by Peter Clarke, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Luke Hyam.

63:19 Substitution

Substitution Sean Scannell replaces Oscar Gobern.

61:43

Free kick taken by Stephen Henderson.

61:43 Booking

Booking James Vaughan receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

61:40

James Vaughan concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Henderson.

57:36

Direct free kick taken by Alex Smithies.

57:36 Substitution

Substitution Theo Robinson replaces Lee Novak.

57:36

Unfair challenge on James Vaughan by Luke Hyam results in a free kick.

54:46

Foul by Tommy Smith on James Vaughan, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Adam Clayton, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tommy Smith by Peter Clarke. Free kick taken by Stephen Henderson.

53:53 Substitution

Substitution Daryl Murphy joins the action as a substitute, replacing David McGoldrick.

53:04

The offside flag is raised against David McGoldrick. Anthony Gerrard takes the free kick.

51:44

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Lee Martin played to the near post, clearance by Adam Clayton. Lee Martin takes the inswinging corner, Alex Smithies makes a save.

50:56

Free kick awarded for a foul by Guirane N'Daw on Neil Danns. Anthony Gerrard restarts play with the free kick.

49:35

Lee Novak takes a shot. Stephen Henderson makes a save. Scott Arfield takes a shot. Save made by Stephen Henderson.

48:49

A cross is delivered by Carlos Edwards.

47:57

The ball is crossed by Paul Dixon.

46:35

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Vaughan by Carlos Edwards. Paul Dixon takes the direct free kick.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:00 +1:35 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

44:33

James Vaughan takes a shot. Stephen Henderson makes a save.

43:09

Handball by Lee Novak. Free kick taken by Stephen Henderson.

39:52

Free kick awarded for a foul by James Vaughan on Lee Martin. Stephen Henderson takes the direct free kick.

37:04

Corner taken by Lee Martin from the right by-line.

35:48

Oscar Gobern challenges Richard Stearman unfairly and gives away a free kick. Carlos Edwards takes the free kick.

34:42

Foul by Oscar Gobern on Michael Chopra, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Aaron Cresswell.

33:44

Lee Novak produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.

31:42

Corner taken left-footed by Aaron Cresswell to the near post, Lee Novak makes a clearance.

28:51

Inswinging corner taken by Adam Clayton from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Luke Chambers.

19:50

David McGoldrick challenges Oscar Gobern unfairly and gives away a free kick. Adam Clayton takes the free kick.

16:37

Adam Clayton is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick taken by Aaron Cresswell.

11:51

Adam Clayton produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty area and misses left.

9:59

Foul by Oscar Gobern on Luke Hyam, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Guirane N'Daw, clearance made by Anthony Gerrard.

6:42

Luke Chambers concedes a free kick for a foul on James Vaughan. Strike comes in from Scott Arfield from the free kick. Adam Clayton takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Carlos Edwards.

4:55

Michael Chopra is caught offside. Alex Smithies restarts play with the free kick.

3:38

James Vaughan is caught offside. Stephen Henderson takes the free kick.

1:16

The referee blows for offside. Alex Smithies takes the indirect free kick.

0:00

The referee gets the game underway.

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