|Ipswich Town 3 v 1 Nottingham Forest|
Tuesday, 27th November 2012 Kick-off 19:45
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Have to admit that I haven't been Henderson's greatest fan since he arrived, but he was very good tonight. Solid under the high ball, much quicker and more decisive with his distribution, he looked much more like a Premier league keeper tonight and made one fantastic save which he tipped onto the bar. Smith and Chambers dealt comfortably with most of what was thrown at them and Sharp barely got a look in, which is no mean achievement. Orr also showed his class this evening, getting forward to good effect whilst always providing cover and showing good awareness; it has been so long since I've seen a traditional full-back display at Portman Road that I'd forgotten what it looked like. Campbell showed the movement and tenacity that we've come to expect, whilst the new boy looked impressive in the air and full of pacey running, providing a whole new option before he ran out of steam and was replaced. But the two stand out performances for me were Hyam and N'Daw who closed everything down, worked their socks off and fully deserved the appreciation they received from the crowd. Hyam works so hard, his actions serve as a shining example to the rest of the team and galvanise those around him, whilst N'Daw again showed that he is not only a big lump but one that can play a bit too.
All in all the best performance and atmosphere we have seen at Portman Road for quite some time, and even the D'Urso factor couldn't derail us; how their keeper didn't get sent off was a mystery, but then again when he gave the penalty we were all singing 'One Andy D'Urso', surely a first. He is still utterly useless though, bottling the big decisions but randomly awarding free-kicks for the most innocuous events, the sooner he is pensioned off the better. What a great night, a bit of pride restored and the enormous chants of 'Super Mick McCarthy' echoing round Portman Road were well deserved. If he pulls this off the bloke deserves a statue. Whether we can produce this level of performance on a regular basis remains to be seen, but tonight showed that there is a bit of life in the Blue and White dog yet. COYB.
harlingblue added 00:28 - Nov 28
Stand out performances by Smith, Hyam, NDaw , DJ and the formerly berated Henderson gave the team a 'hard core centre.
I would like to add a special praise to Henderson, he had his best game for Town, and when they equalised, he demanded our players to 'pick there heads up' and get on with the game by kicking the ball to the centre spot and getting them out of his box, demanding them to get on with it.
Orr is starting to look the part, Martin (not my favourite player) put in a great shift, but still needs to look up before he makes a cross, Barnett looks a good foil for DJ. Cresswell looked far better with Smith as cover. Chambers did a fairly good job and won more headers than in previous games, Edwards, although forging a good partnership with Orr was a disappointment in not winning his battle with ex Blue Harding. Overall, a very enjoyable night!
Greybritain added 00:44 - Nov 28
1st, taking Edwards out of defence and into his preferred role at RM. This means that we now play 4 defenders in the defence. 2nd noticing that we desperately needed a forward more than 6' to play alongside Chopra or Scotland or Campbell. So he pushed Murphy into the attack, as Edwards moved into midfield. Then he signed Barratt (who has a very good career goals;games ratio) at 6' 3". He will do well for us.
3rd He will blood the youth progressively. Hyam will take this chance afforded to him by Coker's injury. Hyam played very well tonight as that linking midfielder alongside a large ball winner in N'daw. He reminded me of the role that Scholes fulfils for Man U.
4th He has already shuffled his cards, and has suddenly revealed that we do have competition in our squad. We have 3 keepers. We have 2 left backs. We have 2 right backs. We have 3 central defenders. We have 5 strikers to choose from.
Tonight? DJ, Hyam & N'daw all played well and looked hungry for the ball. Smith did well in the air at the back. Barrett had a very decent debut.
Our first goal was down to a defensive clown up between Camp & Collins that we would formerly have been proud of. Let other teams make these mistakes and punish them and we will continue to climb. Scoring our 2nd right after they equalised was key.
Same 11 for Saturday please.
unstableblue added 10:59 - Nov 28
First half on Saturday was one of the worst I can remember no energy, no skill, no passing, no threat. I felt Reo-Coker was appalling - he talks a good game, but with no mobility or energy he was dire. Orr was terrible, but unlike Nigel he had a good second period against Peterborough. An improvement that continued against Forest.
A Forest pal had given me the low down; yes they were without several key players - Jenas for one. But he was bullish on Lansbury and Sharpe and others. And I expected a loss.
But key to last night was our tempo and energy stopped Forest playing and gaining momentum - yes they did have it for a period in the 2nd half, and when the tricky trees got going our defense creaked. What was so BLATANTLY clear last night is a little mistake in our midfield (two from Hyam - who was otherwise superb) can build into a major issue. And getting Hyam and NDaw to be solid and mobile will be key to any climb up the table. Also crystal clear is by providing sustained attacking threat we remove a lot of pressure from our defence, and Barnett provided a much needed outlet, he could hold it up, and he was good in the air, despite not being the man mountain expected.
So to more detail on the game it was all about energy and fight - we were winning all the 50/50 balls, we hunted in packs, and then - so rare this season - we were able to pass our way out of trouble. Hyam was all over that midfield - I'm hoping he wasn't injured when he stretch for this umpteenth tackle, I'm hoping he was just exhausted. Bossing players, hassling them into mistakes. Its not rocket science if our central midfielder actually gets into a player then they do not have time to make a telling pass - SIMPLES - and Nigel Reo-Coker could really learn something from "one of our own". And indeed Hyam's goal summed it up, FIRST to the ball, aggressive to get onto the save - and a cracking finish. Hyam does need to get some confidence in the passing though - in some ways his cautious passing gave us the solidity we have lacked, but sometimes Orr and Edwards would be really free if only Luke would pass that little further.
As for N'Daw - cult status already - bandaged beast! Whats that coming over the hill!! etc etc... he was good in the air, he got stuck in, and at times he played some nice lofted passes and through balls. DJ likes those through balls and in some ways I'd like to see JET in the team as I think he may have the range of passing to suit NDaw's and Hyam's middle play.
But who would JET replace!! Edwards was possibly our worst performer, despite playing OK. He left Orr exposed a couple of times, and often Harding had the better of him. Martin was in mind superb - yes he is not getting enough shots on goal, yes he is not beating the man and getting in the box all the time, but he put so much energy in that game it was a marvel. If you thought Hyam was getting around the pitch Martin was closing and harrying and winning contests he never should have done.
Martin was ably assisted by Cresswell who had his best game this season, but I think he could still improve some crosses, but his short passing interplay and some of his up the wing distribution was top drawer. Plus he did not get beaten. Class.
Smith and Chambers had a good night. Tommy was dominant in the air and was building in confidence. Chambers must have enjoyed getting back into the team against his old side. But they are both still prone to the through ball and the odd calamity. But a major difference for those 2 last night was the domineering performance of Henderson - I have been a harsh critic of another loanee, but his handling on crosses and his movement to the edge of the box was superb. Great performance.
Orr showed improvement again, still a few errors, still a tendency to put ball in to touch. But I'm more impressed; and indeed we need Edwards to now become more involved in attacks and be available to our more robust middle two midfielders.
DJ was class at times, but I still think we can get more from him. I think Barnett or indeed perhaps JET (yes I know he is Mr Inconsistency) can be the catalyst for yet more goals from Campbell.
Murphy was frustrating when he came on, a couple of poor touches and a lack of pace. But he took the goal so well, I was impressed.
So some final points:
- the crowd played their part (it looked way less the official attendance) on a miserable night; great volume and passion
- it was all about energy and having a threat - Hyam, NDaw and Martin led by example and the team just wanted it more than Forest
- but we still can be opened up, we do still do make the odd mistake, we are not out of the woods despite the promise of last night
- Mick I am warming to you, I watched you on the touch line and it was like you were on the pitch thats how involved in orchestrating play; and Smith/Chambers and sticking with Orr was correct, good luck to you
Nice to drive back down those East Anglian A-roads with the Local Mutants on BBC Radio Suffolk in a positive mood, for a change.
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