Bolton have been cut to 3/5 in bwin’s Championship relegation odds after picking up just one point from their last six matches.
Wanderers suffered a third straight defeat when going down 2-0 at Aston Villa, with no goals scored in those fixtures.
The Trotters are just a point above the drop zone, but Phil Parkinson was defiant and full of praise for his team.
He said: “We had more than enough chances to have got something from the game. We had one scrambled off the line and I couldn’t understand why we didn’t score.
“We are on an indifferent run but some of our play against a team with a great deal of resources was excellent and we deserved something from the game.
“I cannot fault the lads’ application or effort. I thought they were tremendous. We just need something to drop for us.”
Ipswich ended their three-game losing run by drawing 1-1 with Preston at Portman Road but are still five points adrift at the bottom and as short as 9/25 for the drop.
New boss Paul Lambert praised the Town fans for their support and stated: “The excitement was unbelievable, the atmosphere was brilliant and I loved it.
“I thought we were the better team. I thought we started really well and couldn’t have asked for any more, they gave us absolutely everything.
“I’m proud of them and they were fantastic. We never got the win but it was not through the lack of trying.”
Preston are among a group of three teams on 15 points and can be backed at 9/1 in bwin’s Championship relegation odds.
North End had goalkeeper Chris Maxwell sent off in the 75th minute after he received a second yellow card, but they held on for the point.
The goals came from an Ipswich penalty by Freddie Sears in the 45th minute and a direct free-kick for the visitors from substitute Paul Gallagher.
Alex Neill said: “In the grand scheme of things, it’s not a bad point, but I thought we should have won the game.”
Tigers starting to earn their stripes
Hull are still second from bottom but boosted their survival hopes with a 1-0 win over West Brom and are out to 5/2 to go down.
Fraizer Campbell got his second goal in as many games as the Tigers gave the sort of resolute performance which should help them climb away from the wrong end of the table.
“It was a good victory, I thought it was one we deserved,” said Nigel Adkins. “It’s good to get back-to-back victories and two clean sheets. We’ve been consistently playing well.”
Reading also improved to 15 points thanks to a 3-2 home win over Bristol City and are out to 5/4 to fall.
Having twice been pegged back when in front, Leandro Bacuna secured only the fourth league win for the Royals this season with a well-worked goal in the 66th minute.
“Hopefully, we can use it as a little bit of a springboard now – something we’ve not managed to do so far this season,” said Paul Clement. “I thought the commitment of the players was brilliant.”
Millwall have 16 points and are 7/1 in bwin’s Championship relegation odds after a 2-0 defeat at Brentford.
Rotherham climbed up to 17 points thanks to beating Swansea 2-1 at home and can be backed at 4/5 in this market.
Sheffield Wednesday are 5/1 after a 4-0 thrashing by Norwich at Hillsborough left them on 19 points.
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