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Ipswich Town 0-1 Fleetwood Town - Half-Time
Tuesday, 3rd Mar 2020 20:45

Ched Evans’s goal five minutes before the break has given Fleetwood a 1-0 lead over the Blues at half-time.

Brett McGavin was handed his league debut and Andre Dozzell returned to the side for the first time in two months as Paul Lambert made six changes.

McGavin was in the deeper midfield role behind Dozzell, whose last first-team game was the Leasing.com Trophy tie at Exeter at the start of January, alongside Jon Nolan, with Cole Skuse and Emyr Huws, starters during the 2-1 defeat at Blackpool on Saturday, missing due to a gash on the shin and a toe injury respectively.

Tomas Holy continued in goal with the Blues returning to a back three with - from the right - James Wilson, skipper Luke Chambers and Josh Earl the centre-halves. Janoi Donacien and Luke Garbutt were the wing-backs. Will Keane was up front with Alan Judge set to play off him.

Teddy Bishop and Freddie Sears were among the subs, having made their first starts of the season at Bloomfield Road, as were young duo Tyreece Simpson and Armando Dobra.

Flynn Downes missed the first game of his two-match ban for reaching 10 bookings and Kayden Jackson the second of his three-game suspension.

Fleetwood, at Portman Road for the first time in their history with manager Joey Barton in the stands serving a touchline ban, named an unchanged team from last week’s 1-1 draw at Sunderland.

Neither side threatened in the early stages with Fleetwood seeing most of the ball but without threatening. On 15 Paddy Madden shot well wide from the left of the area.

Moments later former Town loanee Callum Connolly was switched for Evans, back from suspension, the on-loan Everton man having been on the sidelines having a nosebleed attended to for the previous few minutes.

Chances continued to be non-existent at both ends with Fleetwood having most of the possession but without threatening and the Blues struggling to get on the ball. In their rare spells with it there were one or two neat interchanges involving Dozzell, McGavin and Judge but without getting near to creating an opportunity.

On 28 the visitors weren’t too far from opening the scoring in slightly fortunate circumstances when Barrie McKay was found in space on the left and his cross was diverted off the outside of the near post by Chambers from six yards.

Despite their possession, Fleetwood had threatened very little but in the 40th minute they went in front. McKay played in sub Evans who took it on in to the area on the left before hitting a shot beyond Chambers’ dive, across Holy and into the net.

The Fleetwood goal prompted boos from the previously sullen Town crowd, followed by chants of ‘you’re getting sacked in the morning’ aimed towards manager Lambert and ‘Marcus Evans, get out of our club’.

Fleetwood taking the lead seemed to wake the Blues up, Dozzell playing in Donacien on the right of the box but the right wing-back’s low cross was blocked.

In injury time, McGavin and Dozzell cleverly combined to find Keane in the penalty spot following a corner but the striker was crowded out before he could get in a shot.

The half-time whistle was greeted by more boos after a woeful first period from the much-changed Blues.

Town, looking utterly bereft of confidence and dynamism, had struggled to get hold of the ball throughout the half with Fleetwood dominating possession although to little effect until their goal five minutes before the break.

The Blues will have to be much, much better if they’re to avoid a defeat which would make even a play-off finish a tall order in the final nine games of the season and put manager Lambert under even greater pressure. A number of changes at the break would be little surprise.

Town: Holy, Donacien, Earl, Chambers (c), Wilson, Nolan, Judge, Dozzell, Garbutt, McGavin, Keane. Subs: Norris, Edwards, Bishop, Sears, Woolfenden, Dobra, Simpson.

Fleetwood: Cairns, Coyle, Andrew, Connolly (Evans 16), Souttar, Burns, Whelan, Coutts (c), Madden, Gibson, McKay. Subs: Crellin, Morris, Thervaldsson, Sowerby, Saunders, Holgate. Referee: Neil Hair (Cambridgeshire).


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matthewwylds added 20:47 - Mar 3
Must win hahaha you got to have a shot on target first 👊💦
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marco5113 added 20:48 - Mar 3
normal service resumes.
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ITFCsince73 added 20:48 - Mar 3
North stand singing for Evans to get out the club.
Chambo playing to his usual low standard.
That’s ITFC just now.
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HALLSJ added 20:48 - Mar 3
Joke, utter utter joke
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DifferentGravy added 20:49 - Mar 3
I defy anyone to defend Lambert. What an absolute shambles of a team selection.

Then, seeing that the tactics/formation are not working........he does nothing. The players were getting frustrated and didnt know what to do. Everybody can see it.....Mick Mills is talking about it at half time............everyone............except Lambert

Last money i will spend on watching Ipswich until Lambert is gone......and hopefully Evans with him

Evans out. Lambert out
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SickParrot added 20:51 - Mar 3
You couldn't make it up. Must win game, so had to start with Keane and Sears up front and Dobra or Bishop. We don't and have had no shots. Lambert either wants the sack or is a total idiot.
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martin587 added 20:51 - Mar 3
I’m just lost for words.What the hell is going on.
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MurcianITCC added 20:56 - Mar 3
Ok. I have patience ....but, seriously? I'd rather go broke than be this pointless. Just go Evans. Take your money a go.
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Suffolkboy added 21:03 - Mar 3
Sick parrot you have it succinctly in one !PL must show initiative , completely change the outlook and set up,for the second half and inject life and passion on to the field !
There are players on the pitch who’ll likely never score , never look dangerous , never appear hungry and never show us the creative instinct we hope for .
For heavens sake PL show us what you can do ; this is truly awful to read and must be worse to watch !
COYB
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herobobby added 21:03 - Mar 3
Evans.....Hi Neil (warnock) could you do me a favour and pop down to Portman road tomorrow and try and get me out another crap situation I have caused,you won’t be popular with all the fans but at least you won’t let the shower of sh*** that my current manager has put out tonight get away with the pathetic attempt at the game called football

Warnock.....sorry Marcus your bed you lie in it,I can’t make a silk purse out of a pigs ear mate.....
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RobsonWark added 21:04 - Mar 3
Any one notice how annoyed our Captain fantastic was with himself when he realised he had missed scoring that own own goal by hitting the post?
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herfie added 21:06 - Mar 3
The air is thick with chickens coming home to roost. This is so poor on so many levels that it’s beyond anger or frustration. If we were a wounded animal, then out of humanity.........

So sad.

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Dockerblue added 21:09 - Mar 3
RobsonWark, didn,t expect any difference, you can,t polish a t¥rd
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Hegansheros added 21:14 - Mar 3
In the name of god, go, for f#### sake just go.
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Woodbridgian added 21:19 - Mar 3
The North Stand can sing what they like about Evans and he has a lot to answer for but this disgraceful performance is 100% down to Lambert... completely lost the plot and the dressing room
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aas1010 added 21:22 - Mar 3
Just go ! Take Evans too 🤬
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herobobby added 21:22 - Mar 3
Even worse we are going to have to endure that gob sh*** Barton banging on at full time about little old Fleetwood....
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blue86 added 21:31 - Mar 3
I really have had enough of this now, he better be gone tomorrow. Shame Evan's cant find a buyer for the club! What a disaster he has been.
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richardpaul added 21:45 - Mar 3
On current form didn't expect anything else The only urgency comes from the long suffering fans who turn out week in week out to try and boost this absolute shower to a winning performance No luck again lamentable pathetic garbage No chance now for top six so lets field the youngsters
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ITFC_95 added 21:50 - Mar 3
Clueless. Bizarre team selection from Lambert. Depressing that the only player that looked like he knew how to play football in the first half (Dozzell) will be off in the summer for free because lambert hasn’t played him. Bored of saying chambers was at fault for the goal. You’ll never get promoted if you score one goal every 5 games. Drastic changes needed from the top down
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midastouch added 21:51 - Mar 3
Not sure who was more unpopular tonight, Ched Evans or Marcus Evans!
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19781981twtd added 21:54 - Mar 3
Absolute garbage manager with no idea trying to pick a team from players that are at best league 2 they have nothing to offer how can they be top and in a matter of weeks mid table the answer is simple the teams that keep beating us have a manager that knows his players and players that care for their clubs our journeyman has beens,our old relics and kids that have been labelled far better than they actually are don't give a toss for our once great club league 2 beckons next year !!
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