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Ipswich Town 0 v 0 Bolton Wanderers
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Saturday, 22nd September 2018 Kick-off 15:00
Ipswich Town 0-0 Bolton Wanderers - Match Report
Saturday, 22nd Sep 2018 17:26

Town recorded their fifth successive home draw at the start of the season as Bolton Wanderers left Portman Road following a hard-fought 0-0 stalemate, despite having been a man down for 47 minutes. The Trotters lost Marc Wilson to a red card on 34 after he hauled down Kayden Jackson but the Blues only created one serious chance - a Luke Chambers header brilliantly saved by Ben Alnwick - having been reduced to 10 men themselves late on when Jon Walters suffered an injury with all three substitutions already having been made.

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 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 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.

Chalobah was replaced by Tayo Edun ahead of the second half with the Blues starting on the front foot.

On 47 Pennington scuffed a shot wide from distance after an Edwards cross had been cleared, then Jon Nolan mishit a bouncing ball well wide from 25 yards out.

Town, with Edwards and Ward having swapped flanks, continued to dominate possession but struggled to find a way through the unsurprisingly deeply encamped 10 men of Bolton. In the 59th minute Nolan found some space to hit a shot but curled it well wide.

Five minutes later, Nolan crossed into the box after a corner had been cleared and Nsiala nodded over.

Despite having had all the ball in the second half the Blues were still to test Alnwick and on 71 manager Paul Hurst made a double change.

It was little surprise that Walters was added to the attack alongside Jackson with Jordan Graham joining him on the left of a four-man midfield with Ward and Cole Skuse making way.

Walters hadn’t had time to make any impact before he pulled up with what looked like a recurrence of the achilles injury which saw him miss Tuesday’s game against Brentford in the 81st minute as he chased a ball on the right of the area.

Match Gallery: 13 photos

The clearly anguished Ireland international was treated on the pitch before eventually making his way around the peripherary to the tunnel alongside physio Matt Byard with the game now 10 versus 10.

Bolton suddenly saw the chance of what had looked an unlikely victory and the Blues found themselves under pressure for the first time. On 83 a loose ball fell to Wheater inside the Town box but Chambers slid in to block.

Three minutes later, the Blues went close as close as they would come to a goal. Graham’s freekick from the left was flicked on towards the top corner by Chambers but somehow Alnwick was able to get across to brilliantly paw it out for a corner.

Despite the numbers having been evened up the game had returned to the pattern from prior to Walters’s injury.

Edun was booked for a foul in injury time as Town kept pushing in the closing stages but without being able to find the goal which would bring them their first win of the season.

The final whistle was greeted by boos - brief but far louder than than those at half-time on Tuesday - and then muted applause as the players left the field.

Having played 47 minutes with an extra man Town missed a big opportunity to finally grab that elusive first win of the season.

The prodded and probed but only seriously threatened once when Alnwick superbly saved Chambers’s header.

In some ways Town might have been better off had Bolton not been reduced to 10 men, the Trotters having defended staunchly and in depth after the red card. A more open approach from the visitors with 11 players might have suited Town more.

The draw will up the already significant pressure on manager Hurst, despite the Blues having climbed a place off the bottom of the table on goal difference courtesy of Sheffield United’s 3-2 victory over Preston, former Blue David McGoldrick having scored the late winner.

Town have their next chance to finally end their winless run and reduce that pressure when they travel to Birmingham - who won 2-1 at Leeds today - next Saturday.

Town: Gerken, Pennington, Nsiala, Chambers (c), Knudsen, Skuse (Graham 71), Chalobah (Edun 46), Edwards, Ward (Walters 71), Nolan, Jackson. Unused: Bialkowski, Harrison, Spence, Downes.

Bolton: Alnwick (c), Olkowski, Hobbs, Wilson, Grounds, Williams, Lowe, Buckley (Wildschut 87), Noone (Donaldson 90), Oztumer (Wheater 36), Magennis. Unused: Matthews, Vela, Doidge, O’Neil. Referee: Stephen Martin (Staffordshire). Att: 14,755.

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TractorBoy85 added 17:26 - Sep 22
Found it rather surprising the amount of fans on here that were excited about our business over the summer before the season started. It seemed as if fans were liking the quantity of signings we were making rather than looking at the quality of the players and especially the players they were replacing. Edwards has been the only player we've brought in that i've been remotely impressed with and even then when we signed him i was questioning it. It's also no surprise to see we're lacking goals. We get rid of three Championship proven Strikers without any intention of keeping them and replaced them with underwhelming lower league strikers. Fans got sold on an idea of attacking football by Hurst eventhough numerous Shrewbury fans warned us it wouldn't be the case but because we were soo desperate to see the back of Mick we fell for it. Letting go of Mick wasn't a mistake, appointing Hurst and allowing him to completely overhaul a squad that was a good enough squad to compete in the league and fill it with average league 1 players and loans was the mistake. How Evans and Hurst thought in any way that this was a good idea is beyond me. I expected this before the season started but wanted to stay optimistic and hope i'd be proved wrong. Unfortunately it hasn't been the case and we look completely lost as a team and have no idea what type of flootball we're trying to play. I don't think it's time to start panicking yet, BUT something needs to change quickly.

Reuserscurtains added 17:29 - Sep 22
Hurst = primark McCarthy.

BlueParadigm added 17:29 - Sep 22
ME should be applauded for trying something new with the appointment of PH. However, its time to acknowledge that this brave new world experiment has failed. This shambolic start to the season is going to end in relegation unless there is some significant intervention soon. Time for the owner to be ruthless and replace PH with someone who can instil a game plan; belief; camaraderie and confidence

ITFC_Cotton added 17:33 - Sep 22
It's quite simple, we've sold/let some of our best players go and replaced them with players that aren't good enough in this league. Only having 3 first team regulars from last season is as MM would have said, bonkers. Make no mistake about it, we're in a relegation battle already.

Woodbridgian added 17:33 - Sep 22
Simply not good enough. If we can’t score against a very poor side with 10 men then we’re in real trouble. Really starting to worry now that Hurst is the right man. Change was needed but too much change and not enough leadership on or off the field

tractorboybig added 17:34 - Sep 22
this has to be shyte. first half out played by Bolton who were crap. chaloba and Jackman why on the pitch? Edwards and Nolan headless chickens, Gerks did the job when needed and the centre backs looked ok. HOWEVER if anyone out there thinks this is a team in the building you need to engage your second brain cell. This is a div one team playing div one football.,

Telford_Blue added 17:35 - Sep 22
Absolutely spot on. The best post I’ve read on here in ages.

Here’s hoping that change will soon be implemented!

Cheshire_Blue added 17:36 - Sep 22
Come back MM you are a genius compared to this idiot as I have predicted all along. We now have what numbskulls wished for.

ShropshireBluenago09 added 17:37 - Sep 22
Another point on the board and we are not bottom. Yes we are low on confidence and not scoring, but defence looks stronger. We would probably have lost this under Muck 1-0. I think the midfield is still where we are struggling (have done since days of Magic and Holland).

derbyblue51 added 17:37 - Sep 22
People on here keep saying give p.h time we have not got time .time is running out

TimmyH added 17:37 - Sep 22
Wow! Well this looked like our best chance of getting a win particularly after the better 2nd half against Brentford in mid-week and after 34 minutes today even more so.

Cue the post match interview from Hurst who obviously is going to give the opposition credit for being organised and difficult to break down, under a Robson or even Burley regime in the Championship a way would have been found to win through creativity or urgency. Sadly it's looking like (certainly so far) that his starting 11 have neither of these qualities. How much longer must the wait go on?

And I thought McCarthy liked a draw...

wheresmyheadat added 17:38 - Sep 22
Even magical Vegas will be asking for their money back.....

Fabianski added 17:40 - Sep 22
With the players that we now have, it's probably already too late to avoid relegation. The question needs to be asked how we best plan for that eventuality, and start to build for the future. This has been a poorly conceived experiment, if the aim was to extend our championship status. It may still pay dividends though, if it kick starts our renaissance as a football team, all be it in a lower league to begin with.

delias_cheesy_flaps added 17:40 - Sep 22
Tractorboy85 a spot-on summary mate, but I'm beginning to think it is time to panic after watching that shower of excrement!

JimmyP45 added 17:41 - Sep 22
Bolton were utter rubbish with 11 players let alone 10. Probably the easiest chance to win a game we will get all season. We are by far the worst team in the league and deserve to be where we are in the league. I feel this is finally the season we will go down.

Absolutely awful!!!

Tractorboy1985 added 17:41 - Sep 22

BraveDave added 17:42 - Sep 22
There are some fans who revel in what is currently happening, and are quite happy to recreate the same abusive and poisonous atmosphere we had last season. BUT having said all that, I am genuinely worried. First few games, I thought we'd competed, maybe been a bit unlucky and, without setting the world alight, we showed glimpses of something promising. Last 3 games that seems to have disappeared and it's difficult to see where we are going to get a win.

Really don't know what the answer is. It's easy for people to call for Hurst's head, but that in itself is not the answer. Where do we go next? Turning on the players and manager will have no positive benefit, so I feel we have to continue to back them and hope it comes good - but I'm not optimistic

dukey44 added 17:42 - Sep 22
Simply why did he start the team that finished in week?

dukey44 added 17:43 - Sep 22
Didn't sorry

Tractorboy1985 added 17:43 - Sep 22
A protest is needed

bugledog123 added 17:44 - Sep 22
Not good enough....

WhoisJimmyJuan added 17:45 - Sep 22
23rd is flattering us. Last chance for Hurst today for me. There is no sign of improvement at all.

AlfBuksh added 17:46 - Sep 22
Where are our youngsters? I wouldn't mind losing if we had a team of home grown least we would be building towards something. But to be bottom with a team of loanees and poor players is really disheartening. I was all for PH but what is he trying to achieve? The photo of Burley and Butcher in the stands started me thinking of how they would run things...core values, pride and academy stars....

TraktorBoyz added 17:47 - Sep 22
Hurst out

FromIpswichToPhoenix added 17:47 - Sep 22
Looks like PH is going to continue his trend of getting teams in League 1.

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