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|Villa v Boro|
at 20:42 15 May 2018
What an awful, awful game of football.
On a side note, what is Grealish actually meant to be good at other than wandering round with his socks down and falling over?
|Good game that|
at 08:05 7 May 2018
Enjoyed that yesterday, first ten minutes we were great, started really quickly and created some half chances prior to Sears' goal which he took really well. The latter part of the second half we were under the kosh but defended pretty solidly for the most part to see the half out. Second half was end to end stuff, although they had more of the ball we looked the more incisive threat especially when counter attacking. Can't argue with a draw in the end although also wouldn't argue that we didn't deserve a 2-1 win had we held on. The defending of the corner wasn't great but it was a weak ref (who was weak all afternoon aside from the pen) who enabled them to even take the corner when he'd already played more than 6 minutes of injury time having signalled what seemed a pretty generous 5 minutes. Kind of summed up our season a bit that, a lot of what ifs some of which have been in our control and many of which haven't.
The positives today were that we matched a good, expensively assembled Boro side despite having 10+ first team squad players unavailable (again). Sears looked a threat and took his goal well. Nydam is a proper player, I see big things for him. Spence had another good game, making up for some shakier performances in the middle part of the season. McLoughlin is yet another youngster to come in and look unfazed by making his Championship debut, did well to win the penalty and looked up to the challenge physically. Skuse was fantastic, drove forward really well in addition to his usual breaking up play and he nearly scored a worldy of a volley.
The negatives were relatively few. I'm not sold on Kenlock, he often over commits and gets done and then stops and shakes his head rather than quickly recovering to get back and make amends. His final ball isn't up to much either, but to his credit he gets in some good attacking positions. Ideally a loan for him next season, see if he can tear up League 1 and smooth some of the rough edges. Overall we played it on the deck more and that was good but we still struggle to really control possession and that leads to us coming under pressure when ahead in games. Something for a new manager to work on.
Definitely have some good foundations to build from. Waghorn is superb and in his prime, we've got a good mix of youth and experience in key areas. Three or four shrewd signings and getting some of our sicknotes back fit for the new season and the new man should have some decent tools to work with.
at 08:06 27 Apr 2018
I see he's been found guilty. The US system is odd, he's not been remanded until he's sentenced despite the fact he's very clearly going to get a custodial sentence he is currently a free man and could potentially flee.
Reading up about it, it seems he admits that he used to find vulnerable, pretty young women, give them sedatives and sleep with them but that he doesn't think this constitutes sexual assault or rape. Unbelievable really.
at 08:31 12 Apr 2018
Anyone know if they'll be available to away fans on the gate? I'm looking like being at a loose end on Saturday so considering making a last minute jaunt to the City Ground.
|Loanees and short-termers for next season|
at 12:58 11 Apr 2018
We've currently got on our books on loan or on short-term deals:
I'd say Carter-Vickers and Celina are out of our price range for permanent deals, Carter-Vickers looks quality and I'd be tempted to see if a season long loan is possible. Celina blows too hot and cold for me. Iorfa is no better than what we have imo. Connolly is an interesting one, decent player but not close to Prem standard at the moment so could be a realistic target. Gleeson isn't up to much, he can go. It's a shame Carayol's been injured so often as when he's played he's looked a genuine threat and the type of player we've been missing.
Who would you look to keep on next season? For me, Carter-Vickers on loan for sure. I'd also be tempted to keep Callum and Carayol.
[Post edited 11 Apr 13:04]
at 09:05 11 Apr 2018
So I wasn't able to make the game, bit of a shame as it sounded decent and would have liked to see Mick's last game. Those who were there, how good was Cotter? Could he be next season's right-back at this level? I'm just mindful that he was up against Zeki Fryers and that I'd probably look decent up against him. Sounds very promising though.
at 17:54 2 Apr 2018
Once again was utterly terrible. We really do only get sh!t refs.
|Our new manager|
at 19:13 29 Mar 2018
Live on Sky tonight if anyone fancies seeing how he's got Blackburn playing. I wonder if there will be any mention of us pre- or post-match?
at 12:08 29 Mar 2018
I know, top bit of punning.
Genuinely though, I am feeling an odd mix of excitement and genuine sadness at Mick's departure being confirmed. 5 years is a long time in football and Mick is ingrained in the club now, it'll be strange seeing someone else at the helm. I think the last 18-24 months have led many people to forget the extent to which Mick genuinely did give us our club back, for a couple of years at least. Let's be real, Roy ripped the heart out of our club and Jewell flapped around in classic "Don't panic Mr Mainwaring" style with no plan or clue how to build us up again.
Mick inherited an absolute shower, a bunch of mercenaries on short term deals that even the good guys on short term deals were embarrassed to be associated with. He turned them round quickly and rebuilt us from the ground, the academy - which seemed to have been dormant for about 5 years - included and we now have some cracking youngsters in each generation. As a fan, I believed in my club again. The players actually cared, they gave 100% and winning in the blue of Ipswich seemed to mean something to them as well as us. The play off season was great, despite the revisionism that's been applied to it since. Charlton and Watford away, Skuse's wonder strike against Cardiff, Tommy's equalised at Carrow Road - these are the moments we live for as footy fans and we'd been starved of them for years.
In some ways Mick was a victim of his own success, with hindsight we over achieved and then failed to build, pocketing the Mings money at a time when wise spending was needed to keep us in the mix. Murphy leaving killed last season and ultimately the good will Mick had built up in previous seasons and despite glimmers of better to come this season, post-Xmas has reaffirmed why we all need a change. It's the hope that kills and too often under Mick we've dared to dream only to be disappointed. But let's remember that before he turned up our dreams were about trips to Accrington and Rochdale, and these dreams were far closer to our grasp.
It is absolutely the right time for him to go. The relationship with the fans has turned too much, irrespective of who is ultimately to blame for that (both sides could have handled themselves better). The football too often reverted to stale and turgid when under pressure and the good spells where it improved too often abandoned at the first sign of trouble. It has come to a natural end and that is right for both parties.
Thanks for everything Mick, you leave with my sincere thanks for giving your best and for actually doing a good job over the piece. We've had some great times in amongst the mediocrity and that is ultimately what I'll remember. You're a decent and honest man and I'm sure you'll do well elsewhere, just hopefully not when you come back to Portman Road. Cheers, Mick.
|Only Bobby Reid......|
at 23:31 6 Mar 2018
.....has been involved in more goals than Martyn Waghorn in the Championship this season. 12 goals and 8 assists is a fantastic contribution, you'd struggle to find a better piece of transfer business from the summer window than Waghorn for £250k.
at 21:37 6 Mar 2018
Suspended for our game at Brizzle, he always plays well against us. Brizzle are doing a Derby, be great to get a win there.
at 19:03 24 Feb 2018
They're a bit good aren't they?
|Quiet on here tonight|
at 18:18 24 Feb 2018
Guess everyone is out celebrating an excellent away win.
|Hull at home on 3rd of March|
at 15:33 23 Feb 2018
I think this has to be the time that the fans actually do something and show ME how we're feeling. I propose a rousing chant of "Mick McCarthy, we want you to stay" at the start and the end of the game.
at 11:51 18 Feb 2018
I'm loving his optimism, he's almost convincing me.
at 13:51 31 Jan 2018
Didn't see that one coming.
|Could Mick be staying?|
at 16:50 26 Jan 2018
I'm probably reading too much into it but Bart signing a new deal, other players being let go, a few lads in on trial who look ones for the future - all points at a manager who might stick around maybe? Can't help but think that the quip about walking off at the end of the season might have been a deliberate red herring.
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