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at 22:03 25 Nov 2017
There isn't much to report from the match in all honesty. The less said about the 2nd half the better. Therefore this post is also going to contain my moaning. I was bashed by some 'superfans' last week in my Hull report. So I'd advice those people to put me on ignore or just not to read it.
First half I can accept our team's performance. Effort wise it wasn't too bad. They tried. However there was no central midfield whatsoever during the entire game and many our attempts would begin with the hoofs from our central backs.
Sears who himself played in that 3 men line behind Garner tried a lot. Cooperated well with Knudsen at times but in fact was playing as a left winger. Even Stevie Wonder would have found out long ago that Sears wasn't a winger. But that one who is our manager and who himself thinks he knows best still carries on playing him in his unnatural position.
He played better though in compare to last Wednesday whereas Ward once again was completely useless.
The disallowed Garner's goal. I can't comment if it was a correct decision as it was too far from our end.
Villa fans hadn't been happy with their team's recent home performances. The defeat to Sheffield Wed followed by below par one against Sunderland last Tuesday. And it came as no surprise for me because they were poor. There was barely a threat and it was us on the front foot for the most of the time. As I've said that effort wise it was fine. I couldn't question that however we badly lacked that element of quality every time we got into their box. Their defence was shaky and that was the chance for us. Many corners however no good outcome out of that. Johnstone in the Villa's goal despite all our efforts remained untroubled.
The goal which Villa scored came against run of play and was a bit harsh on us but this is what you pay for calamitous defending. Everyone is on Iorfa's back but before the ball reached Adomah in our box no-one was bothered to challenge Whelan who set this all up.
Half time reflections? We needed more courage in the second half and the introduction of Celina and Huws. They both came on in the 2nd half but turned out to be a big disappointment. So was the entire Ipswich team.
Second half was terrible. Was extremely painful to watch. There is practically nothing to report. I mean any positive aspects. Skuse's shot was blocked by their defender and Waghorn's good delivery from the corner was followed by Garner's header that went over. Two little pointless things and nothing else.
Iorfa's fatal positioning led to their 2nd goal and the game was beyond reach. The heads dropped but that ain't excuse. Why on earth the team didn't show a bit of effort to get back to this? As had been the case in the 1st half we had no central midfield. We chase the game so we needed a few extra yards forward from everyone particularly non-existing midfield. But no ! Skuse very comfortable in his customary 'safety mode' and offering no support whatsoever for the strikers and Connolly not doing better.
And we kept hoofing. Strong, athletic Villa defenders and we hoof and hoof. Well done McCarthy ! What a genius ! Simple passes that could create an opportunity were beyond our scope. There was literally nothing to worry for their defence and Johnstone. The latter will have been bored sh1tless.
The 2nd half remainded us who we were. Just a drifting average Championship club. I can accept the defeat but I want the team to show some commitment and desire. There was none of that. Never ever have I left any football ground before the final whistle. I didn't do this today either but if I had done so I wouldn't have missed anything. We looked like a non-league outfit for the majority of 2nd half. So painful to watch.
Some people, the 'positive brigade' keeps screaming about the goals we have been scoring this season but what about our defending? Mistakes time and time again and it doesn't look we're going to eradicate that. According to some Skuse who is 'vital' part of our team and second defensive midfielder give us a protection. What protection I am asking? We keep shipping goals so what's the point in playing two defensive midfielders? Why not offering support for the strikers instead? I don't know what is going on during the team's training sessions. No extra work for defenders? But it has to be mentioned that once again lack of investment is a significant reason of that. The money weren't invested last summer to sign a proper central back.
Iorfa? Wolverhampton are sick of mediocrity and decided to go for promotion and we take of their average/poor players on loan. Ipswich Town the kings of mediocrity are happy to take up that option. But the other question is what does Iorfa offer us that Emmanuel didn't? Really stupid decision to send the latter out on loan.
I've heard comments that Villa spent a hell lot of money in compare to us. Yes and we aren't in the same league as Villa in terms of spending. But very often when I was voicing my frustration over MODERATE lack of investment from Evans in the last few years I was labelled as a member of TWTD Derby fan-club by some idiots here.
Very poor performance last week against Hull followed by the positive one against Sheffield Wed and again brought down back to earth today. 2nd half was a sheer agony . We don't eradicate our defensive mistakes, we keep playing two defensive midfielders regardless of result.
The day to forget.
Derby away , Middlesbrough away, Wolves away...... LOL ! Happy days !
|It's so difficult to take as I liked our performance|
at 22:23 22 Nov 2017
Cannot question players' commitment. Whole lot better than last Saturday at Hull. A battling kind of performance which will have done for me.
But why taking Celina off and replace him with Sears? The latter is dividing opinion tonight.
Skuse whom I first to criticise was very good today I have to admit.
Feels like defeat :(
at 21:56 18 Nov 2017
Large number of our fans will say it's a good point and point away from home should always be deemed as a good result. Yeah, let's take a point and move on, eh? What next?
McCarthy has a cheek to con those who haven't been at Hull and say it's a well-earned point. That could have been completely different story but for his same old awful, painful tactics. It's safe to say it was a torment for the travelling Town fans. People were so quiet and seemed totally resigned with the team's nothingness and lack of ideas especially in the 2nd half.
However the way we started the match we could have torn them apart. All over them until McGoldrick's goal. I don't think they visited our half in the last 5 minutes. Nice well deserved lead. The friend of mine did ask me after the goal if I'd taken a point. Would I fook??!! Hull's team and crowd looked so bleak. Very depressing place. Never seen so many empty seats during my visits there.
But no matter how poor an opposition is, no matter how badly they lack confidence there is always a hope for them. And that is playing Ipswich Town who will happily let you play because that is Ipswich's manager and his tactics for you. Instead of going for 2nd and possibly put the game to bed after 20-30 minutes we gradually allowed them to come back to this. We barely threatened McGregor in the remainder for the first half. Hull seemed shy initially but we kept inviting them and giving incentive. And let them have the ball. Typical McCarthyism part 150 ! Let's try to shut the shop !
An equaliser had to come. Poor defending despite four defenders and two deeply sitting defensive midfielders.
Celina and Waghorn didn't offer anything going forward but it's nigh on entire team who were very generous and on the back foot after McGoldrick's goal.
Second half started a bit more promising. A little bit more activity near their box and Celina's shot on target was parried away by McGregor. And all of sudden and out of nowhere we conceded 2nd after bad Chambers' mistake who himself failed to deal with the ball and onrushing Dicko. One on one with Bialkowski and goal was a formality.
What happened afterwards was depressing. There seemed to be lack of fight in the team, lack of ideas. You sat there with practically no hope as the team never gave us any hopes. It was Hull who were actually closer to score another one as terrible backpass from Knudsen to Bialkowski could have ended the match.
And that one who himself doesn't give a fook about the Town fans stood in his technical area with hands in the pockets. We played badly and some alternatives were required. However he wasn't bothered to make any changes. We were losing against the team who lacked confidence yet .... still played with two deeply sitting defensive midfielders. And he thinks that's best in the moment like that !
A penalty which we missed was soft in my opinion. McGregor saved that and the sadness deepened.
80 minute and first substitutions ! 'Well done' tactical master !
Spence's equaliser though undeserved and harsh on Hull was still a big relief. But even a bigger one was Hull's chance in the 3rd minute of injury time when their striker somehow missed a simple header from few yards. How did he miss it? Massive let off.
Given the way we were playing we have to accept a point. Yes still though reluctant to do so as we should have put the game to bed in the first half but for 'inviting opposition' tactics.
There was no midfield whatsoever. No-one to pass the ball towards strikers but I'm sounding like a broken record. This is McCarthy and we have to endure the same sh*t at least until May. Not only does he big up opposition in his interviews he let them have a go at us on the pitch as well whereas it was us who ought to have dictated the proceedings today.
Obviously there will be a few from 'Super Mick' brigade who will dearly defend himself. For me personally it's hard to accept that 'philosophy' of letting opposition play. Of course we sometimes play good teams and good defending is required but there was no need for that today. Same like against Burton three weeks ago when we had been so abject for the majority of the match. McCarthy keeps making us gutless and fearful. Obsessed about opposition and we cannot even express ourselves. The team looks really shackled at times. Beyond me to understand why some accept that 'philosophy'.
Of course some will point out that we are only 1 point from the play-offs but I don't and will never accept letting opposition play. I'm far from happy with that. I want an opposition to be scared of us.
Feeling frustrated today with failure to beat poor opposition but that was due to our 'tactics'. The draw is the solitary positive from today as we hardly deserved it.
So now let's put two defensive midfielders in front of back four against Sheffield Wed, let them play and see what happens !
at 11:10 16 Oct 2017
This could be their biggest threat on Sunday as the boy has a hell of potential and they keep raving about him.
Skuse will do nothing to keep him quiet so that's why we badly need Adeyemi to return as his physical presence could be helpful.
at 20:06 14 Oct 2017
Can't really argue with the result. There will be some saying the old cliche that we could have nicked a point with a bit of luck. Now we couldn't. We got what we deserved. Spoke with a Blades' fan after the game and he's said that was their worst home performance of the season. Even though they had lost to Norwich last month they battered them throughout the game. Worst Blades' performance and we played well only for the last 15 minutes of the first half.
Set up? Typical McCarthys. Just trying to match them up. Let's sit back and let them have a go at us. Super Mick McCarthy, eh? That set up was at his 'best' for the first 30 minutes. We were harmless as babies. Literally no intention to threaten them. Just sit back ! Flat back five with 'wing-backs' in Iorfa and Kenlock playing as full-backs. We kick off the game with a pass to Knudsen and he immediately hoofs it and the ball is given away.
Very rigid defence which Blades struggle to break down and the biggest 'positive' of this set up was Leon Clarke to have been kept quiet.
We started the match after 30 minutes from Waghorn's corner and that was followed by a decent spell until the end of first half. McGoldrick's shot two minutes later narrowly wide. Two good Waghorn's chances. One of them impressively parried by Blackman.
McGoldrick our stood out player by far and most threatening. Any time he has a ball you sense he is capable of producing something out of nothing.
5 minutes after the restart we conceded a really stupid goal. Our rubbish and pathetic defence allowed Basham a space to score from a free header. Three central backs + the bollard in Kenlock and nothing was done to prevent that.
We had a good 10 minutes period after their goal in which Waghorn hit the bar.
A moment later Clarke left alone by our defence hit the bar for Blades.
Last 30 minutes from Ipswich Town ? Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Mostly painful hoofing with no attacking intent nor ability to get back into the game.
No-one in the middle to carry this team forward and provide a service towards strikers. Nydam and Skuse sitting very deep. The latter in his usual 'comfort safety mode'. Downes having a very quiet second half after coming on. But Ward in particular was very dissappointing and annoying. You would have expected him to have caused problems for their defence given his ability. A few lame pointless crosses. Completely unable to beat any of their defenders or unlock their defence by a proper pass. Totally no existing player.
The substitutions? Why taking McGoldrick off? Yes he was nowhere near as good as in the first half but as I've said before he always has that ability to get something out of the blue. Given how badly we've been missing a creativity during McCarthy's reign we can't afford to take off players like him.
Celina and Sears came on but unfortunately it didn't make a significant difference. Sears offered a bit of pace but nothing besides. Their contribution might have been more fruitful if the central midfield had supported them.
10 minutes before the final whistle young Blades' star Brooks did run across the pitch completely unchallenged by Skuse and defence and launched a shot that went narrowly wide. A minute later Clarke's dangerous header was saved by Bialkowski. They were closer to score their second than us creating a meaningful chance let alone score.
Got what we deserved. No attacking intent, no ability to chase the opponent just mostly pointless hoofing and hoping for a luck. Pure McCarthyism. The only positive was the spell between 30th and 45 min.
Don't know what is going wrong with Iorfa. Impressive during the August spell especially Barnsley away. Today he was shocking and wasteful.
Some might say that defeats like today are a part of current working process. There isn't anything like that under McCarthy and I'll keep maintaining that. If anyone tells me there is a progress I don't care. It's just the same old in terms of tactics and the question is if it's going to yield us good results. The freak August spell besotted number of our fans. Now we've lost 5 in 7 and keep dropping down the table. Super Mick, eh?
I'll be travelling next week for the Norwich match. Hope is probably the only way we can get the result. If we're set up to win the game then there is something to look forward to. But it's a wishful thinking I'm afraid. McCarthy ever since he's been with us he plays for draws with them.
Obviously I can't compare the current era with that one in which Jewell totally ruined the club. But I literally can't wait for McCarthy to go. Not just because we've lost today. I'm just sick of him and his 'matching up' and defensive tactics. Going to be the same old, same old for the majority of season with occasional good performances like Leeds away or Sunderland at home.
So Mr.McCarthy let's allow Norwich to have a go at us and see what happens afterwards ! Let's try to match them up ! Or can you nicely surprise and let them worry about us?
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|Getting what we deserve|
at 16:46 30 Sep 2017
Garner's shot straight at their keeper aside we are totally lacking ideas in the 2nd half.
Skuse and Nydam sitting deeply when we're chasing the game. What's the point?
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|I've been doubting this team and McCarthy|
at 01:57 27 Sep 2017
Particularly after that abject performance at QPR.
Then poor defensive set-up against Bolton.
But fighting spirit from the Leeds game and plenty of goals that we have been scoring keep prove all people like me (cynics, moaners etc etc) that anything is possible. Carry on like that and that will do for me. Mick in? I still got my own reservations but result from last night makes me proud as f**k.
Thank you Town ! Thank you Mick !
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|Match thoughts |
at 23:04 9 Sep 2017
2-1 to QPR flatters us. Very unfair result as it should have ended 3-0 or 4-0 to them. They were much better than us in every aspect and the match was the clear indication that McCarthy IS GOING BACK to his old ways. Large number of our fans are so easy to please but they need to know that bizarre August period is over.
I've been saying for a while that 4 wins last August have been papers over cracks and McCarthy isn't willing to change his ways. It's all about defence and stopping opposition from playing.
First half. Dear me !!! So terrible. No creativity whatsoever. The only positives were Downes, Connolly and a couple of good tackles from Skuse who (apart from those two tackles) himself was very poor. Downes what is clear to see has a big potential but when he's being told to stay in the same line with Skuse then he can't express himself. Our forwards who themselves have had a very quiet today got no service at all. Literally nothing in the middle but this is nothing new.
Connolly had a few nudges with Mackie and dealt well with him in general.
Our makeshift defence + Bialkowski has had a difficult time and 1-0 was the very least QPR deserved in the first half. Perhaps a handball in a build-up to the goal but they were dominant whereas we offered nothing.
Change of approach and personnel was imperative but you have to ask McCarthy why persisted with the same one. The lame shot from McGoldrick at the beginning of second half which was no problem at all for Smithies to save was the 'best' Town chance until final moments of the match. That shot came very shortly after QPR's second goal. Freeman wasn't closed down by defenders or Skuse. The latter wasn't even bothered to chase him down despite having been not far behind.
0-2 down but he stuck with the same team for the next 20 minutes after QPR's second goal. What was he waiting for? Moreover they kept creating chances and Bialkowski twice had to save us from their long shots. Luongo had a freedom of space and time but once again smashing, brilliant and so vital for us proper bloke Skusey wasn't bothered to block/stop/tackle Luongo. Why on earth their players were allowed to launch a few shots from 20-25 yards? That was Skuse's area.
What about us in that period of time? 0-2 down and we KEPT HOOFING. You don't know whether to laugh or cry. Hey 'Super Mick is Great' brigade that's your man for you.
And finally he decided to make changes and put Adeyemi and Sears on. Why not Celina?
Changes made but the proceedings remained the same as QPR kept threatening. We had no concept, not any shadow of ideas what to do.
Things changed though when Celina finally got introduced. From the very first moment you get an impression that he's very skillful and ought to be a starter. The manner in which he scored the goal tells that too. The moment in which he received the ball most of Town players would have crossed it pointlessly into the box.
All of sudden we started playing football. Last-gasp block from the QPR defender prevented Connolly from scoring and Adeyemi squandered very good chance and hit over the bar. You pull your hair when you see those two chances not being taken.
The draw would have been a bizarre result though given QPR's dominance.
Honestly I don't care if I'll be slated or insulted by McCarthys inners. Say what you want. The man is a stubborn fool and not open to any changes in his approach. Take Millwall away last month for example. We somehow had kept going forward in the first half and scored goals while today we hardly threatened QPR until Celina came on. Even if QPR is a better team than Millwall that isn't an excuse for not showing any attacking intent.
Bersant Celina. I presume he's going to be yet another 'failed McCarthys winger'. Yet another Tommy Oar who may get pissed off with this style. Best for him to cut short his loan spell in January and join a different team. QPR would be a good choice for him if they continue to play they did today. Quick, passing, attacking team and he would be able to express himself in that. Waste of time for him in Ipswich.
He's too good to be kept on the bench. He ought to have come on after the half time at very latest as we badly needed an entire change of approach. Why did this idiot McCarthy keep him on the bench for so long? He has been raving about him in the interview but what is the point of raving if such good player is warming the bench? Such terrible were we for the majority of the match especially the first half that his presence on the pitch could and would have made a difference as our strikers were starved of any service.
Skuse... I'd rather save my time and not produce a long rant about him. He's so bloody awful.
I may be told we have had an off-day, bad day at the office. I'm not buying that at all. This was typical abject McCarthy's performance and clear indication that his old ways remain his priority. You can have an off-day but you still have to show some attacking intentions. We only started playing after Celina's goal and that says all.
Very similar to the match against QPR at theirs two years ago (last Fraser's match for the club). They had been attacking while we hadn't been interested to threaten them and started playing in the last 2 minutes after Matt Phillips' goal. Same old, same old from McCarthy. But his brigade, 'Super Mick' inners will keep defending him. Next week if we beat Bolton they will be in a full voice and asking: 'where are the moaners tonight'? Too many of our fans are just happy with us drifting along in this league.
Positives? Celina's short presence. Any others? Yes there is as we don't have to play Derby in midweek. Certain David Nugent or Bradley Johnson would have a field day.
I've been impressed by QPR today and would love us to play like that. It irks me though when Holloway or other people from outside tell us we should count ourselves lucky with McCarthy.
Beating poor Bolton next week is imperative as the carnage at Leeds awaits afterwards.
Pleasure to meet Brogansnose, Benters and The_Romford_Blue. Good away day out spoilt by football. Very disappointed and frustrated today as I can take losing as long as we show any initiative ourselves. But there was no initiative and I fear it's gonna be the same or even worse season than the last one.
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at 16:34 19 Aug 2017
Anything else to say about Garner?
at 04:48 16 Aug 2017
It was epic. Amazing roller-coaster where anything could have happened. Mix of feelings regarding our actual performance. The draw would have been a fair result but it's 3 points for us so who cares?
The injuries enforced McCarthy to play 4 natural strikers and Ward. I dare to say that it's been the most attacking line-up ever under his tenure. I was a bit disappointed though with news regarding Celina and his illness as I was really looking forward to see him play.
Long list of absences, a bit of makeshift defence but given the amount of strikers we had on the field I wanted and expected goals. Got my wish but our defence was woeful during the first half. That first 45 minutes and the way the match is panning out you re-call Big Fat Joe and some of his crazy performances. Ipswich 6-4 Crewe, Ipswich 3-4 Forest, Ipswich 3-4 Gillingham....... with 'converted' central back Naylor in the middle of the defence. Speaking seriously though it was like watching Jewell's defence at times. We actually got embarrassed once at The Den under him in the shape of 1-4 defeat.
Chambers has been iffy last night in the first half. Has he ever played as a left-sided central back for us? Tough opponents to face in Morison and Gregory and every time Millwall forwards were in our box it always looked very dangerous. The defence all over the place at times. First goal two of our defenders were too focused on Morison and it was Wallace who found himself unchallenged between Spence and Ward and took the simple opportunity from few yards.
The response was magnificent though. In between Millwall's goal and our equaliser they never were in our half. Quick equaliser thanks to Iorfa and his pass to Garner.
Very strange half. We always looked dangerous when making or trying to organise counter-attacks but very dodgy at the back. After about 15 minutes a real moment of scare as Chambers received a heavy knock and spent three minutes on the floor. Don't know how badly it affected him but almost cost us a goal a bit later as his pass back to Bialkowski was very weak but the latter was slightly quicker than Millwall forward.
Our second and third goal. I could watch that several times and still won't get tired of that. The passing between Garner and Ward that led to Waghorn's goal..... a poetry ;)
Third goal......McGoldrick has no chance to catch the ball. From almost impossible angle manages to round the keeper and pull it back. Waghorn's simple tap-in was a formality.
Half time and even though we were winning the feeling was that anything could have happened in the second half. Even Millwall to win given how woeful the defence was at times.
Something must have been said by McCarthy in the dressing room. I bet that his instructions were to give the dodgy defence some kind of help because we looked a different after the interval. To be cynical that was classic McCarthy. Trying to sit on narrow lead ..... I know the defence needed a help but it was too extreme for my liking as Archer had completely nothing to do in the Millwall goal until they equalised. We may have been trying to catch them on the break but we never did so. Archer was really bored apart from one moment when Garner headed over.
Millwall had corner after corner after corner. Thankfully the defence dealt better. But Millwall finally got their reward for their determination 10 minutes from time. No-one could have begrudged them a draw. They weren't brimmed with quality they just did what they could. Yes a kind of disappointment for us but we paid the price for sitting back.
All of sudden the proceedings have changed again and we could only admire the anger among Town players as they were desperate to regain the lead. Millwall seemed content with hard-fought draw and it was us who were in their half.
Two minutes from time. Ward's delivery with pinpoint accuraty and Spence's header caused a madness in Town end. Moments like that........going to be memorable for a while.
We had to return to sitting back as the game looked far from over given the way it panned out over 90 minutes. Very tense and nervy last couple of times.
Never give up attitude and sports anger is one the reasons why we have won it. Their heads could have easily dropped after Millwall's third goal.
Other reasons? Perhaps a bit cynical but it's injuries. I don't believe our line-up would have been so attacking minded had it not been for absences.
Very 'un-McCarthy' kind of performance in the first half. Of course not everything was rosy today the defence in particular. But all is overshadowed by what is most important in a football match that is win and 3 points.
It's safe to say that the dark era after Murphy's departure and failure to replace him is over. Fantastic additions in Garner and Waghorn is what we needed. Them two, their desire and teamwork + McGoldrick were all joy to watch last night.
The question is what we can get when all injured players are back. Any chances to be competitive throughout the season? Hard to say and too early to say. For the time being I'm fully enjoying August and not getting carried away.
What a belter of an evening !!!! That header from Spence..... I still have it in front of my eyes !
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at 23:12 12 Aug 2017
The match of two contrasting halves. A pile of emotions, from frustation to elation.
We had been terrible for almost entire first half however it is hardly surprising given McCarthy's stupid approach. Three centre backs with two deep sitting midfielders was a clear indication that McCarthy wanted a point and that was his prime target. With seemingly rigid defence Barnsley should have had a tough task to do. Unfortunately from the first whistle we were under the cosh particularly first 15 minutes. First notable moment from us was an eye-catching tackle from Skuse after which the ball was despatched towards Sears but nothing came from it at the end.
We did sit deeply and allowed them a lot. Very annoying given apparent lack of quality in the Barnsley team. Good form of Bialkowski + off the line Garner's clearance helped us a lot but Barnsley finally got the goal which they deserved. However the manner in which we conceded that was infuriating. If we continue to defend like we did at that moment we'll be in a relegation trouble. Bradshaw's header from such close range ought to have been easily avoided.
The rest of the first half was a mix of us having a better possession at times and resorting to stupid pointless long balls. Not criticising our young midfielders Downes and Nydam as they were knuckling down and working hard but there was an easily visible lack of link-up between midfield and strikers. Same old McCarthy.
Iorfa was by far our best player in the first half as he was the solitary one who offered a bit of threat. Many crosses into their box but unfortunately some of them were wasteful due to lack of many Town players in that area. Kenlock was a complete opposite. He still has a lot to learn as he was abject. Not even a single cross and struggling throughout. His first touch also very poor as the ball bounced off him once after receiving a good pass from Iorfa.
A mate of mine who stood next to me asked if I'd take a point. I said no even though we were losing as Barnsley are a young team and lost some important players this summer.
Last 5 minutes of the first half we were in trouble again and then came a moment in which Bart saved us a match. Outstanding double save, especially the first one when one on one with Moncur.
It wasn't a rocket science that changes had to be made at half time. Kenlock was an obvious one that had to be taken off. McGoldrick and Waghorn + system's alteration. It perfectly paid off in the second half.
Different team from the beginning. McGoldrick's chance which was saved by Davies was followed by Sears whose shot was blocked by their defender. Town travelling party were getting noisier as they were buoyed and encouraged. And we quickly got reward by McGoldrick's volley and once again as it was the case last week it came from the Knudsen's cross. Nice volley which landed in their net and was followed by ... yes, scenes, absolute scenes ! ;))))))))
Unfortunately our attacking impact faded after the goal and that was disappointing. The team seemed content with the point as it was the Barnsley team who tried to threaten us but once again I'll say they clearly lacked a quality. A counter attack was the only hope for us to grab the winning goal as we stopped playing in the way in which we started the second half. And all of sudden we got it. McGoldrick's pass from his heel to Garner and the latter played the ball into Waghorn's path. Another good goal followed by big celebration in our end.
McDonnell who replaced injured Downes sat deeply alongside Skuse and last 10 minutes was mostly hanging on from us. We aren't usually good at that but we somehow got away today. Chambers' impressive block helped once but our back formation could have cost us a game 5 minutes from time. Barnsley had a corner and one of their players was left completely unmarked in the box. A freedom of space and time but Bialkowski saved us again. That was the last scary moment for us.
Mix of emotions today, some disappointing aspects but it's all overshadowed by what is most important in the football match. It's 3 points, it's a win no matter how it's achieved. Given peoples elation and celebration after our goals makes us feel so proud that we support such wonderful football club. The circumstances in which we won the match today are the reason why we have to enjoy it and celebrate wherever we can.
1. McGoldrick. The pure gem when fit and he has to start every game. I don't get it why he started on the bench again.
2. The necessary change of the personnel and system at half time
3. Iorfa in the wing back role. Some cracking crosses and runs
4. Chambers - the colossal figure in the defence
5. Going to sound somewhat stupid but it is Barnsley having lead 1-0 at half time. It enforced McCarthy to make changes and show some attacking impact. Had it been 0-0 or 1-1 at half time I believe he would have stuck in the same system in second half and played for a point.
6. Garner - real nuisance for their defence
7. Our support and celebrations.
1. Playing negatively in the first half. I know we have loads of injured midfielders but our arguably most attacking threat sat on the bench.
2. McCarthy. People will say he deserves a credit for the changes he made. Right but why starting so cautiously against such average/poor opposition? Why do we have to wait for something bad to happen to take some action? He isn't going to change his ways unfortunately.
3. Kenlock - very poor in the first half and has the day to forget.
4. Downes and Nydam playing together. Two inexperienced midfielders playing together isn't good for us. One of them is absolutely fine though at the moment.
5. Sears having played on the wing in the second half. Where was Celina? Why having been kept on the bench?
Pleasure to meet Truce, Johnhoz and for the first time The_Romford_Blue.
As it was the case at Barnsley last March I had a bit of spare time before my train arrival. Was among our group of fans who themselves waited for the players. And once again I had a brief chat with Bart. Thanked him for his massive save at the end of first half, he said with a smile that was his job. I also jokingly asked him if there was a Premier League who wanted him in this transfer window. His answer, the tone of it and his face expression struck me somewhat. He said to me: 'I don't know what is going to happen but I don't want to hear about any offer as I genuinely feel so well at Ipswich'. We also spoke about McGoldrick and his second half contribution. When I told Bart that Didsy seems susceptible to the injuries he somewhat disagreed with me. He's said that Didsy has an extremely bad luck.
All that matters is a win. Good day out.
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