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Ipswich Town (1) 1 - 1 (0) AFC Bournemouth

Sky Bet Championship 2014-15

Friday, April 3, 2015

Referee: Robert Madley

Manager: Mick McCarthy

Portman Road 17:15

Attendance: 22,672

Manager: Eddie Howe

Match Number: 3601


 Freddie Sears (6)
 Kenwyne Jones (82)


Brett PitmanYann Kermorgant (64)
Ryan FraserAdam Smith (77)
Steve CookKenwyne Jones (78)


 Luke Chambers (23)
 Harry Arter (37)



Artur Boruc

Simon Francis

Tommy Elphick

Steve Cook

Charlie Daniels

Matt Ritchie

Andrew Surman

Harry Arter

Ryan Fraser

Brett Pitman

Callum Wilson



Lee Camp

Dan Gosling

Adam Smith

Shaun MacDonald

Yann Kermorgant

Elliott Ward

Kenwyne Jones

Match Report

Kenwyne Jones rescues a point for the Cherries with a debut goal for Eddie Howe's side

Kenwyne Jones came from the bench late on to score within three minutes of his Bournemouth debut and rescue a point away to Ipswich.

The pass the parcel of the Championship top spot continued as Bournemouth could only draw after falling behind to an early Freddie Sears goal.

They dominated the match, but had to wait until the 82nd minute for Jones, taken on loan from Cardiff 10 days ago, to power in a header.

'We scored an un-Bournemouth goal,' manager Eddie Howe admitted afterwards. 'But it was equally effective as any, from a set piece. It's good to see, we haven't come back from being behind much this season.

'Jones is a presence, but he's more than that he's got good feet, he was excellent when he came on. He's very important in terms of scores like this and the situation the game was in. That's when he's probably going to play his biggest part. It's his job to turn those into points for us. He could be invaluable.'

All it took was a split second lapse in concentration from Bournemouth's defence and they were behind in only the sixth minute.

The first half was still taking shape when Daryl Murphy was afforded time and space on the right inside the box to bring a cross under control with a lovely touch and pass into Sears to fire in first-time.

The striker, formerly of West Ham, was so free he looked over to the linesman, fearing he was offside, but the flag stayed down and he notched up his 19th goal of the campaign.

Ipswich goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski was diving left, right and centre for the remainder of the game to keep his side ahead.

Twice he denied Ryan Fraser and again a powerful effort from Matt Ritchie. But Jones was thrown on in the 79th minute and rose to meet Ritchie's left-hand side corner to finally beat the Polish keeper.

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy said: 'They put a very, very, very expensive acquisition on. He is pretty good in the air. I've just watched it and Tommy Smith is head-to-head with him, it's one of those you get your head on it sometimes it flies in sometimes it doesn't. He's started to pay a bit back, I'd say.'

Bialkowski pulled off his save of the match in stoppage time, making a one-handed stop at full-stretch to reach substitute Yann Kermorgant's header from another Ritchie corner.

Bournemouth are unbeaten in seven, but no-one is able to get a grip at the top of the Championship table.

'I've not known a league change hands so much,' Howe added. 'I've not known it so tight. It's crazy. I said a few weeks ago there could be plenty more twists and turns. 'I think everyone is hoping they can be the team which breaks away. With so few games to go now it looks unlikely. It all goes down to the team who can hold their nerve the most and who can continue to avoid the pressure of what's at stake.'

Sam Cunningham (Mail Online)

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