Ipswich Town 1 Leeds Utd 1

ITFC 1 Leeds Utd 1

Town drew at home today against Leeds with a decent performance. I listened to the game along with Beattie my Mark Murphy Radio Suffolk ugly duckling…

Beattie- my Radio Suffolk ugly duckling

Beattie-my Mark Murphy ITFC Radio Suffolk ugly duckling

We couldn’t believe it when Freddie (aka “I have loads of talent, but fail to deliver effective end product”) Sears scored! Sadly Town gave away a sloppy goal and could not score a winner, but by all accounts from the radio commentary, they outplayed Leeds and were better than the opposition.

Here is Alex Griffith’s Vlog video:

So that is very encouraging! Town are in 13th place in the table 11 points off the bottom. The next game is away at Norwich! COYB!!!

Brighton 1 ITFC 1

Brighton 1 ITFC 1

Last Tuesday night Town drew away against Brighton.
It was another good performance from Town after the last game, the away win against Aston Villa.

Brighton are second in the Championship and the draw was a setback for them, as they hope to chase down leaders Newcastle and get to the top themselves.

Here is YouTube Vlog Alex Griffin on Brighton v Town:

For Town all the players played well with Luke Chambers scoring, but he was injured in the process (a cracked rib). Unfortunately Tom Lawrence was booked for dissent after Brighton were given a penalty which they scored to draw the game.
Lawrence had so many yellow cards (10?) that he now misses the next Town game at home to Leeds.

So Town face Leeds at home this afternoon and Leeds loanee Diagouraga is also not playing for Town as Leeds are the loan club. Berra and Skuse return though for Town. It will be a tough game against Leeds, and Leeds are on a good run of form, so it will be a good test to see if Town can maintain their improved form and results. COYB……COME ON TOWN….

Aston Villa 0 ITFC 1

Aston Villa 0 ITFC 1

A good away win for town yesterday…well done Town!

The new Town players did well with a late winning goal from Emyr Huws (on loan from Cardiff!).
Town now have a plethora of choices for positions with the recent new players eg Jordan Spence, Steven Taylor, Toumani Diagouraga, Emyr Huws, Danny Rowe, Kieffer Moore and Dominic Samuel available. Cole Skuse was injured and did not play. Town team:

33 Bialkowski
29 Emmanuel
4 Chambers
2 Taylor Substituted for Kenlock at 26’minutes
6 Berra Substituted for Spence at 45+3’minutes
3 Knudsen Booked at 76mins
18 G Ward
37 Diagouraga Booked at 79mins
44 Huws Substituted for Bru at 88’minutes
27 Lawrence
10 McGoldrick

Substitutes: 1Gerken 11Pitman 12Spence 17Bru 20Sears 28Moore 30Kenlock

I listened to the game on the radio and Town continued to improve and Grant Ward had a good game. Of course Bartoscz Bialkowski made some good saves and Villa had shots hit the crossbar and several promising attacks but it was a proper battling performance by Town who kept Villa from scoring and kept trying till the final whistle and got the much needed win!
Unfortunately Taylor and Berra went off injured, but Kenlock and Spence substituted well!


Ipswich Town 0 Derby 3

ITFC 0 Derby 3

Town played and lost last night. The Town’s poor season continues…
Town were 3 goals down after the first half!

Town are now facing the prospect of a relegation battle.

The blog header image here has the text “New era” referring to when Mick McCarthy first became Town manager and saved Town from relegation. Now the manager needs to do it all over again, and he no longer has the feel good factor of being the new manager to fix the problem, as he is now the old manager who has caused the problem! How times have changed!

Will the team start to play better and avoid relegation? I hope so, but this is far from certain. The writing has been on the wall for many weeks for the Town team and but for Tom Lawrence and Bartosz BiaƂkowski, the team probably would be in the relegation zone now.

Other clubs with good previous histories have been relegated and no club can live in the past and all Town’s good history is far back in time now and the club is a shadow of its former self! Can the team and manager find enough pride and passion to work hard enough and play well enough to get the results needed to stay clear of relegation and achieve mid table mediocrity? Many weeks ago, there was one Town player almost bragging that they were too good to get relegated, but neither he nor the rest of the team are putting in performances that prove this to be true. The manager wants to stay at Town until the end of the season which is commendable, but really only so if Town do stay up!

There remain lots of unhappy Town fans at the poor play and perceived management of the team and club (many question the chairman Marcus Evans’ ambition and support). Many fans are staying away but the loyal core who keep going to home and away matches, really deserve better, but it remains to be seen whether they will get better. So as a fan who wants better for my football club ITFC, I say: