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Ipswich Town 0-0 Bolton Wanderers: Tractor Boys held by 10-man Bolton

Marc Wilson sees red
Bolton defender Marc Wilson (left) is sent off by referee Stephen Martin for a professional foul on Ipswich striker Kayden Jackson

Paul Hurst is still waiting for his first win as Ipswich manager after Town were held to a home stalemate by 10-man Bolton.

Wanderers had to play more than half the game a player light after last man Marc Wilson's foul on Ipswich striker Kayden Jackson shortly before the break.

Ipswich struggled to make their numerical advantage count but almost won it late on as skipper Luke Chambers' glancing header was superbly saved by Bolton keeper Ben Alnwick.

However, Wanderers held out to leave Ipswich - who sit second-bottom of the table - to settle for a fifth straight home draw to start the season.

Bolton fully deserved the point - and will be grateful for it after a testing fortnight both on and off the pitch.

Wanderers have been hit by the death of former owner Eddie Davies, the heartbreaking retirement of defender Stephen Darby due to motor neurone disease, and the threat of administration.

A £5m loan from Davies just days before his death helped stave off the latter worry, avoiding a points deduction that could have wiped out the 12 they have now gained in a promising start to the season.

However, the uncertainty appeared to have affected results, the off-field upheaval coinciding with defeats to QPR and Middlesbrough.

But their 10 men suitably frustrated Ipswich to end Bolton's Portman Road hoodoo - having lost all of their previous five visits.

The Tractor Boys have been through the mill too after the passing of Town legend and England defender Kevin Beattie earlier this week.

Jonathan Walters added to their on-field woes, the Burnley loanee limping off with an Achilles injury after Ipswich had used all three substitutes as both sides ended the game with 10 men.

Ipswich manager Paul Hurst:

"It was a frustrating afternoon, that's the overriding emotion.

"We didn't work their keeper enough and Dean Gerken didn't have a save to make. I'm not sure how many balls we put in the box and then some of the passing was okay.

"Things are occurring, you can only put it down to confidence."

Bolton manager Phil Parkinson:

"I'm very pleased with the point. I thought the sending-off was harsh and I've seen it back again and there's minimal, if any, contact.

"If you take everything into consideration, a day less rest than Ipswich, a long trip down yesterday and down to 10 men, if you add all those things together it's a performance of real character for us.

"The stand-out moment of the game was Ben Alnwick's magnificent save and it was one of those moments when both sets of supporters clapped in spontaneous applause. It was a brilliant save."

Line-ups

Ipswich

  • 1Gerken
  • 5Pennington
  • 22Nsiala
  • 4Chambers
  • 3Knudsen
  • 8SkuseSubstituted forWaltersat 71'minutesSubstituted forat 78'minutes
  • 6ChalobahBooked at 44minsSubstituted forEdunat 45'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 7Edwards
  • 11Nolan
  • 18WardSubstituted forGrahamat 71'minutes
  • 9Jackson

Substitutes

  • 10Harrison
  • 12Spence
  • 14Graham
  • 21Downes
  • 25Edun
  • 33Bialkowski
  • 39Walters

Bolton

  • 1Alnwick
  • 16Olkowski
  • 14Hobbs
  • 18WilsonBooked at 34mins
  • 29Grounds
  • 4Lowe
  • 12NooneSubstituted forDonaldsonat 90+2'minutes
  • 21Williams
  • 7OztumerSubstituted forWheaterat 36'minutes
  • 11BuckleySubstituted forWildschutat 87'minutes
  • 28Magennis

Substitutes

  • 6Vela
  • 8Donaldson
  • 9Doidge
  • 19O'Neil
  • 20Matthews
  • 30Wildschut
  • 31Wheater
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
14,755

Match Stats

Home TeamIpswichAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home9
Away7
Shots on Target
Home2
Away0
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Ipswich Town 0, Bolton Wanderers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 0, Bolton Wanderers 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Clayton Donaldson replaces Craig Noone.

Booking

Tayo Edun (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Tayo Edun (Ipswich Town).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Yanic Wildschut replaces William Buckley.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Josh Magennis.

Attempt saved. Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Jordan Graham with a cross.

Jordan Graham (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Pawel Olkowski (Bolton Wanderers).

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Luke Chambers.

Attempt blocked. David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Hobbs.

Foul by Tayo Edun (Ipswich Town).

David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Tayo Edun (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Magennis (Bolton Wanderers).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Jonathan Walters went off injured after Ipswich Town had used all subs.

Delay in match Jonathan Walters (Ipswich Town) because of an injury.

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Craig Noone tries a through ball, but Josh Magennis is caught offside.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Matthew Pennington.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Jonathan Walters replaces Cole Skuse.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Jordan Graham replaces Grant Ward.

Foul by Jon Nolan (Ipswich Town).

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

Foul by Aristote Nsiala (Ipswich Town).

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

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Jonathan Grounds.

Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Joe Williams (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Aristote Nsiala (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jon Nolan following a corner.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by William Buckley.

Attempt missed. Jon Nolan (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Cole Skuse.

Foul by Aristote Nsiala (Ipswich Town).

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

Tayo Edun (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Joe Williams (Bolton Wanderers).

Offside, Ipswich Town. Tayo Edun tries a through ball, but Gwion Edwards is caught offside.

Gwion Edwards (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds95311971218
2Middlesbrough9531113818
3West Brom952222121017
4Sheff Utd95131511416
5Wigan95131411316
6Derby95131310316
7Brentford94321610615
8Bristol City94231411314
9Nottm Forest9351119214
10Sheff Wed94231414014
11Norwich94231313014
12Blackburn93511111014
13Aston Villa93421514113
14Swansea934276113
15Bolton9333912-312
16QPR9315715-810
17Birmingham916278-19
18Stoke92341216-49
19Rotherham9306614-89
20Reading92251213-18
21Hull9216916-77
22Millwall9135713-66
23Ipswich9054612-65
24Preston9126918-95
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