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Ipswich Town boss Paul Cook leaves Matt Gill to face the press after another frustrating goalless draw, this time at home to MK Dons




It may have been the start of a new dawn at Portman Road, following their US takeover, but Ipswich Town's players failed to inspire once again in a 0-0 draw with MK Dons.

A second successive goalless draw this afternoon – their eighth undefeated on the bounce at home – was certainly another missed opportunity in their bid for a play-off place.

The Blues remain in eighth place in the Sky Bet League One table and still three points adrift of sixth-placed Lincoln City, with the Imps holding a game in hand on the Suffolk side.

Armando Dobra, being chased down by MK Dons captain Dean Lewington, went closest for Town in the first half Picture: Barry Goodwin
Armando Dobra, being chased down by MK Dons captain Dean Lewington, went closest for Town in the first half Picture: Barry Goodwin

Despite seeing little of the ball, it was the hosts who went closest to opening the scoring in a first half short on clear openings with Amando Dobra stabbing an inviting Gwion Edwards cross wide.

Town's Tomas Holy pulled off an important save early in the second half and made a double stop to deny the Dons' Matt O'Riley just past the hour mark.

Paul Cook's triple substitution – which included a first Blues outing for homegrown Tristan Nydam in two years following a long-term ankle injury – almost paid off but Freddie Sears saw a curling effort go just past the far post before a lobbed effort went wide with the goalkeeper stranded.

Gwion Edwards in action for Ipswich Town against MK Dons Picture: Barry Goodwin
Gwion Edwards in action for Ipswich Town against MK Dons Picture: Barry Goodwin

After cancelling his pre-match press conference at short notice, manager Cook was expected to answer on the club's takeover after the game but it was first-team coach Matt Gill who appeared instead.

Reflecting on the action to BBC Radio Suffolk's Brenner Woolley, he said: "We got a clean sheet and there was lots of positives to take today.

"We need to be slightly better in the second half by showing a bit more care where we can make better decisions but there was lots to take away from today and into Tuesday."

With only Bristol Rovers having less than Town's 41 in the division this season, Gill said it is something they are actively looking to improve on.

"We are working immensely hard to try and improve our attacking play," he said.

"We are at the stage of the season where we want to keep clean sheets, of course, but we also need to have a punch at the other end of the pitch.

"We tried something slightly different today with Aaron (Drinan) and Dobs (Armando Dobra) who did great and it gives us another option."

Asked whether striker Kayden Jackson was fit, having not even made the bench, Gill replied: "No, not today. Obviously Tristan (Nydam) made the bench which was brilliant for him.

"After what he has gone through in the last 18 months everyone in the dressing room was so well to have him back involved and huge credit to himself and the medical team."

Gill, who was also delighted to have Flynn Downes back from injury, feels the top six is still well within reach.

"Seven games and a real opportunity to get ourselves in that play-off mix with a little bit of momentum," he said.

Town go to an AFC Wimbledon side on Tuesday (6.30pm) who are one place and one point outside the relegation zone following a morale-boosting 5-1 victory at Accrington Stanley today.

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