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Oar: Replay Will Be Different
Monday, 11th Jan 2016 06:00

Winger Tommy Oar is confident that Town will be a different prospect in their third round FA Cup third round replay at Portsmouth a week tomorrow, Saturday's game at Portman Road having ended 2-2.

Australian international Oar - one of seven players drafted into the starting XI - netted the under-par Blues' first goal in the 53rd minute but League Two Pompey hit back just two minutes later through Kyle Bennett, then went ahead on 86 via sub Conor Chaplin prior to Ryan Fraser’s fortuitous 88th minute equaliser.

“It wasn’t our best performance but Portsmouth played very well,” the 24-year-old said. “It was a sucker punch them scoring straight after we scored.
“We still had a lot of core players playing, like Cole Skuse and Luke Chambers, so it wasn’t a completely foreign team.

“We just lacked intensity in the first half, maybe that’s because we had a lot of young players and there was a bit of naivety.
“It will be different in the replay and we will have to be on our game to get the result. Replays are part of the cup and it gives players like myself an opportunity.”

Oar joined the Blues after leaving Dutch side FC Utrecht in the summer but has had limited opportunities with his only previous full game the Capital One Cup defeat at Manchester United in September.

His first Championship start against Huddersfield saw him suffer a concussion early on and make way at half-time, while he subsequently suffered a knee injury.

“I haven’t played 90 minutes recently so it’s important to me and serves a purpose for the team,” the former Brisbane Roar player added. “There is no lack of motivation for the team.
“Things have not gone as well as I would have liked for me, but they have been things out of my control. The gaffer has got me more and more involved and hopefully I can make more of an impact.”
Ex-Blues winger Gary Roberts skippered Portsmouth and thought his side gave a good account of themselves: “We are the underdogs and will be at Fratton Park but we have shown we can play a bit.

“Our philosophy is the best form of defence is attack. It doesn’t always suit League Two but Ipswich play 4-4-2 and left us with lots of spaces to play our football.
“We have a strong squad, we are playing well and we have had a good first half of the season, so hopefully we can keep moving up and get out of this division.”

Roberts, 31, was with the Blues between October 2006 and July 2008, initially on loan from Accrington, and made 45 starts and 14 sub appearances, scoring four times.

He says he enjoyed his return: “It was great to come back and do well. I have not been back since I left. It was good to see a few old faces and get a ripple when I came off, I didn’t get many when I was here!

“We knocked the ball around quite well and passed the ball well. We will have another go in a couple of weeks.

“We knew how Ipswich would play. They are a typical Mick McCarthy side but we found gaps and caused problems.

“We fancy every game we go into now. We will have a packed Fratton Park, our supporters are outstanding and we will cause Ipswich problems again.
“There is a good feeling around the place. We have good numbers watching us, the right fella in charge and we are going places. We have a lot of goals in this team and not just the strikers.”
“I should have scored, I had a feeling I would even though I didn’t get many when I was here. One came to my head but I never score with the head, another was on my left but I snatched at it.”

The draw for the fourth round takes place tonight from 7pm live on BBC1's The One Show.

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Mark added 07:20 - Jan 11
Hopefully we can make it through, although it may depend how many first team players McCarthy picks. We are certainly looking short of options at the back with Parr leaving and other youngsters out on loan.

I thought Oar was hardly in the game first half, but improved second half and got the first goal. I wonder how he would do given a run in the team? Unfortunately Maitland-Niles seems to be going backwards recently, so perhaps Oar will get more of a chance.

parkinshair added 08:18 - Jan 11
Thought Oar was one of a very small number of players to deserve any credit after Saturday's display. Deserves a starting place tomorrow. Hopefully a more enjoyable match tomorrow and a few less nut jobs in the crowd.

nhabo added 09:03 - Jan 11
I suspect who plays and how we play in the replay will largely depend on the Fourth Round draw.

brittaniaman added 09:16 - Jan 11
Agree with Mark !! what has happened to Niles ???? certainly not the same player now, to when he first came here ????

Pilgrimblue added 09:29 - Jan 11
I dont think AMN is effective on heavier pitches so giving Oar his chance is ideal,
As for FAC, it shouldn't matter who we draw. We should be trying to win so I didnt agree with playing sucha weak team and end up being shown up by Div 2 side. Its not good for morale of for the fans!! Better we start strong and get game won then bring on subs. We've got srong enough squad surely.
Winning is a habit and we find out more about our team than we did on Saturday. Now we've got to travel to portsmouth and it'll be harder still so I must assume MM isnt bothered.

IamSpartacus added 09:49 - Jan 11
I think this highlights how people see the game differently. Unlike Mark, I thought Oar was our best player in the first half, one of the few to actually be putting in a proper shift.

I get bored of those that say 'Its only the FA Cup, lets concentrate on the league..' what tosh. Players can get injured in training as well... should we stop doing that? The FA Cup is a great chance to rotate the squad a little, get players more match fit and let the game act as an incentive for the fringe players to stake a claim.

Sure, I'd prefer promotion over winning the FA Cup, but actually, I don't see them as mutually exclusive.

battyblue added 10:05 - Jan 11
We should be 100% trying to win every game if we get injuries we bring someone else in from our Strong squad i would have thought Mc carthy would have learned from southampton and Man utd games but no he will never change .

IpswichT62OldBoy added 10:28 - Jan 11
One of the three stars on our shirt is for the FA Cup win in '78.
We would love to put another star on there, I would have thought.

cats_whiskers added 10:58 - Jan 11
Oar: Replay Will Be Different: Well yes it will, here are just 5 differences
Be playing at Fratton Park
Evening kickoff
A different coloured kit
Penalties to decide if it ends in another draw
And less Ipswich fans there to watch it

StowTractorBoy added 11:20 - Jan 11
I think the Club should take the F.A. Cup seriously as it gives us fans a feel good factor if we progress. I know the league is the priority but success breeds success and in my opinion Mick made too many changes last Saturday. Four changes at most would have been acceptable and with Murphy, Berra and Douglas having recent niggles and Bart coming in they could have been the four changes. Does an extra 90 minutes of football really make that much difference to long term fatigue ? The rotation which most top two tier Clubs seem to adopt is a way to keep the whole squad involved but it does not always pay off as was proved at the weekend. Draw Man City away and we could see a full team at Fratton Park but who knows with MM ?

Simonds92 added 11:56 - Jan 11
The AMN hype was always too much IMO. He doesn't do enough, he's neat and tidy but never beats his man and gets a ball in the box which is all you want your wingers to be doing, he's just a quicker version than Paul Anderson. By no means putting in bad performances because he does always track back and do the dirty stuff but for me not effective enough. I've only seen a little bit of Oar but hopefully he can be a similar type player to Fraser on the other wing pacy and wants to get forward, he does seem to have a decent delivery from dead balls too.

1RWR added 12:03 - Jan 11
Seems no one has berated Bart for his goalkeeping? We were all slating Gerken months ago, we got what we wanted & Bart was in goal, but how good was he?
Being at the match & looking again via the highlights, he looked at fault for both goals in my view. Didn't seem too 'athletic' & to be fair they weren't powerful strikes.

carsey added 12:04 - Jan 11
I am of the old school that the manager should put out the strongest team for every match and try to win it. All this nonsense about resting and rotating players is fine if you have a squad full of world class players but we don't.
I also think football should be played on the ground passing the ball to team mates rather whacking it up the pitch in the hope it will fall to someone in the same colour shirt but we all know that's never gonna happen whilst McCarthy is in charge.
I am hoping we don't get drawn against a big club as everyone will get all excited like they did vs Southampton and Man Utd and the whole season will fall apart again. A home draw against Oxford, Shrewsbury or Walsall will suit me or maybe Colchester. That would be a good test of how far we have come since August when they looked much better than us in the pre-season friendly!!!

WhoisJimmyJuan added 12:11 - Jan 11
As regards AMN. If you blindly keep playing the same players week in week out regardless (until you have a cup game), they are bound to get nackered. AMN is just a kid and I fear he may have been a thoroughbred reduced to a pit pony because of this. Meanwhile OUR youngsters can't get a game.

Surco72 added 14:00 - Jan 11
We cannot keep slating players who are asked to play out of position or a certain type of football that is not natural to them . ANM came to us as a fast wide tricky player who excites , he has been turned into a more central minded player whose first job is to defend in front of a weak championship right back . I cannot see how him being here is benefitting him or Arsenal and their style of play apart from the physical aspect of his game .
We did the same to Anderson signed as wide man and then asked him to tuck in and defend

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