Bolton Wanderers 0-0 Ipswich Town

  • December 13, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Neil Lennon's 100% winning home record as Bolton manager came to an end, as Wanderers were held to a goalless draw by Ipswich Town.

Bolton went into the game having won four successive fixtures at Macron Stadium, since Lennon's arrival in October, but they were held by an Ipswich side who extended their recent unbeaten run to eight matches - while Wanderers extended their own to six.

There was little in the way of goalmouth action, with the Trotters failing to register a single shot on target, while Ipswich's best chance arrived early in the second half when Andy Lonergan got down well to smother at the feet of Jay Tabb.

Lennon made two changes to the Bolton side that started the goalless draw at Reading last time out, with David Wheater and Conor Wilkinson taking the places of Josh Vela and the injured Craig Davies. Vela took his place on the bench, alongside Eidur Gudjohnsen - who made the squad for the first time since returning to the club, after a 14-year absence.

The first chance of the game arrived in the 5th minute, with David McGoldrick bringing a routine save out of Andy Lonergan from 25 yards.

Dorian Dervite got across well to charge down a Jay Tabb shot moments later, while Lonergan was on hand again as Daryl Murphy headed goalwards from the next attack.

Wanderers' first attack saw Max Clayton's goalbound strike blocked, after Tim Ream had slid in the former Crewe Alexandra forward, before the latter fired over the crossbar at the second attempt, after hesitating when presented with a shooting opportunity.

Cole Skuse curled a shot narrowly wide of the target on 27 minutes, before play was halted as Clayton was stretchered off the field. He had received treatment moments earlier, after appearing to grasp his knee after a 50/50 challenge, but fell to the ground 60 seconds after returning to the action - prompting a substitution that saw Jay Spearing come off the bench.

Spearing's first action was to shoot wide of the target on 34 minutes, after he raced forward to link up well with Wilkinson, in what proved to be the final attack of a goalless first-half of football.

There were no changes to either side at the start of the second period, which began with Lonergan getting down well to deny Tabb, who had seen the ball fall kindly at his feet from a deflected McGoldrick shot.

An injury to Darren Pratley forced him off the field on the hour, leading to Gudjohnsen's second debut for the club. He was greeted by a standing ovation from the home supporters, but the visiting Ipswich fans were almost celebrating moments later - as Lonergan produced a remarkable point-blank save to deny Tabb from a corner.

Wheater headed wide from a free-kick at the midway point of the half, while McGoldrick was off-target with a shot at the other end shortly afterwards.

Lonergan denied McGoldrick again on 70 minutes, as the personal battle between the two continued, before a crucial interception from Vela, who was on as a substitute for Wheater, denied Tabb a clean run on goal.

A flurry of yellow cards were to follow, with Tim Ream and Gudjohnsen entering the referee's notebook, before the final act, in stoppage time, saw Bolton's appeals for a penalty turned down after half-hearted claims for a handball inside the Ipswich box went unheard.

The full-time whistle was greeted with a small section of boos from the home supporters, who had seen their side record back-to-back goalless draws for the first time since May 2009. They remain in 18th position in the Championship, after extending their unbeaten run to six, ahead of Friday's journey to Millwall.

Bolton Wanderers: Lonergan, Dervite, Mills, Wheater (Vela 70), Ream, Pratley (Gudjohnsen 60), Danns, Feeney, Chung-Yong, Clayton (Spearing 28), Wilkinson
Subs Not Used: Bogdan, Moxey, Hall, Trotter
Booked: Ream, Gudjohnsen

Ipswich Town: Bialkowski, Chambers, Smith, Berra, Mings, Bishop (Bru 72), Skuse, Tabb (Ambrose 89), Anderson (N Hunt 78), Murphy, McGoldrick
Subs Not Used: Gerken, Parr, Clarke, Sammon
Booked: McGoldrick, Mings, N Hunt

Referee: Gary Sutton
Attendance: 15,186

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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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