Birmingham 3 ITFC 0

Birmingham 3 ITFC 0

Town lost away to Birmingham in their last game on Saturday.
Town went behind to a scrappy goal not helped by poor defending.
Then Town had a player (Douglas) sent off with a straight red card which was a harsh decision and really cost Town the game. Town had some chances to score but couldn’t due to saves from the Birmingham keeper.

This was a bad result of course. 3 years ago manager Mick McCarthy took charge of the Town who were bottom of the Championship and won his first game at Birmingham by a single goal. On Saturday, Mick was bemoaning the “daft (barmy)” goals Town gave Birmingham! Town cannot find it in themselves to be consistent, whether good, bad or indifferent! So frustrating for everyone.

There was some good and bad news before the game. First good to hear Mick and Terry have signed new contracts with Town.Let’s hope they can build the team to get promotion. The odd bad news was that Tommy Oar has left Town (apparently homesick for Australia?!). That was a shame, but bon voyage Tommy and goodluck back home down under!

Here’s a clip to remind ourselves how good we are! From that debacle at Portsmouth, Maitland-Niles shows quality and endeavour…

Arsenal Loanee Ainsley Maitland-Niles With A… by wittyfutty

It hasn’t been a good start to the New Year for Town, but there is still every chance for Town to start playing well and hard from now on to secure a play off place. So….


Portsmouth 2 ITFC 1

Town lose away at Portsmouth and are out of the FA Cup.
Very disappointing for supporters, players and manager.
Although Town have a reasonable size of squad and there were 11 changes to the team tonight, the squad just isn’t good enough. It was a poor first half performance from Town, who were 2-0 down and it could have been worse apart from good play from Town keeper Bialakowski.
In the second half Town were better but had a player sent off.

Town are now left to concentrate on Championship football and need all of their first team players as fit as possible and committed to winning games and getting into the playoffs.
I have to congratulate Portsmouth on 2 great games against Town and Town do need to think about putting in a good FA Cup run next season. It is not great that we have had to put out a weaker team for both games this season, really to concentrate on trying to get into the playoffs and try for the Premiership. I hope this proves a right decision at the end of the season, as it just doesn’t feel right just now.


ITFC 2 Portsmouth 2

FA Cup Sat 090116: Town 2 Portsmouth 2

I went to the match today.

Before the game at Portman Road

Before the game at Portman Road

The first half was DREADFUL. It started in quite a rainy downpour and Town could have been 3-0 down at the end of the half. Poor finishing from an otherwise good Portsmouth side kept the game goalless at halftime. Town had made several changes to the starting selection, with Digby and Malarczyk at the back and Vardy up front. The whole team were simply awful! They couldn’t do anything right with so many missed passes and lack of possession and spirit, in total contrast to Portsmouth, who played well as a team. Any neutral observer would have thought Portsmouth were the Championship side. Town could not even get the basics right. Chambers throws in to Skuse who under no pressure played the pass back into touch! Town were left aimlessly clearing balls upfield which were easily dealt with by Portsmouth.The Portsmouth fans were great too.

First half Town vs Portsmouth 0-0

First half Town vs Portsmouth 0-0

Town started the second half much better and the rain had eased off and Town took the lead with a goal from Tommy Oar. At that moment all the Town team and supporters felt great relief. Unfortunately, the Town team just switched off completely and a quick Portsmouth attack ended with an equalising goal just minutes after Town’s opening goal. That was really unprofessional and poor from the new look Town team. Portsmouth were now right back in the game and looked the more likely winners.

Second half- Town 2 Portsmouth 2

Second half- Town 2 Portsmouth 2

Town made changes, with Digby and Maitland-Niles off for Smith and Fraser and Sears on for Vardy. Portsmouth made a change too with Chaplin coming on and he scored a fine goal to put Portsmouth ahead.
At that stage it didn’t look hopeful for Town but at least the Town tried to attack especially with Sears and Fraser giving the Town some hope. Town then equalised from a free kick from Fraser in the 88th minute.

There were 5 minutes of added time which were the best 5 minutes of the game with both sides pressing for a winner but it ended in a draw, and there will be a replay at Fratton Park on Jan19th.

It is quite obvious Town will need to put out a strong team on Tuesday against Leeds and play better.