My impression, thus far, based on team selections in all games is that Lambert after 2 years does not have a clue what his first 11 should be. Fair enough establishing a 4 3 3 formation and playing out from the back...but do we have the ball playing defence to do that? I would rather than "giving everyone a game" that our efforts should be on establishing a settled side, round pegs in round holes, play our best 11, others get in when they can match the first team players performances...not because they need a game. The one highlight for me was the midfield trio, Downes, Dozzell and Bishop. I have a dread of this year being like last year with rotation being the norm. Our squad is too big, arguably too expensive, and needs to be reduced. Too many journeymen reducing the chances of our own academy players, too many players whose best days are behind them and I was initially a Lambert fan, but if there is no improvement in the first few months he should be replaced before Christmas no matter what compensation has to be paid. (Honest pre season thoughts)
Coronovirus means games have to be played behind closed doors it would be a gesture of good faith by the club to award ifollow subscriptions to season ticket holders, with live coverage of those matches, as is currently the case for overseas ifollow members now. What do you think?
Boris Johnson has the tactical savvy of Ethelread the Unready and Pritti Patel has the tact and diplomacy of Atilla the Hun. I'm just glad that they run the country rather than Ipswich Town......so things could be worse
Whats the funniest thing you have inadvertently overheard? I was queuing up to board a flight from Heathrow to Dublin and the two women in front of me were having an animated conversation. The first lady said-
- "I am off to see Mary, she has just had a baby boy" - "That's grand, what is she going to call him?" - "Sean" - "SEAN, every Tom, Dick and Harry is called Sean"
Cue laughter from me followed by embarassment as they turned round to see what was so funny...
That we have "the best squad in the league" This has been proved to be an utter fallacy. The players do not have the skill, or the commitment (with one or two exceptions) for league one never mind the Championship. Throughout the course of the season numerous different formations have been tried with numerous different players with the same result...abject failure. If we have to resort to hoofing the ball up the park we need a big target man, a la Simpson, rather than the vertically challenged forwards we employ. On the bright side I reckon Town would be top of the league if it was 5 aside...but unfortunately it isn't and you cannot make a silk purse out of a sows ear.
Watched Blackpool v Bolton Nsiala pretty solid, Murphy won a lot in the air, but missed a good headed chance...straight at keeper Blackpool not great....but then neither are we, hope tonite tired them out 4 points off 6th place now, Oxford above us
Phil / Gav It would be interesting to see a summary of the player ratings so far this season. I think one of the main reasons we are where we are is because of players performance on the pitch. Lambert obviously picks from performance in training and presumably by last performance in play (with the exception of goalkeepers...). I for one cannot see why at this late stage we have seen nothing of Dozzell and Dobra on the pitch as they give us something different and why he persists with Judge, Nolan, Wilson, Chambers, Keane and Skuse who give us zilch going forward. We hzve a squad of 40+ players, this is the time to really go for it rather than field a team who can play at best for 45 minutes and play at worst for 85 minutes.