Bolton remain perilously close to the relegation zone as David McGoldrick's penalty secured victory for Ipswich.

Mark Davies missed for Bolton from 10 yards before Frank Nouble and Aaron Cresswell went close at the other end.

Dean Gerken made a sharp stop in the Ipswich goal from Neil Danns before McGoldrick converted from the spot after he had been brought down by Wanderers goalkeeper Andy Lonergan.

Bolton's troubles

Bolton have won only one of their last eight games in all competitions. Their only win since Boxing Day was 2-1 against Blackpool at home in the FA Cup on 4 January.

Chris Eagles's tame effort was all Bolton could muster in response.

Only two late goals for Wigan against Charlton kept the gap between the Trotters and the drop zone at four points as Dougie Freedman's side stretched their recent record to one win in their last eight games in all competitions.

The form of both sides coming into the game suggested this was never going to be a classic, with two wins between them in 2014 before this encounter.

But the pedestrian pace of the first half in particular belied both teams' eagerness to collect points, whether it be for Ipswich's push for the top six or Bolton's fight against relegation.

Wanderers were slightly more expansive in a tame opening 45 minutes, with Middlesbrough loanee Lukas Jutkiewicz causing problems with his strength and height.

Davies should have put them in front but sliced wide and Gerken made a great stop as Danns got on to the former's ball into the box.

Nouble's deflected effort and a rasping Cresswell drive were all Town had to show for their direct approach in the first half, before a series of Bolton errors early in the second period managed to liven up proceedings.

The Wanderers defence had passed up multiple opportunities to clear before Lonergan compounded matters by bringing down McGoldrick when the pair were battling for a loose ball.

McGoldrick thumped in his spot-kick to take his tally for the season to 15.

It lifted the home crowd and Mick McCarthy's men, with McGoldrick and Stephen Hunt both going close.

There was time for substitute Liam Trotter to make his Bolton debut against his hometown and former club, following his deadline day loan move from Millwall.

But while Freedman's side saw plenty of the ball late on, they created little against McCarthy's sturdy outfit, who remain four points adrift of the play-off places.

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy:

"I think that epitomises us. We're not great, we're not silky, we're a belligerent, stubborn, hard working bunch with a really good team spirit. I think David McGoldrick epitomises what we're about, he ran about 60 yards to tackle Eagles at one point and it's his job to stick the ball in the net.

"They work for each other and me and the club. But we're not a silky, wonderful football team by any stretch of the imagination.

"We didn't do enough in the first half. I said 'we have to step it up lads'. And I think we got the goal out of being a little bit more in their face."

Bolton boss Dougie Freedman:

"It's a very disappointing result. We felt in the first 45 minutes we were by far the better side - and it happens regularly to us. We competed very well and created two or three opportunities that you'd like to try and take.

"A rush of blood in the second half seems to be the difference in the game. These small moments are hurting us badly right now. It's something we have to accept but not let our heads go down too much and not let the performance levels drop.

"I have no complaints about the penalty. It's a rush of blood to the head. Andy Lonergan has been fantastic for us and I won't have a blame culture at the football club. We're in a difficult moment right now and we have to stick together."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (5)

Ipswich Town

  • 22 Gerken
  • 04 Chambers
  • 03 Cresswell
  • 08 Skuse (Wordsworth - 32' )
  • 06 Berra Booked
  • 05 Smith
  • 12 Hunt
  • 18 Tabb
  • 09 Murphy
  • 10 McGoldrick
  • 35 Nouble

Substitutes

  • 01 Loach
  • 07 Edwards
  • 11 Anderson
  • 14 Wordsworth (Richardson - 78' )
  • 15 Mings
  • 24 Richardson
  • 26 Taylor

Bolton Wanderers

  • 24 Lonergan
  • 15 Baptiste
  • 05 Ream
  • 44 Kamara (Lee - 80' )
  • 12 Knight
  • 04 Mills
  • 16 Davies
  • 06 Spearing
  • 29 Jutkiewicz
  • 21 Pratley (Eagles - 59' )
  • 18 Danns (Trotter - 73' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Bogdan
  • 07 Eagles
  • 14 Moritz
  • 17 Trotter
  • 25 Vela
  • 27 Lee
  • 33 White
Ref: Charles Breakspear
Att: 15,429

Match Stats

Shots

19 13

On target

4 3

Corners

12 2

Fouls

12 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Ipswich Town 1, Bolton Wanderers 0.

90:00 +4:02 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 1, Bolton Wanderers 0.

90:00 +3:06

Attempt missed. Liam Trotter (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lee Chung-Yong with a cross.

90:00 +1:46

Foul by Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town).

90:00 +1:46

Lukas Jutkiewicz (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +0:15

Attempt missed. Stephen Hunt (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Stephen Hunt following a set piece situation.

89:33

Frank Nouble (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

89:33

Foul by Alex Baptiste (Bolton Wanderers).

88:36

Jay Tabb (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

88:36

Foul by Lee Chung-Yong (Bolton Wanderers).

87:30

Attempt missed. Frazer Richardson (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Daryl Murphy.

85:44

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

84:47

Jay Tabb (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84:47

Foul by Liam Trotter (Bolton Wanderers).

84:39

Attempt blocked. Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

83:18

Attempt blocked. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dean Gerken.

82:57

Attempt saved. Chris Eagles (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lukas Jutkiewicz.

81:07

Attempt missed. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

80:59

Attempt blocked. Stephen Hunt (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Daryl Murphy.

80:22

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Tim Ream tries a through ball, but Lukas Jutkiewicz is caught offside.

79:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Lee Chung-Yong replaces Medo.

77:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ipswich Town. Frazer Richardson replaces Anthony Wordsworth.

72:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Liam Trotter replaces Neil Danns.

72:34

Attempt missed. Alex Baptiste (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

71:54

Foul by Jay Tabb (Ipswich Town).

71:54

Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

70:39

Foul by Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town).

70:39

Andy Lonergan (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:05

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Tim Ream.

69:36

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Zat Knight.

69:33

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

66:35

Frank Nouble (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

66:35

Foul by Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers).

63:37

Attempt blocked. Jay Tabb (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stephen Hunt.

63:33

Attempt blocked. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

63:09

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Tim Ream.

61:32

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Andy Lonergan tries a through ball, but Chris Eagles is caught offside.

61:12

Attempt saved. Stephen Hunt (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David McGoldrick with a headed pass.

59:18

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Medo.

58:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Chris Eagles replaces Darren Pratley.

56:33

Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:33

Foul by Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers).

55:59

Attempt missed. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Stephen Hunt.

54:48 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Ipswich Town 1, Bolton Wanderers 0. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

53:33

Penalty Ipswich Town. David McGoldrick draws a foul in the penalty area.

53:33

Penalty conceded by Andy Lonergan (Bolton Wanderers) after a foul in the penalty area.

52:43

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Jay Spearing.

50:23

Foul by David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town).

50:23

Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:50

Attempt missed. Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Medo.

48:15

Attempt missed. Anthony Wordsworth (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

47:47

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Alex Baptiste.

47:17

Aaron Cresswell (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:17

Foul by Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers).

46:40

Attempt saved. Alex Baptiste (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

45:00

Second Half begins Ipswich Town 0, Bolton Wanderers 0.

45:00 +6:07 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Ipswich Town 0, Bolton Wanderers 0.

45:00 +3:18

Attempt missed. Medo (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Mark Davies.

45:00 +2:09

Attempt missed. Anthony Wordsworth (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Stephen Hunt with a cross following a corner.

45:00 +1:50

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Darren Pratley.

44:54

Attempt missed. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Mark Davies with a headed pass.

43:21

Foul by Anthony Wordsworth (Ipswich Town).

43:21

Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

41:52 Booking

Booking Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

41:26

Foul by Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town).

41:26

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

39:49

Foul by Jay Tabb (Ipswich Town).

39:49

Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

38:22

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

38:09

Attempt blocked. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alex Baptiste.

36:57

Offside, Ipswich Town. Christophe Berra tries a through ball, but Tommy Smith is caught offside.

36:17

Stephen Hunt (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

36:17

Foul by Medo (Bolton Wanderers).

34:52

Foul by Stephen Hunt (Ipswich Town).

34:52

Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

33:52

Foul by Stephen Hunt (Ipswich Town).

33:52

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

33:00

Attempt saved. Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jay Spearing.

32:01

Hand ball by Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers).

31:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ipswich Town. Anthony Wordsworth replaces Cole Skuse because of an injury.

31:10

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

25:38

Delay in match Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town) because of an injury.

24:11

Foul by Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town).

24:11

Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:12

Foul by Frank Nouble (Ipswich Town).

23:12

Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:28

Hand ball by Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers).

19:40

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Andy Lonergan.

19:29

Attempt saved. Aaron Cresswell (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

19:05

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Matthew Mills.

18:56

Attempt blocked. Frank Nouble (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stephen Hunt with a through ball.

16:09

Attempt saved. Frank Nouble (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Luke Chambers with a cross.

15:00

Foul by Lukas Jutkiewicz (Bolton Wanderers).

15:00

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

12:25

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Jay Spearing.

11:11

Attempt missed. Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

11:07

Attempt blocked. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tim Ream with a cross.

9:12

Foul by Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town).

9:12

Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

8:06

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Lukas Jutkiewicz tries a through ball, but Darren Pratley is caught offside.

5:55

Attempt missed. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Neil Danns with a cross.

4:39

Attempt missed. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Daryl Murphy with a headed pass following a corner.

4:09

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Alex Baptiste.

1:49

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Medo.

0:40

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Tommy Smith.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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