|Ipswich Town 3 v 1 Bristol Rovers|
Tuesday, 14th August 2012 Kick-off 19:45
|Sindre94 added 21:40 - Aug 14|
Sounded like Luongo and Hyam did their jobs well, while Martin had a decent match down the wing
We need to get one winger in by saturday for me, either Davies or someone else.
And I am buzzing my favourite player got a goal (Super Aaron)
I am not exactly getting carried away but a decent win and performance this...
Kick on from here, and beat our second Rovers of the week on Saturday!
Sindre94 added 21:43 - Aug 14
BlueJewells added 22:29 - Aug 14
ITFC4daprem added 22:31 - Aug 14
StowTractorBoy added 22:32 - Aug 14
Dennyx4 added 22:32 - Aug 14
Luongo looked a class act, but still think we need a central midfielder to play alongside him. Hyam for me had a poor 1st half, but like the rest had an improved 2nd half.
Scotland and Chopra both looked hungry, with some good movement from both.
Bench was very inexperienced, certainly need some players to bulk the squad up - fingers crossed for Edu - think he would be excellent alongside Luongo.
All in all a good run out, which hopefully will set us up for Saturday.
runaround added 23:01 - Aug 14
willrigs16 added 23:14 - Aug 14
Think Mr.Jewell got his selection and tactics spot on for this after last year's embarrassment.
Can't base opinions on tonight's performance for Saturday or the rest of the season though, we were playing a League 2 side.
Luongo stood out for me - looks a very talented player. Nice to see Scotland get a goal and give Jewell something to think about for Saturday. Pity Chopra couldn't score but the goals will come soon enough.
Like a few others, I'm a bit concerned about the lack of strength in depth at the club at the minute....get signing Jewell....stop the excuses and get on with it!
budgieplucker added 23:20 - Aug 14
unstableblue added 23:53 - Aug 14
Importantly the new Portman pie is excellent, quality pastry and gravy.
It was disappointing to see the 4-4-2-3-1 formation that has served so well in pre-season changed in favour of a traditional 4-4-2, and Jewell admitted afterwards this was due to Josh Carson''s absence. And it really was an orthodox 4-4-2 with Jet and Martin out very wide, and for me this made them both less effective initially. Rovers were not poor, they passed quite crisply early on and closed well, but the form of luongo, Scotland and chops meant we still had some bite.
The passing quality and off the ball movement of town improved and grew through the game. Luongo is class and Hyam and he link well, Hyam probably had a weaker game because he is often passing sideways and not able to get the ball forward quick enough. But his offering of an outlet can not be doubted. And really one of the highlights of the game was the compete lack of hopeless long ball. If you look back to the Keane era we watched such dross, and today was a million miles from this. This had a lot to do with loach and the excellent smith and chambers, and the outlet of luongo and Hyam. Loach is constantly throwing or passing, and this is what I want. Yes this was made easier by rovers sitting deep and it meant we were less attacking, but it is easier on the eye and eliminates turnover and wasted ball.
Edwards was again excellent and his breaking gives us a real option. Scotland and chops were bright and the ball was really sticking to their boots which was crucial. But with jet and Martin so wide and well marked and with a little congestion in front of luongo and Hyam it meant we lacked many chances in the first half. Rovers lead was basically a good long shot from a player who should not have been allowed so much space. At first I thought loach may have been out of position but the half time highlights showed he could have done nothing about it. Still it's a shame for his confidence and the defence not to have achieved a clean sheet, especially against such unadventurous opposition.
Chambers and smith look switched on and vocal, and perhaps this is a good partnership in the making. But aerial dominance at set pieces is a flaw and perhaps we need to work JET better into our defensive formations at corners.
So as the first half moved on and concerns for jewell of an unwanted extra time grew, town scored, and it was no surprise it was Scotland. Rovers keeper was a colossus and he had thwarted en earlier Scotland low bending shot with his considerable reach. But jasons goal was so perfectly accurate Walker had no chance.
Into the second half and town's passing went up a gear and at times was sublime. Cresswell and Martin started linking and also Edwards and JET. JET had several rasping shots - how on earth does he get so much power? - but alas tonight all his efforts were rising and went over the bar. One great Martin run when he broke inside and came central, showed why his best position is down the middle.
Why I enjoyed it so much in this spell was the sheer number of passing options and the tenacity of luongo meaning we were just so dominant and had real energy. It was good for Hyam to earn the penalty on a rare run into the box after some nice interplay of passes, including Scotland and chopra. Chopra seemed to hesitate in the run up to the spot kick, and with the size of the keeper you had to get him to go the wrong way. JET's resultant corner was superb and smiths run and header were quality - we want tommy and chambers to be getting these set piece goals.
It was great for cresswell to get his first non deflected goal - a close range header after great footwork from jet, whose shot ballooned up nicely for our full back - he seemed delighted.
So all in all a good work out for town, good to able to come back from behind and to show character. But to be fair to rovers, although they were not poor, they offered little threat and allowed our young central midfield duo the time to dominate the game. Blackburns midfield will be a completely different proposition.
So for me we should revert to Martin behind chops and jet and Carson tucked in a little tighter on Saturday. We also need more from JET week in week out. I was also concerned about the ball over the top of our defense, which chambers and smith struggled with early on.
But overall a great display and for me if we can consistently deliver the energy, movement and close passing seen tonight and also against west ham, then perhaps this is an exciting new style for Ipswich. But currently town do not have the strength in depth to keep this momentum going for long, and the quality of the bench tonight really highlighted this.
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