Ipswich Town 1-0 Bolton Wanderers

  • March 17, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton lost on the road for the sixth game in succession, as Jay Tabb scored 11 minutes from time to give Ipswich Town a 1-0 victory over Wanderers at Portman Road.

Town enjoyed the majority of the possession inside the opening 45 minutes, but it was the visitors who came closest to breaking the deadlock when debutant Rochinha rolled the ball inches wide of the target just before the break.

The home side upped their game after the interval, however, and sealed the points when a mishit volley from Tabb took a slight deflection before looping up and over Ben Amos to keep the Tractor Boys' play-off hopes alive.

Neil Lennon made five changes to the side that began Saturday's victory against Millwall, as Dorian Dervite, Liam Trotter, Giles Coke, Rochinha and Craig Davies came into the starting line-up. Paddy McCarthy, Neil Danns, Barry Bannan, Liam Feeney and Adam Le Fondre were the ones to drop out.

Le Fondre was initially named amongst the substitutes, but pulled out of the squad 15 minutes prior to kick-off after falling ill during the pre-match warm-up and was replaced on the bench by Kaiyne Woolery.

The first opportunity of the evening fell the way of the hosts, as a poor clearance from Matt Mills rebounded off Town's Jay Tabb and behind for a goal-kick.

Wanderers had appeals for a penalty turned down in the 9th minute, as Eidur Gudjohnsen went down inside the box, moments before Bartosz Bialkowski parried away a goalbound strike from Coke.

Amos stood tall to deny Freddie Sears in a one-on-one situation, after the former West Ham United forward had stolen possession from Tim Ream, before Liam Trotter dragged a shot wide at the other end as he looked to score against his former club.

Josh Vela came within inches of scoring his first senior goal for Bolton, as he just failed to get on the end of a deflected strike from Davies, while Tyrone Mings flashed a shot wide of the target at the other end after a neat move that also involved Sears.

Tommy Smith was denied by Amos on the half-hour, before Tom Walker was alert to clear the ball off the line after the visitors had failed to deal with a routine corner into the box.

Bolton should have gone ahead 10 minutes before the break after Bialkowski parried a Davies shot straight at the feet of Vela. Despite being well placed to shoot, Vela opted to lay the ball off to Gudjohnsen but his shot was turned behind via a deflection on the six-yard line.

Wanderers were getting closer and closer, and, after Ream had a tame effort cleared off the line, Rochinha came close to scoring a debut goal by side-footing just wide of the post after a bursting run that saw him exchange passes with both Gudjohnsen and Davies.

That would have capped a fine individual performance inside the opening 45 minutes for the on-loan Benfica midfielder, but his miss meant the two sides went in level at the break with the game goalless.

Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy made one change as the two sides emerged for the start of the second period, as Luke Varney was introduced in place of Parr.

Wanderers cracked open the skillset after the restart, with Davies and Gudjohnsen both showcasing their talent without finding a way through on goal. They did create the first shooting chance, however, but Luke Chambers threw himself in the way of a powerful strike from Walker.

Cole Skuse volleyed over the bar after pouncing on a poor clearance from Mills on the hour, before seeing another long-range shot crash against the post with Amos routed to the spot.

Gudjohnsen's game was up on 63 minutes, with Bannan coming on to replace him, and his introduction almost had the desired effect when he won a corner from which Dervite forced Bialkowski into a save.

Rochinha was next to depart the Bolton team, after appearing to pull up with a case of cramp, and Wanderers fell behind less than 60 seconds later as a deflected volley from Tabb somehow found the net to give Ipswich the lead.

Robert Hall, who had come on for Rochinha prior to that goal, forced a save out of Bialkowski as the visitors looked for an immediate response, before Bolton looked certain to draw level in the final minute of the regulation 90.

Mills, who had been pushed forward to join the attack, crossed the ball towards Davies. Normally so reliant in the air, the Wales international had the entire goal to aim at but somehow planted his header wide of the target with Wanderers' final chance of the night.

Ipswich saw out four minutes of added time to seal the three points, as Bolton suffered a sixth successive away defeat for the first time since February 2011. They remain 16th in the Championship table, ahead of a trip to Wigan Athletic on Saturday.

Ipswich Town: Bialkowski, Chambers, Smith, Berra, Mings, Parr (Varney 46), Bishop (Bru 57), Skuse, Tabb, Sears (Clarke 90), Murphy
Subs Not Used: Anderson, Chaplow, Kenny, Wood
Booked: Skuse, Bru
Goals: Tabb 79

Bolton Wanderers: Amos, Mills, Dervite, Ream, Vela, Trotter, Coke, Rochinha (Hall 79), Walker, Gudjohnsen (Bannan 63), C Davies
Subs Not Used: Bogdan, Moxey, Twardzik, Threlkeld, Woolery

Referee: Frederick Graham
Attendance: 16,923

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