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Bolton Wanderers (0) 1 - 1 (0) Ipswich Town

Sky Bet Championship 2013-14

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Referee: David Webb

Manager: Dougie Freedman

Reebok Stadium 15:00

Attendance: 15,222

Manager: Mick McCarthy

Match Number: 3523


 Medo Kamara (64)
 David McGoldrick (72)


David NgogChris Eagles (74)
Lee Chung-YongRobert Hall (79)


 Alex Baptiste (86)
 Christophe Berra (63)



Andy Lonergan

Kevin McNaughton

Alex Baptiste

Medo Kamara

Matthew Mills

Tim Ream

Lee Chung-Yong

Jay Spearing

Jermaine Beckford

David Ngog

Neil Danns



Arran Lee-Barrett

Chris Eagles

Robert Hall

Zat Knight

Andre Moritz

Darren Pratley

Mark Davies

Match Report

Dougie Freedman in the dog house

BOOS marked Dougie Freedman’s first year at Bolton as their home woes continued against Ipswich.

The Trotters have not won at the Reebok all season but had looked set to mark the anniversary in style when Medo Kamara’s free-kick gave them the lead just past the hour.

But Town responded and David McGoldrick’s fierce 20-yard drive 17 minutes from time earned them a hard-fought share of the spoils that leaves question marks over Freedman’s future.

“We had enough chances to win the game. We got ourselves 1-0 up but let ourselves down conceding too quickly which isn’t acceptable. I’m disappointed with the result after going ahead and looking quite strong,” said Freedman.

“I’m very comfortable with the boos. Football fans pay good money. The fans get behind the team throughout the match and then show their frustration at the end. You’ve got to accept that as a professional.”

It was a third draw in four for Ipswich whose pre-match preparations were further hampered by speculation about their own manager.

This result will have hardly sent tremors around the Republic of Ireland but there is no doubt the East Anglian side have made great strides under Mick McCarthy.

And McCarthy said: “I haven’t said anything about the Republic of Ireland job. I suppose they came and stayed with me at the team hotel, all of them? We had a great time – did I b******s, no there’s nothing.”

Back to the game, Neil Danns whipped a ­devilish cross in from the right that Tommy Smith came close to putting through his own net.

The on-loan Danns was wreaking havoc and it was his header on that teed up Jermaine Beckford to loop an acrobatic effort just over the top moments later.

Town had offered little but were given a glimpse of goal on 20 minutes when Andy Lonergan, in for injured stopper Adam Bogdan, inexplicably kicked the ball straight to Cole Skuse 35 yards out.

The midfielder seized upon the rusty keeper’s gaffe but saw his lob drop inches over the bar.

With the game finely poised, Bolton poured forward and won a free-kick on the edge of the box.

Medo stepped up and curled home a delightful 25-yard effort via the hands of Dean Gerken. But their joy lasted all of eight minutes as Ipswich sprung forward and snatched a leveller.

McGoldrick saw his first effort blocked on the edge of the box but followed up with a bouncing 20-yard drive that soared into far corner of the net.

McCarthy said of the result: “I’m delighted with a point. It was possibly our worst performance away from home. The game wasn’t particularly good. It had two bits of quality – their goal and ours.”

Paul Hassall (Daily Star)

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