I think ITFC needs to make radical changes at the club. Move the club to an area of England where the local people support their team, manager and owner, What is wrong with ITFC fans? Top six, scoring goals, playing young players and exciting games and being better than NCFC. Not enough for Ipswich folks. Pathetic.
Having got the early goal against a team that were there for the taking it’s disappointing that we failed to take advantage and allowed them a foothold in the game. However it’s a positive that we then got ourselves a draw from 2-1 behind. We are in a good position in the table but I just can’t see us staying there as I don’t believe we are good enough. I believe Mick said a while ago that he loves proving people wrong well I hope he does it to me now
I’m a “Mick outer” for a whole host of reasons but it doesn’t mean I don’t love this great club of ours any less than those who back him. Folk point out how we’re just outside the play offs with a game in hand but fail/refuse to acknowledge we can’t and haven’t beaten anyone in the top half of the league. There are those who maintain that the lack of investment by him upstairs has stifled Monotonous Micks ambitions, but the ‘Uddersfields of this world prove you don’t have to spend big to succeed, you just need the right philosophy. I actually think we have a decent squad which in the right hands and with one or two additions, could produce. Dino should take some credit in assembling them but in the final analysis, he’s from another era, he’s well past his sell by date, move on Mick.
I recall watching Waghorn's highlights reel for Rangers and if my memory serves me right he certainly knew how to take a penalty so was a bit surprised he didn't step up, especially given he was the one that won the penalty. I actually think that wouldn't be a bad rule for football, that is to say, whoever is fowled for the penalty should be the one that has to step up to take it. I went to the Ipswich vs Barnsley game last season and DmG had not trouble with his penalty that day but his penalty today was awful! Can't knock him too much though because he had already scored from open play. On the radio they were very critical of our defending today which is always a concern. Sadly I do think Chambers can be a liability at times. It's a great shame as you can see he has the passion but the quality is sadly lacking at times. But I can see how he's a positive character to have in the dressing room and I imagine he's well thought of by his other team mates. They said on the radio Celina had a quiet game but did say the team didn't get the ball to him enough and that he could of been better utilised. Even so, we were playing a team that had just come down. I know they have struggled this season but if you compare their wage bill to ours I'm sure we'd be a long way behind on that score. I'm no Mick fan at all, but one thing he's really got on me at the moment is that I always used to moan to my friends that we draw too many games and how MM often seems over joyed with a point. But the fact that this was our first draw in 25 games says rather a lot. But nonetheless, I still do feel underwhelmed and bored at our style of play at times but I do have to say it's certainly an improvement on last season. Some tough fixtures coming up so I'd be surprised if we are still sitting so pretty in the league in 2 or 3 weeks for now but if we are then full credit has to go to the team and management as we are punching above our weight. It might not be pretty and it's certainly not got me sitting on the edge of my seat, but we're sitting much higher up the league than I imagined we would be at this stage of the season. I thought we'd definitely be in the bottom half of the league for most the season. However, I'd be highly surprised if we somehow managed to sneak into the Play Offs this season and falling into the bottom half is still highly possible but thankfully unless things fall off an absolute cliff those pre-season relegation fears (especially after the 6-0 Valley trouncing!) look very wide of the mark. I'm resigned to Mick being here till the end of the season (surprise surprise Sunderland didn't want him) so while he can be a stubborn g*t, we may as well try and get behind the team as best we can and see if we can continue to keep punching above our weight. I think Mick will most likely move on to pastures new next season and I won't lose any sleep over him moving on but I do realise that he will be missed by some of our fans who argue he's done a good steady job on a tight budget. Hopefully we don't jump out of the frying pan and into the fire and get somebody like Tony Poolis who could be seeking alternative employment in the near future! He never gets relegated but he bores the hell out of me. Have you noticed his teams so often seem to be given the Monday night Sky fixture which nobody can be bothered to watch! You wouldn't want to be a striker if Tony Poolis was your manager, you'd be like a second-class citizen! Here's what Michael Owen said about playing under Tony Poolis:
It shows just how average this division is not mentioning the top 5 - Norwich: very average but put a run together for a period (2 points behind), Brentford: Struggled terribly for the first 2 months then put a run together, played Cardiff off the park today but lost (3 points behind), Sheff Wednesday: so far inconsistent this season (1 point behind), Leeds: started well but now blowing more cold than hot (2 points behind), Forest: inconsistent, don't know what you'll get from them (1 point behind), Boro: inconsistent start from big spending club but playing somewhat better now (1 point ahead).
Spot on BraveDave . Most commonsense I’ve heard on here in some time! Mick will get no credit for anything. We get a win and it’s because he’s listened to the fans ! We lose and it’s fully down to him and bad decisions. TimmyH a prime example . We only have Celina Waghorn Garner and Adeyemi on the books because of his protestations. Mick and his team found these players, who else had been aware of them and their availability ? One point off play-offs in November, that’ll do for now !
It's amazing how we are soooo dull!! I mean only wolves and Hull have scored more than us (we still have a game in and). Only Hull have more goals in their games than us yet people on here act as if we are the most boring team in the world. God knows how miserable supporters of other teams must be!! I do feel we need to change at end of season but not because MM is a Dino and done a poor job. Simply because there are a faction of supporters who seem hellbent on seeing him off and the atmosphere around the club has turned toxic. This despite the fact he has finished above where the club should have done given the financial resources at his disposal. Think its clear he will go at end of season, which is best for all parties, but if we can't all get behind the team now, while we are close to the play offs (when most experts thought we would be at other end) then I seriously question some motives.... (cue the minuses!!!!)
Ok, I've read all the comments and I think I've got it. To summarise:
We are making absolutely no progress under McCarthy, but if we are making any progress, it is not due to McCarthy but is down to the fact that he is listening to town fans.
But he doesn't listen to town fans and only plays his favourites, and even though he played Celina (who is apparently not one of his favourites) today, the fact that Celina was quiet today is McCarthy's fault.
And we should competing with Arsenal (yes, I know), who beat Spurs today and whose fans hate the manager even though he plays attractive football.
It seems McCarthy should play youngsters like Connolly, but apparently we were better when Connolly went off.
Still I'm like most of those fans who said they weren't getting carried away in August, but would reserve judgement until after October when we would probably be in the relegation zone. And although all the fans were ecstatic with us having 4 excellent strikers in August, McCarthy is now like a kid playing Fifa by picking all 4 strikers.
So that's pretty clear. Why doesn't McCarthy just listen to the fans??
Bert, other clubs gate figures are irrelevant , ITFC attendances are what count, and they are declining, and reflects the disenchantment of a lot of longstanding fans like myself ,Fans that have seen the good times, times when pride was evident on pitch and terraces, Times when ITFC competed for everything. Now support is dwindling and seems largely to come from those happy to accept second best, mundane crap ,
Good result and overall performance but we seriously need some defensive reinforcements. some of the goals we have conceded this season are past comical and Chambers seems to be at the heart of them all. Time for a change?????
If we do end up with more points than last season (which is looking likely) it's down to the fact that McCarthy under pressure from the supporters and a poor last season to bring in Waghorn, Celina, Garner and Adayemi to add a more attacking approach to our game rather than let's not get beat attitude which accounts for many draws over recent seasons as opposed to the win 1 lose 1 and draw less statistics so far this season. Sadly it's taken a few seasons for Mick to realise this and a tight owner to release the purse strings to a degree. On the minus side as each season goes by McCarthy's defensive nuance seems to have disappeared up his own backside.