Ipswich Town 2-0 Bolton Wanderers

  • September 16, 2017 | By Chris Mann
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In a week where optimism returned to Bolton following the lifting of a transfer embargo, they returned to Earth with a bump by losing 2-0 at Ipswich Town.

Following disappointing defeats at home to both Middlesbrough and Sheffield United over the course of the last seven days, Wanderers were much improved at Portman Road and on another day would have had enough to have taken at least a point from the game.

After a goalless opening 45 minutes, the hosts broke the deadlock within three minutes of the restart as a deflected strike from Cole Skuse found its way beyond a wrong-footed Ben Alnwick.

Wanderers had chances to equalise, with Gary Madine and David Wheater both guilty of wastefulness in front of goal, and they were put out of their misery two minutes from time as David McGoldrick netted a second for Ipswich to seal all three points.

Phil Parkinson made two changes to the Bolton side that started against Sheffield United, with Filipe Morais and Craig Noone taking the places of Adam Armstrong, who dropped to the substitutes' bench, and the injured Will Buckley.

After a quiet start to events at Portman Road, it was the hosts who created the first shooting opportunity of the game as Myles Kenlock saw a shot deflect behind inside the opening nine minutes. Alnwick fumbled the resulting corner, only for referee Andrew Madley to award a free-kick for a foul against Joe Garner.

Wanderers hit back with an attack of their own, with Dominic Iorfa racing back to make a perfectly-timed challenge to deny Noone a clear run on goal, moments before Morais saw a free-kick deep in Ipswich territory cleared to safety.

At this stage, Noone was Bolton's brightest player and he tried his luck again on the quarter-hour, cutting in from the right before drilling a shot narrowly over the top of Bartosz Bialkowski's crossbar.

Noone was back on the ball again with 20 minutes played and this time managed to find the target, but Bialkowski made a comfortable stop to keep the game goalless.

The visitors then looked to hit Ipswich on the counter attack, with Madine and Jem Karacan leading the break. Unfortunately for them, Skuse was alert to the danger and slid in to deny Karacan just as he looked to have been put one-on-one with the goalkeeper.

Morais fired high and wide just before the half-hour, moments before Madine forced Bialkowski into a parry with a stinging drive from fully 30 yards.

Having been second best for much of the opening 45 minutes, Ipswich carved out two fantastic chances in the closing stages. Having risen highest to head a corner from Grant Ward narrowly wide of Alnwick's goal, Iorfa had a second opportunity in added time, meeting yet another delivery from Ward but failing to find the power to beat the Wanderers goalkeeper.

Ipswich made a change as the players came out for the start of the second-half, with Bersant Celina, a summer loan target for Bolton, came on in place of Callum Connolly.

Then, with little more than two minutes played following the restart, Town were ahead in fortuitous circumstances. Skuse, who had scored once just in 175 appearances for the Tractor Boys prior to the game, hit a speculative effort from 25 yards that seemed destined to roll harmlessly into the arms of Alnwick. However, a wicked deflection took the ball away from the goalkeeper and the hosts had broken the deadlock.

Bolton hit back immediately and should have drawn level, but Bialkowski made an outstanding save to deny Morais.

Two further chances came and went without reward for Parkinson's side, with Wheater seeing a shot blocked by Jordan Spence, before Madine, who had been put in the clear, missed the target as his lobbed attempt flew harmlessly over the bar.

Ipswich came back into things after the hour, with McGoldrick forcing Alnwick into a smart reaction save at his near post, before a number of substitutions for both sides interrupted the flow of the game.

Madine spurned another glorious chance to equalise with 20 minutes to play, as he headed over from an Antonee Robinson cross, shortly before Reece Burke put his body on the line superbly to deny Celina at the other end.

Aaron Wilbraham and Adam Le Fondre were introduced for the final 13 minutes as Bolton looked to take a point back to Macron Stadium, but they were thankful to yet more outstanding defending as Mark Beevers slid in to deny Grant Ward a certain goal.

McGoldrick and Adam Armstrong saw strikes blocked at either end shortly thereafter, but the game was over as a contest inside the final two minutes as McGoldrick, who had been a constant thorn in Bolton's side, poked the ball into the top corner after getting on the end of a flick from Joe Garner.

Noone shot over with a free-kick from 25 yards in stoppage time, summing up a miserable afternoon for the away side who remain at the foot of the Championship table having picked up just two points from their opening eight games.

They now take a break from league action - returning to the pitch on Tuesday night when they travel to West Ham United in the third round of the Carabao Cup.

Ipswich Town: Bialkowski, Spence, Chambers, Iorfa, Connolly (Celina 46), Adeyemi, Skuse, Ward (Downes 90), Kenlock, McGoldrick (Nydam 90+2), Garner
Subs Not Used: Gerken, Waghorn, Sears, Woolfenden
Booked: Garner
Goals: Skuse 48, McGoldrick 89

Bolton Wanderers: Alnwick, Robinson, Beevers, Wheater, Burke, Little (Armstrong 70), Karacan, Cullen, Morais (Le Fondre 77), Noone, Madine (Wilbraham 78)
Subs Not Used: Howard, A Taylor, Dervite, Pratley
Booked: Madine, Wheater, Noone

Referee: Andrew Madley
Attendance: 14,164

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