Like every other Bolton Wanderers fan, I was hoping for a dream homecoming for Eidur Gudjohnsen where he would score the winning goal and send the home fans into an absolute frenzy. Although this did not happen, Gudjonsen gave us a solid if not spectacular display in his first game back, coming off the bench in the second half.
As was expected, the pack was shuffled slightly giving young Connor Wilkinson his first competitive start in place for the injured Craig Davies. Neil Lennon also made some defensive changes to combat Ipswich's style of play, moving Dervite to the right at the expense of Josh Vela, with David Wheater slotting in beside Matt Mills in the centre of defense. Otherwise everything else remained the same.
The opening half was scrappy to say the least. Both teams really struggled to create much in the way of chances, with the visitors having the better of those chances. Mid way through the first half saw the unfortunate injury of Max Clayton, after initially coming back onto the pitch, he was visibly in pain and hit the ground not long after. The stretcher was rushed in and the lad was carried off to a chorus of fans chanting his name. Hopefully it's nothing serious and we see him back on the field soon, I've liked what I've seen so far from him. He was replaced with Jay Spearing who hasn't been in the fold since Lennons arrival.
You'd be forgiven for thinking about spending the last 10 minutes of the first half in the warmth near the bar because there wasn't much going on, unsurprisingly heading in all square at half time.
With no changes at half time the second half began with a weather bomb of rain lashing down on the players, which seemed to freshen them up seeing a good opportunity for Ipswich when Mcgoldricks shot fell to Tabbs before Lonergan rushed out to block. Lonergan had yet another great game adding to his list of outstanding saves. No chance of Bogdan getting back in the team, and rightly so.
With the match at its most lively, Lennon made the decision everyone had been waiting for, and brought on Eidur Gudjohnsen to the absolute delight of the home support who provided a welcome fit for a king.
The game wore on with Ipswich having plenty of opportunities, that's not to say we deserved to go a goal down, because we had our chances too with Lee & Gudjohnsen linking up on a couple of occasions. But tributes to our defense and Lonergan for being strong at the back. Four minutes of added time did nothing for either side, and the game finished goalless.
Another 0-0, another point, another clean sheet, and another game unbeaten. That's six!
However, we haven't scored for two games. I imagine Lennon is anticipating the transfer window to open, as I think there will be some strikers brought in. It's needed, everybody knows it.
So, swings and roundabouts. I would see it as a point gained rather than two points lost.