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Ipswich Town 2 Bolton Wanderers 0 match report – Skuse scores collectors’ item as Blues return to winning ways

PUBLISHED: 17:24 16 September 2017 | UPDATED: 21:01 16 September 2017

Cole Skuse jumping for joy after a rare goal from him gave Ipswich Town a 1-0 lead against Bolton. Photo: Steve Waller

Cole Skuse jumping for joy after a rare goal from him gave Ipswich Town a 1-0 lead against Bolton. Photo: Steve Waller

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Cole Skuse and David McGoldrick scored second half goals as Ipswich Town saw off rock-bottom Bolton Wanderers at Portman Road to get back to winning ways in the Championship.

This was a far from convincing display from the Blues, with a dire first half reminiscent of so much of last season’s forgettable footballing fare, but they got the job done against a physical Trotters outfit.

The deadlock was broken less than three minutes after the restart, with Skuse’s shot taking a big deflection off Josh Cullen to totally wrong-foot keeper Ben Alnwick.

It was the midfielder’s second goal in 176 appearances for Town and only his 11th in 485 career appearances.

Cole Skuse is congratulated by skipper Luke Chambers after scoring to give Town a 1-0 lead. Picture: Steve WallerCole Skuse is congratulated by skipper Luke Chambers after scoring to give Town a 1-0 lead. Picture: Steve Waller

Town didn’t kill the game off until a minute to go, with McGoldrick twisting an turning in the box before producing a clever finish with the outside of his boot.

Ipswich had been slow out the blocks and Bolton, still to register a league win this season, grew in confidence during the first half.

Craig Noone had a shot blocked by Dominic Iorfa and also curled an effort wide. Bartosz Bialkowski then saved from Gary Madine.

McCarthy brought on Bersant Ceina for Callum Connolly at the break, switching from 3-5-2 to 4-4-2.

Skuse started the move which led to his goal with a fine raking pass over the top to McGoldrick. Town improved after getting in front, but Bolton always remained in the game.

The impressive Myles Kenlock, in for the injured Jonas Knudsen, produced a fine block on David Wheater in the box. Madine lobbed a golden opportunity wide.

Cole Skuse is in the centre of his celebrating teammates after scoring to give Town a 1-0 lead.    Picture: STEVE WALLER     WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COMCole Skuse is in the centre of his celebrating teammates after scoring to give Town a 1-0 lead. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

Celina’s direct runs on the left provided the Blues with some much-needed spark though and Ipswich should have scored a second when McGoldrick blazed over after beating two men in the box with eight minutes to go.

McGoldrick finally made the points safe in the 89th minute when latching onto Garner’s flick, twisting in the box before producing a clever outside of the boot finish.

IPSWICH TOWN (3-5-2): Bialkowski; Spence, Chambers (cpt), Iorfa; Connolly (Celina 46), Ward (Downes 89), Skuse, Adeyemi, Kenlock; McGoldrick (Nydam 90), Garner.

Unused subs: Gerken, Woolfenden, Waghorn, Sears.

BOLTON WDRS (3-4-3): Alnwick; Burke, Wheater, Beevers; Little (Armstrong 70), Cullen, Karacan, Robinson; Noone, Madine (Wilbraham 78), Morais (Le Fondre 78).

Unused subs: Howard, Taylor, Dervite, Pratley.

Referee: Andrew Madley

Attendance: 14,164 (337 away)

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