Match report: Ipswich Town 0 Wolves 0 – Usual tedium has returned to Portman Road

Josh Emmanuel has an aerial battle with Romain Saiss last night.

Josh Emmanuel has an aerial battle with Romain Saiss last night. - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Ipswich Town fans had to sit through a typically stale spectacle at Portman Road this evening, a goalless affair with relegation-battling Wolves making it six draws from seven for Mick McCarthy’s men.

Town keeper Bartosz Bialkowski punches clear late on during last night's goalless draw with Wolves.

Town keeper Bartosz Bialkowski punches clear late on during last night's goalless draw with Wolves. Picture: STEVE WALLER - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Following some positive home performances against Reading and Leeds, Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Brentford saw the usual tedium return and that theme continued last night.

Wolves – who remain one point above the Championship drop zone – came into this match on the back of six straight defeats. They looked the more likely to win it though and struck the woodwork twice in the final few minutes.

Town are unbeaten in seven, but have won just one of their 11 matches in all competitions to slip back to 16th in the table.

An utterly forgettable opening 20 minutes, in which neither team mustered an attempt on goal, set the tone and left a half-empty stadium eerily quiet throughout.

Town's David McGoldrick is fouled by Matt Doherty during the second half of last night's Championsh

Town's David McGoldrick is fouled by Matt Doherty during the second half of last night's Championshiop duel - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller


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Jonas Knudsen managed to trip himself up when running back towards goal and was very fortunate his first case of handball on the floor was just outside the area. Wolves had more desperate handball appeals just after the half hour mark when David McGoldrick threw himself in the way of Dave Edwards’ close-range far post header.

The effective Toumani Diagouraga fired a low volley from the edge of the box comfortably wide following Tom Lawrence’s passed corner. Roles were reversed when Diagouraga’s sharp pass led to Lawrence expertly spinning Kortney Hause and seeing a driven cross-cum-shot hacked away by Matt Doherty.

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The Blues undoubtedly missed the box-to-box energy of Emyr Huws in midfield, the Cardiff loanee missing out with a tight hamstring.

Lawrence’s wicked set-piece deliveries briefly made Town more of a threat after the restart. The Blues had some half-hearted penalty appeals of their own when Lawrence collided with Doherty having played a smart one-two with Josh Emmanuel on the edge of the box.

Christophe Berra is outnumbered during this challenge in the Ipswich Town v Wolverhampton Wanderers

Christophe Berra is outnumbered during this challenge in the Ipswich Town v Wolverhampton Wanderers (Sky Bet Championship) match at Portman Road, Ipswich, on 07 March 2017. Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Wolves were increasingly the team that showed the greater attacking intent without creating any real opening.

There were groans from Town fans when few home players got up in support of the isolated Lawrence in the 80th minute, while ironic cheers greeted a tame McGoldrick effort.

The crowd was so quiet that you could hear skipper Luke Chambers shout ‘liven up’ at his team-mates at one stage.

Wolves looked the more likely to win it in the closing stages. Bodvarsson skipped between two defenders and thumped an angled shot against the outside of the near post, while Ben Marshall’s swerving 25-yard free-kick came back off the face of the crossbar.

WOLVES (4-1-4-1): Ikeme; Doherty, Batth (cpt), Hause, Saville; Saiss; Marshall, Edwards, Price, Weimann (Costa 82); Bodvarsson.

Unused subs: Lonergan, Stearman, Iorfa, Coady, Cavaleiro, Dicko.

Booked: Batth (47)

IPSWICH TOWN (3-5-2): Bialkowski; Chambers (cpt), Berra, Smith (Kenlock 61); Emmanuel (Moore 84), Ward, Skuse, Diagouraga, Knudsen; McGoldrick, Lawrence.

Unused subs: Gerken, Spence, Bru, Sears, Pitman.

Booked: Knudsen (21)

Attendance: 15,076 (443 away)

Referee: Darren Deadman

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