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!


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!