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A slightly different perspective on Portman Road here
at 13:49 20 Feb 2017

http://soccerbible.com/design/photography/2017/02/residence-portman-road-ipswich



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Cricket: Anthony McGowan on Matthew Hayden
at 13:02 20 Feb 2017

An entertaining read:

http://www.thecricketmonthly.com/story/997069/about-a-bully-boy

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So, February has been a pretty good month so far
at 07:35 20 Feb 2017

With the only real disappointment that we haven't taken another four points from the Reading match and Saturday. It's not just the results but the cumulative improvement in performances, albeit with some notable exceptions, since December.

What has really changed? A combination of McCarthy letting go a bit, a second transfer window where we failed to replace out main striker (pointing to the fact that the biggest problem at the club probably ) isn't the manager and the addition of some good quality, experienced players. Now it's a shame they are only loans but, as far as this season goes, the injection of quality and freshness to the side has been welcome.

Saturday was good from everyone, players who had been a little inconsistent looked far more comfortable, Berra made two good interceptions early on and did nothing wrong all match, Knudsen looks far more comfortable when he knows the ball will be in front of him that at full back and Sears had probably his best match in 18 months, particularly in the first half he was buzzing all over the place again and took his goal very well.

Leeds had the first five minutes of the match, one ball across our area midway through the first half and the goal. If only we had defended that properly, then we would have won. Spence should have done better, although there is a suggestion he was fouled first. A shame as he was really good too for the rest of the match.

For all of our second half pressure, I don't think we quite did enough to win it. We didn't force Green into any difficult saves , although that was partly due to some excellent defending - the one taken off McGoldrick's toe in particular. In hindsight, I wonder if bringing Pitman on at 80 minutes would have been a good idea, ideal time for him to nick a winner.

Instead, I think it showed that a fair few players haven't played a lot of football lately. Yes, we probably missed Lawrence and that extra bit of quality at the end, but we didn't for most of the match. Good, positive signs.

Not that everything is great all of a sudden, there are still too many questions about the end of this season and how much Marcus Evans' superficial Five Point Plan translates into competitive on the pitch but the rest of this season looks far more enjoyable than it did a month ago.

And so to Sunday then, I note from the highlights that John Ruddy looks in fine form which is always good to see - there is a tradition for him to keep to. For all of Norwich's plethora of good attacking midfielders they still rely on Jerome for goals and can be shaky at the back. Add in the fact that losing after so long will hurt them more than us and they'll be as nervous as for the play-off match. Come on Town, it's more than time.
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Falcon 9 Rocket Landing
at 22:18 19 Feb 2017

This is stunning:




* Insert obligatory lemmings reference below *
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Morning all
at 09:51 18 Feb 2017

Is there a little bit of anticipation about today's game again? Shame we're without Lawrence and Diagouraga but we're less of a one man team than a few weeks ago and we seem to have got a bit of belief and fight about us again - all of that coupled with playing better football.

Leeds seem in mixed form but will be decent opponents and a lot of oppositions fans tends to improve the atmosphere. And, after not seeing any live football for a month, I'm certainly looking forward to it.

If Chambers plays through injury then we really should let him know that it is appreciated. I won't be able to though, I'm going in Churchmans for the first time since Ulrich Le Pen's debut.

Thanks for the advice on crutches by the way, ticket office couldn't have been more helpful when I rang them yesterday.
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Police will close Portman Road after Saturday's match
at 12:02 15 Feb 2017


https://www.suffolk.police.uk/news/latest-news/arrangements-itfc-match

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The best thing about the last three games
at 22:01 14 Feb 2017

We have that McCarthyesque determination about us again and have got some belief back. That what looked a makeshift back five would only concede a penalty in two matches is impressive.

Lawrence will be a loss but not as big a one as he would have been three weeks ago. Diagouraga might be more of a loss on Saturday but he'll be fresh for Carrow Road.

Anyway, be nice to see PR optimistic and supportive and making more noise than the Leeds fans on Saturday. Football is much more fun like this.
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Really good point 1-1
at 21:44 14 Feb 2017

Well played Town.
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Derby 2 - 3 Cardiff
at 21:02 14 Feb 2017

Derby were 2-0 up.
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It's a little disappointing to only be 1-1 at half-time isn't it?
at 20:38 14 Feb 2017

Sounds another decent performance, shame about the penalty conceded but we've had chances throughout.

I'll take 1-1 at full time now.
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Villa 0 - 1 Barnsley
at 20:10 14 Feb 2017

Hmmm, Bruce is staying popular then.
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Here's the goal
at 20:04 14 Feb 2017



Ouch
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1-0 (n/t)
at 19:55 14 Feb 2017

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Norwich 0 -1 Newcastle
at 19:47 14 Feb 2017

Shame
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The 1-0 away win at Brighton was probably my favourite result of last season
at 19:45 14 Feb 2017

An excellent team performance, well poached goal from Murphy and, other than one let off when Zamora hit the bar, relatively untroubled by Brighton.

All that plus rail replacement bus fun and a four hour journey back to central London. A good day, hope we can do something similarly impressive tonight and build on Saturday.
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Anyone gone into PR on crutches recently?
at 09:23 13 Feb 2017

Any issues with getting into the ground? Asking ahead of Saturday as I'm hopeful I will be mobile enough to go. If I just need to change my seat, rather than stand in the North, how much notice do the club need.

I know I went in Churchmans on crutches when I upset my ankle back in the 90s; it was the only thing that stopped me going on the pitch for McGiven out protests.
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A Cardiff perspective on Huws
at 12:08 12 Feb 2017

Interesting that he's been played in various midfield roles and perhaps not thrived in all of them.

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/emyr-huws-already-slip

Lawrence obviously priced himself out of our range some months ago but Huws, if he keeps this form up, would be a welcome addition in the Summer.
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England take lead in Cardiff with four minutes to go
at 18:30 11 Feb 2017

16-19, conversion attempt to follow.

16-21.
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Video of the celebration
at 17:25 11 Feb 2017

Looks fun.



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Great win Town (n/t)
at 16:55 11 Feb 2017

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