So frustrating to draw that one, but the plus point is that we easily contained one of the pre-season promotion favourites and a club with parachute payments still. Actually feel sorry for Chambers, he broke off from the handshake line before kick off ahead of all the rest of the Town players and sprinted to the area looking genuinely delighted to be back on the pitch. Must have felt pretty low afterwards because as Lambert said, without that mistake we win the game - Sunderland didn't open us up once.
Rowe looked dangerous and Woolfenden was superb. Downes was great as well. The manager makes a lot of the fact that we have a young team and that might count against us at times but today it was the senior players who let us down, Chambers and then Judge. Did depress me a bit how quickly some of our knuckle draggers got on Judge's back though, including one lad in front of me who kept shouting "just go" whenever he made a mistake. Transfer window's closed pal. And he'll come good.
On the Academy failing report - from Ipswich fans! Almost as if some are privately gleeful that the club has been found to be in the wrong.
Most players who leave speak of the club in glowing terms, and when asked by potential signings if it's a good place to come tend to say it is. We've got a great record of taking young players and (unfortunately for us) offering them a pathway to bigger clubs. The club has a long history of excellent pastoral care, including current examples like Chambers having some of the younger first teamers living in his annexe.
But I also accept that in a week when Evans has been reported to have rebuffed bids for two of our best players, it is handy for his critics to have something else to talk about.