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Ipswich Town lose ground in League One play-off race after scoreless draw at Rochdale

Ipswich Town were unable to breach the division's joint worst defence this afternoon, and as a result have lost ground in the race for the League One play-off places.

Bottom-of-the-table Rochdale, who have shipped 69 goals so far this term, ultimately proved to be too tough of a nut to crack for Paul Cook's visitors.

It finished 0-0 at Spotland and while the Tractor Boys have moved up a place to eighth, the gap to the play-offs has extended from two to three points.

Paul Cook's Ipswich Town were unable to get the better of Rochdale. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Paul Cook's Ipswich Town were unable to get the better of Rochdale. Picture: Barry Goodwin

Alan Judge was closest to breaking the deadlock for Town during the first half with a shot from distance that whistled past the post – one of just five attempts the away side mustered across the 90 minutes, none on target.

"For managers now we're in a culture where we take positives and the positive is we've got a point, we kept a clean and we haven't folded away from home – we might have done previously," boss Cook told BBC Radio Suffolk.

"I felt it was a game we never really looked like losing – we were quite solid at the back. Did we ever look like scoring the goals to win us the game? Probably not the same way.

"Our record is there, we haven't really scored enough goals. We've huffed and puffed in those areas and today we've done the same thing. I'll just keeping working with the boys. The first thing we do is look at ourselves. Are we working hard enough?

"Today we hoped we would win the game, we didn't believe we were going to win it – we hoped. As a club like ours, coming to Rochdale, you've got be better than that. You've got to believe you're going to win, it's when are we going to win? What minute are we going to score? None of us felt that today. That's the sadness, but sadness can soon turn to joy, that's for sure."

Next up for Ipswich is the visit of MK Dons on Saturday (3pm).

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