MATCH REPORT: Bolton Wanderers 1 Ipswich Town 1
Bolton v Ipswich: David McGoldrick’s crisp strike ensured Ipswich Town came away from Bolton with a deserved share of the spoils.
It had looked like it would be another increasingly familiar hard luck story for the Blues after they fell behind to Medo’s curling free-kick in the 64th minute.
Just like in the 1-0 home defeat to Burnley the weekend previous, Mick McCarthy’s side had enjoyed the better chances in a tight affair before falling behind.
The home side’s lead lasted just seven minutes though as McGoldrick rifled a fine left-footed shot across the keeper at the second attempt.
A draw means Bolton are still winless at home after seven league matches at The Reebok Stadium, while Ipswich are yet to taste victory on their travels this season after seven attempts.
Both defensives were on top in the opening exchanges before Ipswich created two golden opportunities to score.
In the 15th minute, Paul Anderson shot straight at the keeper after the ball sat up nicely for him following David McGoldrick’s flick on.
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An even better chance arrived four minutes later when Daryl Murphy’s low cross put the ball on a plate for Ryan Tunnicliffe at the back post. The midfielder did the right thing in trying to side-foot the ball back across the keeper, but Andy Lonergan saved with his legs. Even so, you expected the Manchester United loanee to score from less than six yards out.
Bolton started the second half on the front foot, with Matt Mills heading a corner just wide and David Ngog flashing a powerful volley just past the post.
Town keeper Dean Gerken also had to push a Lee Chung-Yong shot over the bar.
The ‘fear factor’ that Trotters boss Dougie Freedman has spoken about soon began to show though as the home side began to make numerous unforced errors to the frustration of the crowd.
Ipswich responded with their best spell of pressure as Daryl Murphy saw a shot deflected just wide and Tommy Smith’s header from a corner was diverted over.
Bolton’s opener came from nowhere. After Cole Skuse got caught on the ball in midfield, a quick pass set Jermaine Beckford away and a quick turn of pace drew a trip from Christophe Berra on the edge of the area. Medo stepped up to curl the resultant free-kick around the wall and into the net, despite Gerken getting a hand to it.
Ipswich responded well and, after Murphy had gone close with a curling effort, the equaliser soon arrived.
McGoldrick started the move by passing it out to Anderson on the right and then finished it off when the cross was half-cleared. The striker’s first effort, off his right foot, was blocked, but the rebound fell straight to him and he rifled it across the keeper in a flash with his left foot.
Neither side really looked like they’d win it after that, with the game petering out into a draw.
– Reaction to follow.
BOLTON (4-4-2): Lonergan; McNaughton, Mills, Ream, Baptiste; Danns, Spearing (cpt), Medo, Lee (Hall 81); Ngog (Eagles 75), Beckford.
Unused subs: Lee-Barrett, Knight, Pratley, Moritz, Davies.
IPSWICH TOWN (4-4-2): Gerken; Chambers (cpt), Berra, Smith, Cresswell; Anderson (Edwards 89), Skuse, Hyam (Tabb 75), Tunnicliffe; Murphy (Nouble 75), McGoldrick.
Unused subs: Loach, Hewitt, Mings, Marriott.
Referee: David Webb