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Portman Road provides no Goals

Watford and Ipswich played out a 0-0 draw in front of a subdued Portman Road crowd.

Both sides had their chances however both were unable to beat the goalkeepers. Scott Loach was in particularly good form to keep out Ipswich whilst Watford insisted on doing things ‘the Arsenal way’ and passing the ball into the net.

Watford were provided with the first chance of the day as Jobi McAnuff’s cross was cleared to Jack Cork who saw his effort deflected wide for a corner. McAnuff then went close with a header himself.

Ipswich started to create chances of their own though and after Mike Williamson deflected a shot wide of the post, former Bolton star Ivan Campo went close with a free-kick.

Things remained very much end to end and Tamas Priskin won a corner before Ipswich failed to score from a cross that left the Watford defence in tatters.

Giovani Dos Santos became the first casualty of the game, however soon after Ipswich were presented with their best opportunity in the game so far.

Pablo Counago was sent through on goal; however Lloyd Doyley and Jay Demerit just about sorted the danger out between them.

Ipswich began to look more and more like a threat as Danny Haynes had a shot blocked and David Norris fired wide.

Watford however, had the best chance of the half when Tommy Smith robbed Campo of the ball deep inside the Ipswich half. He then took the ball on towards goal however Richard Wright was off his line extremely quick and Smith couldn’t find the finish.

Ipswich had the last chance of the first half and captain Demerit picked up an injury whilst helping to prevent the opening goal.

Demerit then appeared at the start of the second half but had to be replaced by Gavin Hoyte after just five minutes of the restart.

Watford had the first meaningful attack of the half when Smith and Cowie exchanged passes before releasing Priskin on the wing. His cross came to early though and nobody was able to get to it.

The end to end action continued and Loach had to be at his brilliant best to stop Counago.

Smith then had a couple of chances to break the deadlock. His first was an ultimatum between shooting and passing and ultimately he opted to pass when he should have gone for glory. The second saw an effort of Smith’s flash wide of the post.

Ipswich continued their search for a goal and the influential Haynes saw his shot go wide of the post before Norris also missed the target.

Don Cowie then came extremely close to finding a goal when his attempt just went over the crossbar.

Ipswich had players lining up to test Loach, however attempts from Jon Stead, Counago and Alan Quinn all failed to breach the Watford goal.

Brendan Rodgers threw on a few pairs of fresh legs in the hope of nicking a late winner however it wasn’t to be and both sides came out of the game with a solitary point.

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