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|Ipswich Town v Birmingham City Your Report added by rachelsdad at 16:14:06|
Defence was well organised and Berra had yet another excellent game. midfield worked hard,closed down Birmingham quickly and restricted them to a handful of chances, upfront Taylor was lively and unlucky not to score and Murphy got the goal and was busy all game.Unfortunately although Nouble had a better game he is def. not championship standard and breaks down most of our attacks.??Our midfield work hard when defending but yet again we are lacking in pace and ideas when going forward.Hope Williams can add something when he is fit, reports suggest he will.
|Ipswich Town v Birmingham City Your Report added by DanLyles at 15:56:02|
The defence was solid and restricted Birmingham to very few chances. Berra was the stand out performer and marshalled the back line admirably. The midfield 3 were workman like and I felt Green stood out more than Skuse and Tabb. When William's is fit his control, pace and forward thinking will really stand out in our engine room. I think he will help to make us a more entertaining side to watch.
The front 3 was possibly the most interesting facet of the game. Taylor's first touch was sublime and his burst of pace and willingness to go forward really threatened their backline. He has to start more regularly as he gives us an extra dimension. Murphy played the target man role to good effect and even Nouble had a decent game for once.
|Leicester City v Ipswich Town Your Report added by cbower at 21:02:46|
Mick has rightly said that we were beaten by a better team and the league does not lie - they are streets ahead of us (and almost everybody else too!) What's of more interest though is why this is the case. Movement and forward intent from their midfield and pace in several positions to boot. We are a decent side but those two ingredients are what we are missing most and it will be Mick's job to try to rectify these deficiencies in time for next season.
As expected, Nouble started up top alongside Murphy. Tabb in the middle with Skuse and Green and Hunt occupying the wide midfield berths, the ususal back line and Gerken returning in goal. A healthy away following contributing to a 28K crowd spurred on by the beat of drummer to our left.
The Foxes started quickly and throughout the first half the front two of Vardy and our nemesis Nugent worked incredibly hard, chasing down every ball with real intent and not giving the Town back line any time whatsoever. Town were troubled by the sun and on countless occasions this lead to defenders allowing the ball to bounce and find themselves pressurised by the aforementioned Foxes' strikers, ably assisted by Dyer and Knockaert down the flanks. The wind also seemed to be affecting Town and Gerken's poor handling and suspect kicking gave the table toppers every encouragement to chase every long ball in. Runners from midfield were hard to track but we seemed to have weathered the opening storm. Gerken deserves credit for a good save from Morgan's header. Skuse should have done much better when the ball fell icely to him on the edge of the box but he scuffed the chance well wide. He should be disappointed not to have hit the target. Town had a couple of free kicks which came to nought but on 20 we were the architects of our own downfall. Tabb sought to play the ball back to Gerken but he did not see Vardy. The Fox entered the box, intercepted Tabb's pass and slotted home past a stranded Gerken. I might be being harsh but I was left with the feeling Gerken was a little indecisive but that might be me being unfair to be honest. Home pressure continued with width, pace, movement and confidence all very evident. Surprisingly, however, Gerken had little to actually do. Town forays were sporadic, Murphy and Nouble struggling to make an impact and we simply do not have the forward thinking midfield players to offer them that extra support. to really make an impact against this kind of quality.
Another ball over the top saw Vardy reach the ball before Berra. The young Fox managed to get in a cross which Chambers ably blocked but the ball fortuitously returned straight to Vardy who crossed pinball style straight to the waiting Nugent who simply cushioned the ball in for his customary goal against Town and 2-0. The home side had a free kick go narrowly wide and continued to press before the ref blew for half-time. Some re-grouping was needed and for the first time since our last visit to The King Power stadium, I genuinely feared another cricket score might be in the offing.
Thankfully, Town were a little better after the break although the Foxes went very close in the opening exchanges to extending their lead. Again, the pace of Dyer had us all at sea. Alongside a better performance from Town, Leicester seemed to take their foot off the gas and gradually we came more into the game. On the hour, Tabb was replaced by Anderson, Green moving to his more natural position in the centre. Murphy and Nouble both failed to make decent contact with the same half chance and Nouble almost charged down one back pass to Scmeichel before exiting for Ebanks-Blank. Town put some crosses into the box, Smith unable to get onto the end of Berra's flick. Murphy had an attempt from the edge of the area blocked but the home side still looked threatening and far more composed in possession. For the final 15 Taylor replaced Hunt and had an effort go a yard or so wide as the forgotten man cut in from the right. Cresswell dragged a free kick tamely well wide as the game petered out. Smith's New Zealand colleague Chris Wood replaced Nugent and with a couple of minutes to go brushed aside Town defenders and slotted past the advancing Gerken to put the result beyond doubt (though frankly it had been for the last 20 minutes to be honest). Taylor put a Town free kick into the side netting but Town were still distinctly second best. Some banter between the younger singing Town fans and the home crowd served as a little light relief before the final whistle. We were outplayed and to return to my original theme, put to the sword by pace and movement. They are the best side in the league and maybe we can learn one or two lessons from the style of play that has got them there.
Some player comments:
Gerken - some good stops but he looks shaky when the ball goes back to him an Leicester seemed to sense it.
Chambers - not his best performance but not the worst. Exposed a few times and like all the back four, rushed into hoofing it by the energetic Foxes over and over again
Berra - not his usual composed self. Like Smith, allowed the ball to bounce too much with the sun in his eyes and was a bit exposed by the ball over the top and the pace of Vardy.
Smith - very similar to Berra. Never allowed to settle.
Cresswell - one lovely nutmeg in the first half and a couple of decent crosses. Average at best
Green - not a right sided midfielder and I saw him a couple of times in the first half not doing enough to get back as the Foxes broke with pace. Better in the centre.
Skuse - neat, tidy and probably our best midfielder today. Should have hit the target. Needs someone alongside him somewhere in the midfield to compliment his game and not replicate it.
Tabb - at fault for the first for sure. Not imposing himself in the centre of the park. Mick says "Tabby's great" but still took him off after 60 minutes. Actions speak louder than words Mick.
Hunt - busy and perhaps our most creative outlet at times. Hasn't yet formed a proper working partnership with Cresswell down the left side. They don't seem to be on the same wavelength at the moment in terms or overlapping one another.
Nouble - lots of work from Frank. Won more high balls than I have ever seen him. Had one chance to show his pace and power in the first half but it petered out and he was brushed aside.
Murphy - an enigma for me. Murph seems to have everything needed for a Championship number 9 and he might well argue that the service just isn't good enough at times. He'd be right but I can't get past the fact that far too many times (especially against the better teams) Murph just doesn't present enough of a physical threat. I've said it before, against players like Morgan, Daryl declines to challenge -a token jump is what you get. Morgan will have removed him from his pocket at the final whistle today.
Anderson - had one or two chances to go at his man but elected to turn back inside and go backwards or sidewards. Compare this to Dyer and Knockaert today and their forward drive.
Ebanks-Blake - give him a run and we'll see. I thought he did OK today although I was unimpressed that he went straight down the tunnel on the final whistle without acknowledging the away support
Taylor - in the short time he was on, one nice crossfield ball to Anderson, two strikes at goal and some forward drive. Did lose the ball a couple of times as well.
I know these are very long reports and I apologise if they are too much to get through!
|Leicester City v Ipswich Town Your Report added by Mullet at 20:29:10|
Coming back to Leicester was like visiting the scene of a crime. This week will have seen Mick and fan alike reconstructing the mauling of last season. Trepidation and talk of that game heightened by the realisation that the Foxes are in far better form and far better shape than they were that day.
Flat 442 was the lineup and the telling style Town met the champions elect with. Oddly as the ball crossed the centre spot Berra stood at RB and Chambers inside of him. The threat of Dyer down the left all too real perhaps threw up this quirk which lasted all of five minutes. Tabb sat centrally next to Skuse while Hunt and Green sat on the sides as Nouble and Murphy battled up top.
It didn't take long for last season to flash back across faces soon nestled in hands as Gerken dummied a soft ball back. Slapping onto his back before diving on it as it rolled towards the goal line. Little pressure from Vardy all too ready to capitalise.
An earlyish snap shot from distance by Skuse bent far beyond the post as Green, Cressy and Hunt all nudged a Nouble knock down for the midfielder to smash, bending wide was small potatoes compared to Leicester's ability to chip away at us. Morgan inbetween a defensive covering masterclass hammered a corner downward to force Gerken into an excellent early stop highlight the gulf in class of the two sides and their chances.
Home fans will be pleased with the first half and it was a 45 where Town ceded any chance of taking something from the game, albeit with little fight and less of a fighting chance. Nouble provided no material for those prone to verbal diahhorea, a slurry of ignorance hurled his way regardless as he won header and flick time and again from Town's clearances long, short and all between.
The difference told in the rare times midfielders were close enough to use the ball. Both the good feet of Murphy and good deal of grief the front two gave Leicester counted for little in little spells. In a half where once again the curious case of Cresswell's missing form went unsolved, it was to be a predictable collapse from Town. But from elsewhere.
True Blue Jay Tabb got himself in a flap needlessly. All of 8 yards from goal he casually went for the central midfielder's default and tried to retain possession, forgetting everything else including his position. You'd hope had a defender been there he'd have row z'ed it. Tabb however left Gerken with a hospital ball as Vardy mopped up. Gleefully skipping past Gerken to break the deadlock. Cheap? We gave it away.
The league leaders' movement was balletic throughout. Town were far from the lumbering mess of a season ago, but still we were nowhere near limber enough. Left flat footed and not just down their left flank as time and again Dyer was repelled by the close countenance of Green and Chambo pumping more than fists to keep the speedy winger at bay. Vardy was repellent in his histrionics every time he was given offside or allowed to dive over a challenge. It was surprisingly down the right where time and again they looked to punish Town.
The frustratingly anonymous Cressy had a moment to make a name for himself with the standout chance of the half. Cutting in from the flank he whipped a shot over the bending Schmichael. There was nothing rotten in the save of Denmark's young keeper. Tipping well in response to a tasty morsel served up by Town's left back.
In the meantime it was the constant doubling down Aaron's side which would prove to prick Town's frailties. Hunt often off the pace and off the wrong man in the first half allowed Cresswell too little protection. De Laet and Knockaert merely tip tapped on Town's back door. A covering Berra was unlucky not to see the threat out as a cross was cut out by Chambo who came right across the goal only to bounce to De Laet in space on the byline. Unbelievable luck meant Nugent was now unmarked and side footed the side footed pass into an empty net. Town were sinking.
As the half drew to a close there was little artistry from Mick or his men. Hunt put in one lovely cross to offer hope but like many of Town's better moments today and of late, it never met the right target. The wrong bounce too far from the right man to be of real use.
As the half time whistle went many presumed it was high time for a change. To be honest it was hard to see if the rest of our squad were good enough to change much. We'd only wait another quarter of an hour before we found out. Tabb was booked for cynically chopping down a runner in the first half, with that and his generous tendency in mind, he was off and Anderson came on. Green moved in as Leicester looked to pass the game out of Town's reach.
Nouble soon followed to a mixed reaction, the big kid replaced by SEB and immediately the difference told. Now when Town got free thanks to more space from Leicester's relaxed flow of footballing lava, a bubbling sense purpose returned to the away end hoping the game might erupt once more. The former Wolves favourite was no match for the Foxes' Morgan but his lovely hold up play meant Murphy and Anderson could use the wing to get Town going......a bit.
Cresswell had also sent Town hearts sinking further as he crashed into the hoardings and could only move a hand, rapidly signalling injury having chased down Vardy and coming off worse. Down to ten men and on the back foot it seemed a matter of time for the home side to find a third. Chances big and small hinted at the inevitable.
With Cresswell back on his feet and Taylor now on Town were unrecognisable in personnel from the team which began the game, but still cut from the same cloth. The make-do left winger was met eagerly by all. His lack of game time seemingly someone else's fault. His contribution today a mixed bag. Stepping up to slip a free kick wide Tayls showed again he's not shy to scrap but oddly he's not a fit, or fit enough for Mick perhaps.
Cutting in from wide, he sent one drive crashing into the net while his colleagues watched on. It was the side net, but regardless the venom was there even if the killing strike wasn't. Town looked to push Leicester but our skeleton staff lacked muscle to make the home side strain. When some simple passing got Wood up on his own his finish was stroked home. A familiar sh1t sandwich of goals between Nugent's earlier effort to break Ipswich hearts and records left a bitter taste in Town mouths.
Those looking for us to do more than participate may have had a gutful but the lesson was a simple one. Whether twice as good or half as bad as last time, the gap between us and them is vast. In a league so tightly fought, another defeat sees Town move down the table. A stark proof we are some way off the top in every way possible.
|Ipswich Town v Blackpool Your Report added by mrmorisato at 16:29:02|
This was one of Town’s poorest performances. Town lined up with a 4 4 2 formation with new loan signing Paul Green filling the wide right position with Skuse, Hyam and Hunt making up the midfield quartet. Unfortunately for Hyam this was going to be a short lived return as he was forced off after 10 minutes with a Hamstring injury which disrupted the midfield.
Again Town’s passing in midfield constantly let them down, very little flow and cohesion allowed Blackpool to enjoy possession with ease. Green unfairly spent most of his time in the centre of the field leaving Chambers exposed and struggled to provide crosses for the front two.
Murphy had a performance to forget as he failed to create enough from the left and all too easily robbed of possession leaving McGoldrick to search ever deeper to carve out a defence splitting ball, it never materialized. Town’s top goal scorer came within inches of increasing his tally with a headed cross in the first half, this being Town’s best chance all afternoon.
Blackpool went into this fixture on the back of a hard earned and late solitary point at the City ground. The Tangerines now under the stewardship of Barry Ferguson who has injected a lot of new faces into the club recently would have been asking a lot of his new team to gel immediately. Faris Haroun, a one time target for the blues before joining Middlesbrough looked the stand out menace who came close to nicking all 3 points late on after a goal area scramble, the impressive Loach keeping him at bay and earning Town’s 8th clean sheet.
The season is now in danger of fizzling out after the news that McGoldrick has been ruled out for 10 weeks with a knee injury. The better news is that Ebanks Blake returned to the 18 who has the prowess to shoot Town into a play off position. It looks like Mick need a clear out of some midfield personnel and will need funds to add to the squad if Town are going to be consider a promotion contender next season.
|Ipswich Town v Blackpool Your Report added by Marcus at 15:50:35|
Needed a bit of cooling off time before posting my comments. A bore draw. Ultimately the two teams cancelled each other out and it became a game where both sides were more scared to lose than push for a win. Blackpool are an attacking team with a vulnerable defence and Ipswich a defensive team with the attacking players marked out of the game. Hunt did a lot of directionless running, Hyam seemed to come back from injury a game too soon, SEB got some game time but looked unfit, Taylor was mysteriously dropped from the bench, Tabb was given a more defensive role but was widely criticised - he also failed to get a shot on target when given a golden chance.
In the end there are only 10 points between the teams and Blackpool are starting to get things together after a torrid period. The game will be forgotten by both sides very quickly. Town are now almost mathematically safe from relegation (88% safe, one more point will be 100% safe). Going back to September that would be the first aim of the season achieved and doing so in February is a success.
|Ipswich Town v Blackpool Your Report added by roytheboy at 13:36:04|
I said before the game that I would be extremely disappointed if we did not beat Blackpool, it was there for the taking, but yet again we did not look like a team at all, there was no fight, we did not attack hardly at all apart from the very beginning and just before the end, I am absolutely sick of watching this type of football, the side passes and back passes from the defenders, midfield and even the forwards, is irritating to watch, where is the fighting spirit in this team, have they all forgotten how to pass the ball on the grass now, I used to look forward to going to all the home matches but I am losing faith rapidly, I thought Terry Connor would have had them playing better than that, very poor indeed, no wonder the Stadium is seldom more than half filled.
|Ipswich Town v Blackpool Your Report added by unstableblue at 20:52:13|
I could write a long report, but there is little point.
Yes the conditions were windy. But it was appalling theatre yet again.
Don't whine about falling attendances when that is the garbage on show.
Berra, murphy and loach can potentially take some credit. Hyam was bright before going off. But a team with green, skuse, hyam/tabb is too defensive - mick sighted fear of Blackpool as the reason post match, Jesus wept.
What is sickening is that for 5 mins at the end of the game we showed the endeavour and quality needed. But why was it not seen for 88mins. Terrible.
When are we going to get energy back? When when when?
And of course why play a not fully fit SEB, when we have a fit Taylor who has proved himself in 3 or 4 games. Nouble over Taylor on the bench - you're having a laugh.
Hunt is being exposed as is tabb. Taylor better than the former.
Still great we're solid - but that is shocking football.
|Ipswich Town v Blackpool Your Report added by FANbaseMag at 20:20:25|
It was a 'stalemate' as journalists would say. Town were lacking in passing, and a limiting amount of shots made kept fans groaning throughout the match.
Fans in front of me were regularly playing games on their phone because they lost interest in the match.
Stand-in keeper Loach did very well in his first start since August, including several good saves to keep Blackpool's strikers out.
Cresswell also recorded one of his worst performances since joining the club, and he was seen struggling to control the ball from short/long range passes at times.
Town must do better to boost their attendances.
|Ipswich Town v Blackpool Your Report added by harlingblue at 19:32:22|
A nothing game, apart from Loach three good saves, the Blackpool keeper won't even need to take a shower or his kit washed. A very low key, gutless performance from us today against a less than average Blackpool. We must do better!
|Ipswich Town v Blackpool Your Report added by cossy81 at 18:54:53|
I have to say it was utter garbage today,apart from Berra,who was superb as usual and loach who was solid,the rest were poor.Cresswell has been terrible for the last month in my opinion and has never been as good as he thinks and the midfield is too sidewards and not enough forwards.Standing in the cold with the price of tickets and all else you might buy (especially if you have kids) you can see why we have a missing 10,000
|Barnsley v Ipswich Town Your Report added by azulyblanco at 12:27:13|
Taking in account the swirling wind, surprisingly firm pitch which gave all players problems in controlling them ball, the overall quality of the game was fair to good, and in parts; Town were very good.
Town did not start the game with any great levels of energy, but as the second half proved, the wind was a major factor in the game, but it was pleasing to see Town keep the ball 'on the deck' for much of the second half and for me, showed the potential that the team has to offer.
Barnsley's first goal was preventable as the scorer was given too much time and space and from my viewpoint in the East Stand (home supporters' area), Gerken was unsighted and not at fault for their second goal.
Town's goals were deserved, and whilst Barnsley could or should have added to their tally, Town on another day and with a wee bit more luck could have had four or five.
Too close; Nouble had a poor game (lack of control and poor making wrong decisions) and Tabb was industrious without any end results. MM's substitutions realised positive results and both Anderson and Green provided excellent movement of the ball and added momentum to the attacking qualities of the team.
|Barnsley v Ipswich Town Your Report added by azulyblanco at 12:13:06|
Apart from the televised game and the away game at Bolton, yesterday was only the third game attended this season, and taking into account the swirling wind and surprisingly firm pitch which added to the difficult playing conditions, the overall quality of the game was reasonably fair to good in parts of
|Barnsley v Ipswich Town Your Report added by Mullet at 23:03:43|
These are the riches of a draw (again)
Town lined up at Oakwell unchanged. We are likely the most unchanged squad in the division and we were predictable in our 433 to start as we were pedestrian. Nouble on the right and Murphy on the left of McG offered less than the sum of their parts as each side lined up with a Hunt at #12 and a Hunt in midfield more often than not.
Town's Stephen stood out in what seemed to be a free role, from the other 21 on the sodden sand and clay concoction that lay beneath the sprawling green. His free role one of the few highlights in a first half so abject, I dare not speak too much about it.
Defying the works of Newton, each touch, each pass, each ball to the snarling heavens felt the wrath of god's breath and the ground's bounce as player and fan alike misjudged it's path almost unequivocally. Town's only real contribution came from a Nouble drive on the left, easily caught. A McG shot poorly struck well wide and one not a lot else.
Barnsley meanwhile treated us to the Chris O'Grady show in ten easily leaden seconds. Stealing a march as Smith stood up well, the mohicaned striker turned and dragged it back as he stabbed hopefully early doors. He pierced a hole in Town as the lead came from nothing. Barnsley really should have lead by two but their best chance was a mere scramble, Town shooed and shoved away from nothing. As far as 45's go I plead the 5th. Like the simple-minded Gump I simply refuse to dwell on today's first half. That's all I have to say about that.
Sweet and tender home again, Mick's half time rally obviously rollicked and rocked Town into action and out of glacial inertia with clouds unleashing increasing volume in time with the travelling Tractor boys and girls. Our Frank was not long for this swirl of hoof and huff. Hauled off after one half-hearted run forward early in the second. The graft replaced by the elusive guile of Ando. Matching the Tykes tighter 442.
Town moved the ball in almost Bermudian triangles. Such was the space they were afforded as they flighted forward in midfield but lacked any destructive power. Hunt now a left winger not a left-alone maverick still worked his simpatico with fellow Irishman Murph as they lead the charge in Town's better play.
The time-bending Steele was forced to flex and fly at a double stop from strikers McG and Murphy with impressive athleticism between reluctant goal-kicks. The loose ball fell to Skuse who failed to put Barnsley to the sword with a decent drive wide.
As the reds faced a missile crisis of their own making, pressure began to tell. Crosses were flicked and flung across goal between crisp interchanges of not very much. Hunt again was involved as Smith saw a brilliant header dashed from the line for another corner.
This was all long after Skuse missed a sitter. The deep lying playmaker was played in barely spitting distance from goal. Maybe he was too proud as Cole refused to keep his head down and blasted an easy chance high and wide from an impossible lack of discipline and distance.
Town would then make changes as a freekick was given. Surprise package Green exploded from the bench to replace Tabb. The recent kick up the ass appears to have hobbled the midfielder who was booed and barracked for a sideways ball moments before he cut short a barrage of blue-coloured forward momentum. The foul on the edge of the Town box was agonisingly despatched. Pole-axed by Cywka, the home side's sub at the break stunned the large away section with a finish well beyond a helpless Gerken.
Town were quick to counter again and again but without instinct neither basic or killer. The neatness of the build-up forgotten as our new addition went all RonalGreenio nearly trapping a ball over the top extravagantly before failing to find a man or mark worthy of the touch.
The Suffolk side looked to lack much punch until Smith again had a header blocked on the line. This time there was no tight angle to see it bounce behind. Instead Braveheart Berra tore a long shank into some part of the net. Hurrah and that! 2-1 and the game was alive with what seemed like little left in it. Innit.
Quieter performances from McG and Cresswell were no less effective all of sudden. The bearded baldy was hauled down cheaply minutes later. A similar distance but more centrally than the set piece which lead to Barnsley's second. Town fans howled as the wind had been doing all day. Freekick.
The talisman hung around while the ref paced and Town fans around me puttered and shivered. BANG! He tw@tted it like an unwanted and unrequited love. Rippling the net like a dolphin amongst tuna it was a second goal for us worthy of acclaim far beyond much else in the 90. Was it deflected? Who cares? 2-2, and the game's death was seemingly and suddenly upon us. That is until 5 minutes of injury time was announced.
I'd be lying if Town's momentum continued. In a game where all laws of physics were moot, the volume of Town attacks decreased as Barnsley cradled the ball back and forth towards Gerken. Tame shots and timid passing was enough to expunge any doubt that Town were well served with a point at full time.
On a ground where anything can happen and so often have for Town, in conditions where anything could have happened today a point on the road is a stolen kiss on Lady Luck's face. To say Mick and his men deserved it maybe churlish. To impugn an impotent performance such as today's pointless. Unlike Town.
|Barnsley v Ipswich Town Your Report added by cbower at 19:40:58|
Leaving the pitch at the final whistle, Big Mick puffed out his cheeks as the fans saluted him with another rendition of "Super Mick". Did he think it was a point gained or two lost. Under the circumstances - two down with ten to go - you might think it's a point gained. Looking at the game as a whole, it's more likely to feel like two dropped.
I like Oakwell as a ground but today it was increasingly cold and the swirling wind had a real impact on the game. Town started sluggishly with a number of long balls being misjudged by Chambers and Berra in particular in the wind. After a lucky escape for Town when Hunt miscontrolled on the edge of his own area, the home side struck the opening goal on about 12 minutes, O'Grady allowed to turn too easily when moving away from goal as his shot beat a flat footed Gerken at his far post. Barnsley had some threatening moments, Gerken punching one dangerous cross away but Town went closest to a goal when Cresswell's excellent free kick struck the post midway through the half. A number of corners and half chances for Town resulted in nothing as several players, including McGoldrick, snatched at shots and Smith headed one great chance wide just before half time. Barnsley had been the better side despite the fact that Gerken hadn't really had that much to do. Quite simply, we hadn't made Steele in the Barnsley goal do enough either.
Town came out with more fire in their bellies in the second half and the misjudgements of the Town players in the first half now seemed to plague the home players making the impact of the wind more obvious. Five minutes in, Nouble was withdrawn and replaced by Anderson. To be frank, Nouble had been very poor, his control just not good enough, his touch clumsy and his contribution negligible. Hunt came more into the game and Town started to dominate. Hunt drove at the Barnsley area from the half way line, running out of steam at the final moment and Tabb was unable to hit the target from 18 yards as Town turned the screw. Anderson fired wide from six yards after a terrific move in which Town passed the ball as well as I have seen them this season. Skuse fired wide from the edge of the area and really should have opened his Town account as he blazed over from 10 yards shortly after. Other chances fell to Murphy and Anderson but two good saves from Murphy denied Town a deserved equaliser. More scuffed attempts from Town and several corners saw Town increasingly frustrated as Hunt pulled the strings impressively and McGoldrick continued to look impressive with his hold up and link play. Anderson had made a positive impact on the game but all seemed lost when a rare foray from the Tykes resulted in deflected free kick from the right side of the box finding its way past Gerken and into the Town net just seconds after Green had come on to replace Tabb on with 15 to go. Cruel on town who really should have been ahead but credit to the team, they did not give up. After a couple of corners, Smith nodded Anderson's looping ball goalward, O'Brien blocked and Berra pounced to volley home from five yards with just nine minutes left on the clock. A minute later, Hunt missed a golden chance to draw Town level as he met a cross from the left about six yards out but somehow managed to put the ball agonisingly wide. A minute or so later, with Town piling forward, McGoldrick was fouled about 22 yards out on the right side of the box. Cresswell tapped the ball to his right and McGoldrick's well struck flew into the Barnsley goal via a wicked deflection for 2-2. Fully deserved but Town went hunting for the winner. Hunt, the star man for me, pulled a cross back and debutant Green really should have scored from 10 yards but his shot was a little scuffed and blocked. One decent effort from Barnsley was saved by Gerken and in the final two minute of the five added on, Town looked as though they had settled for the draw. Mick has always maintained a point away from home is a good point. Maybe today, he might feel it should have been three.
Gerken - no real chance with with either goal although he looked flat footed for the first
Chambers - an average performance by the skipper
Cresswell - good today. Defensively solid, and pushing forward and combining with Hunt in particular
Smith - very solid. Probably should have hit the target in first half with headed chance
Berra - also solid and another goal! That's three so far.
Tabb - industrious and a reasonable performance
Skuse - should have scored but he is integral to the team
Hunt - second half he ran the game. Should have scored and also lucky not to have been boked in the first half
Nouble - poor game for Frank and Mick knows it, taking him off after 50 minutes
McGoldrick - he is a good player, great touch, great feet and we need to extend his contract soon!
Murphy - solid work fro Daryl and he made an effective contribution in the second half
Anderson - much better from Ando. He looked a threat and a vast improvement on Big Frank
Green - could have a been a dream debut but he looked comfortable
A long read I know but maybe you got something out of it.
|Ipswich Town v Bolton Wanderers Your Report added by IamSpartacus at 13:03:38|
A poor game to watch in very cold conditions.
Gerkin played well, McGoldrick was busy, Smith solid and Hunt all action... aside from that, I felt most of our players looked average.
Berra went from hero to embarrassed in one week where, during the first half, he failed to win pretty much any header against Jutkiewicz. Fortunately Bolton apparently failed to realise this and barely used Jutkiewicz in the 2nd half.
Hunt impressed me with his all action style, clearly annoying to the oppo, and one of the only 2 likely players to spark a chance (with McGoldrick)
Loved seeing Wordsworth coming on, but he didn't seem helped by the fact our midfield was numerically over-run by Bolton. Tabb looked like a boy against men in the first half (visually and metaphorically), fortunately he buzzed around a little more in the 2nd, although with minimal invention.
And that was pretty much the game... a small amount of chances (a couple well saved by Gerkin), a pretty un-entertaining performance. Dismally cold. Tat said, if we had of drawn or lost, I'd be moaning like hell, but as we got the 3 points it all became worth it!
|Ipswich Town v Bolton Wanderers Your Report added by harlingblue at 02:24:46|
Dour game, but a welcome 3 points. Losing Scuse so early in the match meant Town were without the three first choice centre midfielders used this year and it showed against a very poor Bolton side. Tabb and Hunt normally associated with wider rolls along with a couple of excellent saves by Gergin and a dubious penalty well dispatched by McGoldrick helped us to gain the spoils.
|Ipswich Town v Bolton Wanderers Your Report added by mrmorisato at 22:34:20|
The departure of Ryan Tunnicliffe clearly gave the Town boss a conundrum, an already thin midfield four became a central trio of Tabb, Hunt and Skuse pitched against Bolton’s five in the middle. If it hadn't have been for the ex Manchester United midfielder Town could now well be nursing a bruised ego bogged down in mid table, the first forty minutes was less than desirable for Town, even to the eyes of the neutral it was easy to say that Bolton made more of the lion share.
The visitors had a handful of clear goal scoring opportunities before the break, Gerken yet again showed why he remains the blues no.1. Town were very fortunate to be goalless at half time and if the loss of one central midfielder was hard enough to bear then it got worse when Skuse took a bad knock to the head and had to be replaced with Wordsworth after half an hour.
Town now clutching at straws after having lost their stalwart form had to make do with little Jay Tabb, utilized as a wide player of late gave a dogged defensive display was the stand out performer in the makeshift midfield.
Once again the 2nd period was town's strongest although they had to wait until the 55th minute when the referee awarded a penalty from what looked like a dubious challenge from the Bolton keeper. The decision looked harsh; McGoldrick was quick to pounce on a loose ball just after the Bolton keeper tried to force a corner. The blues top marksman was presented with his third spot kick and an opportunity to make up for two failed efforts, the net virtually exploded as McGoldrick claimed his 15th goal of the season.
The penalty outcome determined the result of the match which was welcoming because too often this season Ipswich have taken an early lead then failed to kill off their opposition and ended up conceding a soft equalizer.
The stand out performers were Tabb for his dogged midfield display and Berra for being instrumental at the heart of Town’s defence ensuring a 7th clean sheet, on another day Town would have ended up the losing team but fortunately they faced a Bolton side badly lacking in organisation and togetherness.
|Ipswich Town v Bolton Wanderers Your Report added by htb at 22:16:24|
Terrible performance in the first half, Bolton probably can count themselves unlucky not to go in ahead, two good chances one well saved by Gerks.
We improved a bit in the second half, fortunate to get the Pen, poor defending by Bolton. After that you could see they were a team low on confidence and they became even worse than us and never threatened an equaliser, though we also did not create one clear cut chance all game.
Almost zero entertainment. Well done to the SBR stand for creating a good atmosphere in the second half. I do fear with the negative football we are being served up our attendances will not grow anytime soon.