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This was a curious game. Shortly after kickoff, McGoldrick was lucky to remain on the field, after a dreadful challenge by Loovens planting his studs in McGoldrick’s groin left the Ipswich striker wondering if he could still father children, and Loovens, even luckier to remain, wondering how the referee could fail to issue even a yellow, let alone the red he clearly deserved.

Ipswich played their usual 6-0-4 formation, the absence of a midfield explaining the reason why every time we won the ball it was hoofed long for the forwards to chase. SW had all the possession, and weaved pretty patterns in midfield, but couldn’t find any cutting edge; IT had all the chances but planted most of them into the goalkeeper’s midriff. One clear chance for Jordan Rhodes defied logic when he glanced his free header wide; but Bersant, McGoldrick and Waghorn also had clear chances that were wasted. We could have been two or three up by half time.

After the break, with McGoldrick unable to continue thanks to his groin injury, the introduced Sears proved lively, and Ipswich got the goal they deserved from a corner. The ball whipped in, a glance on from the head of Spence, and Garner gratefully swept the ball into the net.

After this, SW got a bit more urgency, but still for all their possession failed to make a clear chance. Ipswich were still fashioning and wasting opportunities on the break, the worst offender Sears, sent clear by a lovely ball from Waghorn. He rounded the advancing Westwood but took the ball too wide, and by the time he checked and cut back, the keeper had recovered his position. Instead of feeding the unmarked Celina, Sears shot against the keeper – chance gone.

Then out of nothing, a floated ball to the far post, Spence rose to head but couldn’t quite reach, and the ball hit his arm. Clearly not intentional, but unwise. Penalty, said the ref, and from a position of no real danger, to Hooper slamming the ball past Bialkowski from the spot.

Still Ipswich came again, driven on by Huws, brought on for the disappointing Celina. Sears floated an intelligent ball beyond the far post, Huws did brilliantly to hook it back across goal, and Waghorn fashioned a superb header to guide the ball beyond Westwood.

That looked to be that. SW didn’t really threaten again, and as the game drifted into five minutes of stoppage time, Ipswich spent much of that by Wednesday’s corner flag running down the clock. It finally broke down, and with the ref checking his watch, a final Wednesday attack saw Adam Reach living up to his name at the left side of the goal line and drifting a cross into the goal area where man mountain Nuhiu nodded into the net.

An undeserved point rescued for the Sheffield side, and although Ipswich can be justifiably miffed that the challenge which took the stuffing – almost literally – out of the classy McGoldrick went unpunished, they should have taken more of their chances and could have run out comfortable winners. In the end, the team skilled in grabbing points at the death had it done to them.
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Your Report added at 15:02:06
A good point, hard fought; we didn't do enough to win it but frankly neither did Norwich - a draw the fair result.

We looked a bit better when Knudsen went to wing back and Smith came into the back three. I don't think Sears is really a front man, but Keiffer Moore didn't look the part when he came on either. Spence looked really good going forward, but occasionally lost his man going back and was sometimes beaten a bit too easily. We do look better when we pass the ball and don't just hoof it upfield.

Still, plenty of grounds for optimism. I'm almost at the point where I look forward to the next match with excitement rather than foreboding! It must be nearly time to start trying out fringe players/youngsters, especially where we know loan players will not convert to permanent staff - like Lawrence for example.
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Your Report added at 17:33:06
Make no mistake, we are in a relegation battle now. Lucky we haven't just lost a six-pointer.
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Your Report added at 17:45:57
It is extremely disappointing and worrying to be obviously second best to an ordinary mid-table side, and the current relegation form does not bode well. If we are to have any success - or on recent evidence, comfortable survival - next season then wholesale changes to the squad are required. There are several squad members who are clearly not good enough, and I fear we should add Hyam to the list today as not to be trusted to keep (and use) his head.

Squad members should now realise that for the rest of this season, they are playing for their futures - and indeed MM needs to show there are grounds for optimism if he is not to be part of the same clear-out.
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