Football - Posh held by Town

Peterborough failed in their bid to exit the bottom three in the npower Championship as Ipswich thwarted their efforts in a goalless draw at London Road.

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Tractor Boys boss Mick McCarthy's will be the happier of the two managers after gaining an away point that bolsters their own battle against the drop.

Darren Ferguson's side were the first to reveal their attacking intent when a shot from Danny Swanson within the first two minutes brought a desperate block from Ipswich's Guirane N'Daw. Tommy Rowe then tried his luck from 25 yards as the hosts stamped their early authority on the clash.

Ipswich had barely got out of the blocks but at last made their presence felt after 18 minutes when Aaron Cresswell's effort from more than 35 yards out cleared the crossbar.

The visitors were at last starting to put themselves about and Frank Nouble was unlucky to see his shot from distance rebound from the woodwork after 26 minutes.

Jay Tabb also went close for the Tractor Boys with a 12-yard effort following a corner from Andy Drury as the increasingly adventurous visitors started to turn the screw.

Ferguson's side had their backs to the wall and Robert Olejnik had to save again from a Nouble header six minutes from the break.

But Peterborough were a different proposition just after the break. Swanson's shot was blocked by Drury and, with Ipswich on the back foot, Tommy Smith had to put his body in the way of a Nathaniel Mendez-Laing shot from 12 yards.

The hosts went close shortly after the hour when Rowe's 20-yard effort brought out the best in Ipswich keeper Stephen Henderson, but a draw was a fair result as both sides struggled for precision in front of goal.

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