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First Goal - So Important
at 14:23 28 Feb 2021

You hear a lot of commentators state that the first goal of a game is so important, and our results bear this out.

I did a quick bit of analysis on what our League results have been depending on whether we score the first goal or not.

We have scored the first goal in 15 of our League games this season so far, and have won 12, drawn 1 & lost 2 (The two defeats away to Doncaster & Peterborough). 80% win rate by scoring the first goal.

We have let in first in 11 league games, we have lost 8, drawn 1 and only won 2 (Plymouth Away & Shrewsbury Home) 18% win rate when we let in first. 72% lose rate when conceding the first goal.

Three games have ended 0-0.
Ipswich Physio - Asks for Circuit Breaker
at 14:09 22 Dec 2020

On BBC sports page - Lambert, O'Neil & 5 players tested positive - retesting for all players on Wednesday.

Link below (not sure if I have done correctly)


Ipswich v Melbourne (Jim Magilton) game
at 11:36 28 Mar 2020

The Ipswich v Melbourne game earlier this week labelled the Jim Magilton game as he had been manager of both clubs, got me thinking as to whether as a collective we could name a game after an ex player /manager for every club?

Obviously we have Bobby Robson for Ipswich v Newcastle

Would you say Mick Mccarthy for Wolves V Ipswich (better than Venus?)

Let's see if we can get one for every league club.
Formation / Tactics - wrong again
at 22:00 11 Feb 2020

Why play two defenders as wing-backs, when you know it is a game you need to win. I can understand the formation if we have Garbutt, KVY or Edwards available, but not with Earl, Donacien or Kenlock as the two.

This game cried out for 4 at the back, and why we didnt swap to that I dont know.

Also, If you are going to play three at the back you don't need Skuse as well.

We started the game hoping for Norwood or Jackson to score.

If I can see this, why can't Lambert and the coaching team.

Team Red Lines today
at 13:39 1 Jan 2020

Are there any definite formation or personnel that you would like to see today?

The one for me is 3 Central Midfielders that include Downes.

Not worried if 433, 4231 or 532 - ideally want to get a settled formation going forward.
Wycombe Forward Kashket charged by FA
at 11:19 24 Dec 2019

Just seen that Kashket has been charged by FA for breaking betting rules - does that mean a ban or is it normally a fine?
Only 1 change from FA cup line up
at 14:55 7 Dec 2019

Edwards for Rowe - only change from last Sunday.
532 today
at 14:05 23 Feb 2019

Bree, Pennington, Chambers, Knudsen, Kenlock
Chalobah,Nolan, Judge
Keane. Quaner
A few thoughts
at 15:19 10 Feb 2019

Liked the diamond - gives us a chance of playing two up front and more likely to create a goal/chance.

I would have liked Jackson to replace Sears as opposed to Harrison - nothing against how Harrison played, but Jackson is more of a goalscorer and we haven't seen enough of him in a partnership up front. (I don't think he can play as a 1 up front). Also a more like for like replacement for Sears.

Why was Quaner not on the bench -again would have been a good option.

The early goal killed us, poor header from Skuse, should have been out of the area or off for a corner.

Pukki was the difference today, somebody who took the chances available - unfortunately, we have nobody in that catergory.

Yesterdays Substitutions
at 10:00 23 Sep 2018

Easy I know in hindsight, but surely with Bolton down to 10 men so early, we should have gone with another striker at half time.

I was fully expecting Walters to come on at Half Time for Chalobah and go 442 - it was obvious that Bolton were going to sit back, with McGuinness up front on his own (good target man, but little pace).

However we wait until the 70th minute before trying a 2nd striker - baffling!!
Is Skuse available to play on Saturday?
at 18:28 13 Sep 2018

Was listening to Talk Sport this afternoon, and they confirmed that it is a mandatory 14 days rest for any player that leaves the field due to a head injury (concussion), unless 7 conditions are met.

They were talking about Luke Shaw, and the possibility that he may be able to play as Man Utd's treatment / facilities met the 7 conditions which allows a player to return earlier than the mandatory 14 days.

With our last game being on a Sunday - it is only 13 days to the fixture against Hull.
Year on Year comparison
at 18:59 24 Jul 2018

Inspired by another poster looking at our team v 1999 thought it would be more prudent to look at where we are now compared to last season.

First of all, look at who has left and whether they have been replaced or need to be replaced.

Iorfa - replaced by Emmanuel
Smith / CCV - replacement required
Webster - replacement required
Connolly - replaced by Chalaboah
Celina - replaced by Edwards
Mcgoldrick - replaced by Harrison
Carayol - replaced by Roberts
Hyam/Bru/Gleeson - no replacements required (aim for Adeyemi/Dozzell/Huws to replace)

I know we have increased Bart's contract, but looking at the replacements so far, we must have saved significantly on the wage bill. I don't believe any of the new players will be on more than the player they have replaced?

Desperately need two defenders in.

England Team v Belgium
at 14:07 14 Jul 2018

Only 5 changes - out goes Walker, Young, Henderson, Alli & Lingard


Pickford, Trippier, Stones, Maguire, Jones, Rose, Dier, Delph, Loftus-Cheek, Sterling, Kane
Bart to Brum for £3m
at 10:40 8 Jul 2018

Just read on News page - seems very low price, but with more and more speculation of us looking at new keepers, does seem that there is more than an ounce of truth.

Also Mings to Forest, not sure what they are paying, but he would have been a welcome addition back here.
Betting People
at 14:01 5 Jul 2018

Just done a 6 fold accumulator on leading goal scorers per country and was surprised at the odds.

I have picked the leading scorer per team at present and have been given just over 10/1

Mbappe France, Lukaku Belgium, Neymar Brazil, Granqvist Sweden, Modric Croatia & Dzyuba Russia.

Only put a £1 on - but looks a better bet than 10/1
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