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The grim stats that are ruining Ipswich Town’s season

PUBLISHED: 11:51 28 January 2013 | UPDATED: 11:51 28 January 2013

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It’s turning into a season of toil and torment for the Blues, Jon Stead’s 90th minute winner for Bristol City indicative of Town’s frustrating campaign.

But it could have been so much better for Ipswich, who slumped to one place off the relegation zone after Saturday’s 2-1 reversal at Ashton Gate.

Stead’s finish was the EIGHTH goal this season that Town have conceded in the last five minutes of league games, while the encounter also represented the EIGHTH time the Blues have dropped points from a winning position.

Take away the late goals and the Blues would now be sat 14th in the Championship, on 38 points, and just 12 points away from the presumed 50-point safety mark.

More remarkably, Town have dropped 20 points from winning positions this season and victory in every one of those games would have seen the Blues occupy an automatic promotion spot!

Instead, home defeats against Cardiff and Derby, away setbacks at Hull and at Ashton Gate on Saturday, plus the previous week’s draw at home to Barnsley, have helped leave Town too close for comfort at the bottom.

They are six points clear of the drop but have a far inferior goal difference and have played one game more than Bristol City, Barnsley and Peterborough.

Town’s soft centre and inability to be strong at crucial periods in the game, also cost them progress into round two of the Capital Cup – at Carlisle – while a tendency to concede early at the start of either half, has often given them a mountain to climb.

The same problem reared its ugly head at the weekend with Town, comfortably leading at the break through Daryl Murphy’s opener, being pegged back within two minutes of the restart, thanks to Steve Davies’ equaliser.

Two early second-half goals gave Town a mountain to climb in the 2-1 home defeat to Charlton, earlier in the season, while Sheffield Wednesday, Crystal Palace and Aston Villa, in the FA Cup, all netted soon after the interval in victories against the Blues.

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.

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

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy admitted that this afternoon’s scrappy 1-1 draw at Bolton Wanderers was ‘the worst game I’ve seen for a long time’.

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