Bournemouth snatch late draw at Ipswich

Debutant Kenwyne Jones scored a late equaliser to rescue a draw for Bournemouth at Portman Road and deny fellow promotion chasers Ipswich victory.

Jones goal
Head over heels: The former Stoke and Sunderland striker celebrated with his trademark somersault after netting on his Cherries debut

DEBUTANT Kenwyne Jones scored a late equaliser to rescue a draw for Bournemouth at Portman Road and deny fellow promotion chasers Ipswich victory.

The substitute – on loan from Cardiff – headed home Matt Ritchie’s corner with seven minutes to go to earn the Cherries a point which keeps them second in the Championship despite Watford’s draw at Derby later in the evening.

Freddie Sears had swept home top scorer Daryl Murphy’s deflected cross to give the Tractor Boys a sixth-minute lead.

Bournemouth dominated for long periods but squandered several opportunities with Ryan Fraser and Harry Arter denied in the first half by Ipswich goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski, who also kept out substitute Yann Kermorgant in stoppage time.

Eddie Howe
Irrepressible: Howe was described this week by new recruit Kenwyne Jones as “the best manager I’ve worked under”

Ipswich – who had given their play-off hopes a boost with back-to-back wins over Bolton and Watford before the international break – move into the top six only on goal difference after letting their slender lead slip as their automatic promotion aspirations were dealt a blow.

Eddie Howe’s Cherries, who were deposed at the top by Middlesbrough earlier in the day, undoubtedly deserved a share of the spoils as they avoided a first defeat in seven league outings and kept alive their chances of a top-two finish.

The Ipswich boss believes Bournemouth are the best side in the division but said a draw was a fair result
The Ipswich boss believes Bournemouth are the best side in the division but said a draw was a fair result

Tractor Boys boss Mick McCarthy had demanded a fast start from his team and was granted his wish as Sears netted his fifth goal since joining on loan from Colchester on his 200th career appearance.

Bournemouth were largely frustrated by Ipswich’s high-tempo pressing yet spurned numerous openings as Fraser, Brett Pitman, Arter, top scorer Callum Wilson and Andrew Surman all came close in the opening 45 minutes.

Christophe Berra
The former Wolves centre-back netted the winner for Scotland against Northern Ireland last week on international duty

The Cherries lacked the same cutting edge after the break which encouraged Ipswich to push forward as Luke Varney was denied by the alert Artur Boruc following slack defending by Tommy Elphick.

But they earned a share of the spoils in Suffolk when Jones made an instant impact within three minutes of coming on and Kermorgant was thwarted at the death, however, the Dorset visitors have won just one of their last five on the road.

Ipswich 1-1 Bournemouth match facts
Bournemouth had more goal attempts and superior possession but could not turn those statistics into three points

 

TEAMS:

Ipswich XI (v Bournemouth - 3rd April 2015)

Substitutes:  Chaplow (on for Bishop 57′), Wood (on for Sears 79′), Clarke (on for Varney 90′).

Not used:  Gerken (GK), Williams, Anderson, McGoldrick.

Booked:  Chambers (23′)

Goals:  Sears (6′)

Assists:  Murphy

 

Bournemouth XI (v Ipswich Town - 3rd April 2015)

Substitutes:  Kermorgant (on for Pitman 65′), Smith (on for Fraser 78′), Jones (on for Cook 79′).

Not used:  Camp (GK), Ward, Gosling, MacDonald.

Booked:  Arter (38′)

Goals:  Jones (83′)

Assists:  Ritchie

 

Bobby Madley plays advantage

Referee:  Bobby Madley (West Yorkshire) – 8/10
Attendance:  22,672

 

All pictures courtesy of Sky Sports footage

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