Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Ipswich Town

  • January 20, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton spurned the chance to put distance between themselves and the Championship relegation zone, after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Ipswich Town.

With Sunderland beating Hull City, victory for Wanderers would have moved them three points clear of the bottom three and it looked like they were on their way when Gary Madine prodded them ahead on 53 minutes at Macron Stadium.

Ipswich rarely threatened but gradually pushed forward as the game entered the final stages and drew level eight minutes from time, with Joe Garner tapping home from close range from a David McGoldrick cross.

With last weekend's defeat at Brentford seeing his side drop back into danger, Wanderers boss Phil Parkinson made three changes to his starting line-up - as Dorian Dervite, Will Buckley and the fit-again Karl Henry coming in at the expense of Mark Beevers, Filipe Morais and Harry Charsley.

The home side almost got off to the best possible start, with Josh Vela latching on to a flick from Madine and shooting straight at Bartosz Bialkowski inside the opening 15 seconds.

There was a brief break in play after Sammy Ameobi appeared to take a blow to the head moments later but he was fit to continue and soon involved in a move which ended with Buckley cutting in and firing over the crossbar.

David Wheater had the ball in the Ipswich net on 16 minutes, although referee Peter Bankes had already blown for a foul against Buckley, shortly before Ameobi's fizzing drive from the right was stopped at his near post by Bialkowski.

Derik Osede shot over the crossbar from the next attack, while Martyn Waghorn shot over at the other end, but the sides went in goalless at the break, with Madine sending a header wide of the target in added time.

As the players came back out for the start of the second period, there was one change to the Ipswich side as Stephen Gleeson came on in place of Cole Skuse.

Within eight minutes of the restart, the deadlock was broken. Afforded too much time on the left, Antonee Robinson's cross was flicked on by Vela and Madine's gamble paid off as he slid in to put Bolton 1-0 ahead.

Wanderers' first change of the afternoon arrived on 65 minutes as Morais came on for Buckley and his arrival almost resulted in a second goal, with a cross from the left picking out Madine, who directed his header against the outside of the post.

With one goal already to his name, Madine continued to look the most likely scorer of a second and forced Bialkowski into another stop on 75 minutes, as his dipping free-kick from 25 yards brought a smart save out of the Town goalkeeper.

The hosts came agonisingly close to sealing victory with 13 minutes to play, with Morais curling inches wide from an Ameobi pass, but Ipswich drew level five minutes later as McGoldrick worked a one-two before cutting back for Garner to slot home from inside the six-yard box.

Bolton made two late changes in an attempt to get themselves back in front, with both Craig Noone and Aaron Wilbraham thrown on in place of Ameobi and Madine, but they were unable to find that late winner as the two sides were made to settle for a 1-1 draw.

The point moves Wanderers up one place to 20th in the Championship table, but they remain just one point clear of the drop zone following Sunderland's win over Hull. Burton Albion, who were beaten 6-0 at Fulham, are the latest side to prop up the division.

With their trip to Cardiff City next weekend postponed due to FA Cup ties, Bolton face a fortnight without a game - with their next outing coming at home to Bristol City on February 2.

Bolton Wanderers: Alnwick, Robinson, Dervite, Wheater, Little, Osede, Henry, Vela, Buckley (Morais 65), Ameobi (Noone 86), Madine (Wilbrham 90+1)
Subs Not Used: Howard, A Taylor, Le Fondre, Darby
Booked: Madine
Goals: Madine 53

Ipswich Town: Bialkowski, Iorfa, Chambers, Carter-Vickers, Knudsen, Skuse (Gleeson 46), Connolly (90+4), Waghorn, McGoldrick, Celina (Sears 85), Garner
Subs Not Used: Crowe, Drinan, Kenlock, Smith
Booked: Iorfa
Goals: Garner 82

Referee: Peter Bankes
Attendance: 13,870

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Pos Team Pld Pts
20 Rotherham United 22 22
21 Reading 22 19
22 Millwall 22 19
23 Bolton Wanderers 22 18
24 Ipswich Town 22 14
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Who is Bolton's 2017/18 Player of the Year?
53.85% Ben Alnwick
13.11% Sammy Ameobi
10.49% Karl Henry
8.39% Antonee Robinson
4.98% David Wheater
3.41% Mark Beevers
2.1% Mark Little
1.84% Josh Vela
1.57% Darren Pratley
0.26% Reece Burke