Championship
Bolton2Ipswich2

Bolton Wanderers 2-2 Ipswich Town

Bolton 2-2 Ipswich
Bolton's draw earned only their second point in six Championship games

Bottom club Bolton Wanderers converted a 97th-minute penalty to salvage a late draw which stopped Ipswich moving into the Championship play-off places.

Ipswich led at half-time after Kevin Bru lifted the ball over Bolton keeper Paul Rachubka and in off the crossbar.

Christophe Berra doubled the advantage when he beat Rachubka to head in Ainsley Maitland-Niles' free-kick.

Lawrie Wilson's half-volley gave Bolton hope within 80 seconds, before Stephen Dobbie rolled in the leveller.

Wanderers' hopes of avoiding relegation to League One still look slim, with a 10-point deficit to overturn in their final 10 matches.

Eighth-placed Ipswich are a point from the top six, but have a game in hand over sixth-placed Sheffield Wednesday.

The draw provided some cheer for long-suffering Bolton fans, who hope to see their club's off-the-pitch turmoil come to an end next week.

A protracted takeover fronted by former striker Dean Holdsworth is expected to be completed in the coming days.

A winding-up petition against the club has again been adjourned at the High Court to give the consortium time to finalise a takeover.

Bolton manager Neil Lennon: "I'm fed up, frustrated - we've played so well and we missed some gilt-edged chances. The least we deserved was a point.

"We were the better team by a long, long way. Football's about being ruthless and taking your chances, putting teams away when you're in the ascendancy and we didn't do it again tonight.

"I can't be critical of the character of the team and some of the quality of the football was exceptionally good."

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy: "We've all done it; we've all made mistakes. I've made them when I've been a lot older and a lot wiser than Ainsley (Maitland-Niles, who gave conceded the penalty).

"He's a kid, give him a bit of loving. That's what we need to do."

Line-ups

Bolton

  • 13Rachubka
  • 25Wilson
  • 15Derik
  • 45Holding
  • 3Moxey
  • 8SpearingBooked at 83mins
  • 17TrotterSubstituted forMadineat 67'minutes
  • 21PratleySubstituted forWellingtonat 90+1'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 16Davies
  • 10CloughSubstituted forDobbieat 84'minutes
  • 7Feeney

Substitutes

  • 14Madine
  • 18Danns
  • 22Wellington
  • 23Dobbie
  • 30Woolery
  • 36Finney
  • 49Campbell

Ipswich

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 4Chambers
  • 5Smith
  • 6Berra
  • 3Knudsen
  • 17BruSubstituted forVarneyat 51'minutes
  • 22Douglas
  • 44FoleySubstituted forHyamat 68'minutes
  • 15PringleSubstituted forMaitland-Nilesat 70'minutes
  • 20Sears
  • 11Pitman

Substitutes

  • 1Gerken
  • 7Maitland-Niles
  • 18Tabb
  • 19Hyam
  • 37Digby
  • 39Toure
  • 42Varney
Referee:
Mark Haywood
Attendance:
12,681

Match Stats

Home TeamBoltonAway TeamIpswich
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home23
Away6
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 2, Ipswich Town 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 2, Ipswich Town 2.

Goal!

Goal! Bolton Wanderers 2, Ipswich Town 2. Stephen Dobbie (Bolton Wanderers) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty Bolton Wanderers. Wellington draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Ipswich Town) after a foul in the penalty area.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Jonathan Douglas.

Attempt blocked. Liam Feeney (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dean Moxey with a cross.

Attempt saved. Stephen Dobbie (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dean Moxey.

Booking

Wellington (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

Wellington (Bolton Wanderers) has gone down, but that's a dive.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Wellington replaces Darren Pratley.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Luke Varney.

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

Foul by Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Ipswich Town).

Attempt saved. Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Stephen Dobbie with a cross.

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Liam Feeney tries a through ball, but Gary Madine is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Luke Varney following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Stephen Dobbie replaces Zach Clough.

Booking

Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers).

Brett Pitman (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Dean Moxey (Bolton Wanderers) because of an injury.

Foul by Zach Clough (Bolton Wanderers).

Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Jay Spearing tries a through ball, but Liam Feeney is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Zach Clough (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers) because of an injury.

Foul by Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers).

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

Goal!

Goal! Bolton Wanderers 1, Ipswich Town 2. Lawrie Wilson (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Bolton Wanderers 0, Ipswich Town 2. Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ainsley Maitland-Niles with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Lawrie Wilson (Bolton Wanderers).

Luke Varney (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Ainsley Maitland-Niles replaces Ben Pringle.

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

Foul by Luke Varney (Ipswich Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Luke Hyam replaces Kevin Foley.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Gary Madine replaces Liam Trotter.

goal

Top Stories

Get Inspired Activity Finder

Run by the BBC and partners

Find ways to get active near you: