Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Ipswich Town

  • October 26, 2013 | By Chris Mann
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It's four draws in a row at the Reebok Stadium, as Bolton were held 1-1 by Ipswich Town on Saturday afternoon.

The result means Wanderers are unbeaten in five - avoiding defeat throughout the whole of October - but a record of just one win in 13 games meant Dougie Freedman's side were booed off at the final whistle, after their latest winless match. As has been the case so often this season, and also last, Bolton threw away a lead as they were made to settle for a point.

Medo Kamara put the hosts in front with a 65th minute free-kick but David McGoldrick's half-volley eight minutes later brought the game level, and that was how it ended.

Bolton made three changes to the side that drew 1-1 at home to Sheffield Wednesday last weekend. Andy Lonergan took the place of the injured Adam Bogdan in goal, while Lee Chung-Yong and David Ngog came in at the expense of Chris Eagles and Liam Feeney - the latter of whom returned to Millwall on Thursday. Recent loan signing, and former Ipswich goalkeeper, Arran Lee-Barrett was on the bench.

The first chance of the game fell the way of the hosts, with Jermaine Beckford coming close to breaking the deadlock. With his back to goal, the former Leeds United forward brought the ball under control with his chest before sending a bicycle-kick onto the roof of the net.

There were half-hearted claims for a penalty when Matt Mills went down inside the Town box moments later, but referee David Webb ordered play to continue.

At the other end, Ipswich almost went ahead after 10 minutes courtesy of a poor clearance from Lonergan. The Wanderers goalkeeper's hurried clearance fell straight at the feet of Cole Skuse. From just outside the centre-circle, he very nearly succeeded in lobbing the ball over Lonergan but his shot flew inches over the crossbar.

Paul Anderson was next to try his luck, latching onto a knockdown from McGoldrick, but his shot was straight into the arms of Lonergan from a central position.

Chung-Yong brought a smart save out of Dean Gerken with a far-post header, on the quarter-hour, before Lonergan kept the game goalless with the save of the match. Ipswich worked their way in behind the Wanderers defence with ease and Ryan Tunnicliffe looked destined to tap the ball home from close range, but the Trotters stopper threw himself across his line and made a superb stop with his legs.

Beckford and Jay Spearing both shot high and wide as the game came up to the half-hour mark, while Mills was in the right place to deny Anderson's cross from picking out an unmarked McGoldrick at the other end.

Ipswich began to take control of possession in the final 15 minutes of the half, but, similar to Sheffield Wednesday last week, were restricted to most of it inside the their own half of the field. Luke Hyam fizzed a shot wide of the target in the final minute of the half, but that was as much as their pressure amounted to, as the two sides went in scoreless at the interval.

There were no changes to either side for the start of the second period, as Wanderers came out better than their opponents. Early shots from Beckford, Mills and Ngog all came close to finding a way past Gerken, but Bolton just couldn't get the ball over the line.

McGoldrick, dangerous as ever, had Town's first shooting opportunity after the restart, but his finishing also let him down as he dragged his shot across the face of Lonergan's goal.

Chung-Yong shot over the top just before the hour, while Ipswich were agonisingly close to taking the lead at the other end as Daryl Murphy's deflected shot flashed past Lonergan's far post.

Then, with the midway point of the half approaching, Wanderers won a free-kick just outside the penalty area as Beckford was hauled down by Christophe Berra, who received a yellow card for his troubles. Kamara stepped up to hit it and found the bottom corner despite the best attempts of Gerken, who got a strong hand to the ball, as Freedman's side went ahead.

Ipswich responded well, as Murphy curled a shot on to the roof of the net. They were level 17 minutes from time, though, as McGoldrick volleyed into the top corner at the second attempt, after his first shot had been charged down by Tim Ream.

Bolton responded by bringing Eagles on in the place of Ngog, and the former Burnley midfielder was soon involved. Moments after entering the play, he picked up the ball from Beckford's lay-off before bringing a comfortable stop out of Gerken.

McGoldrick's control twice let him down, as he failed to find a way past Lonergan, while Beckford headed over at the other end from an Eagles cross. Neil Danns twice shot over the bar as five minutes of stoppage time quickly drew to a close, meaning the sides had to settle for a 1-1 draw and a point apiece at the Reebok.

Bolton remain 21st in the Championship, two points above bottom-placed Sheffield Wednesday. They return to action next weekend, when they make the long trip to AFC Bournemouth.

Bolton Wanderers: Lonergan, McNaughton, Mills, Ream, Baptiste, Chung-Yong (Hall 80), Kamara, Spearing, Danns, Ngog (Eagles 75), Beckford
Subs Not Used: Knight, Moritz, Pratley, C Davies, Lee-Barrett
Booked: Baptiste
Goals: Kamara 65

Ipswich Town: Gerken, Chambers, Berra, Smith, Cresswell, Anderson (Edwards 90), Skuse, Hyam (Tabb 75), Tunnicliffe, Murphy (Nouble 74), McGoldrick
Subs Not Used: Loach, Hewitt, Mings, Marriott
Booked: Berra
Goals: McGoldrick 73

Referee: David Webb
Attendance: 15,222

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3 Bolton Wanderers 0 0
4 Bristol Rovers 0 0
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