Without doubt Brighton deserved to win today, played the better football and were rewarded when we were slow out of the block.
I did think we would miss Berra today, he's solid at the back and thought Chambers and Smith together wouldn't carry the same presence, safe to say that was proven right.
On the other side of things, Sears was the standout player on the park, he was direct, happy to try and take on players a perfect performance on a tough day - Man of the Match for town without question.
From the little (although I don't like to judge after one match especially in a game like today's) we saw of Piotr Malarczyk I saw a few concerning signs that should be drummed into a centre back from day one. He let the ball bounce from a high ball on one occasion, which should never be done EVER, and we nearly paid the price when the ball was taken down the channel and drilled across the 6 yard box. He also was beaten in the air a few times against smaller players, he needs to be dominant in this league.
Perhaps as Mick said, the travelling wasn't ideal for him so hopefully it was an off day.
This loss will not hurt us in the slightest, for me I think it's best that it's come now as when we are winning it's easy to gloss over the things we can improve on or things we got away with.
This is a short term negative, but I'm confident it will result in a long term positive effect.
5 goal thriller, which we were sadly on the wrong end of today. Great advert for the championship, but sadly Brighton were just better than us today. Felt a bit sorry for Emmanuel, making his home debut, up against possibly the most in form winger in the championship at the moment, Lua Lua provided that bit of class that mattered. Brighton were good on the ball, but were also able to defend well. We were poor first half, but improved 2nd half and showed real character to bring it back to 2-2, Shame they scored a 3rd so quickly after. Gerken was poor today and doesn't leave his line or command his box well enough, the defence doesn't trust him and it shows. Bart back in after the break for me.
Backed us to win today, but going 2 down so early on left a mountain to climb. I remember stating last season,after we lost to Brighton that Houghton would without doubt guide them to safety and improve thereafter. By all accounts they deserved the points, hats off to them, but as far as we are concerned it's far from doom and gloom. Let's hope our new additions help solve ' right-back' issues, and in doing so, force McCarthy to decide his best c/b pairing! Personally looking forward to seeing Bishop return, his positivity will only enhance and improve players such as Fraser, Sears, McGoldrick, Pitman and Murphy. We are well equipped to mount a promotion challenge this season, and personally I predict, without doubt, McCarthy's boys will.
No complaints today I thought Brighton were good and they did to us what we did to Brentford away last season. We will need to tighten up defensively although we were a few players short today. 10 points from 5 games is very good so need to put this defeat out of our minds quickly.
How does our keeper "not have a chance" on the free kick that never strayed from its path from 30 yards out and wasn't particularly well placed to the corners? The first goal, good strike. The last goal, deflection (although not a major one). But the second? Don't agree.
We were played off the park today by a much better team, both technically and in their overall teamwork. Very, very disappointing. Still plenty of games to go and players to come back into the team from injury. Does hurt though.
If we had got anything from that performance it certainly would not have been deserved. Brighton could and should have got more. I thought Freddie was playing them on his own at times although second half much better with Didz involved. Starting with two wingers did not work today and Skuse has been so consistently good for so long that I thought the only time you noticed him would be if he had a poor performance,today was that day. Some thinking needs to be done before we go again in a couple of weeks but I think whatever starting formation is decided on,it MUST include McG. It is still a very good start to the season so let's lick our wounds and go again after the break. COYB
I think MM was done by his old mate Houghton today - very similar to the game at their place actually earlier in the year . I seem to remember that night we really struggled with some of their movement esp down our right - they had the Liverpool loannee then
neillrumsey spot on with afew posts tonight - We did miss the influential Berra ,Bru Bart today Against Brighton Skuse and Douglas was too sluggish We need to remember we w have 5 players at least who want the ball on the deck and can and will play through teams It was abit too rushed at times and we gave the ball away alot But I think in part that was good high pressing by Brighton and a non existent CM Bru and Skuse is a better combination ( or Bish ) This squad is miles better than we have had for years and all the nelly negatives coming on just need to step back and be subjective and look at the month as a whole - Sheff Weds and Burnley are decent teams who we beat I am sure you never hear from some until we lose - Glass half empty brigade come out Lets just enjoy the good start we have had and realise that we were beaten by a better team on the day - we will learn from it
Good signing. Still think we need a keeper and goal scoring central midfield player, but squad is now large so don't think it will happen. After today though, it's evident we should consider new additions.
We missed Berra, we missed Murphy, we probably missed Bialkowski (even though he was on the bench), and we could have done with Parr too. Starting the two teenagers down the right against the outstanding Lua Lua just didn't work, and too many players did not perform well today.
Malarczyk needs work on the training pitch and time to settle in, to say the least.
Oh well, it's one defeat in an otherwise excellent start to the season. We've just added another signing, so I expect Ipswich to return strong after the international break.
Forgot to mention.....our football this season has been refreshing playing on the deck at pace. Today we played an excellent Brighton team who closed us down quickly but instead of moving the ball quickly we resorted to lumping the ball forward as last season.With Maitland Niles Sears Fraser McGoldrick and Pitman we have players who can play so keep it on the ground. We don't need to panic and hoof it forward
For me Parr Bart and Berra walk back into defence. We miss Murphy up front and Bishop or Hyam to join Skuse in middle and maybe Oar will play on opposite flank to Fraser so maybe 6 players to come into starting 11 ?