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|Cook: Painful Nights Like These Hurt Me Deeply and I'm Sure They Hurt Our Supporters|
MCcarthy did very well considering the constraints but unfortunately his attitude and dire brand of hoof ball alienated fans. However, that team was broken apart and replaced by league 1 footballers under Hurst. It didnt work and Lambert inherited them. He added his own signings, many of which havent worked out either. Added to the very average, ageing regulars and you have the squad that Cook has inherited.
I, like many, thought that a fit starting 11 were good enough to reach the league 1 playoffs at least..... and that a negative tactical approach instilled by Lambert would be given a tweak by Cook and we would jump up the league. I think Cook believed that too. In desperation he has tried every conceivable player/formation to change our fortunes. It hasnt worked and seems to have had a negative impact by unsettling the players. However, in doing so, it has highlighted two key points.....many of the players are not fit enough(scandalous) and some are simply not good enough
Whats interesting is that Lambert was given a free ride in the championship. He inherited a squad and couldnt get them to turn things around, even having 30 games and a transfer window......yet he and the players were then applauded off as we were relegated. Cook has now inherited a squad and has been unable to turn things around after a dozen games.....and people are calling for his head.
Our squad needs a complete overhaul......not a few sticking plasters and loanees. We need a new captain and a strong spine. Personally, I would only be keeping KVY, Wilson, Nydam, Downes, Mcgavin and Norwood( only if he can prove fitness). This doesnt refer to youngsters like Gibbs/Baggott etc who I havent seen play.
We now have owners who seem prepared to back us with funds. So whoever the manager is, they have to be given the chance to build their own team. We are all desperate for exciting, attacking football......chances being created, goals scored and hopefully far more wins than losses. We all wanted immediate success but have to wait until next season now.
|Blues Visit Northampton Looking to Revive Faltering Play-Off Push|
Why on earth are we still being mentioned in the same breath as playoffs.
Ive deluded myself long enough......through the painfully boring, negative and shot shy tenure of Shambert.....to the garbage that has been served up of late. These players(and Lambert) have been so lucky the fans havent been in the stands to give them a verbal volley. Not being good enough is one thing.....not competing is entirely another. The Charlton game was a minor improvement. We should simply be concentrating on kicking on from that game, SCORING A GOAL and trying to win. That is all I want right now
|Charlton Athletic 0-0 Ipswich Town - Highlights|
It never occurred to me that the players werent particularly fit and it was an interesting observation by Cook. In last 20 mins (and apparent in the highlights) Charlton had most of their chances when we tired.
Under Lambert we had a fairly rigid shape, few players ever got forward to support the lone front man/get in the box etc. Wonder if their lack of physical condition has anything to do with the mass of injuries?
|Charlton Athletic 0-0 Ipswich Town - Match Report|
Fairly similar to how we played under Lambert. 5 decent minutes in first half where we created a couple of chances. Similar start to the second half. An improved effort but not much else to cheer. Downes was everywhere. Bish huffed n puffed. KVY played very well second half until he tired(understandably). Think Cook may have been right....we dont seem very fit.
Based on the plus/minus contribution to the team, I would be keeping Wilson, Downes, KVY, Woolfy and Bish in the squad. I like Norwood and have stood up for him, he has been far and away our most attacking threat....but he is alway injured. The rest just havent done nearly enough.
Chambers, Ward, Sears, Edwards, Scuse, Jackson def have to go....clear the decks.
Toto is too much of a liability.... worth a red, a couple of pens and a few own goals every season. I want to like Dozzell and on the rare occasion he drives forward he looks exciting. But i still cant see what he is giving to the team...other than sideways football, bookings and losing his marker
For me, it looked as if Cook thought he could come in and tweak the team and we would rocket up the league. In desperation he has tried every player and formation to get something out of them...which may not have been the right idea in the end. Heck, even I thought this squad was good enough. But this team created by Shambert needs breaking up and rebuilding. Hopefully Cook is the man to take us forward.
|Judge to Play No Further Part as Contract Extension Not Activated|
Think its time for him to move on anyway but all the very best of luck to Judgey wherever he goes. Has certainly not been one of the worst players this season, has at least chipped in with a few goals and given his all (Jackson...ahem). Cheers Judgey!
|Cook: AFC Wimbledon Match Will Define Our Season|
Like everyone else been utterly dismayed at the majority of performances this season (not just the last few weeks). Always trying to find a crumb of hope.... which usually results in another wasted tenner. But yet again.....Im buoyed by the return of Downes, Nydam, Norwood and KVY to the squad.
COYB.....its now or never.......well, until next season anyway
|Norwood and Vincent-Young Back in Squad for AFC Wimbledon Trip|
Bert - On a couple of occasions on Saturday Dozza picked the ball up and ran past his opponent. It created space and got us in on their back four. But these instances are so few and far between. As a player I really want to like Doz....he has a good range of passing ......but that isnt enough. Its about contributing to the team. As a midfielder you should either be reading the game, breaking play up and providing cover to the back line (as Downes does so effectively) or driving forward, getting in the box and creating chances(scoring a few on the way)..............Doz isnt doing either this season.
|Nydam: It's Good to Be Back|
Well done Tristan. Obviously ring rusty and touch will improve for the outing. But got himself into some really good positions and great to have him back
|Cook: We Never Looked Like Losing But Didn't Look Like Scoring the Goals to Win It|
There hasnt been a bounce with Cook and am utterly frustrated with the team....but certainly prepared to give Cook the chance to build his own team and put his own identity on it during post/pre season.
Regarding Lambert......really!?..........forgotten the last two+ years eh. Had his chance/had his transfer windows. Hes gone, move on.
Would be great to get KVY/Downes and Norwood back(like Norwood but his injury proneness a major concern). Add some quality to the team for the run in.....and we certainly couldnt do any worse than yesterdays performance.
IN - A proven goalscorer who know how to play the game. A strong defensive midfielder. A right & left midfielder with the ability to get up and down the pitch, provide quality service and get into the box. An attacking midfielder with the desire to get into the box, create chances and want to score. A left back. A right back.
OUT - Chambers/Jackson/Ward/Skuse/Judge/Edwards/Sears
REPLACE IN STARTING LINE UP: Dozzell/Bishop (I like Teddy - quality at times but too inconsistent)
A big ask but would imagine a good chunk of wages would be saved from those above
|Judge in Teams of the Week|
Well done Judgey. No one came out of the game smelling entirely of roses but personally I thought he was one of the better players from the Bristol Rovers game. Never stopped running, scored a goal and at least gave his all (take note Kayden Jackson).
|Chambers: Absolutely I Want to Stay, My Ambition For the Club is Unchanged|
Smashing chap but NO. There are clearly a good number of people that like Luke Chambers but are blinded by the loyalty he has given. Personally I think he has been poor for the majority of the last three seasons. You need a captain to rely on, look up to and set an example ON THE PITCH. He has just about managed to tread water in this league but that really isnt saying anything and his fitness, speed, reactions are not going to improve. If we cant find someone to replace him then I really do fear for the future of our team.........we need to IMPROVE and not stagnate. I am certainly not holding Chambers solely responsible for our demise (on the pitch) but he is one of many cogs that needs to be changed.
For me a legend is someone who inspires the team, drags them up, has true ability, perhaps help to achieve/win things. It has nothing to do with staying with a team for 8+ years whilst the team drops through the league. I wonder ho many times we lost to Norwich during this time?!
Now.......cue the marking down.
|Cook: They Showed Great Character Today|
What I like is the fact that Cook is looking for solutios during the game......which is something Lambert simply didnt do. Ultimately if it doesnt work out these last 9 games then at least we tried.
Would be great to have Downes back as the anchor.
|Ipswich Town 2-1 Bristol Rovers - Match Report|
A win! Take it and celebrate!
Carrying too many players. Jackson should be left out for rest of season. Despite a lack of service, he showed absolutely nothing….. no desire or effort. Ward and Chambers showed commitment, but slow and caught out a number of times. Toto did ok first half but hesitant in second and beaten a lot in the air. Woolfy steady. Dozzell caught so many times in possession and gifted them a goal. Wasn’t sure Edwards was on the pitch first half although improved in second. Judge put a solid shift in. Teddy showed moments of excitement and really covered the ground. Drinian good effort and would have been harshly sent off just for jumping for a header. Parrott did well in his brief time on the pitch.
Big clear out needed. Too many players past it or coasting whilst they earn a living
Will gladly take the 3 points and dream/delude a little longer. Enjoy your evenings
|Cook: We've Got to Make Sure It's Us Writing a Success Story|
We have been so cautious and defensive minded. Just keep the 3 or 4 sitting tight at the back have a holding midfielder.....then the others make every effort to get in the box and into goalscoring areas.......ATTACK!
Will have no problem if we give it a go and are just beaten by the better sIde. But im backing the lads to come good.
|Cook Gives Strong Hint Blues Will Switch Formation|
Its about getting players forward, in the box and in positions where they can score. Which is why many are asking for more than 1 in attack. Its not working in the 4-5-1. Dont care what we play.....just try something different!
Cook can plan for the longer term in post season.......ATTACK
|Cook: Supporters Will Be Delighted By the Changes in the Summer|
Will be delighted if we put in a decent performance and win against Bristol Rovers! Just go and attack, get men in the box, overlapping and make use of the set pieces. Vary the play and the tempo.......not this dross being served up to us.
|Edwards Looking to Get Back Among the Goals|
Was so far off the pace last game and has been poor for a while now. Again, I look for what he contributes to the team. As a supposed part of the attacking three(which in reality is a 5 in midfield) he should be setting up chances and scoring goals. With the exception of 5/6 games at the beginning of this season, he rarely does either. You dont need data and statistic to see when a player ISNT beating his marker or crossing a dangerous ball into the box
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