Bolton Wanderers 1-2 Ipswich Town

  • December 01, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Dougie Freedman's unbeaten start to life as Bolton boss came to a crashing halt, as Ipswich Town came from behind to win 2-1 at the Reebok Stadium.

Mark Davies got Wanderers off to the perfect start, as his 25-yard strike flew into the top corner of Stephen Henderson's goal with just six minutes on the clock.

Bolton sat back on their lead, however, and after Tyrone Mears had fouled Daryl Murphy inside the box, with 20 minutes to go, DJ Campbell stepped up to level the scores from the penalty spot.

Ipswich pushed forward in the latter stages and got their reward in stoppage time, as Adam Bogdan failed to hold on to a volley from Murphy, allowing substitute Michael Chopra to tap home from close range and seal Town's first back-to-back wins since March.

Freedman opted to make three changes to the side that won at Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday night, with Mark Davies, David Ngog and Marcos Alonso taking the place of Jacob Butterfield, Lee Chung-Yong and Stephen Warnock.

The first chance of the game arrived on four minutes, with Kevin Davies and Chris Eagles linking up to provide Keith Andrews with a sight of goal. The former Ipswich midfielder took aim and brought a smart save out of Henderson, who tipped the ball over the bar.

Wanderers didn't have to wait long for the opening goal, though. Just two minutes later, Mark Davies picked up possession from Jay Spearing, turned well and sent a stunning 25-yard strike into the top corner, with Henderson routed to the spot.

Alonso saw a shot deflected behind, shortly after that goal, before Bolton had a great chance to double their lead, but Kevin Davies sent a shot narrowly wide of the target after being teed up by Ngog.

After the mid-point of the half, things began to quieten down as Ipswich began to find regular spells of possession.

Town's first real chance of the game arrived on 33 minutes, with a well worked free-kick resulting in Bogdan spilling a strike from Lee Martin, before Aaron Cresswell volleyed the rebound over the top.

Bolton had two further chances before the break, but Ngog and Eagles both failed to test Henderson as the first half came to an end.

Both sides came out unchanged at the start of the second half and the first chance fell the way of the hosts, with a cross-shot from Alonso forcing Henderson into a smart stop.

Henderson then made two further saves to deny Kevin Davies, as Bolton struggled to find a way through in the final third.

First, a powerful volley from the Wanderers captain brought a good stop out of the Ipswich goalkeeper, before Henderson made another great stop, this time to stop a goalbound Davies header.

Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy made a double substitution on 55 minutes, with Murphy and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas coming on for Tyrone Barnett and Andy Drury, in a tactical switch that would bring the visitors back into the game.

Despite enjoying long spells of possession, Bolton failed to find a way through a stubborn Ipswich defence and they were punished at the other end, with 20 minutes to go.

With Murphy bearing down on the Wanderers goal, he went to ground inside the box under a challenge from Mears. The referee pointed to the penalty spot and Campbell brought the scores level by converting the spot-kick, despite the best attempts of Bogdan, who guessed the right way.

With the game falling very flat, both sides made changes in an attempt to win the game in the final 15 minutes, with Benik Afobe and Butterfield taking the places of Kevin Davies and Andrews for Wanderers, while Chopra replaced Campbell for Town.

After Alonso had volleyed straight down the throat of Henderson, Ipswich broke straight down the other side of the pitch, only for Emmanuel-Thomas to slice his shot horribly wide of the target.

Emmanuel-Thomas was back on the ball again as the game entered the final five minutes and he played in Martin, who was denied by a superb save from Bogdan.

Butterfield came close with a shot that flew inches wide on 88 minutes, before a goalbound strike from Murphy was deflected behind by Zat Knight just moments later.

Wanderers could only half-clear the resulting corner and after Murphy had sent a powerful volley towards goal, Bogdan fumbled the ball straight at the feet of Chopra, who made no mistake in completing the turnaround and giving Ipswich their third away win of the campaign and handing Bolton their first defeat in seven games.

Freedman must pick up his players and regroup, as they return to action with a trip to Huddersfield Town next Saturday.

Bolton Wanderers: Bogdan, Mears, Knight, Ricketts, Alonso, Spearing, Andrews (Butterfield 77), M Davies, Ngog, Eagles (Chung-Yong 63), K Davies (Afobe 72)
Subs Not Used: Lonergan, Mills, Ream, Pratley
Booked: Mears
Goals: M Davies 6

Ipswich Town: Henderson, Orr, Chambers, Smith, Cresswell, Edwards, N'Daw, Drury (Emmanuel-Thomas 55), Martin, Barnett (Murphy 55), Campbell (Chopra 76)
Subs Not Used: Loach, Hewitt, Higginbotham, Carson
Booked: Campbell, Chopra
Goals: Campbell 70(pen), Chopra 90

Referee: Michael Naylor
Attendance: 17,208

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Pos Team Pld Pts
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2 Barnsley 0 0
3 Bolton Wanderers 0 0
4 Bristol Rovers 0 0
5 Burton Albion 0 0
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