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Bournemouth 1-1 Ipswich Town

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.

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.

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Post match: Bournemouth boss Howe

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."

Line-ups

Bournemouth

  • 42Camp
  • 2Francis
  • 11Daniels
  • 32O'Kane
  • 5Elphick
  • 22Ward
  • 30Ritchie
  • 17McQuoidSubstituted forPitmanat 60'minutes
  • 9Grabban
  • 4Surman
  • 20FraserSubstituted forPughat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Allsop
  • 7Pugh
  • 10Pitman
  • 14Harte
  • 15Thomas
  • 24Addison
  • 26Hughes

Ipswich

  • 22Gerken
  • 4Chambers
  • 3Cresswell
  • 8Skuse
  • 6Berra
  • 5Smith
  • 19HyamBooked at 79mins
  • 16Tunnicliffe
  • 9Murphy
  • 10McGoldrickSubstituted forMingsat 87'minutes
  • 35NoubleSubstituted forTaylorat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Loach
  • 7Edwards
  • 11Anderson
  • 15Mings
  • 17Graham
  • 18Tabb
  • 26Taylor
Referee:
Phil Gibbs
Attendance:
11,096

Match Stats

Home TeamBournemouthAway TeamIpswich
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home20
Away15
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home16
Away9
Fouls
Home5
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Bournemouth 1, Ipswich Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bournemouth 1, Ipswich Town 1.
Hand ball by Paul Taylor (Ipswich Town).
Offside, Bournemouth. Elliott Ward tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.
Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Luke Chambers.
Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Tyrone Mings.
Offside, Ipswich Town. Paul Taylor tries a through ball, but Aaron Cresswell is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Tyrone Mings replaces David McGoldrick.
Attempt saved. Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Tommy Smith.
Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Tommy Smith.
Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Luke Hyam.
Attempt blocked. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrew Surman.
Attempt missed. Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) header from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Marc Pugh with a cross.
Attempt blocked. Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town).

Booking

Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town).
Foul by Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth).
Dean Gerken (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Luke Hyam.
Attempt blocked. Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lewis Grabban.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Paul Taylor replaces Frank Nouble.
Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town).
Attempt blocked. Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by David McGoldrick.

Goal!

Goal! Bournemouth 1, Ipswich Town 1. Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.
Attempt saved. Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt blocked. Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Marc Pugh replaces Ryan Fraser.
Offside, Ipswich Town. Luke Hyam tries a through ball, but David McGoldrick is caught offside.
Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Ryan Tunnicliffe.
Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town).
Attempt saved. Ryan Tunnicliffe (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by David McGoldrick.
Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Dean Gerken.
Attempt saved. Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Elliott Ward.
Offside, Bournemouth. Matt Ritchie tries a through ball, but Ryan Fraser is caught offside.
Offside, Bournemouth. Lee Camp tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.
Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Christophe Berra.
Attempt missed. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Tunnicliffe.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Brett Pitman replaces Josh McQuoid.

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.
Foul by Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth).
Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Daryl Murphy.
Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Luke Chambers.
Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Tommy Elphick.
Offside, Bournemouth. Josh McQuoid tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.
Attempt blocked. Ryan Tunnicliffe (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by David McGoldrick.
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.
Attempt blocked. Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Frank Nouble.
Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town).
Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Simon Francis.

Second Half

Second Half begins Bournemouth 0, Ipswich Town 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Bournemouth 0, Ipswich Town 0.
Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Elliott Ward.
Attempt blocked. Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David McGoldrick.
goal

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