Len­non look­ing for fire­power

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Robert Do­man

BOLTON boss Neil Len­non says he will have to un­cover another recipe for find­ing the back of the net after ad­mit­ting his side have fallen off the goal trail fol­low­ing their score­less draw with Ipswich.

Eidur Gud­johnsen’s re­turn to the Bolton side caused the big­gest cheer of the day as Mick McCarthy’s Trac­tor Boys were also frus­trated in their at­tempts to snatch a win­ner, with Jay Tabb twice thwarted by An­drew Lon­er­gan.

But McCarthy be­lieves his side has what it takes to stay at the top end of the ta­ble as Ip­swish con­tin­ued a run of just one de­feat in 17 out­ings, while Bolton re­main un­beaten in six.

Len­non said: “We had two very good chances in the first half but Ipswich came on strong after the break.

“There wasn’t much be­tween the sides but in­juries to our strik­ers have dis­rupted the way we like to play.

“I am pretty pleased with a point. If you can’t win a game then you make sure you don’t lose it and Ipswich are a strong team.

“We need to find another recipe for go­ing for­ward but we are six games un­beaten and we are grad­u­ally claw­ing our way up the ta­ble.

“Eidur Gud­johnsen did great when he came on. He gave us a good in­jec­tion of qual­ity and he showed he has plenty of fight left in him.

“We have kept three clean­sheets in a row but the goals have dried up for us a lit­tle.”

An early lob from Ip­swish striker Daryl Murphy was tipped over the bar by Lon­er­gan.

Max Clayton then saw his shot de­flected the wrong side of the post after steal­ing into the penalty area at the other end.

Jay Spear­ing saw his shot go wide from sim­i­lar dis­tance on 33 min­utes after re­plac­ing Clayton, who was car­ried off fol­low­ing an in­nocu­ous look­ing fall.

Tabb should have given Ipswich the lead ten min­utes into the sec­ond-half when David McGoldrick’s shot can­noned off David Wheater and into his path be­fore Lon­er­gan rushed out to block his ef­fort.

Wan­der­ers fans gave Gud­johnsen a huge stand­ing ova­tion as he en­tered the fray after a 14year spell away from the club. But Tabb almost si­lenced them when his div­ing header was well saved by Lon­er­gan soon after.

McGoldrick saw his at­tempt slide ag­o­nis­ingly wide of the far post on 63 min­utes as Ipswich con­tin­ued turn­ing the screw.

But it was Lee Chung-Yong who came clos­est to pro­vid­ing a grand­stand fin­ish when he un­leashed a late strike that was de­flected just past the post.

McCarthy said: “It was a good point. We were the dom­i­nant team in the sec­ond half but Bolton prob­a­bly edged mat­ters be­fore the break.

“We de­fended well and I don’t think our goal­keeper had a save to make. I was wary of them nick­ing a goal to­wards the end be­cause I didn’t want to walk away with noth­ing.

“Bolton are back on form now and I asked the play­ers and they told me it was a tough game. There are some good teams at the top of our league and if peo­ple have us down as one of them I would be de­lighted.

“We’ve been play­ing well and we are on a good run. I hope we can keep it go­ing and I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to the game against Mid­dles­brough now.”

HE’S BACK: Bolton Wan­der­ers’ Eidur Gud­johnsen and Ipswich Town’s Jay Tabb and Cole Skuse in ac­tion

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Images

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