Arrived about 1.45 and dropped my old man right opposite the ground on the road that leads to the local railway station. As I was getting his stuff out of the boot, Sean St Ledger, wearing an Ipswich shirt, shorts etc ran past in the direction of the station car park. Not reading anything into it but it just seemed strange for him to be in shorts etc in such cold weather runnning away from the ground! When Mcgoldrick finds his range again will dictate if we are in the shake up for automatic promotion come May. Poor decision by ref to bring play back and award a foul on Tabb when McG was about to shoot from inside the area - infuriating! The lighting and the stupid electronic advertising at pitchside are cr@p at that ground. In the second half there were times when I could hardly tell what was going on at the far end of the pitch it was either so gloomy or I couldn't focus for all the flashing feckin graphics pitchside. Then again, maybe I am now just a poor sighted grumpy old barsteward
MM has consistently cited Burnley as role model for potential promotion has he not? Well, on the 4th January 2014, Burnley played.....................................you guessed it, Southampton away in the 3rd Round of the FA Cup! Maybe this is an omen that we have the same draw (and even more so that the game has been switched to the same date!). The Clarets lost 4-3 btw.
Just think, 3 or 4 more games with Jewell in charge and we would surely have been totally cut adrift like Blackpool are right now. 42 years of support for me so I have seen and enjoyed some of the very best of times and whilst I don't ever see those coming back, the steady progression of the last two years under Mick and TC feels like we might finally be heading in the right direction again after some truly horrendous times.
I rate neither particularly highly but based on the three performances I have seen from Sammon his control and aerial ability are.....well.......a real match for Frank's! In fact, he runs around alot, works incredibly hard, falls over himself and once in a while does something vaguel impressive......just like Frank. Could someone enlighten me as to what the big difference is between the two as I am struggling to really see too muchfor myself.
The loan has already reaped some benefit with his goal but to lose Williams after just one month would feel cruel. Kind of like Bullseye or 321 with the this is what you could have had feeling. Suppose we need to hope Palace do well and don't need the boy back anytime soon.
O'Hara left Wolves and now a free agent Mick signed him for big money and paid him a hefty wedge. Not for me, heard too much about him being a big time Charlie but managers often display a tendency of going back to players they know don't they?
How revealing. I don't really care what kind of fee was or was not offered. Just the fact that Warnock was considering the lad (if true) is quite illuminating to me. Let's not forget, there are a fair few on here who don't think he is League 1 standard, let alone Premier League. He is one for the future and is learning his trade. His positional sense willvome with more games. Good spot fron non league by Mick!
We had almost a dozen corners today and many of the saw two Town players tapping it a yard or two before crossing. Didn't seem to work too well though! Also, in the first half we had free kick about 25 yards out in what looked like a good shooting position but we faffed, tried to change the angle with a training ground routine. Someone tell me why no shot on goal? Before anyone says, I'm not being negative, it was a good second half performance with plenty of positive displays.
Bishop gave us something we have lacked today. He put his foot on the ball, lifted his head and carried the ball forwards 20 or 30 yards a couple of times. He also had a pop at goal too. I like what I saw. Bru had some forward intent too. A couple of time as he received the ball he feinted and let it run past him to escape his man, relieving the pressure. I wonder whatMick will dowhen Skuse is fit? Liked what I saw from Henshall and both Mings and Tabb desrerve credit too. Tabb looked comfortable in the centre of midfield during the last 25, distributing the ball well. The Didsy news is a blow if he goes but that kind of cash is (almost) irresistible and he will want to go. Nevertheless, there were lots of postives from the 2nd half today.
Sounds odd. Like so many, I can see the glaring lack of creativity in the team. Chambers (and I like him) offers little going forward. We have lost some forward creativity from Cressy. Hyam, Skuse and Tabb don't bring any and Anderson is too prone to a punt into the box or a cut inside and lay the ball off as soon as possible. Now, having said this, we should be defensively quite solid shouldn't we? We aren't at the moment. We are almost as open to the quick counter as we were at times under Jewell. The Skuse and Hyam combo are not protecting the back line and we look vulnerable.The whole balance of the midfield is wrong and needs sorting. To add to this Gerken does not command his area. It seems perverse I know but with our defensive midfield we are still looking so vulnerable!,
Have a feeling Gerken might find himself under pressure quite soon like Loach last season. That was a poor error yesterday (credit to him for the recovery though) which if it were punished would have changed the game totally. Don't reckon Bart is here simply to warm the bench and Gerken knows it.