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Lawrence: One of My Best Goals But Massively Disappointed
Wednesday, 4th Jan 2017 06:00

Season-long loanee 
Tom Lawrence may have scored one of the best goals of his career at QPR on Monday but was left “massively disappointed” after the Blues were defeated 2-1 in a game he felt they had dominated.

Lawrence smashed home a brilliant 25-yard strike three minutes after half-time to equalise Idrissa Sylla’s first-half goal for the home side and the Blues looked by far the more likely winners until Pawel Wszolek profited from a Town defensive error to win it for the West Londoners in the 83rd minute.

“Massively disappointed, I thought we dominated the game but we’ve come out with a loss at the end of it,” Lawrence said.

“We’re so inconsistent at minute, we need to learn from this and go again.”

Regarding his goal, the Wales international said: “It was a sweet one, but it didn’t mean for much in the end.

“It’s one of the best I’ve scored, but it didn’t count for much as we didn’t get any points.”

Having played most of his football for Town on the left of a midfield four or front three, manager Mick McCarthy named Lawrence in a central midfield trio at Loftus Road as he started his side in a 3-5-2 system.

“He knows I enjoy that role as well,” the on-loan Leicester man continued. “I can play either way, so I just do the job that he asks.”

Lawrence has now made 18 starts and one sub appearance for Town with Monday’s goal his third of his spell and he says he is benefiting from playing regularly.

“It’s massive for me, I spent last year on loan as well and I think I’m playing the best football I’ve played. I’m enjoying it,” he said.

Lawrence is on a season-long loan with the Blues but his future has been the subject of speculation with claims that Derby, Norwich, Reading, Cardiff and Wigan could all move for him in January.

Quizzed on whether there is anything in the speculation, Lawrence responded: “I don’t know, that’s not on me, is it?”

The Wrexham-born player admits he isn't sure whether Leicester might be able to recall him from his loan during the window - “I don’t know. I’m just playing my football” - however, manager McCarthy recently stated that he will remain at Portman Road for the entire campaign and TWTD understands that Lawrence can’t return to the King Power Stadium in January unless all three parties - the Blues, the Foxes and Lawrence himself - agree to it.

McCarthy has played down the chances of making the signing permanent at the end of the season if any of the division's more monied clubs came in for him.

But Lawrence, whose Leicester contract has 18 months to run, doesn’t rule out remaining at Portman Road if a deal could be done in the summer: “As I said, I’m enjoying my football, so I’ll see what that brings.”

The forward is eligible for Saturday's FA Cup third round tie at home to Lincoln City and hopes the Blues can win their first match in the competition for seven years and face bigger opposition in a later round.

“It’s massive, you win games like that and the big teams [can follow]," he said. "Hopefully we can get through that one.”

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truckertractorboy added 06:52 - Jan 4
Yep tom we feel your pain thats how we feel week in and week out

Adam91T added 06:57 - Jan 4
If we could sign Lawrence, that would be incredible. Strongly doubt it would ever happen, but he'd likely keep improving (at least, if we get in another manager) and probably be a sound investment if nothing else for the club. In the meantime, we get a player who actually can PLAY. Kenlock and Lawrence on the left side could turn into a deadly combination

d0nk added 07:45 - Jan 4
Just imagine him and williams playing together with dozzel . Would be awesome. Oh yeah Mick wouldnt do that, dream over.

rfretwell added 07:53 - Jan 4
Who fed the ball to Lawrence - Scuse who also had a good game. We did dominate first half and had a tea purple patch at the start of the second then went backwards. The odd misplaced pass we can b but seriously - Bru and Chambers 3 times each in succession??? Hoofball returned as QPR closed down faster and any quality went right out the window.Kenlock was limping when he was subbed but looks to be a first team regular in years to come surely. Emmanuel di at right wing back. Chambers could have dealt with Mackie then Sears down the right would have carried much more attacking threat.

rfretwell added 07:55 - Jan 4
Emmanuel disappointed

iaintaylorx added 08:05 - Jan 4
Please try and make this permanent! Show us fans that you want to improve the squad!

Brownie added 08:43 - Jan 4
Thought Tom & Didzy were as someone else quite often says ' different class'.

If we can sign him it is a no brainer. Not sure we can afford him though or at least not sure we will.

I know I sound like his Dad as I am always defending him but Skuse was good and normally is. Just pick a partner who compliments him & he doesn't let us down at this level. Bru did well especially first half. He is a bit inconsistent but obviously is a better option than Mr Douglas.


Michael11 added 08:57 - Jan 4
I really like him. Unfortunately, I think he's one of those players who will go to a bigger club and not get the football he needs. I'd love him to stay with us permanently where he's going to play every week and be valued. Webster and Lawrence been our players of the season IMO.

brittaniaman added 09:06 - Jan 4
YEP Tom:: Blame McCarthy for trying to defend 1pt. !!!
MM. loves calling his staff nick names, so I suggest we start calling him DINO !!! anybody agree ?

Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 09:35 - Jan 4
Sad to think we won't keep Lawrence, who seems to be turning into a real asset. Last betting site I looked at, we were 250/1 for promotion, while the Scummers, still only six points ahead of us, were 8/1, which says it all. Even Wolves were 125/1, so (I'm no mathematician) I suppose that means even they are thought to have double the chance of going up that we do?
We are a fan base which constantly looks back on the good old days, which is not wholly positive. I think we need to build some new history, a new fan base, and move forward, but just how to do that in the present climate is another question. Answers on a postcard to ME.

backwiththeboysagain added 09:47 - Jan 4
I wouldn't be too disappointed Tom, you're in the shop window and you'll get a move to a club next season where you'll have a manager better than the tool we have here. Best of luck

Bert added 10:11 - Jan 4
Credit to MM who brought him here.

muccletonjoe added 10:19 - Jan 4
Amazed that people still think skuse is good enough for a place in the side. We will not move forward untill we get rid of him and dougie douglas. We have midfielders who arw far better than the pair of them. Onw goal in 150 games should say it all.

ipswich1992 added 10:41 - Jan 4
Skuse is very good at what he does. He's a good player- he needs conplementing with a more creative partner. Defo not Douglass but I like Skuse he's a decent player!!

bedsitfc added 10:55 - Jan 4
Skuse is class, but not in the going forward sense.
He allows the likes of Williams, Lawrence, dozzell etc to express themselves.
If we didn't play him they would not be able to attack like they do.

shakytown added 11:49 - Jan 4
Skuse much better until you know who arrived on the scene. When he appeared we were essentially a man down. A different class and showed it again.

eMeM added 12:02 - Jan 4
We were dominated by Fulham but I don't think there was even one game this season when we dominated. Sort it out MM!

Seasider added 13:18 - Jan 4
Hope TWTD understands correctly,so less chance of losing Tom.

Interesting what the Dino does for Saturdays game re personnel.

Cant think he will make wholesale changes because unlike other seasons we have very little chance of making the play offs compared to previous years.

But there is no telling with McCarthy,because he could say need to keep the regulars for the relegation dog fight.

I imagine there will be several changes though,as we are playing a non league team;who nevertheless are top of the National League and playing well under the old Braintree Manager I believe.

An upset could be on the cards as they will have as many fans as Ipswich possibly (5000)coming to cheer them on.

Will be an interesting fixture,which I hope we can win,although not certain with the way Ipswich are playing this season.

If we do lose then this could put a bit more pressure on our foul mouthed' know it all'manager,who would no doubt lace the after match press conference with a few expletives;should the unthinkable occur.

phillo added 13:43 - Jan 4
Clearly Dino needs to play Tom so he is Cup tied and "possibly" a less attractive option for another club to sign.
He also needs to play as strong a side as possible this year ..... we haven't really got much else to play for have we !!!
In addition (although not sure how !) this thread became a Skuse bashing thread so I'll say it once again slowly for those of you "hard of footballing nouse" every team needs 1 player who does the "dog" work - the "water carrier" role that Dunga did for that great Brazil side, Kante did for Leicester last year/Chelsea this etc (before you leap I am not saying Skuse is as good as Kanye !!!) - and for us Skuse is by far and away the best at that for us we n the current squad ... possibly in the league (arguable point I agree) BUT he needs to do it with an ATTACKING formation for us to be an effective team.
In answer to the "he never scores" argument - I seem to remember everyone loving Leadbeter when he was with us .... he scored last week for the first time in seven seasons .... is he crap ?

muccletonjoe added 14:13 - Jan 4
If skuse is one of the best defensive midfielders why are we constantly over run in midfield and continue to leak goals ? Or is that soneone elses fault again like the goalscoring issue?

jas0999 added 18:15 - Jan 4
A very good player who we sadly have little chance of signing.

blueboy1981 added 18:41 - Jan 4
........ understand your feelings Tom - only consolation is you will soon be playing for a Club who will almost certainly have a Manager with a far greater focus on WINNING.

phillo added 20:22 - Jan 4
because he plays Douglas next to him muccletonjoe (its like he's on his own in there at times !!) & don't get your other question ?? who did I "lame" for his non goal scoring ? Think we might be looking elsewhere re that (Sears much as I love him hasn't scored a hatful and he's a striker/forward !!)

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