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Ipswich Town v Middlesbrough Your Report added at 07:49:50
Interesting to note that, at the time of writing, the three top rated players are all those that were not brought in by Hurst.
Ipswich Town v Middlesbrough Your Report added at 21:38:32
I agree with all the previous comments, but feel that Grant Ward also deserves special mention. I thought that today was his best performance in an Ipswich shirt, operating in the central midfield in a 3-5-2 really suits him. For months I have been saying our crying need was for a creative midfielder rather than a striker, and now we have two at our disposal - Ward and Huws.
Ipswich Town v Middlesbrough Your Report added at 11:19:02
I thought that Barnsley looked a far better team than their league position would suggest, however I believe that Mick could have changed things to give us the edge.
I would leave the back four unchanged. They are a solid unit and a league apart from where we were 12 months ago. The front pairing I would also retain.
The problem is with the midfield. Both Skuse and Hyam are good players, but they are not a good central combination - particularly at home against a team in the bottom half of the table. We need creativity and the ability to deliver a pass. Perm one of them with either Tunnicliffe, Wordsworth or even Tabb in the centre to supply the front two. I feel that Anderson is underrated, his workrate is impressive but I believe Hewitt wide right would exhibit similar defensive qualities and at the same time be more capable of delivering a cross. I would suggest a midfield of, left to right, Tabb, Tunnicliffe, Skuse and Hewitt.
In conclusion, I don't think that we're a long way from being a useful team. We just need that final bit of tweaking to get there and I believe that Mick is the man to do it.
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