|Middlesbrough 2 v 0 Ipswich Town|
Saturday, 15th September 2012 Kick-off 15:00
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dirtydingusmagee added 17:35 - Sep 15
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HennersITFC added 17:47 - Sep 15
Having said that, Charlton and Barnsley are winnable games and you would think that we can get lots of points out of our (relatively easier) October fixtures.
pinewoodblueboy added 17:56 - Sep 15
Karlosfandangal added 17:58 - Sep 15
Murphy and Taylor playing only their 2nd game N,Daw 1st game. So 3 new signing and still the team are losing.
Loach and Chambers plus Luongo so we have a new team bedding in again.
So 6 new players and we are in the bottom 3 let's hope we get these 2 new defenders so we can aim for bottom.
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Despite my edginess every time we face a set piece, Boro seemed to offer little real threat in the first 20 minutes. Miller did force Loach into a good block early on when one-on-one but in general we seemed in control. Taylor looks good - quick feet, busy, a willing runner and the confidence to pull the trigger on a frequent basis. He had several attempts during the first half, going close a couple of times. Martin also forced the Boro keeper into a fine save after good work from Drury. N'Daw had some neat touches and decent distribution but he looked ponderous and strangely, for his impressive size and physique, he was neither dominant in the air nor especially biting in the tackle. Town had several corners in the first half and Smith really ought to have scored with a header but he could only place it straight into the grateful Steele's gloves from six yards.
The opening goal on 34 minutes was primarily due to a very sloppy ball from Drury. He gave possession away needlessly inside his own half and one pass later the youngster Williams received the ball on the right of the Town area and drilled expertly beyond Loach. During the whole game, Drury gave the ball away far too much and whilst he was generally neat and tidy, his work is done too deep for me and he is not offering enough going forward. At half-time we really didn't deserve to be behind but we have all said this before.
Boro opened the 2nd period with a quicker tempo and Town could have been caught cold as a couple of opportunities for the home side went begging. Taylor continued to be busy and Chopra, as usual, worked hard. Unfortunately, the game drifted. Murphy continued to win his flick-ons but they didn't seem to drop to blue shirts. We had good possession but never seriously threatened for long periods. Creswell had chances to deliver from the left but found the keeper far too easily on both occasions. Murphy headed a decent chance wide when he looked destined to do much better and Taylor worked an opportunity for Chopra about 12 yards out to the right of the goal. Chops struck the ball well enough but straight at the keeper who parried the ball for a corner. The Geordie boys behind me, Chopra's mates they said at the end of the game, clearly felt their pal should have done better.
During the final 15, Town had most of the ball and Taylor most of the efforts. He twice went close, one deflected effort agonisingly so. Luongo replaced Drury and Scotland came on for Murphy as we chased the game. Chambers had his shirt so obviously pulled in the box as he went for a corner but the perfectly placed official failed to spot the blatant infringement - much to my disgust and frustration. JET came on for the hard-working but luckless Chopra for the final few minutes.
Still chasing the game well into stoppage time, the Boro keeper claimed a Town free-kick on his six yard box and then played an exquisite low curling drop-kick beyond Edwards and straight into the path of the Boro attacker who ran on to the sublime pass to put the game beyond the boys after 93 minutes.
Harsh, yes probably but the reality is another defeat and we a left looking upwards at a long, hard slog for points. There are positives but points are what we really need.
Some comments on the players:
Loach - some decent stops and did nothing wrong. No chance with either goal
Edwards - competent but did give it away a couple of times when he should have retained possession
Creswell - not playing as well as last year. Not as positive going forward and lacking decisiveness in the challenge
Chambers - reasonable if at times out-muscled by Miller
Smith - should have scored. Did Ok but like Chambers, Miller all too often got infront of him and was too strong as Tommy allowed him to get hold of the ball
Martin - busy, good effort in fist half but wide is not his best position and he is more of a threat down the middle
N'Daw - see my comments within the report. Looked ponderous
Drury - as above, see the report. He was the right player to be replaced for me
Murphy - won countless high balls and decent work rate. Does he really offer enough of a threat out wide?
Taylor - far and away our best player. Terrier like, intelligent running, very skilful and a powerful strike. I liked what I saw today.
Chopra - as always, Chops worked hard but he thrives on quality service and he didn't really get that much I'm afraid
Luongo - gave more forward impetus and really unlucky not to start
Scotland - nothing to report. Impact player (maybe) but not enough time to do anything today
JET - even less to report than Scotland
Thanks for reading and well done if you have got to the end!
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