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Town Linked With Everton Defender Gibson
at 15:18:49

The trouble with James Wilson was that due to injuries he only played a quarter of the season both years he was with us. And it was the same when he was with Lincoln. We need payers are going to be fit to play a full season.
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Drinan Joins Leyton Orient
at 20:22:16

a little bit of irony that he is going to Orient, the club where Macualey Bonne, now with us, rediscovered his potential. Although then at non league level. Physical forwards generally don't reach their potential until into their 20s (as was the case with Darl Murphy) so it will be interesting to see whether Drinan can progress. Plenty of work rate and some nice touches, but needs to be more of a threat in front of goal.
I wish him well.
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Dozzell Deal Done
at 10:57:40

I am never comfortable selling talented youngsters to higher divisions. Despite the sceptics on here, Championship clubs will be signing him on the basis of his ability and stats – and not because they are mates with Jason. Players who can open up defences with their passing are rare and potentially go for big money – if it didn't happen here it was more because of the shortcomings ahead of him than his ability or attitude. While he has sometimes lost possession, I suspect that the percentage of lost ball is relatively low as we haven't had a midfielder as willing to take the ball in all situations since Magilton.
I feel that the obvious hostily towards him on social media will have made his mind up for him once Cook said everyone was available.
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Dozzell Closing in On QPR Move
at 10:44:06

A shame that he came through with so many poor players around him (and particularly ahead of him) meaning we have been unable to capitalise on his passing skills and vision. According to the EADT stats at the end of the season we were (surprisingly) the team with the greatest number of through balls per game – a significant number of which will have come from Dozzell. Imagine how it might have been with a couple of sharp forwards ahead of him. However, despite being the youngest regular player in he team he has received so much negativity that it is now inevitable he will leave. I for one fear we may regret how this has worked out. Good luck at QPR Andre
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U23s Beaten By Blades in Play-Off Semi-Final
at 08:13:34

Not surprising really given that half the squad has already been released and most of the rest know what they have coming...
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Brentford Join Blackburn and QPR in Chase For Dozzell
at 23:52:00

As pointed out by beattiesbackpicket, if your game is passing, you can only be as good as the movement of the players ahead of you. The only effective movement over the last year has come from Norwood on the occasions he has been fit. Even Arnold Muhren would have looked rubbish in the Ipswich side over the last year.
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Brentford Join Blackburn and QPR in Chase For Dozzell
at 20:57:14

Agreed there are far to few battlers at the moment. If we had a few then Dozzell would be providing the passes to make the side sing. The best teams are made up of ver different but complementary skills.
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Brentford Join Blackburn and QPR in Chase For Dozzell
at 20:32:02

Has been one of the youngest players in the side over the past year and has a better touch, vision and range of passes than anyone we have seen at Portman road for years, and always makes himself available to receive a pass. Unfortunately he has had some really poor players around him. Having watched Skuse play sideways for years - and never trying to take control of a game- I will be fairly devastated if he goes. Not surprised there is a frenzy for championship clubs interested. Still has several years of development ahead of him.
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Sears, Wilson, Huws and Nydam Released
at 18:31:48

Quite shocked to see Nydam released – unless there are long term worries about his fitness after that injury. He suddenly disappeared from the squad after making a fairly decent substitute appearance.
I can understand Wilson being released. He looks good when his fit to play, but has been on the injury list most of this season, as he was last season. And it was the same before that when he was at Lincoln.
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Wilson Wins Player of the Year
at 12:07:15

hmm, given that Wilson has been unfit for most of this season, and last season – and when he was at Lincoln – it will be interesting to see whether our player of the year is offered a new contract.
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Bakay: Heritage, Fanbase and Opportunity the Attraction of Town
at 10:47:32

hmm, Bakay said : "If he [Cook] wants 4-2-3-1, what are the two, three players that he needs for that formation?"
Not wanting to put a dampener on things but it would appear unlikely we are going to get an entire new squad.
In my book at least a couple of those players will have to be strikers.
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Jackson: I Need a Goal, Not Just For Me But For the Team
at 15:02:41

Crowell blue, if your striker can't control the ball and hold it up, the midfield have got no chance of getting up alongside him . As for running beyond the striker, if your striker's asset his speed, you wouldn't expect to be running beyond him. How many midfielders do you see running ahead of Jamie Vardy?
A large part of the last year's problems were that Lambert kept changing the system in the hope of finding one that would suit Jackson without being to the detriment of the rest of the team.
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Jackson: I Need a Goal, Not Just For Me But For the Team
at 14:39:02

Sadly I agree with Skip and Chris R. Very fast but that is about it. No spatial awareness of where to run to to maximise his speed, and no control if the ball does come to him. Inevitably the whole team suffers and plays badly when he is in the side.
Given the amount we paid for Jackson he probably represents one of the club's worst ever transfer deals. We will be luck to get £100,000 for him now. Thank you Paul Hurst.
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Fleetwood Town 2-0 Ipswich Town - Match Report
at 00:10:01

Feared the worst when the teamsheet showed jackson playing alone up top again (how many time has that been a disaster?) and Skuse back in midfield (after being off the pace when he was last fit a year ago). PC needs to get to grips fast with the who can do what in his squad if we are to have any chance of the playoffs. Dozzell one of the few showing any quality, if PC can find the ball winning energy to play alongside him. Still think if PC makes the right selections we have a chance of the playoffs.
Regarding comments about Magilton, he was the one manager that Evans provided with an open cheque book, and he wasn't closets getting us up – which was why he went.
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Cook to Make Changes as Hawkins and Skuse Make Progress
at 12:39:13

Until Saturday we had just had our best defensive run of the season, so would seem crazy to drop Toto after one game against arguably the toughest centre forward in the division. Woolfie certainly wouldn't have done any better in that one. And when Woolfenden did play the defence constantly leaked goals.

Intriguing as to who the player not in Saturday's 18 is. Possibly a comeback for Emyr Huws?
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Who is Paul Cook?
at 08:39:36

While Paul Cook may be the best option we are going to get at this level, the style of football he has played does not sound to be what many fans are hoping for. According to Yorkshire Live:
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Cook has tended to put his trust in a 4-2-3-1 formation during his managerial career, especially over the last couple of years at Wigan. He makes use of a sturdy double-pivot to help protect a traditional back four, with a physically robust defensive structure all-in-all.

The focus is on defending first and going from there, which was particularly successful in the final weeks of last season, in which Cook’s Latics registered 10 clean sheets from the last 14 matches.
Last term, in particular, their play was geared around the out-ball to towering Wales international Kieffer Moore up front. Only Preston and QPR completed more long balls in the Championship last term.
They’re also drilled to be fiercely competitive, which can have its downsides in terms of disciplinary issues: only Wednesday and Birmingham committed more fouls last term, while they were dished out a league-high six red cards, as well as 85 yellows (fourth most).
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Takeover Talk
at 17:10:45

Regency Blue, if you look at the fate of Bolton, Wigan and Bury there is a lot still to lose. US investors would want to make money out of the club – in the medium term they would be aiming to take out more than the put in. Evans has put in money, but let the wrong people/manager spend it. Faceless US investors out for a profit don't seem a good bet to me.
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Doncaster Rovers 4-1 Ipswich Town - Highlights
at 17:18:43

Not just down to the defenders –if it is being played out from the back the midfield have got to be giving them options. By all accounts they weren't.
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Folami Linked With Return to Australia
at 11:31:52

Suspect it may be on a permanent basis. I wold be sorry to see him go, but he is not one of the names that Lambert mentions when he talks about promising youngsters, which suggest he may not really rate him.
I reckon he is also a victim of the system we are now playing – is he strong and mobile enough to play as a lone striker? Lambert has played him out wide in the cup game this season, which is probably not his position.
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Lambert Confirms Jackson Bid
at 10:28:36

hmm, sounds like Lambert wouldn't be too upset if a decent bid came in. Suggesting that he is currently fourth choice for the one centre forward spot – and he doesn't rate him out wide. From what we have seen of Jackson he needs a centre forward to play off – when he has been the lone striker he was pretty poor, rarely managing to hold the ball up...
Last season Lambert tried to find a system to fit round the Norwood/Jackson partnership (which was never prolific). This season the players are going to have to fit the system. It doesn't look like a system that suits Jackson's game.
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