Nottingham Forest vs Ipswich Town

Town play the last game of the season this afternoon (1230) away at Nottingham Forest.

All other Championship teams are also playing and the games will decide who will be the Champions, between Newcastle or Brighton (both already secure of promotion) and who will be the third team to be relegated from Nottingham Forest, Birmingham and Blackburn.

So Town’s game will be tough, as Forest need to win to avoid potential relegation. Town do not need anything as they are not in the race for a playoff place or in the relegation battle. After losing to Sheffield Wednesday last week, Mick McCarthy said Wednesday were more committed than Town, as they had more reason to win, as they were playing for a play off place. He stated they played better than Town.
Those are inexcusable excuses!

What do I expect today? Well, possibly Town to lose, IF they have anything like the attitude McCarthy described after losing last week! Of course I hope and want Town to win, and they really should try to win, to finish a poor season positively. Can they do this and win? Certainly! The main question is will they get stuck in and battle the game out and really try their best and hardest to win and show that they can be a good team? Or will they just roll over, as they have “nothing” (but pride for themselves, the fans and the town)……and lose?!

Ideally a Town win would at least end this poor season on a positive note and an away draw would also be a fair result. A loss, might save Forest from relegation, but it will just pour more negativity onto Town and finish the season badly. What more incentive do the Town players need to play well?!

GO TOWN…come on you blues….

COYB COYB….COYB!

Nottingham Forest 3 ITFC 0

It goes without saying that this result is very disappointing! Once again, the team weren’t good enough. Very sad times for all at this once great football club that is now a shadow of it’s former self!

Town need to do better on all levels next season and that will take lots of hard work. A poor season for Town ends, but the work to restore and rebuild the club must start now. Things have to change. Why not change the owner, manager and all the players and start afresh?!

Ipswich Town 0 Sheffield Wednesday 1

Town lose the last home game of the season.

A very disappointing end to a disappointing season.

The Wednesday goal was a great goal, as Wednesday tore open the Town defence so easily to score! In reply Town only had a few half chances. Wednesday have secured a play off place.

Mick McCarthy gave some bland, lame excuse after the game that Wednesday were the better, more motivated team!

Everyone at Town and especially the manager and team (and the fans) needs to stand up and examine themselves and acknowledge they have not been good enough this season and decide to change and do better!

This includes myself and personally, I have blogged here about what great potential football talent the Town players have, but only really the goal keepers (Bart and Dean) and Tom Lawrence have played well enough this season.
Several of the new footballers that have come in to the Town squad this season, seem to think they are great players, but have not shown this game after game and only good team performances, game after game will take Town back to the top, and that does not seem to be part of their agenda. Couple that with a long list of injuries and established players not playing well enough every game and that is the reason Town have been poor and struggled this year.
I have generally supported Mick and Terry, but they too, have underperformed and the owner Marcus Evans needs to stand up more!

I am a Town fan at heart and have been for many years and always will be, but it is hard to keep positive when we do not even have our own young footballers showing enough. Footballing talent is great but realising that talent is another thing altogether.

So, just one more game to go now to end the season, away at Nottingham Forrest. I hope the team will dig deep and want to prove that they deserve to play for the town of Ipswich and the county of Suffolk and win or draw the game and the Town revival can start with this positive step forward! Let’s all pull together and commit to doing and being better and move forward…..COYB!!!

Rotherham 1 ITFC 0

Town won a good game last Monday against Newcastle (ITFC 3 Newcastle 1), but lose today against relegated Rotherham, with nine changes to the team!

So a poor season continues right to the end. Town are the only side not to beat Rotherham this season.
Not only have the Town first team regular players under performed this season, the squad players when called on have not played well enough either.

Just 2 more games to go, home against Sheffield Wednesday and away against Nottingham Forest. Both of these will be tough games.

Town are safe from relegation, but have wasted another good opportunity to win a potentially winnable game. Dean Gurken saved a first half penalty, so the result could have worse. I listened to the game on Radio Suffolk and Richard Naylor agrees the team incomers did not do well enough (Dozzell, Bishop, Rowe and Samuel). Pitman and Diagouraga played poorly too!

If Mick McCarthy and Terry Connor stay next season, Town will need a huge improvement to challenge for promotion. The best Town player this season, Tom Lawrence won’t stay with Town and Town need investment from Marcus Evans the owner and also not the huge ticket prices if they want to keep any fans!

As I mention above, Town have 2 tough games to end the season with and if they lose these morale, in the team and fans will be close to rock bottom! Tough times for Town… Whilst it is hard to endure these times with Town everyone needs to stick together and WORK and SUPPORT hard to turn these bad times around…COYB

Burton Albion 1 ITFC 2

Good Friday proves miraculous as Town win away with an own goal from ex Town player Luke Varney and Freddie Sears scores his first away goal in over 2 years despite missing the first shot, he somehow managed to score the rebound.

Town move up to 15th place and nine points above the relegation zone. Town’s next game is the Easter Monday game at home to Newcastle and it truly will be a miracle if they win that one!

COYB!

Fulham 3 Town 1

Fulham 3 Town 1

Last week was another disappointment, with the away loss at Fulham. Berra scored, Bialakowski played well. Fulham are pressing for a play off place and Town need points to be safe from relegation.
COYB….

ITFC vs Wigan

Match night…Town vs Wigan.
I’m at home and my student son has gone to watch with his friends.
He wasn’t impressed that his ticket went up from £19-00 yesterday to £21-00 today!
These ticket prices do not encourage the casual fan to attend.

Anyway I am going to listen to Radio Suffolk commentary and hope for a Town win. My son has a bet on a 1-1 draw….due to Town’s recent results.

COYB! GO TOWN!

ITFC 3 Wigan 0

Well played Town! First goal from David McGoldrick, 2 goals from Freddie Sears….that’s more like it! A great game from keeper Bartoscz Bialkowski to keep Wigan at bay! Finally a home win for Town and a much needed one. Kenlock played well also.

Town are now 9 points from the third relegation zone place. All teams below Town lost tonight. Town still need to win games to the end of the season but hopefully this result will restore some confidence and spark some more good games from Town. WELL PLAYED TOWN!

Ipswich Town 1 Birmingham 1

Town get a home draw against fellow Championship strugglers Birmingham.
I listened to the game on Radio Suffolk and Town seemed to have a reasonable first half with several chances, but it was 0-0 at halftime. Then the second half started badly with Birmingham scoring and Town withdrawing into a shell and not making more chances. A mis-hit cross turned to a shot by Grant Ward proved enough to be a lucky equaliser.

What is the matter with the Town? Not enough contribution from too many players (despite a 2 week break due to the international games). Town have been hit with injury but the squad should be good enough to take their chance and step up and do enough to win games. Does this squad have passion for the Town? Today another good opportunity to win a game has gone by and the team are lucky to get a draw and relegation is still a possibility. I’m listening to Mick Mills on the radio saying how the players should be good enough but haven’t performed! It is so hard to be a fan when you do not feel the squad are giving enough effort and passion to win each and every game. There are no easy games in the Championship and every player has to play well for the whole game to get wins.

Indeed I’ve just listened to manager Mick McCarthy who stated Town didn’t play well and he is very frustrated by having to say this game after game. He blamed losing the first goal for Town’s poor performance and of course that was a blow, but surely it doesn’t account for the overall lacklustre average performance. However, he also stated they are now 6 points away from the relegation places, when they were 5 points away before the start of the afternoon. Town are now so desperate that they are having to rely on results from teams around and below them, doing poorly.

There are not many games left to the end of the season now. Will we see any winning games from Town?
Will they avoid relegation?

Tue 4 Apr 7:45pm Wigan Athletic H
Sat 8 Apr 3:00pm Fulham A
Fri 14 Apr 7:45pm Burton Albion A
Mon 17 Apr 3:00pm Newcastle United H
Sat 22 Apr 3:00pm Rotherham United A
Sat 29 Apr 3:00pm Sheffield Wednesday H

Sun 7 May 12:00pm Nottingham Forest A

Tough times at ITFC right now. Time for the team and squad to dig deep and rise to the challenge of winning games and the fans support. It is not a one way process, as there are still committed Town fans turning out game after game and supporting the team.

COME ON YOU BLUES…try and have a good end to the season and not a bad one!

Cardiff 3 ITFC 1

Cardiff 3 ITFC 1

Town lose away at Cardiff last Saturday, despite taking the lead with a goal from captain Chambers.
I didn’t listen to the game on the radio, as I am losing interest in Town, due to their continual poor performances! I have seen reports on the various Town fan sites I view and by all accounts the second half was poor from Town.

Town are now just 5 points away from the relegation places and it is really clear that they are in a relegation battle now. I am reminded of Grant Ward’s comment “Town are too good to be relegated” of a few months ago! That really just highlighted what a poor attitude he has to playing for Town. He thinks he is a good footballer in a good team, because he has played well on a few occasions. Until he and the team play well in every game, week in and out, for a whole season and more, he cannot claim to be a good footballer in a good team.

There are just 7 games left and the recent Town form is poor and is relegation form. The team have drawn many recent games and have not won a game in a long time now. They are now in danger of relegation unless they can play better and win some games. It has been a disappointing season for Town, and it could get even more disappointing. Mick McCarthy saved Town from relegation before but at that stage, he brought in some new energy and discipline and hope that the team responded to. While now, he has been in charge of a team that have been complacent and not shown fight and determination to win games and do not appear to respond to his plans and instruction. Many fans are so fed up, that they believe relegation would be best for Town! I do not agree with that, but I am very worried it will happen anyway!

How many times have I called for the team to wake up and smell the coffee and do better? Countless times over the last 2 seasons. It is not easy, but if the team do not wake up and change things for the better soon, it will be too late and the worst fear of relegation will become a reality. So COYB…let’s be having you! Show the fans how good you are Grant Ward and help the team win games and the rest of the team can do likewise… COYB!

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….