Derby County v Ipswich Town Your Report added by Mullet at 20:38:31 Another game, a different Derby. Very different circumstances for a very different Ipswich. The iPro has proved happy enough hunting ground for Town in recent years under many different guises and long may it continue. Parr replaced the much-favoured Mings at left back with the usual back four in front of Gerken. In midfield Hyam sat with the youngster Bishop and Bru stood just off Murphy up top as Ando and Tabb flanked from afar. Flat banks formed gentle holding pens for the Rams as the game ambled through the first 45.
The opening five was fast but not all that frantic as neither team got foot nor hoof on the ball. Town looked to miss McGoldrick, the talisman joined Cole Skuse in not joining their colleagues on their travels and it showed in both cases. Dead leg or turned head aside, the play was straightforward enough as the inventive Bru had the best of the game's opening before being felled.
Recently Town's stopper has heaped pressure on himself and he carried this recent form into another spillage from a Derby corner. Once again nothing came from it but it showed the two sides to Town's game and Gerken's play. Soon enough he would redeem himself just long enough to see the ball beat him regardless.
Hyam continued Town's recent generosity with a wayward header across goal. Dean dealt with it, a strong hand fell for Beccles badboy Chris Martin to predictably stab home. We were all blue. With the game swinging away from the blues it was back to battle stations and plenty of time in the game and fight in our boys. Youngster Bishop looked lightweight and every bit the debutant on and at the ball. Neat and tidy but unable to find the move or step too often initially, he played a part in Town's spoiling game in the middle as the half drew on. While he looked far from unsettled the same could not be said for the hurried hosts.
A dodgy penalty shout from Hendrick was soon rewarded as the Ram went down minutes later clutching his arm. Six minutes of injury time would be added on before the break, because of the suspected break to his limb. Town pushed on with the endeavour we know all too well. Bishop stood tall amongst the flocking Derby midfield making one nice run amid plenty of action. However despite being supposed experts at set pieces Town failed to make the number of corners and throws count even as they began to add up in the stattos' notebooks.
In the second half Town brought on Mings for Chambers who took a whack on the head and was presumably seeing double, with Parr moving to the right the same could not be said for Derby. Their lead may have been marginally deserved however Town started much brighter.
Soon enough another set piece and another goal. Ando whipped a freekick up, leading goalscorer Berra headed it down. Net rippling, hearts fluttering, two rows of Halesworth embraced all around me as if the Town jumped a dozen miles north. Delicious and delirious, we were back in the game and on the front foot.
It says much that Tabb is POTY so far, and was so quietly effective. Moving the ball nicely it would be all eyes on Bishop raised spirits once again as all Town fans took to singing his praises despite no chant of his own yet to be forthcoming. The youngster showed balls and no respect to Derby as he smashed an effort from distance which caught Grant out. Scrambling and tipping backward to deny the wunderkind a wonder goal another corner came.
It would be down to Gerken to perform another spectacularly simplesave, palming away acrobatically before Bishop would take a bow. Henshall on, Tabb in the middle and Town kept their shape whilst looking a different proposition. He and Mings were the right side of impressive as they hammered down the wing and looked much better in tracking back. Their speed and directness would worry home fans and defenders often. With the game moving one and Town looking to take the momentum into the final quarter of an hour Bru announced himself back into the game with a petulant but harsh booking. Appearing to fuss the ball after the whistle he irked the ref enough to see yellow. Swiss was the precision of his passing at beginning and end of the game there was a big hole in the middle where he failed to get the ball enough. Chasing down defenders he kept it moving regardless.
Soon after his best pass came when he lofted a neat chip on for Hyam to break, but the bounce alluded the hometown hero. It was not be. In the meantime we were treated to old boy Nouble making a cameo. Out wide on the right, the recently resigned attacker pinned back the home side without showing enough to hold down a place here. The brawny approach Town showed was not an adequate replacement for the brains Ando had shown as he and Murphy looked to have heavy legs without the weight of a price tag to contend with.
Despite a lot of corners and niggly freekicks it was not be in strong second half for Mick's set piece specialists. A lot of questions and nowhere enough answers from such a new look side. However even the harshest of neutrals would have begrudged us a point on a day like today when all three were perpetually just out of reach.
Derby County v Ipswich Town Your Report added by Stourbridgeblue at 19:07:11 Thoroughly outplayed in the 1st half but only behind to a cock up from Hyam. But much better 2nd half. New guys Bishop and Parr were good. Bru was out on his feet at the end of the match but will get better. Mings and Henshall caused chaos for both Derby's defence and our own ;-) but were worth the admission price on their own. Feel a whole lot more positive than I did this time last week - or even this morning.
Derby County v Ipswich Town Your Report added by deliasplums at 18:34:47 Awful first half, we were lucky to go in at only one down. Presumably at half time, Mick told the boys that as we were crap at the back, we'd better play in Derby's half. That's what we proceeded to do and it was a different game. After much trepidation before the game and for the first 45, I left heartened. A little more composure in front of goal and we could have left with all the points.
Derby County v Ipswich Town Your Report added by dalianwasexciting at 17:56:52 A game of two halves..... Well in the first game post McGoldrick (seemingly), the omens were not great, a side with Murphy the lone attacker and a relatively lightweight midfield did not auger well and in a nondescript first half that went pretty much according to that view. With neither side looking likely to score it was Town who blinked first, the endless stream of side wards, backwards, side wards, hoof achieving little but Derby did not look threatening either until a defensive lapse and a suicidal pass from Hyam saw the ex Budgie bruiser Martin knock home after a good Gerken save and the. The post had kept efforts out. Half time could not come soon enough, the second half saw a sort of 4 4 1 1 formation with Kevin Bru playing off Murphy. But a transformation had occurred PASSING football by the blues with young debutant Teddy Bishop growing into the game and influencing it, Luke Chambers having been replaced by Mings after what seemed a clash of heads towards the end of the first half. This saw the assured Parr move to right back.
The second half saw some great Town interplay and the earning of corners which saw the prolific Christophe Berra power home a header. Town looked good now with young Bishop excelling with forward runs and even shooting, one such run and shot forcing Grant to tip over. Bishop went off midway through the half but must surely start against Milwall. The introduction of Henshall once more brought him running at defenders, beating them and getting in dangerous crosses, again he has to start against The Lions. The game petered out a bit but still Town gave nervous minutes as a Derby flooded forward. A spat between Hyam and Martin could have got out of hand after Luke reacted to yet another niggling Derby foul by a man not unknown to mix it. A good point but more importantly a new optimism.
Ipswich Town v Norwich City Your Report added by nthstd at 14:01:29 Two poor teams playing badly. We lacked any cutting edge and allowed them to bully us. The goal, "in the referee's opinion" was onside so we're stuffed end off. More to the point we have Sky to thank for the proof that if Skuse and Gherkin had gone a half job they might not have scored and if they had done a proper job they wouldn't have scored. Gherkin seemed routed to his goal line for all of the second half, I'm a lower Sir Bobby so can't comment on the first half. Where is the money we got for Cresswell. We require a proper striker who can score- wait one- Mc Goldrick and Murphy can but they also have to create the chance which is wrong. We need a poacher. We need a forward attacking midfield player or players. One or two who know how to defend as well as how to put the foot on the ball, pass it or to have the compunction to carry the ball froward, a few midfield masies wouldn't go a miss. We need a keeper. A proper keeper who actually does the job. Way and above all of this we need some spirit in the camp. We need players who want to p[lay for the cub, the fans the town. However much they are on a week, very few of them have Town in their blood. They are doing a job, which it basically is just like a bricklayer of an accountant. Without real proper passion and 100% belief in Ipswich Town Football Club we're sunk, because we haven't got the money to buy a squad. They need to get that solid emotional attachment that is far and above a contract and a pay packet.
Ipswich Town v Norwich City Your Report added by rachelsdad at 12:58:42 we were second best across the park, whilst our front two are not the best in the league they had to feed off nothing more than scraps. we have an indecisive goalkeeper and possibly the worst midfield in the league who create absolutely nothing. I did not think that Norwich played that well but they were streets ahead of us on the ball. What did the manager say earlier, that he would accept 3 wins out of the first four games if the defeat was against Norwich. Well Mick you def got your wish re the Norwich game but only a scrambled draw at Birmingham and we hung on for the home win against Fulham. Fulham havenot set the league a light.Come on Mick we deserve better, go out and find some thing better for our midfield.Will be travelling to see the game at Derby on saturday??
Ipswich Town v Norwich City Your Report added by Paulc at 13:44:22 A poor match with little creativity. Norwich showed more desire than Ipswich and crucially held on to the ball better too. I am not opposed to a slow build up with lots of sideways and backwards passing before an attack, but it is only effective if you probe with short passes and menacing runs. we have no one to run at defenders with the ball and tend to 'build up' only to then punt up a long one which is so easy to defend and consequently lose possession. 1 x Johnny Williams style player would fix 50% of yesterdays shortfalls. AT NO TIME DID WE MAKE NORWICH THINK THEY WERE IN TROUBLE!
Ipswich Town v Norwich City Your Report added by hancockingoal at 09:26:44 Yesterday was the ultimate 'reality check' We are physical, hard working and give no one an easy game, but as Norwich proved yesterday if you are prepared to compete and win the battle and you have the extra class, you will win! We know we need better players, players with pace and vision (this was too obvious from yesterday) but in big Mick's defence who and where are these players within his budget? I think a top ten finish is the best we can hope for?
Ipswich Town v Norwich City Your Report added by Marcus at 22:59:42 Whack it long to Murphy, who is marked out of the game. Norwich pass it around a few times and it goes out of play. Town get the ball back, pass it around at the back until it's whacked long to Murphy and the cycle repeats. We need more variety or there will be no progress. Ever.
Ipswich Town v Norwich City Your Report added by loudnproud at 22:07:23 One of the worse footballing derby games ever,No passion.No desire. No flair. No commitment. No quality. It was "pub footie" at very best. Yet MM sees it as "Not an embarrassment"....Are you smoking some sort of Irish peat???
Ipswich Town v Norwich City Your Report added by Bluetoe at 20:21:49 Even Stevens for most of the match. Norwich had the creative edge but for all that only created chances towards the end of the game when Ipswich were pushing (relatively) for an equaliser. Scuse dreadfully negative. Distribution from back poor. Anderson not involved. Forwards got no change out of Norwich defence.
Ipswich Town v Norwich City Your Report added by CambridgeBlue at 20:14:53 Hugely uninspiring performance. Really feel for the season ticket holders who have to put up with that every week. Not sure why everyone rates Mings, looked lazy coming back and must have missed 20 headers. Chambers still not an RB, got mugged off about 5 times for crosses that should have been goals. Skuse probably the worst player on the pitch. Any vaguely creative player for us must be banging their head against the wall. More backwards passes than I have ever seen in a game none of which led to anything. Horrendous game of football, I won't waste my money watching another one this season unless we get a creative mdfielder.
I don't blame Mick, he's worked miracles with a relegation side and no money, he grinds out results, but I'm not surprised they only get 11k a match, it's horrendous to watch.
Ipswich Town v Norwich City Your Report added by stevieiriswattii at 19:58:49 Uninspiring. Very ponderous with the ball, particularly in midfield & our only other option was to lump it up front. Poor corners & free kicks, very little in the way of clear headers won & seemingly even less 2nd headers won.Poor shooting when in sight of goal. Mings seemed to settle as the game went on & Hyam did try to get stuck in particularly early on, but otherwise not much in the way of positives.
Ipswich Town v Norwich City Your Report added by BlueJack95 at 19:58:10 Norwich were sh*t, we were even more so. Lack of passion and desire with a complete inability to penetrate the Canaries' back four (supposedly their weakest area). Hyam and Mings were the only two who, in my opinion, showed an ounce of passion. No one to pick out who played particularly badly, just a generally poor performance from all involved and the goal, Christ don't even get me started on the goal...
Ipswich Town v Norwich City Your Report added by Pilgrimblue at 18:59:12 What a dire performance, no passion, no pace, no passing (forward). Scuse is so slow and cant compete, we badly need Williams back and then maybe the rest of the team pick up otherwise its going to be long hard season. The side that finished looked better prospect and perhaps Bajner should get his chance!