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Some thoughts on yesterday and where the team stands
at 16:31 26 Oct 2014

Well, yesterday was crap pretty much from start to finish. The fact that we contrived to lead 2-0 just makes it even worse and the fact that we still gained a point seems, erm, fairly pointless.

It was clear within the first five minutes that we had big problems. Huddersfield's 5-3-2 against our 4-3-3 gave them one, often two, spare players in midfield. Although we did push forward more to counter this, we really needed an early switch to 4-4-2 as we suffered badly from a lack of width. That might have been something we could cope with had the midfield played well, instead the passing and ball retention was abysmal, bearing no relation to the second half against Blackburn a week ago but probably rather more similarities with the Cardiff game in midweek.

None of the three strikers got into the game much. Sammon has received the brunt of the criticism and, for all his effort, he didn't do anything to offset that but McGoldrick was equally ineffective, rarely finding any time or space on the ball. To my mind, if we play 4-3-3 then either Anderson or Hunt should be one of the front three to give us more variety and flexibility to our play. The other advantage is that we have Sammon on the bench to bring on if needed. Regardless of CS's limitation starting our only three experienced strikers leaves us short of a potential substitute when needed.

The switch around of the defence, necessitated by Mings's suspension also upset us. Chambers has clear limitations as a full back but did settle fairly effectively last season, but to play him with no covering player in front was odd. Parr was also unsettled and far less effective on the left than he has been on the right. His backing off Scannell, one of many failings leading to the equaliser.

Huddersfield were pretty good though, only their finishing preventing them having a comfortable first half lead. Holt for the greater part of the match was a shadow - some shadow! - of the player he was at Norwich but for the last 25 minutes he dominated the game, all but refereeing it too. The penalty was soft (especially in comparison with that we weren't awarded last week) but our defending leading up to it was poor. They really shouldn't have had the chance to cross the ball.

After that though, Scannell and Bunn ran at our already discomforted full backs and we really couldn't deal with it. Our belated switch to 4-4-2 didn't really help as we so much on the backfoot by that point. One shot from Murphy the only real time we thought we might just seal the win. The equaliser wasn't really a surprise and there was still more than enough time for Huddersfield to get a deserved win. Fortunately they didn't.

So, where does that leave us. Certainly not as bad as yesterday made us look but nor as good as we might have thought we were after four wins in a row. An inability to close out games is an appalling habit to get into and we badly need to shake it very soon. I hope we can show that yesterday was an aberration, a tactical failure compounded by a lot of poor individual performances but it was quite hard to remember the joyous football played against Blackburn on the train home yesterday.
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Some analysis of the Championship season so far
at 09:27 25 Oct 2014


http://experimental361.com/2014/10/24/club-by-club-review-championship/

The comment on us is interesting:

"Ipswich – While their defence has performed well overall, Ipswich need to block the path to their goal more effectively. No Championship side has allowed more shots inside their 6 yard box, which is where a whopping 57% of the goals they’ve conceded have come from: comfortably the highest in the Football League."


I suppose this is partly a result of trying to play better football this season but also our annoying insistence on giving he ball away far too often.
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BBC Lost Football Grounds (part 2)
at 08:43 25 Oct 2014

Including where I used to live in New Cross.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-29706200

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Some Ghost Ship news for London Blues
at 10:35 22 Oct 2014


http://adnams.co.uk/events/operation-ghost-ship/

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On the turnover of managers in the Championship
at 14:02 21 Oct 2014

Nothing we don't already know but parts of it are interesting:

http://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2014/oct/21/championship-managers-hirin

The implication that English clubs are less patient than European clubs is a little odd too. Less patient than 15 years ago definitely.
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Lee Clark's been sacked then
at 14:29 20 Oct 2014

I presume he's only lasted so long as Birmingham were trying to save enough money to pay him off.
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I see Phil has made a bit more effort with his posture this time
at 10:01 20 Oct 2014




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Skysports highlights here
at 08:31 20 Oct 2014

I've not managed to see the highlights until just now, annoyingly misses out the first foul but shows very clearly that it was a definite penalty. So frustrating that that volley from McGoldrick didn't go in - we could have spent all week debating which was the better goal.

http://www1.skysports.com/football/live/match/313905/video

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Superb picture of comet Siding Spring passing Mars
at 07:51 20 Oct 2014



http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap141020.html

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Was the last home game only three weeks ago?
at 08:34 18 Oct 2014

It feels like it was absolutely ages so I'm very much looking forward to this one.

It's a real shame that Murphy, Hyam and Bishop are out but that is part of the reason Mick brought Sammon in and we do have midfield options now. I do hope Williams is fit though.

COYB!
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Who was on about US road trips yesterday?
at 17:27 16 Oct 2014

Some good pictures here:

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/guardianwitness-blog/gallery/2014/oct/15

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It's a shame Fulham won't appoint Hughton before Saturday
at 15:16 16 Oct 2014

as a win in his first match would be highly amusing.

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/oct/16/chris-hughton-fulham-manager-sho

Obviously it's not guaranteed he'll be appointed there.
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Student life in Russia
at 14:30 16 Oct 2014

Looks glamorous...

http://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2014/sep/25/student-life-russia-picture

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Are goals aesthetically better if they go in off the crossbar?
at 13:05 15 Oct 2014

Probably. My favourite was Tommy Miller against Millwall on New Year's Day 2003, when he volleyed the first in off the bar from the edge of the box and shook rainwater off the bar.

http://www.wsc.co.uk/wsc-daily/1187-october-2014/11938-goals-are-better-when-the

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Pictures of London in the Blackout from 1939
at 09:55 15 Oct 2014


http://mashable.com/2014/10/13/to-hide-from-wwii-bombs-london-goes-dark/

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Some pictures from Serbia - Albania
at 09:29 15 Oct 2014

A tad lively although of course there is plenty of history behind this. Orwell had the perfect aphorism for it.

http://www.theguardian.com/football/gallery/2014/oct/15/serbia-albania-flag-fury

and report here:

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/oct/14/serbia-albania-euro-2016-flag-ha

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Interesting piece on the first spacewalk
at 10:56 13 Oct 2014


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/special/2014/newsspec_9035/index.html

Programme on BBC4 tonight too for those interested.
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The Two Unfortunates are running a series on football and music
at 09:09 10 Oct 2014

Some of you will enjoy it. I've just read the 80s and 90s ones so far.

http://thetwounfortunates.com/a-short-history-of-football-and-music-the-1980s/

http://thetwounfortunates.com/a-short-history-of-football-and-music-the-1980s/

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Spain got a late equaliser against Slovakia then...
at 22:05 9 Oct 2014

only for Slovakia to get a later winner.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/29561500

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Interesting piece on football photography here
at 15:25 9 Oct 2014


http://www.theguardian.com/football/spiel-magazine/2014/oct/09/the-art-of-footba

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