Peterborough missed the chance to climb out of the Championship relegation zone as fellow strugglers Ipswich held them to a goalless draw at London Road.

Both sides had early opportunities before Ipswich striker Frank Nouble saw his shot from distance hit the bar.

Nouble missed three more chances but Peterborough improved after half-time and Tommy Rowe's 20-yard effort tested Ipswich keeper Stephen Henderson.

Neither side could break through, though, and a draw was the fair result.

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy will be happier than opposite number Darren Ferguson after gaining an away point that boosts their own survival bid.

His side made a slow start but eventually grew into the contest and Nouble rattled the woodwork after 26 minutes.

The same man then went close twice within a minute. First he drew a fine save from Robert Olejnik and then his header narrowly missed the target.

Posh blunted

Peterborough's last goalless draw came against the same opponents on 8 December 2009. They have since played 156 league games (171 in all competitions) without a 0-0 result

Ferguson's side were struggling and Olejnik had to save again from a Nouble header six minutes before half-time.

Peterborough were a different proposition just after the break - Danny Swanson's shot was blocked by Andy Drury and Tommy Smith had to put his body in the way of a Nathaniel Mendez-Laing shot from 12 yards.

After Rowe brought out the best in Henderson, Ferguson made a triple substitution as he went in search of victory.

But it did not arrive and Posh remain second-bottom of the table.

Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson:

"Bobby [Olejnik] has produced two brilliant saves. They were both massive moments in the game as we couldn't afford to fall behind.

"The clean sheet is the positive I take out of the game but we were not clinical enough for the second successive match.

"If we can win at Leeds on Tuesday night, we'll be out of the bottom three and that would be happy days."

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy:

"How we haven't got a penalty is beyond me. I'm not one for wearing rose-tinted glasses but there was a clear handball in the box and the referee has given nothing.

"We played well enough to win the game but we didn't put the ball in the net. The lack of goals is obviously a concern and it is something we work on every single day in training.

"But we would have scored twice had it not been for two fabulous saves. Peterborough's keeper has earned them their point.

"It's not a bad point for us either. It keeps us ticking over and keeps Peterborough below us."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Peterborough

  • 01 Olejnik
  • 05 Zakuani
  • 19 Little
  • 06 Bostwick
  • 07 Swanson Booked (Barnett - 68' )
  • 11 McCann (Ntlhe - 68' )
  • 14 Rowe
  • 26 Payne
  • 44 Mendez-Laing Booked (Newell - 68' )
  • 08 Tomlin
  • 34 Gayle

Substitutes

  • 13 Day
  • 03 Alcock
  • 04 Brisley
  • 24 Ntlhe
  • 17 Newell
  • 18 Ferdinand
  • 09 Barnett

Ipswich

  • 13 Henderson
  • 02 Hewitt
  • 03 Cresswell
  • 04 Chambers
  • 20 Smith
  • 08 N'daw
  • 17 Drury (E'-Thomas - 81' )
  • 18 Tabb
  • 19 Hyam
  • 16 McGoldrick
  • 35 Nouble (Mclean - 69' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Loach
  • 06 Kisnorbo
  • 15 Mings
  • 07 Edwards
  • 09 E'-Thomas
  • 25 Mclean
  • 27 Murphy
Ref: Linington
Att: 9,367

Match Stats

Shots

8 16

On target

4 8

Corners

4 7

Fouls

11 5

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +2:28 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +1:45

The referee blows for offside. Stephen Henderson takes the free kick.

90:00 +1:24

A cross is delivered by Lee Tomlin, clearance made by Luke Chambers.

89:13

Joe Newell delivers the ball, save by Stephen Henderson.

88:00

Unfair challenge on Elliott Hewitt by Tyrone Barnett results in a free kick. Stephen Henderson takes the direct free kick.

86:00

Lee Tomlin takes a shot. Save by Stephen Henderson.

84:56

Aaron Mclean takes a shot. Save by Robert Olejnik.

83:06

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Guirane N'Daw by Tyrone Barnett. Stephen Henderson takes the free kick.

79:56

Free kick crossed left-footed by Aaron Cresswell, clearance made by Michael Bostwick.

79:56 Substitution

Substitution Jay Emmanuel-Thomas joins the action as a substitute, replacing Andy Drury.

79:56

Tommy Rowe challenges Jay Tabb unfairly and gives away a free kick.

79:36

Centre by Elliott Hewitt.

78:39

Aaron Mclean concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Tomlin. Robert Olejnik takes the free kick.

78:22

Andy Drury takes the outswinging corner, Tyrone Barnett manages to make a clearance.

78:12

Centre by Aaron Mclean, blocked by Gabriel Zakuani.

77:38

Effort from deep inside the area by Dwight Gayle misses to the left of the target.

77:14

Andy Drury takes a shot. Robert Olejnik makes a comfortable save.

74:40

The ball is delivered by Mark Little, Header on goal by Tyrone Barnett from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

72:44

The ball is swung over by Andy Drury, blocked by Joe Newell.

72:26

Andy Drury takes a short corner.

71:38

Jay Tabb produces a cross.

68:55 Substitution

Substitution Aaron Mclean is brought on as a substitute for Frank Nouble.

67:26 Substitution

Substitution Tyrone Barnett joins the action as a substitute, replacing Danny Swanson.

67:26 Substitution

Substitution Kgosi Ntlhe replaces Grant McCann.

67:26 Substitution

Substitution Joe Newell replaces Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.

66:35

Guirane N'Daw takes a shot. Robert Olejnik makes a comfortable save.

65:11

Unfair challenge on Dwight Gayle by Luke Hyam results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Michael Bostwick.

64:41

Centre by Frank Nouble, clearance made by Mark Little.

61:58

Frank Nouble has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.

60:38

Tommy Rowe takes a shot. Save by Stephen Henderson.

58:10

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Andy Drury from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Grant McCann.

56:20

Jay Tabb challenges Jack Payne unfairly and gives away a free kick. Grant McCann takes the free kick.

55:30

Dwight Gayle is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Stephen Henderson.

53:04

Corner taken right-footed by Andy Drury from the right by-line to the near post, Lee Tomlin makes a clearance.

52:36

The ball is swung over by Andy Drury, David McGoldrick takes a shot. Save made by Robert Olejnik.

52:06

Gabriel Zakuani challenges Frank Nouble unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Elliott Hewitt.

50:57

Luke Hyam delivers the ball, David McGoldrick takes a shot. Blocked by Mark Little.

50:45

Andy Drury delivers the ball, clearance by Gabriel Zakuani.

47:52

Corner taken by Grant McCann, Michael Bostwick challenges Tommy Smith unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Stephen Henderson.

47:40

Danny Swanson takes a shot. Blocked by Andy Drury.

47:23

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing takes a shot. Tommy Smith gets a block in.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:00 +2:12 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

44:46

A cross is delivered by Elliott Hewitt, Gabriel Zakuani manages to make a clearance.

43:23

Lee Tomlin challenges Luke Chambers unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stephen Henderson restarts play with the free kick.

42:16

The ball is sent over by Aaron Cresswell, clearance made by Gabriel Zakuani.

40:01

Unfair challenge on Guirane N'Daw by Grant McCann results in a free kick. Stephen Henderson takes the direct free kick.

38:51

The ball is delivered by Andy Drury, Frank Nouble takes a shot. Save made by Robert Olejnik.

38:44

Aaron Cresswell sends in a cross, Gabriel Zakuani makes a clearance.

35:58

Stephen Henderson takes the direct free kick.

35:58 Booking

Booking Nathaniel Mendez-Laing is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

35:53

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nathaniel Mendez-Laing on Elliott Hewitt.

35:09

Guirane N'Daw challenges Tommy Rowe unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Robert Olejnik.

34:30

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Elliott Hewitt by Gabriel Zakuani. Luke Chambers takes the direct free kick.

33:36

Luke Hyam has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide left of the goal.

31:01

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Andy Drury from the right by-line, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Frank Nouble misses to the right of the target.

30:47

Frank Nouble takes a shot. Brilliant save by Robert Olejnik.

25:57

Corner taken right-footed by Andy Drury from the right by-line, Shot by Jay Tabb from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

25:32

Jay Tabb sends in a cross, save by Robert Olejnik.

25:24

The ball is swung over by Elliott Hewitt.

25:07

Frank Nouble produces a right-footed shot from outside the area and hits the bar.

24:38

The referee gives a free kick against Gabriel Zakuani for handball. Guirane N'Daw takes the free kick.

23:25

Elliott Hewitt crosses the ball.

22:45

David McGoldrick has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

22:19

Unfair challenge on Gabriel Zakuani by David McGoldrick results in a free kick. Grant McCann takes the direct free kick.

20:32

Stephen Henderson takes the direct free kick.

20:32 Booking

Booking Danny Swanson is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

19:49

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Elliott Hewitt by Danny Swanson.

19:14

Andy Drury takes a shot. Blocked by Gabriel Zakuani.

17:50

A cross is delivered by Lee Tomlin.

17:17

Aaron Cresswell takes a shot from a long way out clearing the crossbar.

16:51

Corner taken right-footed by Andy Drury, clearance by Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.

15:58

Mark Little sends in a cross, clearance by Elliott Hewitt.

15:05

Guirane N'Daw has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.

13:57

The offside flag is raised against David McGoldrick. Tommy Rowe restarts play with the free kick.

10:22

Tommy Rowe has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area missing to the wide left of the goal.

7:31

Inswinging corner taken by Lee Tomlin from the left by-line, clearance by Elliott Hewitt.

7:24

Mark Little produces a cross, clearance made by Elliott Hewitt.

5:58

The ball is delivered by Andy Drury.

3:53

Danny Swanson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luke Hyam. Tommy Smith restarts play with the free kick.

1:38

Corner from the left by-line taken by Lee Tomlin, save by Stephen Henderson.

1:17

Danny Swanson takes a shot. Guirane N'Daw gets a block in.

1:08

Grant McCann sends in a cross, Luke Hyam manages to make a clearance.

0:32

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Grant McCann from the left by-line, clearance made by Luke Chambers.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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