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Goodness Knows Which Rangers Will Turn Up On Saturday - Notes for Queens Park Rangers
at 12:36:55

Thanks Harry, getting a bit fed up with reading 'we should turn Ipswich over' or similar every week although it's hard to see why people say that.

As you put in your exquisitely written piece for LfW, this game and the ones that follow will see if the Swansea game was a one-off or something that will be used as a springboard following the false dawns of the spirited Villa and Brentford performances.

Hurst needs to be bold with his defensive choice and not leave us unbalanced although it sounds like there's the potential for illness and injury to force his hand which doesn't help us out at all. We made a right meal of trying (and failing) to break down a solid Bolton defence so hopefully we'll be more creative this time round with Ward, Sears/Jackson and Edwards getting to know each other better on the pitch. The worry is if we aren't then QPR will have 11 rather than 10 men on the pitch to punish us.

Have to be winning these home games against those around us - if we struggle in this run then relegation will tip from possibility to probability.
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Ipswich Have a Very Hard Game Coming Up This Weekend – Notes for Birmingham City
at 13:28:39

That Leeds match has all the markings of a genuine season kick-starter for them so probably couldn't have come at a worse time for us. Very hard to really see how we're going to get points from any games at the minute but I make Hurst right that it'll come from nowhere and we'll most likely play poorly. This has been repeated ad infinitum but if he plays a settled side with players knowing what they're doing then we will start to pick up more points and hopefully a few wins.

On the face of it a point would be good tomorrow but the growing issue at the moment is that we're getting into a position where you've got to come away with more than what would be good.
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We Have Fallen So Far in Such a Short Space of Time - Notes for Hull City
at 13:55:47

Thanks Harry, would certainly class this one as 'winnable' but then so would they. Hopefully the international break has allowed Hurst to get his ideas across better to the whole squad which he didn't have much of a chance to do in pre-season with several players arriving late. A front 2 (or 1 behind the other) of Walters and Jackson again could work well - Walters will relish the chance to show what he can do against a weak defence and by the sounds of it they won't enjoy the pace of Jackson at all if we can utilise it properly.

They're bound to get a jammy set piece from a Chris Martin dive though so we'll have to look out.
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Horrible to Watch But We’re Winning, That’s the Villa Way - Notes for Aston Villa
at 11:41:22

Thanks Harry, fans of big clubs like Villa with a team packed full of quality complaining that they're not that good remind me of the kid at school who would come out of an exam saying how hard it was and how badly they did then end up getting the top mark in the class.

A real test for us tomorrow, though oddly a team that comes at us a bit more might suit the likes of Edwards, Harrison and Jackson on the counter. A win tomorrow would be an enormous confidence boost though I'm not too sure we'll get it but will be interesting to see if there is a reaction to Hurst's words on Tuesday night.
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Ipswich on Saturday is Most Definitely a ‘Must-Win’ Game - Notes for Rotherham United
at 14:00:57

Thanks Harry, could be a big response from Rotherham or we could take the game to them and get them on the back foot. If we start like we did against Blackburn I can't see them coming back in the same way (if our defence keeps its head this week, of course).

Will be fascinating to see how Hurst sets up and with who playing where - a good chance for some of the new boys to shine against a weaker team before some real tough ones coming up.
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We Are Heading for the Play-Offs. Let’s Boss Them - Notes for Aston Villa
at 12:26:35

Thanks Harry, they seem to have a bit of a blind spot in complaining about Bruce's football then wondering why Town fans got bored of Mick. Not that they're wrong in saying that some of us are morons, mind.

I think the goal now really for the end of the season is to see something a bit different, largely coming from getting some more minutes for the young players to breathe a little bit of life into this dead season. They do have a very strong team which will be a big test for the likes of Nydam/Kenlock/Morris/Folami if one or more of them start.
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Our Destiny is Now in Our Own Hands Again – Notes for Barnsley
at 14:56:56

Thanks Harry, worried this could be another 'they're scrapping away at the bottom so we can't risk going all out' performance from us which won't be pleasant for anyone involved. Hopefully we might see more of the younger ones get a run out given a few omissions from the U23s today.
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We Are So Close to Being a Really Great Side – Notes for Brentford
at 12:36:48

Thanks Harry, I remember in the home fixture they had a lot of the ball and laid plenty of long range pot shots at our goal for the first 20 minutes but after that it became a very comfortable victory for us. Hopefully we can do the same but if nothing else would be pleasing to see Folami given a chance to build on his impressive debut.

Not sure I've witnessed a fan base turn from a friendly fun-loving bunch to completely unlikable so quickly. Really blinkered, nasty lot.
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An Angry Ipswich Are Heading to Ashton Gate - Notes for Bristol City
at 12:18:00

Thanks Harry, Flint's suspended for this one isn't he? Good if so as our usual tactic of lumping it onto his head for 90 minutes has been unsuccessful every time we've tried it and we'll now be forced to do something else.

Playing away from home clearly suits us at the moment and tomorrow away from the horrible atmosphere at Portman Road will make the players feel fresh and give them a boost.

Yet another set of fans to look at us from the 'be careful what you wish for' angle. Goes to show really how taking a step back it would seem crazy to get rid of Mick but from the inside it's obvious a change is needed. Makes it all the more sad how it's ending up here for Mick.
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My Nerves Have Been Already Shredded By This Season - Notes for Hull
at 13:15:34

Thanks Harry, another drab affair like Saturday and Mick's gentle words of reconciliation could all become undone. If we take the game to them like we've done to teams earlier in the season then we'll be fine, but this current wretched spell at home means finding encouragement is hard. We'll see a different team to the weekend anyway, wonder if Mick might stick Nydam back in as his inclusion alone will raise spirits from the stands and his enthusiasm on the pitch might give us a bit of a jolt.
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The Warning Lights Are Flashing, We’re in Absolute Freefall – Notes for Sheffield Wednesday
at 14:35:03

Thanks Harry - we're capable of getting 3 points tomorrow and like to think we'll be keen to put in a repeat of the Preston performance. From their comments it looks like Carayol could have a fun evening if their defense is looking a bit awkward and shaky.
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Long May Our Current Ascendancy Continue! - Notes for Norwich City
at 13:12:31

Thanks Harry, especially for the sacrifice of having to undergo something close to staring directly at the sun when looking at WOTB's colour scheme.

Not sure how they can still have a pop at us having stars on our shirts with a straight face what with their 'participants' honour and grandiose celebrations of meager "achievements". Anyway, every time we've played them over the last decade we've said it's our best chance to beat them since the last time. How well we played in the home fixture gives me some hope; our reaction to going behind that day less so. It'll likely be a cagey affair, either 1-1 or 1-0 either way.
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It Wouldn’t Be Wolves if We Didn’t Have a Wobble - Notes for Wolverhampton Wanderers
at 15:50:40

Thanks Harry - the absence of Skuse will be big tomorrow so we'll need Connolly on top of his game to really get at Neves. We could make it a bit of a drab game and then like the away fixture it might be a bit of quality from them or a good Waghorn set piece from us that settles it either way.

The comments at the bottom show how Mick's seen really in the wider football world (and certainly how owners and fans of other clubs will see him) - having to more than overachieve with his hands tied behind his back. Hopefully the majority of our fan base can look back at the good job Mick's done. Probably won't happen immediately after he leaves but they could well be right than in a few years we'll see his tenure as halcyon days.
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This Relegation Battle Will Go Down to the Wire – Notes for Bolton
at 11:42:00

Thanks Harry - should be looking for 3 points here although they've had some good results lately so are clearly capable. Having Skuse back for this one will be big, especially if Henry is out as they fear, as he and Connolly should be able to out-battle their midfield counterparts.

Another fairly sensible reading of our situation, although 'careful what you wish for' is easy to say if you're on the outside looking in.
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Bring on Ipswich, Bring on the Rowett Era! – Notes for Derby
at 16:54:03

Thanks again Harry - a bit of a shock to read that Tom Huddlestone is only 20 years old, feels like he's been around longer than that!

So we can add 1 to their score thanks to Nugent, and most likely another from Lawrence so it'll be 3 goals needed to win tomorrow. With this being the game in hand, a loss will see us slip further away from 6th and will see the 'should Mick go now?' and 'dinomuck out!' threads be started with more regularity. A win may keep even some of the more pessimistic thinking we could sneak in once the likes of Huws, Adeyemi and Bishop are fully fit. A draw would be a fine result considering the strength and form of the opposition.

Their squad still has more than a few top quality Championship players and now they finally have a manager who's a bit more sensible and controlled they could make the playoffs comfortably if they keep up this steady form. As seen in our recent games, cut out silly errors and we can more than match a supposedly better opponent.
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If There’s No Hope, Am I Right in Saying It Can’t Kill You? – Notes for Hull City
at 14:13:29

Thanks Harry, wonder if Mick will look at Hull the same as Sunderland, i.e. trust our forward line to take apart their shaky defence. They've clearly got good attacking players as shown by their goals scored column, but that is boosted by big individual wins (6-1 vs Birmingham, 4-0 vs Bolton, 4-1 vs Burton) against weaker sides earlier in the season.

Defensive strength as shown against Preston, and I'll feel confident our forwards can grab a couple of goals at least.
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Ipswich Lost to Norwich, I Think They Will Take It Out on Us - Notes for Burton
at 12:48:42

Thanks Harry, whilst we are in poor form, it is worth remembering that we've brushed the weaker teams aside this season. They'll be a tough nut but if we put them under the same pressure we put Norwich under in the first half then they should crack.

You can guarantee that whatever the result there'll be moaning - no scoreline will be big enough, and if it is, it'll be 'it's only Burton'.
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We Really Have Nothing to Fear in This League – Notes for Sheffield United
at 12:13:51

Thanks Harry, could be a good game and hopefully we'll have a more solid, balanced side out tomorrow - need to work on the basis of step 1 stop them step 2 grab a goal as we've been undone by better sides this season when we haven't really settled into the game.

They seem pretty confident in their attacking ability so will need to cut out the silly errors at the back - if we do that then we could have another Leeds performance with a good chance of a better result.
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Ipswich Away Next, Can Anyone Honestly See Us Winning? – Notes for Sunderland
at 13:32:08

Thanks Harry, looks like a good start is in order to get on top of them and stay there. Hopefully we can take the good bits of the Leeds performance and transfer them over tomorrow night.

I do rate McManaman, and Williams on his day can be a real threat so hopefully they won't be fully fit as they could test our makeshift backline. Mick will show respect for his mate Grayson but hopefully not to the extent that we start cautiously - got to get back to the play off season where we started quick and got at opponents at home from the off.
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God Alone Knows Where We Go From Here - Notes for Bolton
at 12:24:48

Thanks Harry, really should win this one - great chance for us to get back into the swing of things before Leeds which will be a very tough test. Hopefully Mick will play the likes of Celina and Ward in more natural positions, even if it means Waghorn will most likely have to sit on the bench (I think he'll be better coming on through the middle than stuck out wide from the start anyway).

Any chance to read through their ire at that night is worth it.
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