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The Boys Are Back In Town!
Written by Pessimistic on Wednesday, 19th Sep 2012 16:13

After devastatingly disappointing away day trips to Blackpool and more recently Middlesbrough, it is good to see the boys are back at Portman Road. Boys this days is the operative word and this young and youthful batch of new kids on the block are in need of a rapid learning curve.

The Championship is arguably the most difficult league in the world to escape from - unless you of course are looking downwards which sadly, at this moment in time the Blues are. It is early doors though and I am confident that we have the players at our disposal to rise up the table with ever increasing rapidity once we can start to find the net again.

Paul Taylor therefore is a vital acquisition. He has energy skill and pace in abundance and an eye for goal not seen at Town for some years. Every successful striker has an element of greed in his chemistry and Taylor proved this with 11 strikes on goal against Middlesbrough.

In truth though most of those were rather wayward and as Paul Jewell intimated later, he was probably trying just a bit too hard. He need help in this department too of course and this is where Chops comes in. He has promised us a goal feast this term but so far he has not been firing on all cylinders.

Nobody doubts his goalscoring prowess or his application but like Taylor he badly needs a goal and maybe tonight could be the turning point - not just for these two but for Ipswich Town Football Club? Jason Scotland is our super-sub and now that Nathan Ellington is finding his football feet once more he too could find the bench.

At the end of the day, it is goals that win games and simply put, if we don't score we won't win. This is why it is important we get them from all quarters. In every successful team you have a goalscoring midfield with defenders who chip in from time to time as well. I can certainly see Tommy Smith and to a lesser extent perhaps Luke Chambers getting on the scoresheet on a regular basis but our midfield is perhaps a little less convincing.

Josh Carson, Andy Drury and Luke Hyam have what it takes to get amongst the goals but maybe, like the strikers, it is a lack of confidence that besets every side that is not scoring that is deterring them from finding the target just now?

Jay Emmanuel Thomas on the other hand remains the endless enigma. So much talent and yet so much extra baggage which seems to weigh him down. If he could just focus on what he is good at doing then he could be inspirational this season. At the moment he is a loose cannon that needs a spark and if it is ignited there could be no stopping him!

Defensive issues will not go away though until we can find at least one new central defender. Not just any central defender mind, as Paul Jewell so rightly points out. What we need is centre-back in the mould of a new Kevin Beattie, who ideally is at the beginning of his career and not the end of it.

I can understand Jewell's thinking on this. He has been responsible for panic buying by his own admission before and this is why he is treading carefully this time around. It is, of course, taking longer than we would all have hoped but if at the end of the day he proves to be even a smidgen as good as The Beat then we will all be truly satisfied.

Patience, they say, is something you admire in the driver behind you and scorn in the one ahead but beware the fury of a patient man for he holds no bounds in his pursuit of glory!

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Edmunds5 added 16:55 - Sep 19
nice blog mate, you've adressed some of our issues with intelligence. Such as needing a defender but making sure we get the right one as well as the lack of confidence weighing us down, a win tonight could really boost that. I agree about Taylor, he seems to be our spark at the moment but just needs a scruffy finish or defelected shot that will get him of the mark. The positive is that alot of the players you've mentioned have yet to deliver as you've pointed out. E.g JET not yet performing as we know he can and the midfield yet to chip in, lets hope for a win tonight.

irishtim added 16:59 - Sep 19
If they could all score we would be flying. Think we have problems which you did not highlight. Respect your effort.

Pessimistic added 17:41 - Sep 19
Phil or Gavin could you please correct the second sentence. I feel sure that in my original draft i did not write "Boys this days..." but if I did then I would appreciate it if you could correct it because it makes the whole blog sound disjointed.

Great website though and it gives everyone a chance to have their say!

Sibelius8 added 19:38 - Sep 19
Thank you for the best "blog" in ages.

COYB tonight!
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