Ipswich Town v Blackburn Rovers Your Report added by Greybritain at 23:04:52 First back-2-back Town games for a couple of seasons. Berra & Smith looked impressive. Cresswell had a better game than Saturday. Hyam & Skuse did well in my view, even though others disagree. Nicely taken goal too. Composed.
You have to hand it to MickMa - he makes 4 changes and 3 of them score goals.
Keane (we) booted Rhodes out, so why begrudge his celebrations. I can understand exactly where his thoughts are coming from.
Attendance slipped down to a 14 thousand handle.. But now 2 points off the play-offs..
Ipswich Town v Blackburn Rovers Your Report added by Pilgrimblue at 09:01:39 It was frustrating at times but very enjoyable. Blackburn have quality but our defence was superb and deserve high praise. My thought Gerken - average keeper, handled well but poor distribution (we need loanee) Chambers - great performance even though he's playing out of positio! I'd Try him as holding midfield and bring back Hewitt. Smith - typical performance just great to see him mature into good player Berre - good game Cresswell - good all round Hunt -top performance, he'd be in my team every week Scuse - overall poor, he battled but gave away too often. I'd rest him Hyam - great performance and a goal to top it. He was in the mix at every opportunity and was one the reasons why Blackburn couldnt get through Edwards - goal apart he was average, too slow and can't get past his man Mcd -battled well Noble-poor first half but thankfully better in second
But as the curtain closed Town had three points, moving two points off the play-offs - all gained despite a mediocre performance.
You know what? we might just create 'The BIG Promotion Push' that screamed from the ITFC flyer that came through the letter box this week, because tonight amongst the dross, certain town performances, some moments of play, and above all the excellent work rate and defending of this team shone through as a platform to build a run on.
Huddersfield will pose a sterner test than Blackburn, as although Rovers owned the first half and like all teams passed better than Ipswich, they had no answer to the town work rate and defending. Indeed Rovers only threatened late on with corners and set pieces, which Mick snuffed out but by bringing on Mings and Murphy to supplement the giants of Noubs, Berra, Chambers and Smith (what a defensive line from the dead balls!)
Much credit must go to Mick tonight, and TC, the changes were bang on and they clearly put a rocket up the players at half time. And the resultant increased work rate and passing (hallelujah) of the 45th to 55th minutes won town the game.
Hyam was great, and yet perhaps he picked up a knock and was hampered for 70 mins. He still managed to get in the mix and pop up with those short passes and provided options. His goal was excellent, despite a stumble. It came after a passage of passing, yes passing. It would be well over 10mins after the goal before we would string any passes together again in the first half.
And indeed the first half was as bad as you would see Town play, amongst many poor displays this term. And the sub 15,000 crowd needs to be associated with the appalling quality of football being offered. Not everyone is as rabid a blue as some of us.
Despite the turgid football on display Micks other 2 introductions stood out. Hunt was full of running, and Edwards had a good shift, which turned into a great performance in the second half. Drop Anderson for Saturday, yes Edwards has been intermittent in quality, but tonight he showed how to defend and to attack. He looked twice the player of Anderson at Charlton - and he was providing the defensive duties that are being sighted as the reason Ando is not getting forward. Most interestingly Edwards seemed to be more mobile, able to move into space so the limited passing of chambo was not exposed; and at last the right side clicked (mainly in the second half).
The first half continued to blow the mind and drive one to the bar. Gerken was frankly out of control, poor communication and judgement. Smith must have loathed the dithering. And the goal was inevitable, coming as a mix up.
Berra and Smith continued to excel in the main and kept Rhodes at bay. Then the goal, I don't really blame him for the celebration - that was ill judged - but Keane and by association the club screwed him.
So to Frank, our 'Noubs'. In our section of the North Stand we swung in emotions over his performance, there were things he did that were so bad he was like widow twanky. His innocent mad cap running in closing down players has to be applauded, and he scored. But the way he managed to tackle himself in the box when in a good position was unbelievable. When the ball struck him on the head to keep it in play when he was completely unawares, was surreal, and his 'hold up play' when bending double was bizarre. Keep going Frank - cult hero?
So to the second half. We started to pass at last and the Edwards and Hunt started to have joy. Hunt was excellent in a spell just after half time. And he was the catalyst for our second goal. Running at players. I like his wrestling tendencies as well. He looks a much better quality player than Tabb.
Cresswell was OK, but more defensive. McGoldrick was not as sharp as of late, ball wasn't sticking to his feet as normal.
Skuse was poor on Saturday and again today, didn't have that pedigree, effortless look. I would keep Hyam in, and even try Tunners alongside him.
So we went on to win - something that seemed unlikely at half time. Well done to Mick. Maybe this will build confidence and thus allow players to express themselves through passing, which is when we are effective. Mick sounded as pleased as punch on radio Suffolk/mutant.
One final point, I thought Mings looked very assured and classy on the ball when he came on.
The first 5 minutes were good when we could have had 3 goals. The second half was woeful from both sides. Lumping it forward in the air in the general direction of, rather than to, people. However, keeping a clean sheet, defending the lead and claiming 3 away points.
Berra was decent again, as was Smith. Gerken looked a touch wobbly with his hands & kicking. Nouble's only real contribution was his flying elbow in the melee towards the end of additional time. Cresswell's corners were poor.
Top half of the table far better than relegation threatened bottom half.
Liking the beard MickMa Mickma Mickma!!
Charlton Athletic v Ipswich Town Your Report added by tallguy6767 at 07:42:45 We started the game like a runaway train and could of been several to the good but Mccarthy did his usual and went all negative. If we had a more positive manager we could of thumped Chalton as they were there for the taking and we gave ourselves a great platform to do so but it's so frustrating to see mick trying to get the lads to defend one goal leads all the time. If Chalton had of been even average they would of got something today but luckily for us they were crap. As for the support it was magnificent and deserved more Come on mick be more adventurous f.f.s! !
Charlton Athletic v Ipswich Town Your Report added by HennersITFC at 00:23:35 Going to my first away game today I wondered whether I would be encouraged to make a trip again. Which Town team would turn out? The one that does well in the first half, gets a goal then lets itself down second half by letting the opposition back into the game? Or the one that is hidden in there somewhere, one that can play well, and have the integrity to get itself back into games when they concede? The report tells the story.
Backed by a large (and loud) Town following, the Blue Army started with a bang, winning corner after corner in the first 5 minutes. We could have gone in front inside the first minute when McGoldrick was played through on goal but opposing number 1 Alnwick spread himself well to save his shot. Smith's header from the resulting corner was saved, Berra's follow-up shot somehow blocked off the line, before the big New Zealand international hooked over.
Again Town attacked and won another corner which Smith again used his aerial presence to get a head to it, only to see it go behind off a defender. He was not to be denied again though. From the next corner, taken by the back-from-suspension Cresswell, he rose and thumped a header through the bodies guarding the goal and into the back of the net.
This gave the large support, who were already in high spirits, and extra boost as Town seemed to be dominating proceedings. McGoldrick was excellent with his movement and intelligent play and helped give the Blues an attacking edge. The crowd cheered again when Terry Connor happily gave a wave in the away direction after being requested to do so by the vocal support. However, we didn't really press hard enough after the first 20 minutes for and we were nearly made to pay for it when Gerkin seemed to react late to an ambitious shot from an obscure angle which he ended up palming against the post and away.
Little else happened in the first half as it ended with Murphy passing a shot through to the 'keeper. Town deserved to be on top at the break with Charlton not showing any real signs of getting back into the game. We could have had another one in the frantic first 10-20 minutes but as per usual seemed to settle for just the one and defend it. A tactic which has undone is in recent games.
The second half started and after McGoldrick hit a couple of shots through to Alnwick, the game went a bit flat. Town resorted to hoofball, thus taking McGoldrick out of the game. To be fair to his strike partner though, Murphy did well to challenge for all the balls sent his way and won a fair few of them. Unfortunately though, playing the ball up in the air was never going to get us anywhere.
As it was looking more likely that we wouldn't score again, the attention focussed on defending, which we did very well. Charlton struggled to break us down with Smith winning anything and everything that went up in the air. Chambers, who was caught out by pace last week, did well to remain solid and not let much get past him. Cresswell was also having a good game defensively but apart from his corners, he was rarely seen attacking the opposition box. Berra was solid but his centre-back partner was taking centre-stage.
Gerkin flapped at a dodgy cross from the right but nothing came of the resulting corner. With both teams not playing particularly well, the game became a bit like a training ground drill of getting defenders to practice headed clearances as the ball spent quite a bit of time off the grass.
With Hunt, Nouble and Edwards coming on for Tabb, Murphy and Anderson, the game moved into the closing stages. As Charlton tried a ball over the top, Berra shielded the ball out for a goal kick from Michael Morrison. The Charlton man was clearly frustrated and showed it by giving Berra a shove in the back. What resulted was the most entertaining piece of on-field action seen in the 2nd half. Several players gathered round each other as pushes were dealt from both sets of players. Someone pushed Gerkin into the action and Edwards tried to calm everyone down. Nouble however decided to stick up for his teammate and charged into the scuffling group, sending the Charlton players in retreat. He, along with morrison, was booked for his actions.
The game then ended with the general consensus being that Town deserved their three points but could have let the game slipped if they were up against a team with more quality. Again, a good first performance was not followed up by a matching second half performance as all the Town players forgot you could pass the ball along the floor. We perhaps could have got another in the first half but were guilty of doing the classic Town thing of holding onto the ball too long, thus wasting an opportunity. In the second half we defended very well but showed absolutely nothing going forward, giving Charlton the opportunity to attack, which they equally failed to tae effectively.
Gerkin: 6 - he didn't have a lot to do in truth but seemed to have good communication with his back four and did well when called upon. Still reacts too late to some things and flapped at a couple of crosses.
Chambers: 7 - one of his better games at right back. Was never seriously tested but defended solidly.
Berra: 7 - again, did the necessaries well and was a strong physical presence.
Smith: 8 - man of the match for me. Won absolutely everything in the air, both when defending and attacking, and scored a great headed goal to show that he is a real threat in the air.
Cresswell: 7 - didn't see too much of his attacking creativity today but his corner deliveries were largely good, with 1 or 2 hitting the first man. Defended well second half.
Anderson: 5 - really not sure on him at all to be honest. Hasn't played brilliantly for us yet and didn't show that he deserves to be starting every game. Didn't take players on and drifted inside too much. 1st half corners were good but was almost non-existent in the 2nd half.
Tunnicliffe: 5 - Not great today. Played alright in the 1st half and gave support on the left for Tabb (coming back to him in a bit) but faded in 2nd half and didn't add much.
Skuse: 6 - the pick of the midfield 4, won a few headers in midfield and made a couple of important tackles. Again, faded a bit in 2nd half but did enough to show why he needs to be picked every game.
Tabb: 5 - he is not a left midfielder. He showed that he can be quite tenacious but was frankly wasted out there. If he played in the middle then we might see a better side of him. However, Hunt to start left midfield in the future please.
Murphy: 7 - a good showing by Big Murph. Won a lot of headers and kept any Town threat of scoring alive as he was the main target man with balls being lumped to him at every chance. Not as nimble as McGoldrick but definitely a good asset to have in the squad.
McGoldrick: 7 - although the team decided to take him out of the game by playing long balls all the time, he showed what he is capable of when he had it at and around his feet. Smart movement, great vision and good positioning showed what a danger he is. A real shame we didn't utilise his talents in the 2nd half. Still undecided on whether he should have scored in the first minute or whether it was a great save.
All the subs had little impact on the game as it was all about defending which looked like it was being left to the back 5.
After all that, do I want to take out a whole day to go to an away game again? Of course! The support (about 2,500) was awesome and although I know it's unlikely we'll reach that sort of figure any time soon, I was really glad that I was a part of it all.
Ipswich Town v Leicester City Your Report added by bluehert at 11:10:50 Width and pace was the difference between the two sides, as Leicester's full back and wing were in complete charge on both sides of the pitch. And probably confidence - I don't know if the pitch was slippery but there seemed to be a good deal of nervousness and hesitation from Town, they looked unable to turn quickly (or do anything else quickly, for that matter) and played very narrow. We looked as if we had four centre halves at the back, which is fair enough considering there were three. But a real lack of adventure all round.
McGoldrick was clearly the best player in the team, possibly on the pitch, and seemed to have covered every part of the pitch after his switch into midfield in the 2nd half.
I thought that after the early goal went in, Ipswich had absolutely no urgency about them and were playing like a team in the lead. Big mistake against a team as good as this, they should have pressed for more. After the equaliser there was a zip to Town's play and some clever movement. The substitutions helped that too, I thought Taylor in particular moved well up front. But this should have been happening in the first half, as Leicester had nothing other than their wide men.
Not a great performance, far more frustrating as Leicester weren't great either and Town did absolutely nothing on the back of the early goal. Hunt and Taylor should have been on much much earlier in my mind, probably should have started in place of Tabb and Murphy.
2. Leicester were technically superior, had better players and passed well - but the gap between the teams was not vast. Had Ipswich been set-up differently this was winnable. It again shows the tightness of this league.
3. We got overrun in the centre of the park - Hyam would have actually faired better in this game, perhaps a 4-3-3 with Luke alongside Skuse and Tunnicliffe, with Taylor in a front 3 with McGoldrick and Murphy.
4. Losing the battle in the centre meant we needed the outlets of Tabb and Anderson out wide. Both were poor. Anderson especially so, how long before this guy is dropped? Taylor should have started.
5. This was the most telling example of chambers not working at right back; he was unable to provide an attacking outlet, and Murphy desperately needed this in the final 20 mins. Chambo also at fault for 2nd goal. We have to get a right back in or give Hewitt a chance. A right back needs to be more agile on the ball.
6. When we went the goal up we reverted into a defensive mode, rather than keeping up the pressure, making Leicester think they might lose. And then the hoofing started again.
7. The long ball and lack of passing was very apparent. I think the Championship is changing, you need shape, pace and a passing system - or you are just gifting the opposition possession. Smith and Chambers were chief culprits, but without dynamic movement who do they pass to? When we did pass the ball in the last half an hour we got results. I think Skuse is not providing flank shifting passing and this is a problem.
8. McGoldrick is looking a class apart at the moment, it must be frustrating for him with the shape around him. He is total class. Perhaps yesterday only mcgoldrick, Berra and Taylor looked like high quality players on the ball.
9. Taylor showed in glimpses the difference he can make, he could be a great foil for McGoldrick. But alas I think he picked up a shoulder injury early on and this hampered his appearance. Nouble reverted to type yet again, with poor touch and control.
10. Mings has some raw talent and his 2 forward runs were sublime; but he was very tested by Leicester and the return of cresswell is needed.