FORMER Blues Brothers Joe Garner and Martyn Waghorn almost gave Ipswich a dramatic late victory at Bolton.
Mick McCarthy’s side were trailing by a goal to the Championship strugglers when they were thrown a lifeline by his summer bargain purchases from Rangers.
Garner levelled with eight minutes to go and Waghorn crashed an effort against the crossbar in the fading moments.
Portman Road boss McCarthy wasn’t too impressed, though, and labelled it the WORST display from his team in this campaign.
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The ex-Celtic centre-half said: “Bolton have a lot of experience in their team at this level and they are on a resurgence.
“I have never had an easy game here and at the end of it I will take the point.
“Bolton are no mugs and they didn’t make it easy for us. They are a big, powerful team.
“But it was probably the worst game, certainly the worst first-half, I have seen all season, possibly for a long time.
“We actually played great football from 1-0 down – a football team turned up then and we played well.”
Gary Madine scored his 10th goal of the season to give Phil Parkinson’s team the advantage eight minutes after the turnaround.
David McGoldrick set up Garner to tap into an empty net for the leveller before Waghorn smashed a late effort against the woodwork.
Bolton have failed to beat Ipswich in their last nine meetings – a run dating back to 2002 – but their point has lifted them up to 20th place.
Here’s what happened…
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