Blackburn Rovers 0-0 Ipswich Town

15 Oct

Jason Steele


Jason Steele had not kept a clean sheet since helping Blackburn beat Rotherham 1-0 in April

Blackburn achieved their first clean sheet of the Championship season in a goalless draw with Ipswich.

Town defender Adam Webster came closest to scoring, but his header was kept out by a sharp save from Jason Steele.

Tom Lawrence fired wide for the visitors before the break, while Rovers’ Ben Marshall shot straight at Tractor Boys keeper Bartosz Bialkowski.

Ipswich created the better chances in the second-half, but were unable to score a first goal in five games.

Blackburn remain 23rd in the table and are on a three-match winless run, though they have now extended their unbeaten record against Ipswich to 10 league games.

Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich are 17th, without a win in six games, and having now scored only four goals in their past 11 league matches.

Blackburn manager Owen Coyle: “I thought we started the first 15 minutes well, looked to get our passing game going and created them a number of problems.

“I felt thereafter we got caught up in Ipswich’s way of playing. They’re a big strong physical powerful team. We knew we’d have to stand up and be counted, but we did.

“We knew it was going to be a tight game but the important thing today was that we showed we’ve learned a number of lessons. There was a real resilience and mentality to get that clean sheet.

“I do believe that game today, if it had been the first two weeks of the season, we’d have lost.”

Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy: “I thought we were the better team. If any team was going to win, it was going to be us.

“I would really love to get our fans back on side with me and the team and be excited by us.

“That was a start today. We’ve had more shots, crosses, attempts on goals than we’ve had in the last two or three games.

“The hardest thing in the game is putting the ball in the back of the net but if we play like that, more often than not, we’ll win games.”

Live Text

Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Ipswich Town 0.

Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Ipswich Town 0.

Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town).

Danny Guthrie (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town).

Attempt missed. Leon Best (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers).

Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Ipswich Town. Adam Webster tries a through ball, but Leon Best is caught offside.

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Jonathan Williams replaces Tom Lawrence.

Attempt missed. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Danny Guthrie.

Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Lawrence (Ipswich Town).

Attempt missed. Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from long range on the left misses to the right. Assisted by Leon Best.

Attempt missed. Jonathan Douglas (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jonas Knudsen with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Teddy Bishop (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Lawrence.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Darragh Lenihan.

Marvin Emnes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town).

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Teddy Bishop replaces Grant Ward.

Danny Guthrie (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonathan Douglas (Ipswich Town).

Attempt saved. Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Danny Guthrie (Blackburn Rovers).

Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Marvin Emnes (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Guthrie.

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Hope Akpan replaces Corry Evans.

Foul by Marvin Emnes (Blackburn Rovers).

Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Marvin Emnes (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Tommie Hoban tries a through ball, but Sam Gallagher is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Leon Best (Ipswich Town) header from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Grant Ward with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Derrick Williams.

Attempt missed. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Danny Guthrie following a corner.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Tom Lawrence.

Jason Steele (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Leon Best (Ipswich Town).

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Elliott Bennett replaces Martin Samuelsen.

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