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AFC Bournemouth v Ipswich Town Your Report added by Moscow_Blue at 14:41:25
Clearly too far south for Mullet and can't do justice to him so won't even try, but suffice to say this was an extremly good point. AFC Bournemouth are far and away the best I have seen in the Championship (yes, much better than DerbyCounty do to come away with a point was, frankly, a miracle. Very well played boys!
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Ipswich Town v Watford Your Report added by backintheday at 22:59:18
Bialkowski- Bart looked assured with the saves he made he got out well and knew when to come for ball and not to and commanded his box unlike Gerken.
Chambers- Chambers was my MOTM today if it wasn't for him getting some vital blocks in covering all over the backline we could quite easily have lost.
Smith- Smith almost took the net off with his goal put it this way not keeper was going to stop it with the speed it was going at he done well and doesn't deserve to be dropped.
Berra- Berra was his usual reassured self and had a good game not one of his best but did what he had to do and did it well.
Mings- Mings is coming on leaps and bounds and I will be very surprised if he's still here come end of January I hope he is cause the lads got a big big future ahead of him and we need to keep him if we are serious about going up.
Bru- Bru is a great player and credit to mick and tc for finding him we really have got someone with potential and what I like about Bru is that he has the ability to pick a pass as we have seen in recent weeks like against Blackburn when he set McGoldrick up with the dink pass but also he not afraid to shoot and have ago himself.
Tabb- I didn't really notice Tabby he wasn't ahocking but he wasn't outstanding either he went about his business and did what he had to do.
Williams- Poor little jonny he gets kicked about from pillar to post whatever team comes down here but you could see that Watford had a plan to kick him off the pitch which they managed to do but then to go and congratulate your own player for injuring one of the opposition is disgusting and I hope they get done for it.
Murphy- Well well Murph just goes from strength to strength he almost took the back of the net off with one of his shots and there is no doubt that we have the best strike pairing in the division. Murph is a player I rate highly and with all the confidence he has at the moment he can only get better.
McGoldrick- It still appears that Didz is not properly fit and you can see that in his game when he's playing and he's taking a deeper role behind Murph and I think its suits him more in the Eric Gates role. It was also a very well worked free-kick by Hunt and Didz.
Hunt- Hunt had a good game I think he's improving and he is someone who gives it his all everytime he puts on a Town shirt and the fans love someone like that.
Bishop- I feel that the Bish has the potential to be better than Williams. Bishop it a very clever footballer and that comes across in he's game like when it went past the Watford players that were marking him like they wasn't there.
Sammon- Sammon wasn't on the pitch long enough he was brought on cause Didz was knackered and cause of his aerial threat and how physical he is this way he could go back and defend and get balls away but there wasn't need for it
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Ipswich Town v Watford Your Report added by ShropshireBluenago09 at 19:56:25
Bru and Hunt equally 9/10 - both ran their balls off. Good that our squad players are stepping up to the mark when others are out.
Long way to go but we have more guile in recent weeks.
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Ipswich Town v Watford Your Report added by muccletonjoe at 19:22:45
my man of the match would have to be Williams , made things happen and you could see Watford were in panic mode when he had the ball , smith should retain his place in defence , was not overly impressed with hunt, too many crosses , corners , and free kicks went straight to the keeper , but did have a better second half
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Ipswich Town v Watford Your Report added by rachelsdad at 10:46:27
great team effort against much stronger opposition, difficult to pick mom but probably just Bru. Williams got rough treatment from the start hope he recovers in the two week break because he just adds that bit extra in midfield.Prefer Parr at right back but cannot complain at nine points in a week.
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Ipswich Town v Watford Your Report added by CavendishBlue at 21:21:45
Worth repeating dalianwasexciting....
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Ipswich Town v Watford Your Report added by Rammo at 20:53:27
Excellent result and a true team performance in the face of a defensive counter attacking side with some decidedly physical challenges.
Never been a fan of Jay Tabb but the last couple of games he has been excellent and didn't disappoint again, the back four looked solid along with Bart and Hunt gave his normal energiser bunny performance.
Williams was always probing and Watford picked on him for their most agricultural challenges, Bishop slotted into his role well when he went off.
Both Murphy and McGoldrick were industrious but credit to Watford as they kept them quieter than in many games.
I am more impressed with Bru every time I see him, he does the hard work but has an eye for a pass and is always looking to get forward. He could be another of those rough diamonds that MM seems to be able to find.
Another game full of positives and it's just unfortunate the international break gets in the way again!
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Ipswich Town v Watford Your Report added by dalianwasexciting at 20:22:06
Just settled into my Ipswich hotel after a few post match beers. A day which will live for some time in my memory primarily due to the atmosphere both before, during and after the game. I have not heard the North in voice like that for many a year, I no longer live in the town or close by, but after the game there was a real buzz Today saw a professional performance with not a little passion in the second half particularly.

Watford clearly came to spoil, a physical side who obviously had a plan to kick Johnnie Williams off the pitch, ultimately it worked. An end to end first half saw Murphy almost break the net with a superb first time effort. There was not a lot else of note until the second half despite town probing constantly and Watford looking dangerous on the counter, man of the match Luke Chambers making at least three excellent tackles/interventions

Bialowski looked assured and did spread well early to win a one on one. The second half burst into life after the minutes applause for Kempy and as the crowd urged pTown forward almost sucking the ball into the SBR net after multiple corners and free kicks

A great 3 points and superb support
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Ipswich Town v Watford Your Report added by dalianwasexciting at 20:22:03
Just settled into my Ipswich hotel after a few post match beers. A day which will live for some time in my memory primarily due to the atmosphere both before, during and after the game. I have not heard the North in voice like that for many a year, I no longer live in the town or close by, but after the game there was a real buzz Today saw a professional performance with not a little passion in the second half particularly.

Watford clearly came to spoil, a physical side who obviously had a plan to kick Johnnie Williams off the pitch, ultimately it worked. An end to end first half saw Murphy almost break the net with a superb first time effort. There was not a lot else of note until the second half despite town probing constantly and Watford looking dangerous on the counter, man of the match Luke Chambers making at least three excellent tackles/interventions

Bialowski looked assured and did spread well early to win a one on one. The second half burst into life after the minutes applause for Kempy and as the crowd urged pTown forward almost sucking the ball into the SBR net after multiple corners and free kicks

A great 3 points and superb support
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Ipswich Town v Watford Your Report added by FramBlue1 at 19:43:46
Great match...Stephen Hunt and Kevin Bru were outstanding I thought! Jonny Williams picked on, should have been a red card for Ekstrand. Bartosz Bialkowski to keep his place in goal!
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Ipswich Town v Watford Your Report added by dalinghooblue at 19:15:15
The score line did not reflect our superiority. A committed effort from all Town's players shows that MM's methods work. The 'Team' ethic showed after we scored when all the substitutes were there to congratulate Tommy for his goal. After a performance like this, there is no team in this division that we should be scared of. Our discipline was excellent in the face of some dubious tactics from the visitors.
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Ipswich Town v Watford Your Report added by harmitfc at 17:52:46
Bru was impressive. Hunty had a great game. Our back four cleared the ball (instead of playing it out of trouble) which is always good to see. Quite a good team performance against a tough team.
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Ipswich Town v Watford Your Report added by iaintaylorx at 17:41:05
kevin bru is magic!
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Ipswich Town v Watford Your Report added by backinbeige at 17:32:41
I can't remember FPR being so loud from start to finish
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Ipswich Town v Watford Your Report added by gamezone at 17:19:22
Never drop Tommy again, ITFC top player xxx true blue
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Ipswich Town v Wolverhampton Wanderers Your Report added by Greybritain at 20:37:01
Enjoyable. Mings was a tour-de-force. Smith was imperious in the air in the second half. Hunt & Tabb played splendidly. Sitting behind the curl of Murphy's first goal was a highlight.
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Ipswich Town v Wolverhampton Wanderers Your Report added by Jayembee at 18:25:58
Just to add a note from the match.
A few seasons ago I watched the away match at Blackpool. I had two Holidaymakers come and sit next to me, they were from Scotland and were Celtic fans. They were very happy that Murphy was out on loan and respectively offered the fee for Ipswich to buy him and to transport him to Ipswich. That day he made several scoring opportunities but took the harder option of missing. On that day I said he was goal shy. By that I mean he was, in my view, a very capable player but lacked the confidence or maybe the finess to finish clinically his hard approach work. Thank goodness TC has added both of the missing elements. He is a finisher now, thank you Murphilinho.
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Ipswich Town v Wolverhampton Wanderers Your Report added by tractorblue at 15:45:09
We worked very hard when we did not have the ball,which is pleasing to any supporter,the team seem very much together,and you can see real belief amongst the squad.
Murphy was outstanding,in the form of his life,which again is credit to Mick Mcarthy,as he must be enjoying his football,Mings just seems to get better,and it was a pleasure to watch Luke Hyam wear his Ipswich shirt with so much pride.
Wolves were nowhere near a top 6 side,their 2 centre-Halves were really mediocre,and they will do well to be mid table on last nights showing.
Confidence is high,keep it up lads.
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Ipswich Town v Wolverhampton Wanderers Your Report added by Seasider at 14:25:40
One of the best games I have seen at Portman Road for several seasons.
Cant believe how well Murph is playing,frankly didn't think he could attain this standard.Terrific workrate;from him and his two over 30 colleagues Hunty and Tabby.
Kevin Bru also has made an outstanding contribution in his last three home games,with good movement on and off the ball;and although Didsy seems to be playing within himself also makes great contribution.
In fact whole team played well;but regret right behind their goal and our g.k was definitely at fault being slow to react.
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Ipswich Town v Wolverhampton Wanderers Your Report added by unstableblue at 11:15:51
Match Report, Ipswich 2 Wolves 1, Portman Road, 4th November 2014

Oh Portman Road under the flood lights after a couple of pints, it’s a joy, and matches against bigger clubs midweek are a season highlight. Certainly in-form Wolves had brought a strong following with them, near on 1000, with back to back promotions in mind, and a run of 13 games with only 1 loss. They only found their voice a few times, with most passion and volume being aimed at the referee, the man black did actually seem to favour Town a few times in the first half. I thought the Town support was a little subdued tonight, for what was a solid and at times exciting Ipswich display. Again the blue waves of attack are coming in 5 minute spells here and there, which buoys the crowd, and perhaps a greater atmosphere will come when we attack for longer sustained periods – I am convinced more attacking play will also attract the lapsed fans back to Temple Portman Road, taking the gate above the 20k mark. I did note some fans praising the atmosphere this evening, localised perhaps?

But I detract from a strong display. You really don’t want to play Ipswich at the moment. Kenny Jacket stated post match that Ipswich got in their faces and were winning all the second ball. "But Ipswich put pressure on us physically and we never exploited the spaces that were out there." And Town seemed to have a good shape to dominate the opposition and break up play. Wolves had the greater possession overall in percentage – perhaps skewed by a typical backs to the wall last 10 minutes – but they were not as effective as Town in going forward and using the ball. In Sako they have a beast of a player, but Berra had his usual imperious display against him, and restricted him to a few chances. Albeit the Wolves man could have done better with a couple of long range shots.

Before the game I have to say the 5 absentees worried me, especially the loss of Williams and Bishop, I expected a more agricultural display with those 2 missing – but the passing and footwork of McGoldrick, Mings, Bru and Hyamt sated the needs of aesthete fans such as myself. Note: Hyam’s passing game has improved greatly this season, and his value as a player is rising fast. The loss of Skuse in my mind was not felt. Hyam and the ridiculously mobile and terrier like Tabb, with Bru more advanced on the midfield 3, feels a much more balanced and effective midfield, compared to when we have Skuse and Hyam together in the same team. I do think Town were a little fortunate in that Wolves were not fully firing on the night, and this helped us. I think the energy of Hunt harrying up front and Tabb flying round the middle unsettled them. And Hyam is seemingly beefier than last season, and a fair but strong tackle from him early doors, meant the exit of a key Wolves player Dave Edwards.

For me Chambo, Smith and Berra sat deeper tonight, and just did the basics very well. Our captain Chambers, he of the fist pump, Chambers, really did not venture forth that much from his unnatural right back role, with Hunt and Bru providing any attacking sorties up the right. These were limited though, and the real threat was coming down the left with Hyam, McGoldrick, Murphy and Mings linking up well.

McGoldrick and Murphy are at the top of their game at the moment, none more so than our 30+ Irish international. His close control and confidence must be a nightmare; and you just knew he was going to score his second despite it needing a quality little chip over the advancing keeper. This took Murphy took onto double figures, and its only early November. McGoldrick’s defence splitting pass to set-up Murphy was beautifully weighted. ‘Goal’ David McGoldrick is of course the original king of close control, and the entrance fee (a reasonable £20 tonight) was worth every penny for those little interplays between McGoldrick and Mings, and often Hyam or Bru. And these exciting passages of play often led to a storming run by Mings or one of his jinks to the byline. What a player Mings is, what an athlete, and his guile and ability to dink into the box, approach the by-line, and despite the ball seemingly heading out of play, to loft in a cross or blast a low ball into the D. I hope he stays for this season and the next. But I would be very surprised if the swaggering Tyrone is not bought in the January window by a Premier league club.

Now I have to take a large plate, a massive set of cutlery, and carve myself a massive slice of humble pie. I stated that the signing of Hunt and Bru would not enhance the squad and support a promotion push. I was wrong, well in the most part. Hunt is an enigma. I would not start him over Williams, but Hunt was good tonight and is better suited to a forward role pushed up and running round like a Irish Peat Bog worker on speed. Wing, central midfield, or wider in a central 3 is not his position. Harrying up front and dropping deeper to pick up ball is his game. I have to agree with Mick Mills post match comment that he is not at the level of Murphy, McGoldrick and Mings in terms of his attacking effectiveness, i.e. shots on target or assists. But as a squad player he is adding value, and he will be key on Saturday if Williams is not fit. He is more effective, than the similarly energetic Anderson who is not threatening the first team. Bru, well he was vying with Hyam for 4th best player on the night behind the Murphs, McGoldrick and Mings pedigree players. There was great energy ofr Bru tonight, frankly we won this game through strong attackers and giving Wolves zero time to build passages of effective passing. And Bru, and Tabb, were key to this. But what was different for me about Bru tonight is he started to show some real class on the ball, nice close control, and good passing. I would like to see his passing completion accuracy, versus some of his earlier performances. As in this game he was very careful, but also adventurous at the right times with his use of the ball. Bru (“BRUUUUUU”… delivered as a ‘boo’ jeer ironically by the Town faithful) is larger than you think and he won a few aerial battles and held his own against a large Wolves team. With Hyam, Bishop and Skuse potentially out against an effective Watford side this Saturday, Bru will be pivotal and he could be staking a claim to a permanent place in a midfield 3.

So a great night, and strong performance. I do think Town shot themselves in the foot with the flukey goal, I was going to blame our stand-in keeper, but a Wolves player approached the looping cross and I think Bialkowski did have to change his position and hence was bamboozled. Worryingly it did seem to knock his confidence and he looked shakey for a period, which really good goalkeepers will not allow. Town did superbly to get the second and take the lead again, that is the sign of a team on form and brimming with confidence. A gripe would be of course that we went a little deep and did not press for a third. The last 10mins were painful as always, but again Wolves were not fully on their game tonight and that helped us to ride the storm. The hapless Sammon did add value in some of his dogged running and corner flag holding as Town ran the clock down. One final niggle is how off the pace and the lack of eagerness and energy displayed by Ambrose, I love Darren and his ability, but not sure he was the right type of player for the harrying role Mick clearly had in mind to close down the game. But onwards and upwards, a night of great close control from our pedigree 3 of Murphy, McGoldrick and Murphy. COYB.
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