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A few points
at 20:35 10 Nov 2018

Having just come back from the game. Great, as ever, to see people.

That was a pretty thunderous first half of football. It would not be unreasonable to say we dominated. However, it would have been even better had we been able to convert one or two more of the chances created. Reading were beginning to wilt and they might not have been able to come back from it.

Reading evidently had a boot up them at HT and, as Harry pointed out, a tactical change. Also, we began to run out of steam somewhat.

We let ourselves get under more pressure than we ought. Also, our attacking spells began to break down, reverting to long balls too often - which wasn't really working. There was a momentary lapse for Reading's second.

Town didn't stop attacking, but it was becoming less and less effective. Jackson worked hard but was not as much of a nuisance as Roberts. Rowe as a CF was interesting, but he didn't have Sears' sharpness or (odd as this may sound) confidence.

Overall, the cohesion and mutual awareness of the team was so far improved as not to be in the same universe as what we were seeing a few weeks ago. Consistent selection obviously helped.

We did score two goals which did not (directly) come from set pieces. So it can be done, by this squad.
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England cricket
at 10:51 9 Nov 2018

Good performance from a well-constructed team. Batsmen to turn around a sticky situation, bowlers to get wickets in the conditions and quality fielding.

Plus a big score for an opener (who isn't Cook).
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Cricket not going badly ...
at 10:21 7 Nov 2018

SL 173-8
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Who needs a DoF
at 15:36 6 Nov 2018

When you have a manager prepared to consult all the elder statesmen of the club?
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A pathway to safety
at 14:52 4 Nov 2018

If all the teams continue on the same recent form trajectory, then the table as the transfer window opens will look roughly something like this:



Ipswich will be (taking GD into account) nine points from safety. A difficult ask, but still not impossible.

However, if we can tighten up the defence (particularly free kicks/corners) and keep up an attacking style of play which forces the opposition to concede set pieces (with Downes continuing to deliver corners as well as he was doing yesterday) it ought to be possible to increase our points accrual by a significant amount, from the current average of around 0.7 per game to more like 1.25 (say: Reading a W, WBA h D, Bristol h W, Forest a L, Stoke a D, Wigan h W, Sheff U h L, QPR a D, Boro a L = 12 points). That would be enough to lift Town off the bottom of the table and keep us well in touch with 21st place.

Then if, in January, we can acquire a striker to score goals from open play as well, plus continuing to progress team cohesion and the hardening of younger and less experienced players, it ought to be possible to raise the rate yet again. An average of 1.33 points per game (win-draw-lose) would see us finish on something like 48-50 points, enough to escape the drop in eight out of the last ten seasons.
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Hopefully that was
at 20:10 27 Oct 2018

the Sheffield Wednesday moment.
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Interesting from Mills
at 17:13 27 Oct 2018

That this squad is no worse than what McCarthy had to work with.
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Would be hilarious
at 10:42 26 Oct 2018

If everyone's got it wrong and it isn't Lambert.
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Paul Lambert is no longer connected with Norwich
at 21:00 25 Oct 2018

He's (apparently) going to be Ipswich Town's manager. Our club. Nothing to do with them up the road any more. Not relevant.
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Annoyingly
at 23:41 24 Oct 2018

We seemed to be playing fairly well up to the point where there was a shambles and we conceded. After that, the bottom fell out (or it fell out of the bottom).
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Gaaagh! (n/t)
at 22:03 24 Oct 2018

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RIP Anthea Bell
at 20:30 21 Oct 2018

Translator of the Asterix books.
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One for the TWTD botanists
at 14:43 14 Oct 2018

Found this under/behind a box in a cupboard, but unable to identify. Is it some kind of spider nest, or a sort of mildew? Each little "enclosure" is about 3 - 4mm long. The cupboard is very slightly damp (old house), but not wet.

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Can't think of any other examples
at 11:17 11 Oct 2018

where a launch escape system has been used in a real emergency. Good to see it actually works.

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/oct/11/rocket-failure-forces-astronauts
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