Another vital win today: ITFC 3 Leeds Utd 0

A great win today for Town at home against Leeds. This was vital as other teams below Town have also won today. So there is still only a 4 point gap between Town (now in 16th place) & the third relegation place (currently Wolves with 45 points). Town have been doing so well to get results and points recently and it has been so important as clubs such as Peterborough and Sheffield Wednesday continue to get results and are fighting hard to get out of the relegation places. It is vital that Town take the confidence they have now into the remaining 7 seven games to finish out of the relegation places at the end of the season.

Again I listened to the match on Radio Suffolk and Town got a big boost when a Leeds player was sent off and Leeds had to play a lot of the second half with 10 men. It is never good to get players sent off in any games but it sure helped Town today as in the first half the full strength Leeds side had several good chances to score but wasted them.

As far as Town players are concerned well done to goalkeeper Scott Loach. The keeper position at Town has been difficult for a season or more and Henderson was recalled & went back to West Ham earlier in the week.
Also Jay Tabb had another good game and JET (Emanuel-Thomas) played well as a substitute and another good game from David McGoldrick.

Also well done to manager Mick McCarthy and assistant Terry Connor. It was a really tough job for any manager to take on inheriting the mess that Paul Jewell had left the club and team in. Mick has held firm to his very sensible and basic ideas and the Town defence has improved considerably along with results. Again Mick is convinced that only after Town get safe can we really start to think about how Town can do better for next season and beyond.

So the next game is on this coming Easter Monday away against Millwall. A win or draw there would be nice….
Then the next three games are:

Sat 6 Apr 2013 – Championship – Derby v Ipswich 15:00

Sat 13 Apr 2013 – Championship – Ipswich v Hull 15:00

Tue 16 Apr 2013 – Championship – Ipswich v Crystal Palace 19:45

There are no easy games in the Championship but finally Town seem to be more concentrated on being hard to beat and to try hard to get a result either a win or draw. Unfortunately in the early part of the season Town were not concentrating on those things and did not get results and have suffered because of this. However Town can take lots of confidence from their change of attitude and change of results and I look forward to them building on that!


Vital win today. ITFC 1 Bolton 0

A great home win today for Town – ITFC 1 Bolton 0.

This win was VITAL! Barnsley won, Wolves won (vs Bristol City) and Peterborough won so this really was vital for Town to win and stay four points away from Peterborough in the third relegation place. Sheffield Wednesday lost and they are in 20th position with 43 points from 37 games. Town are in 18th place with 46 points from 38 games. It is very tight at the bottom and so it really was a vital win today for Town.

Jay Tabb played again today but N’Daw was absent (due to a domestic incident!). Carlos Edwards scored the vital winner with just 3 minutes of time left. Higham, Drury, McGoldrick, Murphy, Chambers, Steadman, Cresswell, Smith, Henderson and Jay Emmanuel Thomas all played. A good team performance.

There now follows a 2 week break due to international football before Town’s next game at home vs Leeds. The team are taking a well earned couple of days rest before preparing for their next important games.

Well done Mick MaCarthy and well done team for showing fighting spirit and getting a win today (in poor conditions of lashing wind & rain). Hopefully this and recent form will keep Town’s confidence up and help them continue to pick up points for the last games of the season. It is definitely a tough end to the season with the bottom clubs fighting hard to win points and any club that can get results has a chance of climbing out of the relegation places. Conversely any club that slips in form and can’t get results will find themselves falling right into the relegation places.

Well played Town! COYB ……

Last 2 games gain 1/6 points…

Nottingham Forest 1 ITFC 0
Peterborough 0 ITFC 0

So the last 2 away games just get Town a solitary point. This is a little disappointing as it keeps Town just 4 points off the relegation places. On the positive side Town played reasonably well in both games.

Against Forest it was a deflected goal that won the game even with Town down to 9 players after Lee Martin and Richard Stearman had been sent off! Against Peterborough Town played new loanee signing Jay Tabb (from Reading) as a replacement for Martin who misses 3 games due to his red card and it was a great pity again this season we have not been able to win against fellow struggling teams at the bottom. In fact many of the teams at the bottom have had winning results and are trying to pull away from the relegation places and let ITFC fall down into their places. There are now only 9 more games to go to the end of the season and Town need points and results from these to avoid relegation.

Next for Town are x2 home games:
Sat 16 Mar ITFC vs Bolton
Sat 30 Mar ITFC vs Leeds

These are obviously 2 hard but important to win games….

ITFC 1 Leicester 0

A great win for Town today against a good Leicester team! ITFC 1 Leicester 0

Well played team! I listened to the game on Radio Suffolk and overall Town played well. The goal was well taken by David McGoldrick and the players fought and battled with pride to get the much needed points. Again the defence was solid and Lee Martin had a better game. Jay Emmanuel Thomas came on as a late sub & (surprise) made a good defensive block to stop Leicester scoring and getting an equaliser at the end of the game.

Well done team & Mick McCarthy! If ITFC can keep repeating this level of performance they should get the points needed to get and stay away from the bottom 3 in the table and avoid a nervous finish to the season. Town are now in 18th position.There is still much work to be done but if the team can win at home & draw away that will do very well! So I think the team is showing promising signs and if they can stay focused and repeat the hard work & good finishing they did today then the team have good future prospects. It is great as a supporter to hear that the players have shown commitment and skill to get a result.

So once again, WELL PLAYED ITFC (team & subs used played well).

Keep this going and goodluck in the next match next Tuesday away vs Nottingham Forest.


ITFC vs Leicester today

Well, last week an away draw against Huddersfield (0-0) gained a point for Town and Mick McCarthy was happy enough. I think this will only be a point gained & not 2 lost if we win our home games. Huddersfield then played away midweek and won 1-0 vs Burnley and go ahead of Town in the table.

Today we play Leicester at home. When Town played Leicester it was Mick McCarthy’s third game as manager and we crumbled to a 6-0 thrashing. Time to turn the tables over Leicester today I hope!

I heard on the radio report yesterday Town had fielded 38 different players over the season so far. It is no wonder the club and team struggle with no continuity. The old manager Paul Jewell kept saying he was planning for future long term success but he left the club in turmoil! The radio report was about a new player, Reece Brown, signed on loan from Man Utd. Will he get a game today?

Town sit in 20th place just one away from the third relegation place (currently Wolves in 22nd place). However there are only 9 points between Town & Nottingham Forest in 8th place. The division is very close and again it is so important that Town get points from their games and do not lose.

Anyway last week I highlighted Lee Martin and how important he is and hoped he would do well in the game. Unfortunately he just didn’t make any impact at all and this is still such a worry. Come on Lee you must do better!(I believe you can but you have to make more chances & help the team get goals!). The defence were fairly solid against Huddersfield so it is good that Chambers, Stearman and Smith especially are playing quite well. Keep it up and let’s hope at home we can get points today against Leicester.