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Barrow 2 v 0 Ipswich Town
FA Cup
Wednesday, 15th December 2021 Kick-off 19:45
Barrow 2-0 Ipswich Town - Match Report
Wednesday, 15th Dec 2021 21:45

Wretched Town suffered yet another embarrassing FA Cup exit as first-half goals from Jordan Stevens and Robbie Gotts saw League Two Barrow to a 2-0 second-round replay victory at Holker Street. The Blues deserved little more having been woeful in a first half in which Stevens netted on 26 and Gotts nine minutes later. Town huffed and puffed after the break but never looked like getting back into the match.

Interim manager John McGreal made eight changes to the Blues side with only Christian Walton, Kane Vincent-Young and Cameron Burgess remaining from Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Wigan.

Walton continued in goal behind a back four of, from the right, Vincent-Young, Toto Nsiala, Burgess and Matt Penney.

In midfield, Idris El Mizouni and Tom Carroll were in the centre with Scott Fraser on the left and Sone Aluko, who skippered, on the right. Up front, James Norwood started alongside Kayden Jackson.

Among those on the bench are captain Sam Morsy, Conor Chaplin and Janoi Donacien, while Ben Morris was included in the first-team squad for the first time since the Coventry game in March 2020, the final match before that season was suspended due to the pandemic.

Young midfielder Cameron Humphreys was due to be in the squad but was left out as his room-mate has Covid, according to Blues legend Terry Butcher, who was part of the team covering the game live for ITV4

League Two Barrow made two changes with Josh Gordon and Matt Platt coming into the team for Ozzy Zanzala and Mark Ellis, who dropped to the bench.

Prior to kick-off both teams took a knee aside from Aluko and Nsiala, who both raised an arm.

Barrow saw most of the ball in the early stages and on five Gordon got behind Burgess on the right but screwed his shot well wide.

The Bluebirds continued to dominate the ball and in the 12th minute came close to going in front when Patrick Brough crossed from the left after a flowing move from halfway and Gotts shot just over from the edge of the area.

Barrow felt they should have been awarded a penalty in the 19th minute when Burgess sent Gordon flying as he cleared after dallying not realising the Barrow striker was behind him. The Town defender looked to have got something on the ball as well as the player but some referees might have given it.

The Blues had shown very little with the home side controlling the game and in the 26th minute they went in front with their first goal in open play in seven matches.

A corner was played short to Gott, who laid it to Stevens on the edge of the box from where he smashed a shot into the net off El Mizouni. It was all the League Two side deserved with the Blues yet to get going.

Barrow threatened again on the half hour when Gotts shot not too far wide at the near post from a right-sided cross.

The Blues continued to labour and in the 35th minute the home side doubled their lead. Stevens crossed from the left, Brough couldn’t direct it goalwards but it dropped to Gotts, who smashed into the net to make it 2-0.

The scoreline far from flattered the Cumbrians, who had been much the better side with the Blues having shown nothing.

Town finally threatened as the half reached its final minutes, a Fraser free-kick from the right leading to a corner from which Burgess flicked a header well wide, much to his frustration.

The half-time whistle was greeted by cheers from the home side who thoroughly deserved their two-goal lead with the Blues as bad as they’ve been at any point over the last few seasons.

Town had been embarrassingly schooled by League Two’s 19th-place team, who had passed the ball around tidily and created the game’s only chances.

The Blues had struggled to keep hold of the ball, had carved out nothing in front of goal and had looked shaky at the back.

It was little surprise that McGreal made changes at the break with skipper Morsy and Luke Woolfenden taking over from Fraser and Carroll as he moved the team into a 3-5-2 system with Aluko ahead of El Mizouni and Morsy in the centre.

Town threatened within a minute of the restart, Norwood stabbing wide from inside the area.

On 48 sub Woolfenden headed wide after a corner which had been played to the edge of the box had been looped back towards the post.

In the 54th minute Morsy hit a well-struck shot from just outside the box which home keeper Paul Farman saved down to his left and then claimed ahead of Jackson as the striker sought to follow-up, suffering a knock which required treatment as he did so.

Farman, who was in goal for Lincoln when they beat Town in the FA Cup at Sincil Bank in 2017, was eventually OK to carry on.

Barrow created their first opportunities of the second half in the 58th minute, First, Ollie Banks’s shot was blocked then Stevens sent his volley over the bar.

Just after the hour, Norwood chased a long ball down the middle but Farman was quickly off his line to claim in front of the striker.

On 66 Morsy was shown the game’s first yellow card for a late challenge on Banks inside the centre circle. Two minutes later, Norwood was swapped for Joe Pigott after a frustrating evening.

In the 72nd minute Nsiala went down clearly in pain after colliding with Gordon and required treatment for what looked like a twisted knee. The centre-half eventually gingerly made his way to the touchline and was replaced by Donacien, while Chaplin took over from Aluko. On 79, Barrow swapped Stevens for Josh Kay and Connor Brown for Remeao Hutton.

Any momentum the Blues might have built up in the early minutes of the half had well and truly dissipated with the game petering out as a contest given the home’s side’s two-goal lead and the succession of substitutions preventing any flow.

However, in the 80th minute, Vincent-Young sent a low ball across the Bluebirds area but with no one on hand to add a final touch.

Town were seeing a fair bit of the ball but without finding a way through the Barrow XI, who by now were happy to sit on their lead. On 87 Pigott shot into the ground and through to Farman.

Morsy showed his frustration a minute later by dragging a Barrow player to his feet as he was on the ground waiting for treatment and was fortunate not to be shown a second yellow card.

As the match moved into six minutes of injury time, Pigott rose to head a Donacien cross from the right towards goal but Farman was again able to save with little fanfare.

The Blues kept pushing in the final minutes but with little conviction and cheers from the home fans rang around the ground at the final whistle after a famous and deserved cup upset.

Another FA Cup horror show - as was the case with then-non-league Lincoln in 2017 in front of TV cameras - to go with Town’s worst.

After an abject first-half display, the Blues improved after the break but never put Barrow under real pressure and Farman in goal had a quiet evening.

The Bluebirds progress to round three and an away tie at Barnsley, while the Blues will be without a game on Saturday 8th January with their league match with AFC Wimbledon off as the Dons are also in FA Cup action.

Town, led either by McGreal or perhaps a new manager, are next in action on Saturday when Sunderland are at Portman Road when the Blues will have to be very much better if they’re to take anything from the game.

Barrow: Farman, Brown (Hutton 79), Brough, Platt, Gordon (Zanzala 82), White, J Jones, Gotts (Ellis 90), Grayson, Banks (c), Stevens (Kay 79). Unused: Lillis, Taylor, M Jones, Beadling, James.

Town: Walton, Vincent-Young, Nsiala (Donacien 75), Burgess, Penney, Aluko (c) (Chaplin 75), El Mizouni, Carroll (Woolfenden 46), Fraser (Morsy 46), Jackson, Norwood (Pigott 68). Unused: Hladky, Kenlock, Morris. Referee: James Bell (Sheffield). Att: 2,756 (Town: 202).

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multiplescoregasms added 21:46 - Dec 15
Just fluck off the lot of you. I am embarrassed to be a Town supporter.

Tufty added 21:46 - Dec 15

dirtydingusmagee added 21:46 - Dec 15
two words .......SUNDAY LEAGUE

bixleyboy added 21:46 - Dec 15
Another total embarrassment on national tv, it’s never been as bad as it is tonight.

TractorFrog added 21:46 - Dec 15
We should have kept Paul f***ing Lambert. How am I writing this with a straight face?!

EssexTractor added 21:47 - Dec 15
2,756 attendance lowest ever in a competitive match ( disregarding COVID restrictions ?
Team performance Worst I have seen since first watching ITFc in 1959
Simple as that

BromleyBloo added 21:47 - Dec 15
After Charlton, I asked if it could get any worse??? Well, yes, first half here proved that it could and was absolutely abysmal - poor team selection, bad setup/system/tactics(?) and not a shot on target before half-time………….against Barrow for Christ sake! Inept in all respects from manager downwards.

Second half better - how could it not be - but half a dozen players who I would be happy to never see again wear the Ipswich shirt. Write this season off and take your time in appointing a new man because getting close to starting from scratch again.

Words fail me - embarrassing doesn’t cover it. Supporting a football team just shouldn’t be this tough/painful……………………..!



brianbull added 21:48 - Dec 15
Embarrassment and a fu@king disgrace. Thank you Paul Cook for getting rid of the sh1t players and replacing them with more sh1t. Disgraceful performance

Bluearmy_81 added 21:48 - Dec 15
Make no mistake, the reason we got humiliated, again, on national tv is Marcus Evans. 20 years ago we were beating Inter Milan. 6 years later we had the misfortune to get him as an owner and the rest of course is our tragic history. Now he wants to buy another club?! Is he thick, stupid?! No. He got something out of grinding us into the ground. And some of you lot would still buy him a pint and think he's great!! Gullible doesn't even come close

sospier added 21:48 - Dec 15
Disgraceful not fit to wear the shirt.

chopra777 added 21:48 - Dec 15
Sheer horror tonight. Forget about shipbuilding we need team building. A gutless performance apart from 5 minutes at the start of the 2nd half. We need a magician not a manager.

Bert added 21:48 - Dec 15
The adverts on ITV at half time for erectile dysfunction sums it up perfectly. We were impotent.


CookAshtonJohnson added 21:48 - Dec 15
I cannot believe what I have just watched. Every single fan who went should get a refund out of the players’ pockets. This new manager has got a lot on his hands, but maybe it is a blessing in disguise to now focus on just the league. But an abysmal result all round, Nsiala and Penney should never wear Ipswich shirts ever again. No real urgency against a League 2 side battling relegation, constant sideway passes, and barely any service to the two strikers. Say an extra prayer for Ipswich Town Football Club tonight, because boy do we need one!

RobsonWark added 21:48 - Dec 15
What is it with Ipswich Town managers who think it is a great idea to make 7,8 or 9 changes to the team for every cup game. FFS it does NOT work!
The players are complete strangers to each other on a football pitch - they won't be a TEAM!
Then we make 7,8 or 9 changes back again for our "best players" for the next league game and we get beat again. Happens EVERY year!!

Baz added 21:48 - Dec 15
Each player should hang their head in shame, pay the fans expenses and donate a month’s salary to charity

TimmyH added 21:48 - Dec 15
Gotta laugh otherwise you'd cry! I said earlier incredible how we keep finding new levels of rubbishness! Optimism at the start of the season soon turning to pessimism.

Saturday should be interesting with the new owners and possibility of 28000 booing supporters whoever the next manager is...

austractor added 21:49 - Dec 15
Wtf is wrong with our club? Who replaces an entire squad and is just as bad if not worse?

At this point I would take a boring manager who just beats the performances out of the players. Gutted after this one.

DaGremloid added 21:49 - Dec 15
Completely and utterly pathetic. Any neutral watching that would think WE were the team struggling at the bottom of League 2. Barrow were more skilful and organised – we were off the pace and all over the place.

Anyone who thinks ‘good we’re out of the cup so now we can concentrate on the league’ is as clueless and deluded as the players. And worst of all? Cook has left this club with a crock of sh!te that are barely better than the team he inherited.

Oh and Morsy as captain? He’s a walking yellow card every game.

Blue_Meanie added 21:49 - Dec 15
28k+ will be watching you on Saturday.
Scary thought lads

planetblue_2011 added 21:49 - Dec 15
What an absolute disgrace are these players actually getting paid because if they are on 10+ grand a game then I want in, that is the easiest money ever just play💩
Can’t believe I watched the whole game🙈
Feel sorry for new manager coming in🤷‍♂️what can he do with these players🤔🤔🤔

BlueWax added 21:50 - Dec 15
I actually feel sick after watching that and hearing commentators repeatedly saying how poor we were.
Show the players that first half and see if they feel sick.
If they don't then bin them off. They don't care.
Time to stop hiring and firing managers.
Players have to take responsibility.

TractorRob added 21:50 - Dec 15
How embarrassing on national TV again. Absolute drivel. The worst performance in my long memory, even worse than the Northampton game last season. No creativity or control. Out thought, out run, out fought by Barrow - for goodness sake. Only two meaningful attempts on goal. That ITFC cannot put out a team to compete with a side near the relegation zone in the 4th tier is disgraceful.

Woodbridgian added 21:50 - Dec 15
Now we know why Cook was fired, responsible for clearing out an average league one squad and replacing them with a below average league two one,

KernowBluey added 21:51 - Dec 15
What an absolute shambles! And to think I was going to travel up from Cornwall to see the Sunderland home game....

Foreverdon_Blue added 21:51 - Dec 15
Just plain embarrassing!! Absolute garbage!

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