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Ipswich 0-0 Plymouth

Ipswich failed to break down a resilient Plymouth defence as their play-off ambitions took a blow.

Jon Stead struck the post for Ipswich in the opening 45 minutes with Paul Gallagher and Simon Walton going close for the visitors.

In the second period Stead was twice denied by the impressive Romain Larrieu in the Plymouth goal.

Late on Kevin Lisbie had a chance to win it for Ipswich but was again denied by Larrieu.

Ipswich manager Jim Magilton:
"We 'won' the first 45 minutes, but in the second they came more into and became a bit more threatening.

"We haven't got on the front foot as early as we would have liked.

"We've got a show a little more adventure and take a risk sometimes, but we've got to keep believing.

"The positive is that we've picked up 11 points from the last 15 - now we've got to keep that form going into February."

Plymouth manager Paul Sturrock:
"We tried to come here and not sit back but it's difficult - you get pinned back. For the first 20 minutes it was like the Alamo.

"But we weathered the storm and not many teams come here and get anything.

"If we'd lost it would have taken all our confidence away. I'm hoping the players get a buzz and that this result kick-starts our season."

Ipswich: Richard Wright, Bruce, Balkestein, McAuley, David Wright, Walters, Garvan, Miller, Norris (Lisbie 65), Stead (Haynes 73), Counago.
Subs Not Used: Supple, Quinn, Thatcher.

Booked: McAuley.

Plymouth: Larrieu, McNamee (Doumbe 81), Timar, Seip, Barker, Mackie, Walton, Duguid, Clark (Judge 81), Gallagher, Fallon.
Subs Not Used: MacLean, Noone, Summerfield.

Booked: Mackie, McNamee.

Att: 20,333

Ref: Darren Deadman (Cambridgeshire).

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