Ipswich Town 0-0 Bolton Wanderers

  • September 22, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton came away with a point from their trip to Ipswich Town, despite having to play almost an hour with 10 men following the sending off of Marc Wilson.

Wilson, who was making his first league start since arriving on a free transfer from Sunderland in the summer, was shown a straight red card on 34 minutes at Portman Road after he was adjuged to have been the last man as Kayden Jackson closed in on the Wanderers goal.

With his team showing signs of fatigue in recent weeks, compounded with their midweek defeat at Middlesbrough, Phil Parkinson made four changes as Wilson, Will Buckley, Craig Noone and Erhun Oztumer came in at the expense of David Wheater, Mark Beevers, Gary O'Neil and Josh Vela.

With Wheater dropped to the bench, Ben Alnwick was handed the captain's armband.

There was little to call inside a drab opening 45 minutes in East Anglia, although it was the visitors who created the first chance as Jason Lowe fired wide inside five minutes after getting on the end of a flick from Josh Magennis.

Both sides enjoyed spells of possession without really threatening in the final third, and it wasn't until midway through the half that the next opportunity arrived - with Toto Nsiala alert to head behind for Town, as Buckley's cross into dangerous territory was destined for the head of Magennis.

Wilson shot inches wide of the post from the resulting corner, while Ipswich's first chance on the half-hour saw Alnwick make a comfortable claim from a Gwion Edwards free-kick.

Then, with 34 minutes played, Bolton were reduced to 10 men as Wilson became only the third player in club history to be sent off on his first league start for the club - a statistic he shares with Ivan Campo and Paul Ritchie.

Referee Steve Martin had little option but to brandish the red card on this occasion, after Wilson had tugged back the shirt of Jackson as he closed in on the Wanderers goal.

Wheater was called into the action as Parkinson responded to the sending off, with Oztumer the unfortunate player to be axed.

Grant Ward failed to make the most of the resulting free-kick, with his effort deflecting behind off the wall, while Joe Williams saw a shot bounce behind at the other end after a free-kick from Noone came to nothing.

Ward tried one more time to break the deadlock before the interval, dragging an attempt from 25 yards well wide of the target, as the two sides went in level at the break.

With a man advantage, Ipswich boss Paul Hurst made one change at the start of the second period, bringing Tayo Edun on in place of Trevoh Chalobah, who had been booked inside the opening 45 minutes.

With the action back underway, it was Ipswich who had the first shot of the half as Matthew Pennington dragged an effort well wide of the target, after Edwards' cross from the right was only half-cleared by Jonathan Grounds.

Jon Nolan and Jonas Knudsen both tried their luck shortly thereafter, with both failing to test Alnwick into the Bolton goal, before Nolan, again, and Nsiala failed to hit the target as Ipswich continued to threaten.

The visitors, on a rare venture forward, came close to opening the scoring with 15 minutes to play, but Buckley couldn't test Dean Gerken after a flick from Noone fell kindly into his path.

Jonathan Walters was forced off injured with 10 minutes to play, meaning both sides were to finish with 10 men after Town had already used their allocated three substitutes.

That appeared to spark Bolton into life, with Wheater seeing a goalbound shot charged down, although the hosts remained dangerous and were denied by an outstanding reaction stop from Alnwick, who sprung to his left to claw away a header from Luke Chambers.

Yanic Wildschut was introduced for the latter stages as Parkinson looked to steal all three points, and the change almost paid off when a cross-field ball from Noone seemed destined for the Dutch winger, only for Chambers to make a crucial match-saving interception - ensuring the game ended as it began, goalless.

The result sees Ipswich move off the bottom of the Championship table, where they are replaced by Preston North End, while Wanderers move up one place to 14th - six points clear of the bottom three, and four points shy of the Play-Off places.

They return to action next Saturday when they face Derby County - who occupy that final Play-Off place - at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Ipswich Town: Gerken, Pennington, Chambers, Nsiala, Knudsen, Skuse (Walters 71), Chalobah (Edun 45), Ward (Graham 71), Nolan, Edwards, Jackson
Subs Not Used: Bialkowski, Harrison, Spence, Downes
Booked: Chalobah, Edun

Bolton Wanderers: Alnwick, Grounds, Hobbs, Wilson, Olkowski, Buckley (Wildschut 87), Lowe, J Williams, Noone (Donaldson 90+2), Oztumer (Wheater 36), Magennis
Subs Not Used: Matthews, Vela, Doidge, O'Neil
Sent Off: Wilson

Referee: Steve Martin
Attendance: 14,755

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