Ipswich 0-0 Wolves: Visitors boost survival hopes
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 07/03/17 10:40pm
Wolves claimed a deserved point in their fight for Sky Bet Championship survival after a turgid 0-0 draw at mid-table Ipswich.
It could have been so much more for Paul Lambert's men after both Jon Dadi Bodvarsson and Ben Marshall were denied by the woodwork in the closing stages as Bartosz Bialkowski's goal led a charmed life in the second half.
But the chances were not in keeping with a match that will not live long in the memory for those inside a half-full Portman Road, which was filled with a smattering of boos at the final whistle.
Ipswich have now gone seven matches unbeaten, but six have been drawn with fans starting to question the tenure of Mick McCarthy.
A scrappy first 15 minutes saw action in either penalty area at a premium, Josh Emmanuel just failing to find a team-mate with a dangerous low cross that dissected Ipswich front duo Tom Lawrence and David McGoldrick.
Wolves' players were left screaming for a penalty when Jonas Knudsen's desperate attempts to stop Matt Doherty saw him handle the ball on the ground. Referee Darren Deadman awarded a free-kick just outside the area but Romain Saiss' attempt sailed harmlessly over the bar.
A forgettable first half hour almost burst into life when Dave Edwards met Andreas Weimann's dangerous cross but his dangerous pull-back was brilliantly blocked by the sliding McGoldrick.
Ipswich's best moment came soon after when Lawrence turned Saiss but his low cross-shot was blocked on the line by Doherty.
Lawrence remained the biggest threat for Ipswich, twice causing Ikeme to be alert in tipping direct corners away from his own goal-line while, at the other end, a quick counter by Wolves ended with Marshall firing wide of the far post.
As the visitors edged possession and half-chances created, Ipswich fans were left to cheer ironically after McGoldrick had a half-hearted effort saved by Carl Ikeme.
Wolves went much closer in the 85th minute when Bodvarsson muscled his way through the Ipswich defence and his shot from an acute angle cannoned off a combination of the inside post and Bialkowski.
And Ipswich were again thankful for the woodwork when Marshall's dangerous free-kick hit the top of the crossbar.
Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy:
"I think they were the better team in the second half, though I am not sure why that was. They have got some good players - they can leave a #13 million player on the bench - and they are a good team despite their position.
"I am not looking for excuses - we have to play better than that. I don't think we are safe yet. We still have a bit to do and I think we need to scrap it out. Our only positive is that we have got a point and kept a clean sheet."
Wolves boss Paul Lambert:
"I thought we were pretty comfortable in the first half and we were on top after the break when we had lots of the ball and hit the bar and the post. We deserved to win. It is a big point for us as it stops the slide we were on. But, believe it or not, we have been playing well during this bad run against the likes of Reading and Newcastle.
"We have been dominating some games, we just haven't had that finishing touch. Performance-wise, I couldn't ask for more and if we keep doing what we have been doing, we will be fine."