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U’s avoid slide into relegation zone

PUBLISHED: 17:51 29 December 2012 | UPDATED: 17:54 29 December 2012

Joe Dunne, whose Colchester side will begin 2013 just outside the relegation zone

Joe Dunne, whose Colchester side will begin 2013 just outside the relegation zone

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COLCHESTER United have stayed out of the relegation zone, going into the new year.

The U’s scheduled home game against Swindon Town this afternoon had been postponed 24 hours earlier, following a pitch inspection – the surface was waterlogged.

That left Joe Dunne’s men in danger of slipping into the bottom four, without being able to kick a ball.

But Portsmouth and Bury, fourth-from-bottom and third-from-bottom respectively, could not take advantage this afternoon.

A win for either team would have sucked the U’s into the drop zone, but both suffered defeats.

Pompey were beaten 2-1 at home by Yeovil, while Bury lost 2-1 at Carlisle.

That leaves the U’s in 20th spot, one place and two points above the relegation zone.

Their next fixture is away at Crawley Town on New Year’s Day (kick-off 3pm). Crawley were soundly beaten 3-0 at Bournemouth this afternoon.

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.

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’.

Ipswich Town’s first real moment of quality produced their equaliser as Joe Garner rescued a 1-1 draw at lowly Bolton.

The Blues fell behind to a Gary Madine effort but Joe Garner was on hand to rescue an equaliser.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy could come up against one of his former captains when the Blues take on Bolton this afternoon.

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