Leeds United v Ipswich Town Your Report added by Mullet at 19:15:56 The unchanged Blues bled out on to Elland Rd in confident motions, but it wouldn't take long for them to coagulate. A day that was confusingly warm and grey was the backdrop for today's encounter. Leeds matched us or we matched them, who's to say? But with 3 points at stake who else but Wood could be the focal point of their attack?
The one time Ipswich loanee, lacked presence early on as both teams probed from end to end, keeper to keeper. The Kiwi marksman could only manage a petulant shove as Berra saw him out for the first of many times. Bart cleared the free kick and won a corner from a poor defensive header.
Leeds had threatened twice early on with the first of a terrible Sacko effort ballooned from distance, but the second attempt came when again Berra was left to shadow Wood. The defender sent him left, which played him inside and he hit a fierce strike off the outside of the post and away from goal. It was a let off for a Town side whose own attacking forays had better build up but little foundation within 30 yards of Green's gloves.
The Blues spent ten minutes with contractions as waves of home pressure came without the blues breaking, just getting narrower when they need to expand. Not for the first time the movement of Ward saw him covering the Douglas shaped gap the former Lilywhite was occupying but not making his own.
It was no surprise the balance of play shifted as Pitman lost his on the far touchline. The lone striker ploughed into by Jansson who won the ball and more adulation from the hosts' fans around the ground. The channel islander floated about but Town's only really answer to a spell of Leeds resurgence was a last gasp of neat play which culminated in a Ward shot trickling agonisingly wide from a heavy deflection.
Sears, Lawrence and Knudsen had again played nice little triangles down the left before a backward move to Webster switched play wonderfully and found the recent addition counting the cost of the defender's touch for a second time. His wonderful cross looked to get a nick as Douglas hoped to steal a march on all those Whites huddled together in front of him. His volley not the most disappointing thing about him today as it trickled and piffled past him like the rest of the game.
Leeds have a massive backline and when Knudsen put in a wonderful throw across them, who else put a man named Pontus would deal with it? The Dane had two moments where his safety first approach came second. The former he controlled the ball and sent Sears away with little hope of the wideman beating his charges and getting in on goal. The latter saw him wait and weight it perfectly but the Ayling Sears battle saw the former Hammer fall when he had the overlapping left back begging for a return. A cheap free kick to give away like much of what the visiting side seemed to do with possession.
Webster too had two moments where he marauded forward and the second eclipsed the first. Head up and with yards of space he split the pack and sent them chasing a lovely loft. That was minutes after he had shown a faint heart and instead of inspiration. The defender turned on his heels to offload to his captain.
Having lost Pitman to ten more minutes of limping, it took another ten minutes or so of Best being good but not enough before someone made a difference. Ward lapsed as the ball dipped past him and it wasn't Dallas who provided the magic but the left back Taylor, the bullet came from Woods. Yards out his header executed perfectly as the lead came from behind all of our backs and their left.
It was a half marred by Town's rapid decline into standing off the Leeds players as if their shirts were flags. It was us surrendering yards, possession and the initiative far too often. Best has far better movement than I realised. His aerial ability is impressive, but even in such a frustrating run out it's hard to exorcise the ghosts of Murphy. The former Magpie looking still like the wrong intonation of the Barcodes' newest recruit, as frustration hissed all around him. At one moment, a fabulous turn just inside the centre circle as most of the midfield lay way ahead of him and the defence looked to sleep on him, saw Town lose the ball and their composure just one time too many. The attacking sandbag was overcome as white foamed all over him.
The half time whistle came and so did the sense that Town were letting a decent side maintain everything they desperate for. Shape, momentum, a winning run, a belief that went beyond their obvious limitations in a what should have been the well-matched and even contest present at the beginning.
The second half started as greyly as the sky, but no hint of deluge from above as Town continued to bypass a soft and under-equipped midfield and Leeds just walked through it. Hernandez fed Wood as once again both centre-backs assumed the other would pick him up. It was left to Bart to smother as the home fans crackled without the game really catching light.
For the second time Mick was forced into a change as Webster marched off the pitch and down the tunnel, tilting his head like a curious dog as Leeds should really have smelled blood and unleashed the hounds. Bart now looked to be standing between two lamp posts as Emmanuel trotted on and Chambers slotted inside. It wasn't the manner in which many of the loudest voices who called for Josh recently might have wanted to be answered.
The youngster looked a little lost on the big pitch at first. Scuffing a decent ball from Ward as he ran into space but out of play. He also gave away a silly foul throw by wandering too far from where should have been. But it was Sears who looked like ensuring where the points went.
It was his turn to be the striker with question marks over his head and dallying on the ball in completely the wrong area of the pitch, as just outside our area he was displaced cheaply. Leeds again failed to make an abject Town pay thanks to Chambers and Bart putting bodies on the line. The best/worst of Sacko's beach ball antics saw the attacker sky from closer in and with the goal begging. Yorkshiremen bayed and barked from both sides.
Only Lawrence had dallied worse in possession. Collecting a corner well as the first half came to an end, but forgetting he was in the middle of the box and surrounded by attackers. It was a rare moment where the boy with such a wonderful football brain, failed to show it. His body of work in the game was not befitting his intelligence.
Winning free kicks and sometimes wasting them, the Leicester player delighted and dinked both his feet and the football past players in moments that looked to be Town's best, in the worst display we've mustered for some time. One touch where he cushioned the dropping ball tightly on to the onrushing Emmanuel deserved better as the young stopgap looked to improve even if Town didn't.
Before that Bart had been forced to save as another dubious 50:50 saw Town on the wrong side of the ratio. The Pole poking the curled effort off it's trajectory inside the post to keep Town in the game in theory but not reality.
It's rare to see all of our changes come down to injury, but if Webster's is genuine it's more of a cause for concern than his tendency to miss the man and the simpler option with head or foot when under less pressure. But to see Ward fall on the ball and then writhe around left Town fans as confused and questionable as either player's overall performance today. As Bru entered the fray, sending Town shrugging in to a 4141 that had all the shape of a tracksuit and that distasteful aroma of one after no less effort, but much less quality than usual it seemed all over.
The midfielder soon booked for an early bite dangerously close the box. The restart careered off the wall as Town continued to struggle in bouncing back from recent disappointments. As the middle was only noticeable in its capitulation or crowded lack of control, beyond Skuse's last gasp covering slide it's hard to know where the support that would see Town equalise would come from.
Emmanuel received a short throw back to feet and massaged the turf enough to hit a wonderful cross. Knudsen gleefully collected and crashed an effort out for a corner. As the out-swinger was nodded away, Berra hit the turf. For once it looked like Town might win an undeserved spot kick and rob someone other than themselves of victory. The referee whilst jogging away had clear sight enough to know the Scot dived and booked him. Our veteran was crosser than a field of tartan and showed presumably stud marks to anyone in screaming distance. The officials didn't listen.
Whilst his 10 minutes as a striker ultimately came to nought, and so did the whole of Town's 90 it was baffling that Leeds had spent the last 15 or more just letting us make it so. Only looking to catch us on the break once with any real desire. We left Chambers right and centre back; the only the real vanguard to repeated lumps forward, whilst little stuck.
If this is rock bottom this campaign, Town are some way off of it in terms of league position. But whilst the wounds can be licked, those who can still stand up are getting easier to count, much less be counted upon. Too many mixed performances left a bitter taste as Mick's blend for outdoing Leeds was sh1ter shade of pale.
Reading v Ipswich Town Your Report added by Rodrigo91 at 10:12:24 Awful tactics and subs from the manager. Best should of been on at half time. Sears needs to drop because he is rubbish and everyone keeps defending him. He has the pace so why can't he just get the ball and run at the full backs instead of messing around with the ball all the time. Yes readings 2nd pen was a pen but does anyone else think there CB mcshane should have been booked and we have a free kick for simulation as he flipped himself on the floor looking for a pen before that. That was no excuse to our performance tho as reading looked terrible and we should have gone there to get all three instead of being happy with one
Reading v Ipswich Town Your Report added by kpblues at 10:13:15 It was another average match with Bialkowski again the best player saving us from Smith/Chambers errors Silly mistake by Knudsen cost us the game but apart from that we were average not awful.
Reading v Ipswich Town Your Report added by rachelsdad at 09:26:02 what a poor performance again to be shown Sky TV,we may be well organised and drilled in midfield/defence but we have absolutely no idea going forward. Lets be honest with Pitman and Sears as our main strike force we are not going to score many goals and we must have the worst right back in the league. You can see that most teams target this.How does Smith keep Webster out ? I think we deserved a point but what was Knudsen doing Reading and the Referee were just waiting for that in the last minute. Two very poor sides, as a season ticket holder i feel that it is going to be a very long season. Come on Mick the Ipswich fans deserve better.
Reading v Ipswich Town Your Report added by hadleighboyblue at 08:38:49 What's the point of signing players to sit on the bench when the old favourites continue to underperform . We still continue with playing 3 players out of position and our skipper gets low ratings every week
It's time for changes .................shame the manager is too stubborn to do it
Reading v Ipswich Town Your Report added by harlingblue at 03:36:02 Poor team selection from the onset, poor substitutions and made far too late. I have defended Chambers, even recently on TWTD, but today he was taken to the cleaners and is starting to get too hot headed and not calming the team. Reading looked quite ordinary apart from Beerens, but we defended far too deep, never giving Pitman any proper support, Ward and Sears having to do covering work when they should be attacking. A back four should be capable of looking after themselves, to have two midfielders and two attackers having to help do their work is a joke. We have far better footballers warming the bench than those picked today, BUT we must start going for a win home and away, get on the front foot, attack is the best form of defence.
Reading v Ipswich Town Your Report added by jrobot at 23:49:33 Mick has taken us back to the Stone Age and Marcus Evans is responsible. Any owner who puts their name on the front of the shirts of the team they own is not wired up right.
A team littered with journeymen footballing characters more adept at heading the ball and putting in a tough man tackle than playing the beautiful game.
Reading v Ipswich Town Your Report added by jrobot at 23:46:53 Mick has taken us back to the Stone Age and Marcus Evans is responsible. Any owner who puts their name on the front of the shirts of the team they own is not wired up right.
A team littered with journeymen footballing characters more adept at heading the ball and putting in a tough man tackle than playing the beautiful game.
Reading v Ipswich Town Your Report added by Daleyitfc at 23:05:23 Another excellent performance from our brave boys, led by the master tactician, especially where dynamic galvanising substitutions are concerned. The sight of Luke Varney trudging onto the field must frighten the life out of the opposition defence ; then there's the only footballer made out of feathers, Teddy Bishop. I'm really not going to watch this stuff anymore, even for free.
Bringing on Varney for Ward was laughable but sadly predictable.
Reading v Ipswich Town Your Report added by Pilgrimblue at 22:45:17 We had chances but blew it again. Defence didn't cope well and wasn't clearing ball away therefore inviting more pressure. MM chose side not to lose using Douglas as extra cover but it didn't work as Reading had too much space and time. MM should pick Webster and decide between Smith and Berra.
Reading v Ipswich Town Your Report added by hancockingoal at 22:34:49 Only watched the game on sky in a bar, but only heard Douglas name once and Sears three times? Why play Sears wide left when it is not his best position? The new signing on loan from Everton surely should have started there? I feel really sorry for Sears his career is stalling? No guile in midfield, Chambers badly exposed at right back, Smith also out out of position and Pitman never a target man! Where is the creativity? Reading were poor, a draw would have been a fair result, but let's not bemoan the loss, the team selected tonight was not good enough!
Reading v Ipswich Town Your Report added by ShropshireBluenago09 at 22:23:40 Very Very frustrating. We played well 2nd half and should have been 1-2 or 1-3 up after 80mins. Shame our best chance fell to Smith. The ref was very poor all the way through the game. His pen decision at the end was poor also, as he missed a number of the same sort of fouls during corners, including Teddy, who was elbowed right in front of goal. If you are going to give a pen for the Knudsen foul then a number of pens could have been awarded, although we fell in to the trap of the Reading players winding our back 4 up, McShane (TW*T) in particular. Still all that said, i still think we should have boxed Reading in when they were playing keep ball around their box. I still think we are lacking up front - Although he tracked back well, Sears needs to be rested and would like to have seen 2 up front - Best & Pitman.
Im still shaking my head that we didn't get something from that game.
Reading v Ipswich Town Your Report added by NicRams at 22:22:27 The team just doesn't work. Pitman was trying to win the ball but it had been hoofed so far upfield that nobody was near him. There's no free flowing passing like these other teams produce. I think we need to change now.
Reading v Ipswich Town Your Report added by yerfdog87 at 22:19:15 Fed up of seeing Douglas, he is a donkey. Drip drab rubbish with a few moments of entertainment. Bored watching and waste of time and money. Promotion will never happen with these players and manager. It's one style and that's it, Sears playing outside is a waste, chambers shocking at right back. Fed up :(