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Ipswich Town 0-0 Bolton Wanderers - Half-Time
Saturday, 22nd Sep 2018 16:05

Town’s game against Bolton remains 0-0 at the break but with the visitors having been reduced to 10 men following Marc Wilson’s red card.

Toto Nsiala returned to the Town starting line-up following the completion of his three-game suspension for his red card at Sheffield Wednesday.

The former Shrewsbury man is started at the centre of the defence alongside skipper Luke Chambers with Matthew Pennington moving to right-back with Janoi Donacien dropping out.

The St Lucian was again the loanee to miss out on a place in the matchday squad - only five are permitted in the 18 - with former Jon Walters fit enough to take a place on the bench after his achilles injury.

Bolton made four changes to the team which lost 2-0 at Middlesbrough in midweek with Mark Beevers, David Wheater, Gary O'Neil and Josh Vela dropping out of the starting line-up in favour of Wilson, Erhun Oztumer, Will Buckley and Craig Noone.

Jason Lowe scraped a weak shot wide for Bolton after five minutes following a long throw in an opening 20 minutes of little penalty area action. Town had most of the ball but without creating an opportunity.

On 21 Wilson scuffed a volley wide at the far post from a Oztumer cross after a corner, but Town were in control of the game even if they’d not been able to test Bolton skipper and keeper Ben Alnwick.

In the 29th minute Grant Ward was bundled over by Craig Noone just outside the area on the left and Gwion Edwards, who had already sent in a couple of potentially dangerous crosses from the right, hit a powerfully-struck freekick into Alnwick’s midriff.

The visitors were reduced to 10 men in the 34th minute when Wilson was shown a straight red card for denying Kayden Jackson an obvious goalscoring opportunity.

Ward did superbly on the left to bring the ball out of a tight area following a Bolton attack, then sent Jackson away with a superb pass. The pacy former Accrington man burst away beyond Wilson, who dragged him back as he broke towards the area with only Alnwick to beat.

Referee Stephen Martin immediately awarded a freekick - with Town making few protests that it was a penalty - then showed Wilson his red card to little complaint from the Trotters players.

As Ward prepared to take the freekick, which was deflected wide off the wall, Bolton boss Phil Parkinson swapped Oztumer for Wheater.

A minute before the break, Trevoh Chalobah was booked for a foul on Will Buckley with Town subsequently making heavy weather of clearing the danger from the freekick and subsequent corner.

Town had continued to enjoy a great deal of possession and had passed the ball around confidently, although largely in unthreatening areas but still without testing Alnwick.

Seconds before the whistle, Ward ended a long spell of Town passing by scraping a shot well wide.

It had been a first half of few incidents aside from Wilson’s red card, which looked the correct decision, the Ireland international had been caught out by Jackson’s blistering pace.

Neither keeper, however, had been forced to make a save in the entire 45 minutes in which Bolton perhaps had the better of the chances - or perhaps more accurately half-chances - with the Blues backline not always defending with confidence.

Given their man advantage, the Blues will hope to finally end their long wait for their first win under Paul Hurst in the second half.

Town: Gerken, Pennington, Nsiala, Chambers (c), Knudsen, Skuse, Chalobah, Edwards, Ward, Nolan, Jackson. Subs: Bialkowski, Harrison, Spence, Graham, Downes, Edun, Walters.

Bolton: Alnwick (c), Olkowski, Hobbs, Wilson, Grounds, Williams, Lowe, Buckley, Noone, Oztumer (Wheater 36), Magennis. Subs: Matthews, Vela, Donaldson, Doidge, O’Neil, Wildschut, Wheater. Referee: Stephen Martin (Staffordshire). Att: 14,755.

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ihatecanaries added 16:30 - Sep 22
i hope I am wrong but even though we are playing against 10 men I still can't see us scoring let alone winning

Karlosfandangal added 16:55 - Sep 22
Can’t score but a clean sheet

herobobby added 16:56 - Sep 22
What a joke .....only thing is it isn't very funny

1psw1ch added 16:58 - Sep 22
League 1 here we come

elcdman added 16:59 - Sep 22
PH Dead man walking

Skip73 added 17:00 - Sep 22
Get out of oir club Hurst and take your pathetic signings with you. You have turned this once great club into a laughing stock!

Dog added 17:02 - Sep 22
This website could be comedy gold for the next four hours.


BlueArrow added 17:02 - Sep 22
P H " the original Atlantic swimmer " always out of his depth

Dog added 17:03 - Sep 22
Looks like we could be playing in the first round of the FA cup next season. We might actually win a cup game.

runningout added 17:04 - Sep 22
That was tough to watch. Not too good when I know I could have played better than half our squad, and I’m poo. Plenty of work to do

Dog added 17:05 - Sep 22
We are not bottom of the league!!!. Well done Mr Hurst. Onwards and upwards.

Help added 17:07 - Sep 22
I am being ironic here. 10 men we cannot beat 10 men.

I am sorry but I am not seeing any progress here since the first game. I saw a better team against West Ham and Mr PH has to realise that, admit that some of the players he has bought in are not good enough and that we have better players in the U23's. Bring them in make changes drop your imports and admit that this persistence is doing you nor the team any good.

Continuing in this manner with players that still do not look like they know what they are doing and who they are supposed to be doing it with. Do we train as a team? If so why are we not playing as a team. You Mr Hurst will not get a better opportunity to have beaten a team then today. Unfortunately the games to come are out of your reach for a win. Your time is not up but the benefit of the doubt is waning. Performances are not really better then the stuff served up by MM I am afraid to say. I do not and have not ever agreed with 1 up front and whilst you continue with this we will not score enough to win games. We are most definitely lacking in attack, and that comes from the back, the same way that you defend from the front.

Can you sort it Mr Hurst, can you drop those that need a kick up the rear and bring in players desperate to turn this team around.


herobobby added 17:09 - Sep 22

The only comedy was on the pitch today and it certainly want gold

Fabianski added 17:11 - Sep 22
Expansive free flowing football this is not. But I do think we'll storm league one next year. If we can just keep this squad together!

wheresmyheadat added 17:12 - Sep 22
we must stay positive, no point turning on each other. He needs time to turn this around.

Philpomr added 17:12 - Sep 22
My Sons U15 team is better than this - and I am not joking!

Bluearmy_81 added 17:13 - Sep 22
"You have turned this once great club into a laughing stock!"
We no that's Evans...


derbyblue51 added 17:13 - Sep 22
0-0 again utter crap cannot see us winning next two games p.h no idea the players he has brought are poor

Skip73 added 17:14 - Sep 22
No Bluearmy, we weren't a laughing stock last season.

wheresmyheadat added 17:14 - Sep 22
Yep, we are as good as our shirt sponsors at the moment. It’s al very sad for this once great club but we must stay positive....

derbyblue51 added 17:15 - Sep 22
Wheresmyheadat we have not got time if we keep losing and getting odd point the gap will be too big too close

blue added 17:19 - Sep 22
No matter what anyone else thinks , Mick Mccarthy i thank you very much for atleast keeping us in the championship ,i believe 99% of us reading this atleast praises you thankyou mick .
P.H can do one he wont last long at this rate .
Oh and players like to thank you for another point gained today LOL.

Pezzer added 17:19 - Sep 22
Assume 1 up front?

Tractorboy1985 added 17:20 - Sep 22

Tractorboy1985 added 17:21 - Sep 22
It’s his bully and joke of a number 2 aswell.. get him OUT

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