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Bolton Wanderers 1 Ipswich Town 2

17:17 01 December 2012

Bolton v Ipswich: Michael Chopra scored an 89th minute winner as Ipswich came from behind to beat Bolton.

Mark Davies had given the hosts a first-half lead with a fine drive from 25 yards, but a penalty by DJ Campbell – Town’s third in successive matches – and Chopra’s late close-range strike gave Ipswich the win.

They are now five points clear of the relegation zone with Mick McCarthy enjoying a great start to life at Portman Road with 13 points from a possible 21.

It could have even been a bigger margin of victory after Chopra and then man-of-the-match Bradley Orr – pushed into central-midfield in the second-half – went close in injury-time.

Ipswich fell behind after just six minutes, but not before bright moments at both ends.

Reacting to a flick from Tyrone Barnett, DJ Campbell capitalised on some weak defending from Zat Knight and for a moment he looked clear.

But the striker’s touch wasn’t true and though he fed Lee Martin, his shot was blocked by the sliding Tyrone Mears.

Bolton quickly broke at the other end and Stephen Henderson had to be alert to tip Keith Andrews’ lob over the bar.

But the hosts didn’t have to wait long to beat Henderson after Jay Spearing found Mark Davies who was given too much time to pick his spot and how, after finding the corner from 25 yards.

The fear was that Ipswich would capitulate for the third consecutive away match.

In truth, it was a rather dire affair with Bolton shading chances created but both sides looking average.

Kevin Davies slid a shot just wide while Bolton keeper Adam Bogdan parried a fierce free-kick from Lee Martin.

The second half continued in much the same vein with Henderson twice denying headers from Kevin Davies.

Then out of nothing, the Blues were level from their third penalty in as many matches.

Orr, moved into central midfield when Andy Drury was withdrawn, found Murphy whose sharp touch got him into the area when he went down under the sliding Tyrone Mears.

Campbell, who scored from 12 yards at Peterborough but missed against Nottingham Forest, expertly found the bottom corner.

Town were on the up, but still a draw looked likely.

But more good work from Murphy, a curling shot deflected by Zat Knight for a corner, led to the winner.

The corner was headed out only to Orr who thought of nothing but striking first-time from the edge of the area.

Fizzing off the turf, Bogdan could do little but parry the shot and Chopra bundled the ball in.

The striker should have added a third for Ipswich but hit Bogdan when clean through before more good work from Orr saw him shoot just wide.

It was an amazing end to a fantastic three points for Ipswich.

Ipswich: Henderson, Orr, Chambers, Smith, Cresswell, Edwards, N’Daw, Drury (Emmanuel-Thomas 55), Martin, Campbell (Chopra 76), Barnett (Murphy 55). Subs – Loach, Hewitt, Higginbotham, Carson.

Bolton: Bogdan, Mears, Ricketts, Knight, Alonso, Spearing, Andrews (Butterfield 77), Eagles (Chung-Yong 63), M Davies, Ngog, K Davies (Afobe 72). Subs – Lonergan, Mills, Ream, Pratley.


  • interesting dilemma you find yourself on the horns of, redhotitfc, having stated that many of us who wanted Jewell to go, and said what would happen ages ago, disloyal. The evidence is that things have improved since Jewell, who was clearly causing many of his own problems, (N'Daw, Hyam and Smith have all been excleent under MM) In stating that you wanted Jewell to stay, and therefor ITFC to lose week after week, are you , in fact, not in danger of being disloyal, using your own parameters to determine that, as applied to us previously? I have yet to see anyone who wants a hire them and fire them policy, yet Jewell was a dreadful appointment, and had to go, and MM, whilst not my first choice, as I said, was always a good choice, and the best appointment of the three under Evans. As Richard has said, we have now placed ourselves in a position of relative safety compared to before, and the results at the weekend were all perfect for us, and it is again in our own hands. We will learn in January how serious the club are about making a promotion challenge next season, by who MM buys, and also by how the absurd contact situation is dealt with. Failure on the part of Evans to sort those two things out, whilst ideally sacking Clegg,in my view, will lead to a big drop off in season ticket renewals, despite the very welcome improvements in results of late.

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    Kevin Bailey

    Monday, December 3, 2012

  • @ KB - Did you fail to see the part that stated I would not prefer the old regime? I'm very happy MM got the job and happy we are doing much better now. I wouldn't want to go back to Jewell. I am simply stating I did not want another sacking at the club. I remember the time the news reported that Burley had been sacked and the reporter said "if Burley can get sacked, anyone can". That sort of statement is not used about town anymore and it's a big shame. It's just not the Ipswich way. I'm still happy though lol.

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    Monday, December 3, 2012

  • @SussexTractorBoy - I didn't want him to go. I am one of many who enjoys the tradition of itfc not sacking managers. That doesn't mean though that I would prefer the old situation but I would just some dignity and class from a few of those at the end.

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    Monday, December 3, 2012

  • Super result. We can have a good look at catching a top half position carrying on like this. With a couple of good captures in January we can try to buid up steam for next season. Boo boys got much to say?

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    Saturday, December 1, 2012

  • scott & steroo will be gutted

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    Rod Bennett

    Saturday, December 1, 2012

  • Great result for the Blues at in-form Bolton. 13 games but only 7 points under PJ. 7 games & 13 points under Mick McCarthy. 5 points clear of the drop zone. Says it all really! COYB

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    Richard Gardiner

    Saturday, December 1, 2012

  • Great result, good effort from players, playing until the final whistle, good tactical play by management - all things we never saw under Jewell. Why of why did it take so long to get rid if him and Hutchings? I still cannot understand why there were some that wanted Jewell to stay. Well played Town and at last games now look winnable.

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    Sunday, December 2, 2012

  • time for ged to crawl back in the woodwork. Tel.

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    Sunday, December 2, 2012

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