Ipswich Town 1-0 Bolton Wanderers

  • February 01, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton suffered a fourth successive defeat on Saturday, as they were beaten 1-0 by Ipswich Town at Portman Road.

David McGoldrick scored the only goal of the game, beating Andy Lonergan from the penalty spot after the Wanderers goalkeeper had brought him down with 55 minutes played.

Wanderers' best chances fell the way of Lukas Jutkiewicz and Neil Danns inside the opening 45 minutes, but they lacked penetration after the break and failed to find a way back into the game after going behind.

Dougie Freedman made one change to the side that lost 2-1 at Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday night, with Jutkiewicz making his full debut - taking the place of Craig Davies, who joined Preston North End on Friday.

The opening 45 minutes was a cagey affair, with Ipswich enjoying the majority of the possession but Bolton seeing more attempts on goal - with Jutkiewicz and Danns the biggest threats.

The first chance of the game fell the way of the hosts, after Lonergan made a hash of a long ball forward from Stephen Hunt. The Trotters goalkeeper could only punch the ball clear and it fell straight at the feet of David McGoldrick, who sliced his shot wide of the target.

At the other end, a whipped cross from Danns ended with Jutkiewicz heading towards goal. Unfortunately for him, and Wanderers, the ball whistled past the far post with Dean Gerken nothing more than a spectator.

Jutkiewicz was involved again moments later, playing Darren Pratley clean through on goal. The former Swansea City midfielder looked set to open the scoring, only to be denied by a late offside flag from the referee's assistant.

The next chance also came the way of the visitors, but Mark Davies failed to make the most of the space provided to him inside the Ipswich box as he fired wide from a Tim Ream cross.

Ipswich pushed forward at the quarter-hour mark, as Luke Chambers got into a good position. He put the ball into the area but Frank Nouble's header was easily gathered by Lonergan.

Lonergan had to be at his absolute best on 20 minutes, as he flung himself across goal to tip Aaron Cresswell's 30-yard strike over and behind for a corner.

Injuries to Jutkiewicz and Town's Cole Skuse stopped play for six minutes at the midway point of the half, with the latter being replaced by Anthony Wordsworth after appearing to take a bad blow to the face.

With little over 10 minutes to go until the break, Bolton carved out the best chance of the opening period. A stunning pass from Jay Spearing put Danns in a dangerous position. He took aim at goal, but was denied by an excellent low stop from Gerken.

Gerken also stopped a speculative overhead kick from Pratley, before Jutkiewicz came within inches of breaking the deadlock as his smart shot on the turn rolled agonisingly wide of the post.

Medo Kamara fired into the stands in added time, but there was no way through as both sides went in goalless at the interval.

There were no changes to either side at the start of the second half and it was Bolton who came out the better side, with Alex Baptiste and Ream both having early attempts at goal.

Pratley was next to try his luck, but he volleyed high and wide after a neat ball from Kamara.

Then, ten minutes into the second period, Bolton's momentum was halted as Ipswich won a penalty. Lonergan failed to deal with a routine cross into the box and after dropping the ball at the feet of McGoldrick, the Wanderers goalkeeper took the legs from under the striker.

McGoldrick picked himself up to face Lonergan from the spot and made no mistake, slamming the ball down the middle of the goal to put the Tractor Boys in front.

Lonergan did well to parry a volley from Hunt just after the hour, before Zat Knight through himself in the way of a goalbound strike from Daryl Murphy.

Liam Trotter came on for his Wanderers debut with 17 minutes to go, taking the place of Danns, and he received a warm reception from the home support - having began his career with his hometown side at Portman Road.

As the game approached it's climax, chances soon fell to a premium. A rare venture forward from Bolton substitute Chris Eagles provided Gerken with a simple save with five minutes to go, but that was as good as it got for either side as three minutes of added time passed by without incident.

Referee Charles Breakspear called time and consigned Freedman's side to defeat for the fourth game in-a-row. They return to action next Saturday, when they face Bournemouth at the Reebok Stadium. They will go into that game just two points above the Championship's relegation zone.

Ipswich Town: Gerken, Chambers, Berra, Smith, Cresswell, Hunt, Skuse (Wordsworth 32 (Richardson 78)), Tabb, McGoldrick, Murphy, Nouble
Subs Not Used: Loach, Edwards, Anderson, Mings, Taylor
Booked: Berra
Goals: McGoldrick 55(pen)

Bolton Wanderers: Lonergan, Baptiste, Knight, Mills, Ream, Spearing, Kamara (Chung-Yong 80), M Davies, Pratley (Eagles 59), Danns (Trotter 73), Jutkiewicz
Subs Not Used: Bogdan, Moritz, Vela, White

Referee: Charles Breakspear
Attendance: 15,429

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