FULL TIME: Wanderers 1 Ipswich Town 1
WANDERERS let another two points slip through their fingers with a home draw against Ipswich that did little to ease the growing frustration among the fans.
After nudging ahead in a tight game through Medo’s 63rd minute free kick, the Whites looked set for a home win at the seventh time of asking.
But as has so often been the case this term they looked vulnerable immediately after scoring and David McGolcrick restored parity just eight minutes later.
It may be five unbeaten for Dougie Freedman’s side but on the anniversary of his first year in charge at the Reebok, few are in celebratory mood with the club still hovering precariously a point above the bottom three.
Though Wanderers dominated possession in the first half, the clearer-cut chances fell to the visitors.
Cole Skuse capitalised on a mis-kick by Andy Lonergan to lob a shot back over the keeper’s head, which luckily landed a yard over the crossbar.
But Lonergan made amends with a fine save from Ryan Tunnicliffe when the Ipswich winger had the goal to aim at from Daryl Murphy’s cross.
Chances for Wanderers were thin on the ground but Jermaine Beckford carved out two chances for himself – one acrobatic volley and another shot on the spin – that missed the target by inches.
After the restart, what had been a bland affair finally picked up a little as Chung-Yong twice went close and David Ngog hit a volley just over the bar.
Murphy was denied by a good block by Ream at the other end – but the Whites got the goal their start to the second half deserved after Beckford had been felled on the edge of the box by Tommy Smith.
Set piece specialist Chris Eagles had been moments away from coming off the bench and looked on as Medo curled a shot around the wall to give his side the lead.
But that lead lasted just eight minutes and no sooner had Ngog wasted a good chance to double the advantage, David McGoldrick was striking a low volley past Lonergan to equalise.
Eagles eventually made his way on to the pitch, soon to be followed by Rob Hall.
But the attacking intent showed briefly in the early part of the half again gave way to nervous football with little else to worry visiting keeper Gerken.
Danns had one brief chance deep into injury time, hitting one dipping shot on the turn but it was another that dipped over the bar.