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Barnsley 1 v 1 Ipswich Town
SkyBet League One
Saturday, 29th September 2012 Kick-off 15:00
dirtydingusmagee added 11:11 - Sep 23
anybody having watched last 3 games still seeing positives and hope ?Thisweek has showed just how far we have come since Keane took charge ,under Jewell we are STILL going backwards.
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8ashblue added 13:11 - Sep 23
i didnt see this result coming but it does show how much confidence promoted clubs have in whatever division they rise to. That aside this was aside built by PJ and playing to his tune! I stil dont understand his tactics or style of play. For example he switches formations too often and they doesnt seem to be any attempt to keep the ball on the floor despite having a really small squad.
PJ hasnt built a squad that looks like it knows what its doing. There are passages of good play but it almost seems by accident rather than design. Yesterday Charlton were consistent and kept plugging away even when we had control, almost like they know it would work and of cours eit did.
Both Mills and Mathie have been able to provide insight in their commentry and solutions to Town's problems. I'm sure they'd make a good team with Klug and put some smiles back on our faces!!
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chrishants added 16:51 - Sep 29
Listening to the game today, we appear a team in retreat in more ways than one.
We score & then sit back hoping that the opponents wont score. The strikers are never mentioned.
Sorry to say we are club heading down. Need a new manager to motivate
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blue added 17:02 - Sep 29
1 point better than nothing weldone for a make shift team, see you all at brighton.Are we on the UPPPPPPPPPPPPPP !!!
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Chicago_Blue added 17:26 - Sep 29
It is a sad, sad state of affairs when we're thrilled with grinding out a point against Barnsley.
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newtownfan13 added 17:49 - Sep 29
Anyone who can celebrate on a one point at Barnsley is deluded. We need team consistency and a manager to impliment this instead of different team each week and different formations, i am sure the guys are as fed up as we the fans are with the alterations each week,noone knows who is playing up until the hour before kick off, who picks teams like that only PJ....................................time for a change, i am sure moral is low in the changing room and in training, daily.....
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VINNIEBLUE added 18:15 - Sep 29
Come on guys, we've stopped the slide. Before kick off, I would have taken a point considering our recent form. I'm not celerbrating but this as to be a positive, unless you want to throw in the towel in now.
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dommyboyblue added 18:32 - Sep 29
Agree with Vinnie, it has stopped the rot but we need to kick on from here though so will be interesting to see where we are come next Saturday night. Think this week will probably make or break PJs reign as towns manager.
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dommyboyblue added 18:39 - Sep 29
Did not realise that we played that fcukin diamond formation. Surely the way to counter it is not to match up but to do what every team who battered us last year did and get it wide and double up on the full backs, getting decent deliveries in to the box. But what do I know.
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cbower added 19:05 - Sep 29
Oakwell is one of my closest trips so back already. No repeat of the thriller of last December and probably, in terms of the second half performance, no real reprieve for Jewell or confidence building for the players.
A rather confusing midfield line-up from PJ with central players Hyam and Drury occupying the "wide" midfield berths and N'Daw and Martin the central roles in a reprise of last year's early season diamond formation. As a consequence, we were narrow but generally effective in nullifying Barnsley's attacking play in the first 45 with the hosts limited to some hopeful crosses and long range efforts on the whole. Apart from Loach being bundled into the goal, the Tykes were not especially threatening. Town played the better football and led from the sixth minute when a training ground move involving Martin, Drury and Creswell saw the latter's freekick squirm under Alnwick's body and into the goal. Murphy's well struck shot on the turn went straight to the keeper and other than than that, Town's hard work never really created too much that could be described as clear cut. All too often, the play would break down. Indeed, on two ocassions we had the ball on the edge of Barnsley's box and without losing possession, the ball eventually ended up at Loach's feet only to be aimlessly launched forward! On the balance of play, perhaps we deserved our half-time lead......just.
Hyam was replaced by Luongo at the interval (presumably an injury) and the formation stayed the same. Tactically, Barnsley changed their approach. They moved the ball much quicker in the second 45, continually spreading the play from side to side. Town's midfield worked hard to contain without really putting in anything that amounted to a serious looking tackle. The referee was prone to giving free-kicks for very little throughout and as the home side pressed, we picked up several bookings for inoccuous looking challenges.

Even though we were generally under pressure, the boys still had several opportunities in the second period. Chambers forced a decent save from a corner and most obviously Ellington, on for Scotland, headed over when he seemed destined to open his Town account. Martin also miscued a further effort wide.
However, as the second half progressed and with Ainsley on for N'Daw (had to be an injury?), the boys got deeper and deeper. The home side struck the inside of the post, had numerous sttempts blocked, forced Loach into two fine saves and generally we rode our luck to say the least. The Tykes finally breached our defence with 15 minutes to go with a really well taken volley that Loach could only palm into the goal. Thereafter, we simply could not retain possession and when we did get the ball, there was no outlet and the ball simply kept coming back time after time. I think every Town fan just wanted the final whistle to go and get out with a point. In summary, OK first half, outplayed second half. Off to the league leaders for the Blues midweek - a point would be a good outcome on this showing.
Loach - some good saves and a decent showing. Not really commanding though
Edwards - usual effort from Carlos. Exposed by the narrowness of the midfield far too often in the second period
Creswell - joint top scorer!!!!!! Not reaching last year's standards but reasonable today
Chambers - solid, brave and won his share
Higginbottom - Won lots of aerial ball, good positional sense. Improved the back line
Hyam - worked, chased and harried. Out of position though but missed in second half
Drury - see Hyam. Looked really tired by the end
N'Daw - did Ok first half. Moves the ball well. If PJ took him off for tactical reasons then this was a error. We surrendered the midfield thereafter.
Martin - run, run, work, pressure. Can't ask for more from Lee except for a bit more end product infront of goal
Murphy - when he jumps he is effective and can be quite a threat. Is he brave enough to put himself in where it really hurts in the six yard box? - I don't see it myself
Scotland - good effort and hold up play although he can hang on to it a little too long. Had a couple of sights of goal but didn't pull the trigger quick enough. Went off too early for me.
Luongo - neat, tidy but the diamond doesn't suit him.
Ainsley - chasing shadows in midfield. It's not his position and it showed
Ellington - probably should have scored but his general play didn't impress neither

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