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|Here We Go|
Excellent and well balanced article, thanks for sharing this with us. Cautious optimism is certainly the right mood for now!
In amongst all this excitement, isn't there a football match happening soon?
|Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Ipswich Town - Match Report|
What can we learn from these training games? Based on today's showing there's a few conclusions to be drawn.
1. Cornell looked like a League 2 goalie, on this showing I'd put Wright ahead of him for our number two.
2. Good to have KVY back, looks like a good partnership developing with Dobra, who also looked strong.
3. Sadly Chambers doesn't look the player he used to be. Woolfenden gets better and better, and Ndaba might share Nsiala for his partner.
4. Ward disappointed, but Kenlock didn't size the opportunity.
5. In midfield, Skuse looked experienced but limited, Downes looked classy, Dozzell looked ok but failed to impose himself, Bishop was anonymous, Nolan and Judge were chasing shadows. McGavin looked ok but wasn't on the field long, and we didn't get to see El Mizouni at all.
6. Up front, Drinan looked ok but Jackson looked better. The best of the wide men were clearly Dobra and Edwards.
Overall summary? We showed nice movement and control, our first eleven should be real contenders in this league.
|We Should Encourage the Club and the League to Stream All Games|
A supporter of ITFC for more than 60 years, I live some distance from Ipswich, and find travelling harder as I get older, so I'd love to see live streaming video of matches. I'd cheerfully pay seat prices to be able to follow Ipswich live. So irrespective of limited crowds, put this in place for distant life long supporters who want to see their team!
|All Seven Out-of-Contract Senior Players Released|
These are of course only the out of contract players whose registration is being released. I am sure there are discussions and expectations about transferring (perhaps on a free) other members of the squad who are also surplus to Lambert's requirements. I think we all have our suspicions as to who these might be - Cotter and Drinan spring to mind, to name but two.
As for Ward, I wouldn't rule out him being offered a new deal if and when he proves his fitness and looks ready and up for it. But sensible not to rush into it when his future fitness still in question (and it gets him off the payroll).
|Chambers a Doubt as Illness Hits Blues|
We can actually play Pennington where he should be - in central defence! I think he's our best centre half, so no surprise he's been playing right back.
|Hurst: Two Unnamed Doubts for Birmingham Trip|
I'd qualify jas0999's comment and say, really important to (a) avoid defeat, and (b) score some goals and look a goal threat. Please let's see signs we have a gelling team and look more like a Championship side.
|Nsiala: It's Just Not Going Our Way But It's Going to Turn Around|
Nsiala is hardly likely to say anything else, is he?
From what I've seen on videos (sadly I can't get to many games) I'm unconvinced that those brought in are better than our players coming through. I think the likes of Kenlock, Emmanuel, Downes, Dozzell, Morris, Nydam will do better gaining experience at Championship level than in lower leagues. Did Woolfenden do so badly when in the team? After all we couldn't be any lower with the youngsters in the team.
|No Tenth Signing Before Deadline|
Phew! Must be a record number of transfers for ITFC! At least we can now all focus again on Saturday and wonder how on earth PH is going to select 11 out of that lot!
|Jackson Arrives at Town as Blues Close in on Ninth Signing|
Any stats hounds out there know our previous highest number of summer signings? Feels to me that we must have blown that record!
BTW to add to the date about the ability of lower league signings to make the grade, Jamie Vardy made a decent fist of that...
|Three Changes as Blues End Season Against Boro|
Disappointed that emerging players not getting a game - it's almost certainly Carter-Vickers' last game for Town, no promo/relegation issues at stake, why not give Woolfenden more game time? Similarly Spencer and Cotter - Spencer may be first choice, but Cotter needs experience and what better time to give it to him?
|U23s Host Cardiff|
This is the real downside of MM having the rest of the season in charge. Now, with nothing to play for, is the time to give youngsters first team experience and let them learn, with no pressure to gain every last point. Unfortunately MM has nothing to gain by developing next year's squad, and is only interested in maximising points and personal kudos.
|Town Sign Tottenham Defender on Loan|
Having seen a video of his part in the Spurs v Chelsea cup match, he looks pretty decent - very good positionally, good reader of the game, decent tackles, distribution fair but could improve - all in all a very good signing for us. Let's hope he helps to plug our leaky defence!
|Ipswich Town 1-2 Derby County - Match Report|
I think we all ought to remember that we have probably SIX midfielders who would have played today ahead of those in the team if available - Bishop, Huws, Dozzell, Adeyemi, Hyam and Skuse. If those had been fit all season, don't you think we'd be in a play-off place? Might need to patch it up with loan midfielder and central defender to see out the season though. In the circumstances I think Mick has done remarkably well.
|Former Canary Lafferty Linked|
So next season we would have these strikers on the books: Lafferty, McGoldrick, Sears, Moore, Benyu, Morris, McLoughlin, perhaps Pitman... Going to be a bit crowded in the opposition penalty area?
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