Brett Pitman rescued a point for Bournemouth as they held in-form Ipswich to a draw.

Daryl Murphy converted a Frank Nouble cross to give Ipswich the lead, before Pitman fired into the roof of the net after latching onto a rebound.

Ryan Fraser had two early chances for the Cherries, while Dean Gerken saved well from Eunan O'Kane and Lewis Grabban.

Pitman sent a late header wide as Gerken also denied Andrew Surman.

The result ensures Mick McCarthy's men are now unbeaten in seven and have not lost away from Portman Road since early September, putting them in a play-off spot.

Bournemouth sprung into life after 10 minutes and should have gone ahead through Fraser.

A 17-year wait

This was the first competitive meeting between the two sides since a two-legged League Cup tie in 1996-97, which Ipswich won 5-1 on aggregate

Grabban squared for Fraser after good work from Josh McQuoid but the Scottish winger saw his goal-bound drive brilliantly diverted wide by Luke Chambers.

Fraser then sped on to a calamitous back pass from Ipswich left-back Aaron Cresswell but blazed his shot over the bar.

Two minutes later, Gerken had to be alert to tip over a dipping O'Kane effort.

Gerken's best save of the afternoon was a brave stop from Bournemouth top scorer Grabban, who had found space in the box after a good pass from Surman.

Ipswich, who named an unchanged side for the fifth successive match, pushed forward towards the end of the half but a deflected Luke Hyam effort was as close as they got.

Hyam got on the end of a Murphy cross straight after the break and would have scored but for a vital interception from Elliott Ward.

After Murphy turned home a teasing Frank Nouble cross, Bournemouth pushed forward and Fraser continued his duel with Gerken but came off second best once again after 65 minutes.

Pitman's fifth of the campaign, which came after Gerken saved brilliantly from Surman's long-range effort, lifted Bournemouth and the match could have gone either way.

Gerken stayed strong until the end, though, keeping out further drives from Surman and watching a Grabban header fly over the bar in injury time.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe:

"I felt we deserved three points and are disappointed we couldn't force a second goal.

"Credit to Ipswich for their defending but we are frustrated.

"Our performance was a really high level and I can't fault the players in any way. They are in really good form but we had great chances but didn't take them and at this level you need to take your opportunities."

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy told BBC Radio Suffolk:

"Four points from two away games, I'd have been delighted with whoever we'd played, but we've just played a really good team.

"I thought there were spells in the game that they dominated and there were spells where we had it and the momentum was gained by both of us.

"It was a really good defensive performance in the end.

"[Talking about promotion] I never get wrapped up in all that nonsense. Let's just try and be as good as we possibly can and then be realistic as to what we can achieve. We're on a good run and let's hope we can keep it going."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (4)

AFC Bournemouth

  • 42 Camp
  • 02 Francis
  • 11 Daniels
  • 32 O'Kane
  • 05 Elphick
  • 22 Ward
  • 30 Ritchie
  • 17 McQuoid (Pitman - 60' )
  • 09 Grabban
  • 04 Surman
  • 20 Fraser (Pugh - 73' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Allsop
  • 07 Pugh
  • 10 Pitman
  • 14 Harte
  • 15 Thomas
  • 24 Addison
  • 26 Hughes

Ipswich Town

  • 22 Gerken
  • 04 Chambers
  • 03 Cresswell
  • 08 Skuse
  • 06 Berra
  • 05 Smith
  • 19 Hyam Booked
  • 16 Tunnicliffe
  • 09 Murphy
  • 10 McGoldrick (Mings - 87' )
  • 35 Nouble (Taylor - 76' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Loach
  • 07 Edwards
  • 11 Anderson
  • 15 Mings
  • 17 Graham
  • 18 Tabb
  • 26 Taylor
Ref: Phil Gibbs
Att: 11,096

Match Stats

Shots

20 15

On target

7 4

Corners

16 9

Fouls

5 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Bournemouth 1, Ipswich Town 1.

90:00 +4:22 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Bournemouth 1, Ipswich Town 1.

90:00 +3:28

Hand ball by Paul Taylor (Ipswich Town).

90:00 +2:05

Offside, Bournemouth. Elliott Ward tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.

90:00 +1:46

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Luke Chambers.

88:50

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Tyrone Mings.

87:29

Offside, Ipswich Town. Paul Taylor tries a through ball, but Aaron Cresswell is caught offside.

86:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ipswich Town. Tyrone Mings replaces David McGoldrick.

85:12

Attempt saved. Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

84:32

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Tommy Smith.

83:37

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Tommy Smith.

83:11

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Luke Hyam.

83:08

Attempt blocked. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrew Surman.

81:40

Attempt missed. Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) header from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Marc Pugh with a cross.

79:45

Attempt blocked. Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

79:08

Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

79:08

Foul by Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town).

78:23 Booking

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

78:05

Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

78:05

Foul by Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town).

76:54

Foul by Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth).

76:54

Dean Gerken (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:23

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Luke Hyam.

76:18

Attempt blocked. Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lewis Grabban.

75:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ipswich Town. Paul Taylor replaces Frank Nouble.

75:14

Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:14

Foul by Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town).

75:07

Attempt blocked. Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by David McGoldrick.

73:43 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bournemouth 1, Ipswich Town 1. Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

73:42

Attempt saved. Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

73:39

Attempt blocked. Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

73:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bournemouth. Marc Pugh replaces Ryan Fraser.

71:37

Offside, Ipswich Town. Luke Hyam tries a through ball, but David McGoldrick is caught offside.

67:55

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Ryan Tunnicliffe.

67:15

Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

67:15

Foul by David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town).

66:52

Attempt saved. Ryan Tunnicliffe (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by David McGoldrick.

65:57

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Dean Gerken.

65:53

Attempt saved. Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Elliott Ward.

64:33

Offside, Bournemouth. Matt Ritchie tries a through ball, but Ryan Fraser is caught offside.

61:28

Offside, Bournemouth. Lee Camp tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.

60:48

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

60:17

Attempt missed. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Tunnicliffe.

59:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bournemouth. Brett Pitman replaces Josh McQuoid.

58:38 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bournemouth 0, Ipswich Town 1. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Frank Nouble with a cross.

58:00

Foul by Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth).

58:00

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

55:58

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Daryl Murphy.

55:22

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Luke Chambers.

54:20

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Tommy Elphick.

53:16

Offside, Bournemouth. Josh McQuoid tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.

52:00

Attempt blocked. Ryan Tunnicliffe (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by David McGoldrick.

50:37

Attempt saved. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Eunan O'Kane.

50:01

Attempt blocked. Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Frank Nouble.

48:20

Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

48:20

Foul by Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town).

46:57

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Simon Francis.

45:00

Second Half begins Bournemouth 0, Ipswich Town 0.

45:00 +1:08 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Bournemouth 0, Ipswich Town 0.

44:14

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Elliott Ward.

44:11

Attempt blocked. Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David McGoldrick.

42:40

Attempt missed. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Luke Hyam.

40:49

Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

40:49

Foul by Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town).

39:07

Hand ball by David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town).

38:07

Attempt blocked. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Fraser with a cross.

36:17

Offside, Bournemouth. Lee Camp tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.

35:22

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Luke Chambers.

34:12

Attempt blocked. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Josh McQuoid.

33:55

Attempt saved. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andrew Surman.

32:45

Attempt blocked. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Fraser.

32:06

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

31:58

Delay in match David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) because of an injury.

31:28

Foul by Andrew Surman (Bournemouth).

31:28

David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

30:09

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Simon Francis.

27:04

Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

27:04

Foul by Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town).

24:37

Eunan O'Kane (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

24:37

Foul by Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town).

24:02

Attempt saved. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

23:59

Attempt blocked. Elliott Ward (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

23:30

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Dean Gerken.

22:37

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Luke Chambers.

21:38

Attempt missed. Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left.

20:12

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

17:57

Simon Francis (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

17:57

Foul by Frank Nouble (Ipswich Town).

15:44

Josh McQuoid (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:44

Foul by Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town).

15:04

Offside, Bournemouth. Andrew Surman tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.

15:00

Attempt blocked. Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrew Surman.

13:50

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Luke Chambers.

13:49

Attempt blocked. Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lewis Grabban.

12:56

Attempt missed. Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Eunan O'Kane.

11:50

Attempt saved. Frank Nouble (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell.

9:27

Foul by Andrew Surman (Bournemouth).

9:27

David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

8:27

Attempt blocked. Frank Nouble (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

6:53

Attempt saved. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

6:16

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Simon Francis.

6:15

Attempt blocked. Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell with a cross.

5:55

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Simon Francis.

5:43

Attempt blocked. Ryan Tunnicliffe (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell.

5:38

Attempt blocked. Ryan Tunnicliffe (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

4:45

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Simon Francis.

2:46

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Eunan O'Kane.

1:47

Aaron Cresswell (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

1:47

Foul by Josh McQuoid (Bournemouth).

1:20

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Simon Francis.

0:57

Attempt blocked. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Chambers.

0:15

Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:15

Foul by Aaron Cresswell (Ipswich Town).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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