A great home win for Town last night! A good result and a good performance that sees Town in third place in the Championship (Derby, Middlesborough,Norwich and Brentford all won also and Bournemouth play tonight away at Nottingham Forest…this is one time I want Forest to win!).
Brief match highlights
Tyrone Mings scored his first Town goal after 50 appearances..nice! Freddie Sears scored twice…(first home goals for him)…very nice! Kevin Bru scored after Murphy should have scored…really nice!
It was a comfortable win for Town but they had to play well and they did against a good Birmingham side rejuvenated with new manager Gary Rowett. The only downsides were a fumble by keeper Bartoscz Bialkowski and Cole Skuse going off injured.
WELL PLAYED TOWN!
Well fantastic..On Sunday Town travel to Carrow Road for a very spicy derby match and I hope they beat the Canaries (budgies?!).
What a disappointing performance and result for Town! ITFC 0 Reading 1.
Losing at home is never a good result and Town didn’t put in a good performance. I listened to the game on Radio Suffolk live and Town actually started well but after about twenty minutes went behind to a Reading goal from nowhere and Reading improved dramatically and Town had a few chances but didn’t take them and didn’t take control of the game.
The Reading goal was a very accurate long range shot, which seemed to stun all the Town team. Some were blaming the keeper Bartosz Bialkowski, but it was a good shot by the Reading player.
So Town threw away a good opportunity to go level with Middlesborough who also lost to Leeds at home.
Derby were losing but managed to grab a late winner, guess who from? Darren Bent! That’s hard…..(Darren Bent ex Town player). In this competitive Championship, Brentford beat leaders Bournemouth and Norwich beat Watford and are now only a point behind Town.
I also watched the highlights on the TV with the football league show and really the highlights consisted of a very early Town chance and the Reading goal and Jay Tabb with a chance. Mick McCarthy said in his post match BBC Sport interview that the result “was not the end of the world” but you could tell he was very unhappy with it and the performance!
Let’s face it Town are not playing well this year! It is a problem being without David McGoldrick (injured) even with Darren Murphy in good form. Town have also lost Noel Hunt to a ligament injury and dipped into the transfer market for 2 new players, Richard Chaplow and Luke Varney.
If Town do not improve soon they will fall out of the play off places. For weeks, people around had been saying that Town are still in a good position despite not doing well this year. That though, is really pointless! Almost like Town this year (pun!?). As a supporter it brings me to despair! However, win, lose or draw I’ll support Town evermore!
In my heart and head I know Town have the players with the ability to do well and get promotion, but they do not seem to have that belief themselves. Can the team get back to consistent winning ways? Who knows? It is very hard to know which Ipswich team turn up to play, as they are being very inconsistent this year, after getting themselves in a good position. They need to rediscover their form of the first half of the season…COME ON TOWN…LET’S DO IT!
Since my last post, Town have played twice and won twice, stopping the slump of bad form they had encountered in January and early February 2015.
Firstly, Town beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 at home and last weekend Town had a good away win 2-1 against Fulham. Daryl Murphy continues to score and is on 20 goals for the season, a huge part of Town’s success this season.
Well the Championship remains very tight at the top and tonight Middlesborough went top with a 1-1 draw away at Birmingham. Last Saturday Derby drew 3-3 with Rotherham and Town remain in fourth position but only 3 points behind leaders Middlesborough.
Bournemouth drew at home last Saturday against Huddersfield and Watford and Norwich are into the fifth and sixth play off positions. It is very close at the top and it is a well known fact that any side in this division can beat any other and the race for promotion remains very competitive as is every game in the Championship.
Town’s next game is home vs Reading (this coming Saturday..Sat 21 February 2015). Reading are in the quarter finals of the FA cup and playing well at the moment so again it will be a good test for Town to get a result there. If Jay Tabb plays for Town he would give 110% against his old club. Town have the players to win the game and it is all about physical and mental toughness to get results and points from every remaining game to the end of the season now for Town to maintain their promotion push.
Last weekend Town drew against Wigan and today they lost 2-0 against Rotherham.
Town have had a dreadful start to 2015 and are now 5th in the table. So many people are saying the Town
are still in a good position and we should be happy?! What are they talking about? They are talking rubbish! The Town team are playing badly and not getting points or results. The sign of a good team is that even when playing badly some points are gained either by winning or drawing.
So the team have thrown away a great opportunity to get points against teams they should be doing better against. Without an immediate change, the team are heading toward a mediocre season. What is the problem with the team? Is it all this nonsense being talked about by so many that we have been in a great position? Once the players start thinking like that, they start to lose focus and committment which appears to be the case. Well that obviously is not the whole trouble, but really the players should be kicking themselves really hard and they know should be trying everything they can to show everyone they are good enough to get out of the Championship and that they are a good team.
I’m afraid to say at the moment, Bournemouth, Derby and Middlesborough all look so much better than Town..ouch it hurts to say, that but the truth can be hard to acknowledge. The worrying thing is the Town team are endorsing that. There have been games in the past where Town have dug deep and salvaged games that they had been losing in, but that never looked likely today. Recently manager Mick McCarthy stated how “bonkers” the Championship is, but he knows that does not explain the Town’s poor form this year.
The next game comes round very soon for Town and it is overdue time for Town to stop the rot and get a rare win this year!
ITFC vs Sheffield Wednesday (Home)19:45
On a positive note there are enough games ahead to start playing better and finish the rest of the season strongly. I have been supporting this Team under Mick since he took over and he has done well with the Town with limited resources so far. This current bad run is an undoubted dip in form, so pick yourselves up now team and get back winning and show us that you really are the pride of Ipswich and East Anglia!