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!

Hull 3 ITFC 0

Hull 3 ITFC 0

Another bad result for Town in their last match away to Hull.

The Town are in disarray!? When manager Mick McCarthy came to Town and saved the team from relegation it was built on solid defensive performances. Then gradually these were replaced by more emphasis on scoring goals rather than not conceding and the attacking players prospered (notably last season Murphy).
This season though the whole team is not at it! Defence, midfield and attack have gone “pear shaped” as Town endure change after change brought about by injury and loss of form.

Town this season have brought in more players to increase the size of the squad, but some of the regulars aren’t performing and neither are the new guys. It is very frustrating because all the players have talent but the team are not performing together as a team!

Lots of supposed supporters are calling for Mick McCarthy to go, but he has been let down by the players.
The players that the manager has shown faith in need to improve quickly and build some team spirit to get results to pull Town out of this bad run of form. If this doesn’t happen quickly, then both they and the manager will be history and the Town will continue to under perform and struggle to survive in the Championship!

ITFC deserves better, but this will only happen with hard work and determination firstly not to be beaten and secondly to get winning results. COME ON YOU BLUES!!

Norwich 2 ITFC 0

What a bad Sunday for Town, losing away at Norwich today. I felt sure Town would rise to the occasion (games just do not get bigger or better than this derby) but they didn’t! I thought Town would win and predicted a 3-0 Town win. Now though,I feel jaundiced by this result as most fans and players do too.

I watched the game live on Sky tv and Town matched Norwich throughout the whole match and had chances to score but they weren’t taken. Norwich didn’t have many chances either but they carried more of a threat in their whole team (Grabban and Jerome especially and particularly Bradley Johnson). They took the 2 best chances they had but in truth they arose from Town errors.

First a counter attack from Norwich somehow saw a cross from wide go through the Town box and unfortunately Luke Chambers was ball watching and hadn’t a clue Johnson was running in behind him. Johnson’s shot was great and Chambers block was too late and of no use and the shot went high and hard into the goal past keeper Bialkowski.

The second Norwich goal was a race by newly arrived substitute Jerome, with a cross in the box and Mings and keeper Bartoscz Bialkowski got in a muddle with Grabban and the ball bounced tamely into the net. That was effectively game over.

Town really sorely lacked any linkage from their midfield to the strikers. Murphy and Sears were quiet but had no quality service to get the ball in good areas. Sears had a good chance from Murphy but Norwich keeper Ruddy made a fine save. Chris Woods (newly arrived on loan from Leicester) came on late in the second half and should have scored with a free header. Chaplow played the first half and was full of energy but without quality and Varney played the second half and was much the same.

Too often Town lumped balls forward from the back or midfield that failed to get anywhere! A huge lack of quality in the Town midfield. No one really got on the ball and took on the Norwich players and went forward past players. The only exception was Tyrone Mings who did try when he had the ball and Sears was good as usual with the ball but he hardly had it and contributed little by the end.

So that unfortunately is another opportunity Town have wasted in the promotion chase. The team were only average today and they need to be better than just average to win and contest the remaining games to the end of the season. Norwich go above Town in the table..End of the bad news. 🙁

Now the Town team must learn from this match and move forward positively to the next game 🙂

COME ON YOU BLUES!

Brighton 3 ITFC 2

A disappointing loss to Brighton last night which meant Town lost the chance to go top of the Championship. Town are now in third place below Middlesborough (same points as ‘Boro but a worse goal difference). It is though very close at the top of the table as leaders Bournemoouth lost on Tuesday away at Leeds.

Up to now there has been no run away leader of the Championship and all the top 6 teams currently have great chances to get promotion this season. This is a crunch time for Town now both mentally and physically. Town need to be strong in both areas and work hard to get points for the remainder of the season. The performance against Brighton wasn’t great and Mick McCarthy was unhappy with it especially in the first half. There were some positives with Daryl Murphy scoring again and Freddie Sears scoring his first Town goal.

The next game for Town is Wigan at home on Sat 31 January so there is time to take a break and get prepared well for that. It is great Town are in such a good position and the team need to believe they can either win the Championship outright or be second and get automatic promotion. A play off place is of course possible but given Town’s position it is almost a poor option/consolation!

Here is a video compilation of manager Mick McCarthy over the last two years at Town:

It has been a great season so far for the team and supporters and as I said in my last post this is the time now for Town to push on. The loss at Brighton was not good but they can put it behind them on focus on every game one by one to win and at least get a point. This is the way to get the top or second place and get promotion and performances are not as important as winning points! Winning points and performing well is of course ideal but that cannot always happen. There is no reason Town should not be confident
enough to believe they are good enough to win the Championsship this season. Come on Town team, you can win the Championship if you get yourselves together and stay and play together for every game from now to the end of the season.

Town must be confident, but realistic and work hard and the reward of promotion will happen! COME ON YOU BLUES!!

Millwall 1 ITFC 3

Millwall 1 ITFC 3

A great away win for Town last Saturday at Millwall keeps Town’s promotion push going strong.

Millwall is not an easy place to play at as the fans are passionate and have been known to be intimidating at times, so this is an excellent result for Town.

Town came to the game with injury and illness problems but hoping to win against a Millwall team enduring their own problems at the bottom of the Championship. For Town, McGoldrick was out injured and Bishop and Skuse off sick still, so it was a chance for new Town player Freddie Sears to be on the bench.

Noel Hunt made a great start, scoring twice as Town took an early and commanding 2-0 lead but to their credit Millwall fought back in the game and scored a good goal themselves. This set up a tense period of play with Millwall pressing Town hard. Then on came Freddie Sears and Jonathan Parr and Town scored a fine third goal to put the game and Millwall’s chances of a comeback away! Clarke came on for Anderson to finish the game and he played well.

Well played Town. This result keeps Town in second place (and Derby lost against Forest!).

The next game is this coming Wednesday away at Brighton who are finding themselves under new manager Chris Hughton. I hope Town will have a strong and fit side to play this game and of course that Town can beat Brighton. I know this is quite possible and I’m sure the Town team do also, but they must work hard in all areas of the pitch to get a result.

COME ON TOWN!!

ITFC 2 Middlesborough 0

A great win for Town at home today (Sat 201214). Town beat in form Middlesborough with a good performance to put Town second in the Championship. Well done Town! A great Xmas present for all ITFC supporters and team!

I hadn’t posted the last few games. A few weeks ago Town had a great away win at Charlton winning with almost the last kick of the game. They showed real spirit to win there and the Town scorer and hero was Noel Hunt, on loan from Leeds. He came on as a sub late in the game and was pole-axed by a hard challenge from Bikey and need a new shirt from his bloody nose. He got up though and on with the game and scored the winner…great play! Charlton had many chances in that game but failed to convert any and Town finished the game strongly looking for a winner and showed great team spirit to do so.

The next week, Town beat Leeds at Portman Road and that is always a tough game. Next up for Town was an away game at Bolton and Town got a creditable 0-0 draw against a rejuvenated Bolton side under their new manager Neil Lennon.

So Town were in 4th position I think only a few points behind Derby. Today Derby drew 2-2 against Norwich and Town had a chance to go above Derby with a win over Middlesborough. They got that with 2 first half goals from Murphy and Tabb and Town are now in second place with Bournemouth in first place after they beat Blackpool 1-6!

Well, it is great to see Town doing so well at the moment and the team have a good belief and energy and skill, so if they can keep playing well for the second half of the season Town could get promotion!

“so if they can keep playing well for the second half of the season Town could get promotion!”

Also Town are above Norwich 🙂 ’nuff said!

Here is a fascinating fact:

“Daryl Murphy is the Championship’s leading scorer with 14 in 21 starts this season”

Mick McCarthy and Terry Connor are getting a good squad of players together now with new boy Teddy Bishop showing quality along with new keeper, Bialkowski, and with back up from older more established players (eg Sammon and Ambrose) to call on if necessary. The future looks bright for Town.

Next up for Town is Friday’s boxing day game against Brentford (away). Brentford are third in the table and playing well so it will be a good game between 2 in form sides.

GOODLUCK TOWN.TOWN TO WIN..GO TOWN!!

COME ON YOU BLUES!!!

Vital win today. ITFC 1 Bolton 0

A great home win today for Town – ITFC 1 Bolton 0.

This win was VITAL! Barnsley won, Wolves won (vs Bristol City) and Peterborough won so this really was vital for Town to win and stay four points away from Peterborough in the third relegation place. Sheffield Wednesday lost and they are in 20th position with 43 points from 37 games. Town are in 18th place with 46 points from 38 games. It is very tight at the bottom and so it really was a vital win today for Town.

Jay Tabb played again today but N’Daw was absent (due to a domestic incident!). Carlos Edwards scored the vital winner with just 3 minutes of time left. Higham, Drury, McGoldrick, Murphy, Chambers, Steadman, Cresswell, Smith, Henderson and Jay Emmanuel Thomas all played. A good team performance.

There now follows a 2 week break due to international football before Town’s next game at home vs Leeds. The team are taking a well earned couple of days rest before preparing for their next important games.

Well done Mick MaCarthy and well done team for showing fighting spirit and getting a win today (in poor conditions of lashing wind & rain). Hopefully this and recent form will keep Town’s confidence up and help them continue to pick up points for the last games of the season. It is definitely a tough end to the season with the bottom clubs fighting hard to win points and any club that can get results has a chance of climbing out of the relegation places. Conversely any club that slips in form and can’t get results will find themselves falling right into the relegation places.

Well played Town! COYB ……

Last 2 games gain 1/6 points…

Nottingham Forest 1 ITFC 0
Peterborough 0 ITFC 0

So the last 2 away games just get Town a solitary point. This is a little disappointing as it keeps Town just 4 points off the relegation places. On the positive side Town played reasonably well in both games.

Against Forest it was a deflected goal that won the game even with Town down to 9 players after Lee Martin and Richard Stearman had been sent off! Against Peterborough Town played new loanee signing Jay Tabb (from Reading) as a replacement for Martin who misses 3 games due to his red card and it was a great pity again this season we have not been able to win against fellow struggling teams at the bottom. In fact many of the teams at the bottom have had winning results and are trying to pull away from the relegation places and let ITFC fall down into their places. There are now only 9 more games to go to the end of the season and Town need points and results from these to avoid relegation.

Next for Town are x2 home games:
Sat 16 Mar ITFC vs Bolton
Sat 30 Mar ITFC vs Leeds

These are obviously 2 hard but important to win games….

Bristol City 2 ITFC 1

Very poor result today (losing to bottom place team Bristol City). I listened to the radio commentary and ITFC again had winning chances. Town started well with a good first half but then to let a goal in the first few minutes of the second half and then to concede a goal in the last few minutes is just dreadful.

It is just an awful season for ITFC supporters! Town now down from 19th place to 21st place and in real danger of falling into the bottom three and getting relegated. It is time for Mick & Terry to get the Town players and team motivated and determined to fight harder.Town need greater committment from the players in the squad and especially the team. Sadly, the team & the players have let themselves down badly, as much as letting the supporters down. Look at Bristol City today-they kept going & took their few chances and ended up winning, not because they were the better team but because Town players let them through complacency and lack of awareness. I actually think Mick McCarthy is too soft on his team saying recently he cannot fault the team work rate. My own view is that these players are not performing well enough and I feel as a team and as a minimum the team work rate has to be way above average to compensate. Unfortunately games and results are not just won and gained from work rate especially when one team do not concentrate & hand the opposition chances as ITFC team have done repeatedly over this & the previous season.

Well that was the bad news! However as I have said before the good news is that all the Town players are good football players-they simply need to get it together as a team consistently. I do not believe Town have to try & hope to get better players to join the club (though it would be nice to get a few top quality players in!) but  the players need to WAKE UP & WORK (& fight) a lot harder to get points and results! COME ON TOWN!!