Sheff Wed 1 Ipswich Town 2

Sheffield Wednesday 1 ITFC 2

WELL DONE TOWN!

Last week it was David McGoldrick that saved the Town and this week it was Town captain Luke Chambers, who scored the winner in the 87th minute!

I listened to the game on radio Suffolk and Town were better than last week against Rotherham and the Town first goal was well taken by Tom Lawrence.

It is good to have a good win to cheer all supporters and the team up with after a few hard weeks of indifferent results and form.

There is no reason why Town cannot get back to playing better and getting more winning results. It is important to keep being positive…COYB!

New season 2016-17

We are well into the new season 2016-17 and Town are languishing in 17th place with 17 points from 14 games. Not so good….The Blues have the blues!

Too many off days from too many players have contributed to this sorry state. Freddy Sears actually managed to score a goal in a much needed 2-0 home win against Burton 3 weeks ago and off the back of that Town’s last game was away to leaders Newcastle and Town lost 3-0!

The manager Mick McCarthy has come in for much critiscm, but really it is the players that are to blame. It is so frustrating because they have so much potential but they cannot seem to get any decent level of quality consistently which is what is needed to win games regularly in the Championship.

For some inspiration here is a video clip of Town scoring at Rotherham Nov 2015:

Today Town are at home against bottom club Rotherham. It is just a game that Town have to win. Simple as that with no excuses. It will not be an easy game, but the players need to play well and the fans need to keep supporting them and the manager. So COME ON YOU BLUES! GO TOWN….

EDIT:

ITFC 2 Rotherham 2

A disappointing result! As mentioned, every Town supporter knew it was a must win game and Town struggled to manage a draw.

Town got off to the perfect start with the first goal after 3 minutes. I was listening on the radio (Radio Suffolk) and was pleased but told my wife there was the full 90 minutes to play before judging the game and being happy with a Town win hopefully to be the outcome. However 3 minutes later Rotherham scored and the game was level!

The teams went in at halftime level, with all Town fans hopeful for better in the second half. However Rotherham scored early in the second half and Town were behind and losing. Town had very few chances to score throughout the second half, but thankfully Town scored and equalised with a fine shot and goal from David McGoldrick in the last minute of the match! Phew! Talk about cutting it fine and pulling a goal out of nowwhere. David McGoldrick is a good footballer and striker though and he surely has helped the Town out of a big hole.

After the game, plenty of disgruntled Town fans voiced their opinion that they want a new manager. It is hard for me to blame Mick McCarthy alone though for the continual poor results and Town legend Mick Mills shared this view and stated that everyone at Town (players and manager and support staff) must do better! I would like to add that this also includes us, the fans! It is hard to do at tough times but calling for a fighting spirit in the team and some character to be shown should also prompt all fans to show some more belief in the team and manager and not quit so easily. The Championship is not an easy league and the Town can do better as the players are good enough but at the moment we all need to raise our game! COYB……

Town finish season well!

Derby 0 ITFC 1

Last Saturday was the final Championship match and Town won away against Derby.

The previous Saturday Town had beaten MK Dons 3-2 in the last home game at Portman Road.

Town finish in seventh place (5 points behind Sheffield Wednesday).

Well played Town for winning the last two games and finishing the season well. So, Town fell short of the goal to get promotion or at least get into the playoffs. Unfortunately, the team haven’t played to their potential this season. A big plus has been the form of Bartoscz Bialakowski (the goal keeper), who has had a troubled personal year, but has been in great form. Sadly, Murphy and Sears have had a difficult season with not many goals, but it is good to finally see David McGoldrick back playing and scoring.

It really is a very tough league and high level performances are needed week in week out and only Burnley and Middlesborough who are promoted have done this. Relegated, are Bolton and Charlton, both once great clubs, left in turmoil and in need of rebuilding. MK Dons go back down, but they are good enough to challenge for promotion next year, but will need to strengthen.

Town part company with Jay Tabb and Luke Varney and I thank them for their contribution to the team and wish them well. Hopefully, Town will have a good break and come back refreshed and ready to do better again next season!? Probably be playing Norwich again who are on the verge of relegation!

So, Mick and Terry and players, have a good holiday!

COME ON YOU BLUES! 🙂

Middlesborough 0 ITFC 0

Middlesborough 0 ITFC 0

A good result and away point for Town yesterday at Middlesborough (who are level on points at the top of the Championship with Burnley and Brighton).

I’m not sure how Town managed a draw as Middlesborough were clearly the much better side. Congratulations again go to Town’s best player, keeper Bartoscz Bialkowski, who made several great saves to deny Jordan Rhodes and ‘Boro!

Paul Digby played at centre back which must be good experience for him. Luke Higham played as did David McGoldrick. Andre Dozzell was an unused substitute.

There are only 2 more games left this season, against MK Dons at home and Derby away. MK Dons are already relegated and the fixture seems a dead rubber, except that Carl Robinson, the MK Dons manager was so badly hurt by the experience of getting relegated, that he wants his side to finish well just for pride. If Town take this game lightly, they will get beaten.
Then Derby away and Derby want the points to be sure of a promotion play off place and Town will need to play well to get a result.

So, Town need to keep concentrating and play well in the next 2 games and end an average season in a good way, to give some hope for the next season!

Now I want all Town fans to stop moaning about the manager, Mick McCarthy and get behind him. It is the players this season that have let the manager and the supporters down. Town players have not in general been good enough, with one or two exceptions (notably Bartoscz Bialkowski). At least Jonas Knudsen has improved over the season and we have some hope with Andre Dozzell. The rest need to do better!

Still, things could always be worse.Look at Bolton, Charlton (both relegated, along with MK Dons) and even Fulham and Leeds. There are no easy games in the Championship and teams that win promotion and playoff places get there by merit! The best teams are at the top of the league and while Town have lots of potentially good players, most of them have under performed this season!

So Town, a good result against Middlesborough and now try and win the last 2 games and at least score some goals and play well?! I still believe you can do it and this will make things positive to end the season and to look ahead for the start of next season..so COME ON YOU BLUES!

COYB! 🙂

Ipswich Town 1 Brentford 3

ITFC 1 Brenford 3

A loss at home for Town yesterday against a mediocre Brentford side!

I listened to the game on Radio Suffolk and switched on at the moment Brentford player Alan Judge, was having treatment for a nasty injury. Apparently he had been fouled by Luke Hyam, who was given a yellow card (& that might have been a red card). Judge had to leave play and was substituted.

A little while later, Brentford scored and Town were trailing.

Then, Luke Higham became involved in another incident with a Brentford player and was sent off, leaving Town still in the first half to play the rest of the game with 10 men!

Absolute madness for Higham to get involved in a minor incident, when he was already on a yellow card!
From then on, with Higham sent off, it would always be harder for Town to get anything from the game! None of my words can describe just how stupid that action from Higham was! He is a passionate player and committed to Town, but as he cannot control himself, he should not be playing football for any club in my opinion.

I stopped listening to the match and watched some of the Masters golf at Augusta. Much better entertainment! Apparently Liam Feeney scored Town’s goal.

There are now very few games left until the end of the season and Town are not going to get into the play off places. Early in the New Year, when Town were on a bad run, Mick kept saying he would judge the team for where they would be in May. Well, it is apparent now they will not be in the top six, fighting for a play off place.

I find it very sad and frustrating that Town have had such an average season. I know they had injuries and I have been surprised at the lack of quality in depth in the squad. Player of the season? Only Bartoscz Bialakowski has played well enough. He has been Town’s best player this season, while the rest have underperformed.

There have been so many changes to the Town squad over the last couple of seasons, and it seems these haven’t worked and I now think Town still need changes to get better players! Personally, I do not feel you can really keep sticking with the same players who, surprisingly ,just haven’t been good enough this season. I would like to see a lot more changes and give chances to other new players now.

I think it is time to forget this poor season and start building a new team with new good confident players, to make a good defence, a good and attacking mid field and a good attackers. Town have to get better!
I hope the Town can bounce back soon, with some fresh new players who are able and willing to play good football and take Town to the top of the Championship! COME ON YOU BLUES!

Wolves 0 ITFC 0

Wolves 0 ITFC 0

Town played out an away draw against Wolves last Saturday.
This could be thought of as a good away point, as indeed it was!
However, it is probably not good enough for Town to get into the promotion play off positions. Their main rivals, Cardiff and Sheffield Wednesday both won and went further ahead of Town.

Town will now have to get wins and hope their main rivals and those in the current top six places lose a few games and points.

Town played reasonably well against Wolves, but it was a Wolves side lacking in confidence after many of their recent best players were missing due to transfers and injuries. Again, it was a game Town should really have won. David McGoldrick made a rare 5 minute appearance, but he came on far too late to really affect the game. Will he have more of an impact if he comes on earlier? That remains to be seen, but of course I hope so!

Nonetheless, nothing is yet decided and so for Town, it is still all to play for in their final games.
The whole Town team and squad know that if they do not finish in the play off places, that they will have under achieved on last year’s performance and this years target. All I hope for now, is that Town team can rally and finish with a few winning games and some good performances, to provide some hope and encouragement for the future. COME ON YOU BLUES!

ITFC 0 Rotherham 1

ITFC 0 Rotherham 1

Town lost against struggling Rotherham today. Enough said? Yes, except to say:
WHAT A LOAD OF RUBBISH!

I have no interest in the rest of the season. Why should anyone support the Town when they keep going from bad to worse? Sadly, supporting the Town is a waste of time.
I could say more, but what is the point?! I could really say a lot more, but really there is no point.

By the way, I am a true Town supporter and I have to face the plain fact, that it is true that Town are at the moment, a very mediocre football team and they get the support and reward they deserve! I have constantly stuck by them, and they constantly let me down.
Enough is enough and this is not good enough. Goodluck Town, from a very longstanding and loyal supporter, who can take no more of this awful football this year! As ever, I hope for better from Town but I cannot cope with being constantly let down…. 🙁

ITFC 2 Blackburn 0

Town won at home last night. Town 2 Blackburn 0.
This was much needed (last Saturday, Town lost away at Cardiff.. Cardiff 1 Town 0).

I didn’t listen to the match, as I was out in Ipswich playing a team chess match and I won!
I saw the goals on TV replay. 2 goals for Daryl Murphy on his birthday!

This was a much needed win and Town are in eighth place just a point below the play-off positions (ie top 6). Town need to play well and keep getting points to keep up their play off hopes and chances.

Anyway, well played Town! COYB!!

Bolton 2 ITFC 2

Town were 2-0 up away against Bolton last Tuesday and ended up with a draw, losing a goal to a penalty in the 7th minute of extra time!

So once again, Town throw away 2 points needlessly. The manner of the penalty was truly awful. It was a huge error by Ainsley Maitland Niles who was defending by the goal line just outside the penalty area and trying to hold off a Bolton player for the ball to go out for a goal kick. The Bolton player went around MNiles like he wasn’t there and took the ball in the penalty area toward goal and MNiles tried tackling from behind and the Bolton player went down. Penalty. Dreadful play from Maitland Niles.

When I watched the home match against Portsmouth I was surprised how much stick he got from Town fans around me. I knew why, because his final ball/pass was often poor and ended up giving the ball away after initial skill on the ball and moving forward. I thought the critiscism was harsh, but now I see what a liability he actually is and I do not now want him in the team unless he improves dramatically! It is a shame, because he has talent (he scored a great away goal at Portsmouth) but he is just not all round good enough as a Championship player right now.

Town are away to Cardiff tomorrow and that will be tough as Cardiff are a good side in good form. Town are of course capable of winning if they play well, but how will they respond to that overall poor away performance at Bolton? I know this sounds harsh, but the Town need to play well consistently to get into the play-offs and I am not confident they are good enough to do that. Certainly the injury list has been a factor for Town but I thought we had a strong squad and it turns out it is not so strong and we badly miss our best players. I feel Town do have the capability but do they have the confidence and do they feel they have the capability and if so are they ever going to realise it?! I will still cheer for the Town though ..COME ON YOU BLUES!!

Ipswich Town 1 Nottingham Forest 0

Town played well today to beat Nottingham Forest at home.
WELL PLAYED TOWN!
This good performance comes after a much needed away win against Huddersfield last week (Huddersfield 0 ITFC 1).
Pringle scored both goals! I do not know anything about Pringle except he is on loan from Fulham and has scored in successive games for Town.

Against Forest today, Town played much better than last week and are just a point away from the playoff places and have a game in hand.

Town have had quite a few injuries to contend with recently but keep themselves in contention for promotion. It is getting vital to get points now as other teams are putting good runs together, notably Birmingham and Cardiff.

So well played Town and I believe Town’s next games are against Bolton and Rotherham both of which should be winnable but Town cannot be complacent especially as those teams are playing hard for points to get them out of the relegation places.

Keep playing well Town…COME ON YOU BLUES….goodluck for the next game!