Ken­wyne points the way to pro­mo­tion for Cher­ries

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

ous to stay up­right.The vis­i­tors were run­ning out of ideas as the match wore on, and they al­most left Suffolk with noth­ing to show for their en­deav­ours when the ex­cel­lent Luke Var­ney burst clear but could find no way past Ar­tur Boruc.

It was to prove a cru­cial mo­ment when Jones burst onto the scene and opened his Bournemouth ac­count with aplomb be­fore the vis­i­tors al­most snatched all three points, but Bialkowski saved his best for last, bril­liantly tip­ping away Yann Ker­mor­gant’s tow­er­ing header.

Ip­swich boss Mick McCarthy ad­mit­ted he was pleased with the point though ob­vi­ously frus­trated by the tim­ing of the equaliser.

He added: “It was a fair re­sult, they had a lot of the game. That said, of course I am dis­ap­pointed to con­cede like that.

“They put on a very ex­pen­sive ac­qui­si­tion in Jones and maybe he has started to pay some of that back with that goal.

“There is an irony that we are meant to be a di­rect, long-ball team and then they put some­one on and launch it to him to score.

“It was prob­a­bly a must-win for au­to­matic pro­mo­tion, but all we can keep do­ing is adding to the points and see where it takes us on May 2.

“Re­gard­less, Ip­swich have a team to be proud of and we are a real threat to any­one we play against.”

While Ip­swich’s fo­cus largely cen­tres on the play-offs, Bournemouth re­main very much in the top-two shake-up.

Howe added: “I have never known a league as tight as this or with the league chang­ing so much.

“There could be plenty more twists and turns to come and it will be down to the team that holds their nerves the most.

“It just shows what a great league the Cham­pi­onship is.”

SEAR­ING START: Fred­die Sears puts Ip­swich ahead on six min­utes

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