Football - Gerken impresses his manager

Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy praised goalkeeper Dean Gerken after he made numerous outstanding saves to earn his side a 1-1 draw with Bournemouth which moves them into the Sky Bet Championship's top six.

Gerken kept his side in the game in the first half, saving superbly from Ryan Fraser, Eunan O'Kane and Lewis Grabban.

Daryl Murphy then put the away side ahead on 58 minutes, rifling a fine Frank Nouble cross past Lee Camp for his sixth goal of the season.

However, substitute Brett Pitman rescued a deserved point for the Cherries on 73 minutes, reacting quickly to finally beat Gerken after the keeper had made a superb save from Andrew Surman.

McCarthy, whose side are unbeaten in seven games, said: "Dean is terrific and has been a really good signing for us.

"It was a really good defensive performance in the end from everyone. We are delighted as we have just played a very good team.

"They have got good footballers and keep playing and passing it, Matt Ritchie is an outstanding footballer and Surman is terrific.

"We are on a good run and let's see if we can keep it going. Let's see where we can end up in May.

"I don't get caught up in the nonsense of talking about trying to win the league, let's just try and be as good as we can possibly can and then be realistic as to what we can achieve.

"All the stuff my lads do get you points and get you up the league and keep it competitive all the time. I like to be consistent."

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