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Monday verdict: Sour grapes are the ultimate compliment

PUBLISHED: 10:53 24 November 2014 | UPDATED: 11:50 24 November 2014

The travelling Ipswich fans in fine voice at Bournemouth on Saturday

The travelling Ipswich fans in fine voice at Bournemouth on Saturday

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Another week, another set of sour grapes from an opposition manager – it’s the ultimate compliment to Ipswich Town and serves as further proof that their Championship promotion credentials are 100% bona fide.

Second-place Bournemouth played some sexy football at a packed Dean Court on Saturday, but they were denied a sixth straight home win across all competitions as Mick McCarthy’s side – put together on a far smaller budget – twice came from behind to secure a battling 2-2 draw.

Teenager Teddy Bishop scored his first senior goal with a cool finish and Daryl Murphy emphatically headed home his 11th of the campaign, Town then clinging on during a nervy 12 minutes of stoppage-time to move back up to fourth in the table.

Cherries boss Eddie Howe bemoaned the referee waving away penalty appeals for his side at 2-2, highlighted how well his team had played and insisted Ipswich came away with a point they ‘perhaps didn’t deserve’.

It echoed Watford boss Slavisa Jokanovic laughably referring to ‘physicality’ and ‘long balls’ following his side’s 1-0 loss at Portman Road prior to the international break.

Blues boss Mick McCarthy won’t care one bit though. He’s too long in the tooth for that. Just as he knows that Premier League scouts watching his side is an endorsement of the fantastic job he’s doing, he’s also aware that upset opposite numbers are a sign of success.

During his first 18 months in charge of the club, Town played some uneasy-on-the-eye, needs-must, functional football. A stereotype has worked its way around the football world, but it no longer applies. This team has evolved. They deserve more credit and respect than they are getting.

At Portman Road they are taking responsibility and getting on the front foot, away from home they are still more than happy to grind out results.

Winning the vast majority of home games and drawing more than you lose on your travels has long been the perfect formula for promotion. Right now, therefore, the statistics are encouraging.

Town have dropped just seven points from a possible 27 at Portman Road. They have won at Wigan (23rd) and Blackpool (24th), drawing at Derby (1st), Bournemouth (2nd), Nottingham Forest (8th), Sheffield Wednesday (13th) and Birmingham (19th).

McCarthy openly admits that he wouldn’t bother getting on the coach if you were to offer him a draw at Charlton this Saturday.

Let others sneer. Town fans know they have a team to be proud of.

– Join Blues reporter Stuart watson at 1pm for a live webchat.

Martyn Waghorn knows he and his team-mates must rediscover their clinical side and begin to put together winning runs if they are maintain any kind of play-off push.

Former Ipswich Town player Georges Santos joined Andy Warren for a special edition of the Kings of Anglia Podcast.

Joe Garner turned home to finish off a superb Ipswich Town move as the Blues rescued a draw at Bolton.

Town fan Karl Fuller looks back at Town’s draw at Bolton and why one of Mick McCarthy’s after-match comments was not needed

The answer to the question Mick McCarthy posed after his side’s 1-1 draw at Bolton is undoubtedly ‘no’.

Terry Hunt says a feeling of togetherness between fans and the club appears a million miles away at Portman Road right now.

Player watch: It’s fair to say Ipswich Town’s two Friday signings split opinion when they were unveiled.

Ipswich Town drew a scrappy Championship match 1-1 at Bolton Wanderers this afternoon. STUART WATSON gives his snap observations.

Joe Garner netted an 82nd equaliser as Town draw 1-1 with Bolton at the Macron Stadium.

- Here is the selection of tweets from Town fans

How impressed and who had more to give? Andy Warren hands out his player grades after Town’s 1-1 draw at Bolton.

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