As strong winds and torrential rain batter the UK, we enjoy again another wet and dreary winter. Long gone are the visions of a white and frosty Christmas so often played out in annual offerings from Hollywood.
I feel angry now. Not disappointed or upset, but angry. It's not just that Town lost, and lost to lower league opposition, AGAIN. It's that we didn't want to win. Or, to be more specific, our manager didn't want us to win: he rested his entire first XI.
Just past the halfway point of this season with ITFC slowly picking up a bit of form, it feels an apposite time to compare where we were a year ago. I wrote something similar then and, although in retrospect, it was a little over optimistic it provides a good comparison.
In my last blog I bemoaned Mick McCarthy’s pass completion stats – where his teams are consistently poor - this time I’m looking at shots on target to try and evaluate performance. Apologies if it gets a bit geeky.
The figures spent on agents' fees were published on Monday and they made positive reading for Town fans. The results were collected between October 2014-September 2015 and established Town as the Championship's fourth-lowest spenders (£261,347) with only Rotherham and league newcomers Bristol City and Preston below them.
In the modern football world, most match reports are adorned by a plethora of stats that may (or may not) tell us something extra about the relative performance of each team – eg BBC reports show shots, shots on target, possession and fouls.
A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog on the subject of Town’s playing style under Mick McCarthy. Having been humbled at Old Trafford, I wanted to see how everyone felt about what I perceived to be a rather attritional and outdated brand of football seen here and in pretty much every other Ipswich game since McCarthy arrived.
It is safe to say that the first 10 games of the season have not gone as we had planned. To be sat in 12th is disappointing to say the least, but what is more concerning is seeing the manager come out and question the loyalty of his players. That came as a shock.