For me it has always been centre midfield, a real playmaker to play beside a defensive midfielder. Bru is the closest we have, but is a little lightweight. Any ideas about the missing link? We have the forwards and the defence that is good enough for this league, who can we get for a promotion push. ps: Marcus Evans, push the boat out for once, give us fans a bit of fun for the last part of the season! We never have any chance (due to poor selections) of the 'cup magic', our Stadia tv and catering is not even up to Col U standard...step it up man!
I think it is time to give Knudsen the nod for a very good performance tonight. He has come in for the same criticism as Tommy Smith did in the past, but he is coming along very nicely, and like Tommy will be a toast of the Town in the future.
I was at the game today and for the first time for ages really enjoyed an U23 game, in which a very young Town side put in a fine performance. The whole team played well and worked very hard for each other, no passengers in this particular line up. For those who wanted to know how the Needham Market trialist Kieran Morphew played, Man of the Match for me, read the game very well, putting in crucial blocks/tackles and with the ability to pass to midfield.
I would love to see him playing for ITFC. He was the standout player for Portsmouth against us at Portman Road, looked good again against Bournemouth in the Cup tie that we should have been playing in. Matt Clarke also looked a class act?
Why do we not play our fringe players in the U21 team but are prepared to play them in Cup competitions? We are allowed 3 overage outfield players plus keeper, so why are we not playing Tabb, Coke, Toure, to add experience to the younger players? We are bottom of this league and if you go to Playford Road to watch, you know why. Older/experienced heads that might not be good enough to gain a first team place on the bench could earn their pay by helping to nurture young talent.
The 3 greatest moments for me as a supporter of Ipswich Town were winning the 1st Division (Premiership) under Sir Alf Ramsey. At last winning a FA Cup semi-final against WBA at Highbury Stadium and then the FA Cup at Wembley under Sir Bobby Robson. Winning the Playoff Final at Wembley under George Burley to get promotion to The Premiership. Of all of these, the stand out was to finally get to Wembley for The FA Cup Final. Times have changed for Premiership/Championship teams, all chasing the Murdoch £££s, perhaps a place in The Champions League qualifiers could be granted to Cup Winners and bring back the prestige that this famous competition deserves?
Whatever team Mick picks needs to win, and to win over the fans that have been cheated in two cup competitions. I have been a season ticket holder for several years and a supporter all my life, but your best team should always play, if you get the odd injury to a regular, then just one or two are replaced, and it should not cause a problem. To put out a complete unit, not even tried in U21 games (what a joke that is) is not acceptable in a cup competition that we were so proud to have won.
Why don't we put out stronger sides in the U21 league, it would give fringe/squad players a chance to gel in view of a better showing in Cup competitions. In my mind there is no link between the actual 1st team, and the youth squads. As for us supporters/season ticket holders, we have only a properly selected league team to watch, no Cup excitement, a poor selected U21's at windy Playford Road. The chase for Murdoch's millions goes on...I hope we make it this time!