Ipswich Town 0 - 0 AFC Wimbledon Northampton Town 3 - 0 Ipswich Town Charlton Athletic 0 - 0 Ipswich Town AFC Wimbledon 3 - 0 Ipswich Town Ipswich Town 0 - 0 MK Dons Rochdale 0 - 0 Ipswich Town
Look at the calibre of teams we're playing ffs. You could play a non-league side against that lot and they'd have scored at least one. How the fudge have we got worse under Cook than what Lambert was offering up?
Big changes needed and If we're not top 6 by October then I can't see Cook lasting. The only positive I can see at the moment is the summer is going to be a laugh with the amount of players we're going to bring in.
I feel genuinely sad, as Madge said yesterday, "What time do we need to be back from our walk tomorrow, as you'll be watching the football won't you?". I said "Nah, it's rubbish, it'll be 0-0 and the manager will say the players are rubbish. Let's go see your friends new dog instead". Lo and behold...
I think that ITFC were possessed by Paul Lambert and Paul Hurst's love child tonight.
The most Ipswich thing I saw in this game was Cole Skuse picking the ball up 40 yards in our own half, driving into the Fleetwood half, turns around, passes 20 yards back to Dozzell, who then turns around and passes 20 yards back to Wilson. Sigh. And Kenlock reverted back to Ken Barlow tonight which is a shame as he's been decent in recent weeks.
There's so much deadwood and pointless loans. Parrott is the one playing the most out of them but I think I'd rather have an actual Parrot up front.
Out of the current squad, I think at least 12 players who have played first team this season are going to be gone in the summer. That's just not right.
I keep telling myself that Cook needs the summer. His track record is generally good and he's inherited the worst sqaud in my lifetime. So there's hope... again.
It's actually gets me down a little bit at times (in the footballing sense). Even Bluefish's rambles are starting to make sense to me. Perhaps Bluefish is the one, the oracle, the Neo of Ipswich Town. Edwards is just a quick donkey. Bluey, you were right all along.
Yes again it's the hope. We've been playing okay and have finally got rid of Lambert. Cook comes in and has a pretty good track record. And then we get schooled by Steve Evan's Gillingham. Sigh.
Holy - Three goals conceeded and he barely moves for any of them. Needs to work on his footwork in the goal when facing potential shots. Good footwork outside and around the box though. Chambers - Good goal. Not much else. Nsiala - Looked shakey today. Let the ball bounce loads. Wilson - Best player for us in my opinion. Which when we lose 3-1 is saying something. Kenlock - Looked a bit leggy today.
Dozzell - Not at the races today. Bishop - See above. Marginally better than Dozzell. Harrop - Has not impressed me at all since his loan. Looks slow and bar a good free kick delivery, offered nothing.
Bennetts - Has speed and skill but can't use them at the same time. Needs individual coaching to improve. Parrott - Looks like a very fit amateur footballer. Gives the ball away so much and not just this game. I can see why he wasn't getting games at Millwall. Norwood - Wants to play like Diego Costa but ends up playing like a discarded Costa coffee cup. So many silly fouls given away.
Downes - Never really got into the game. Jackson - See above. Edwards - Edwards? EDWARDS? Has anyone seen Gwions Edwards? Annonymous when he came on today. Sears - Got into the game too much for all the wrong reasons lol. Terrible.
There was so many simple errors today that it was actually laughable. Over to you Steve Cook...
Same old, same old but now against so-called lesser teams. I think the only player to get any credit out of that game would be Norwood who actually showed some desire to run at the Swindon defence.
Goalkeeper - Beaten 3 times, but not sure he was at fault for any. Communication with the back line looks visibly iffy at times.
Defence - We always look like we'll concede, but I'm more concerned about the fullbacks than the 2 CB's.
Midfield - Awful. Really awful. Dozzell was fine up until about 70 minutes when he started passing like my arsehole. Huws plods along like the lovechild of Johnathan Douglas and a chest of drawers. And bless Judge, he doesn't stop running, but some of his passing is Sunday League standard. Simple passes which are about a yard out which means the player has to go backwards. At least Downes got stuck in when he came on.
Up top - Dobra was alright but faded. Should have tried out Caddis much more. Jackson was rubbish and Drinan was so isolated that he probably thought he was the last an on earth. Norwood was a refreshing change of pace when he came on.
We look disjointed. As much as a Lambert problem this is, there's definite blame attached to the players for yesterday too.
I have two places I'll work when at home: either on the main computer in the living room or at the table in the living room on my work laptop. Madge and I will alternate depending what's going on with respective works.
I've made a conscious effort to not take my laptop to either the sofa or the bedroom. It's meant that those spaces still remain chillout spots which I've found to be hugely beneficial from a mental standpoint.
Currently reading Lois Theroux's autobiography. It's very Lois in how it's written, and I'm a big fan, so enjoying it!
I started reading Salem's Lot by Stephen King on the bus, but I've parked it. Not because I wasn't enjoying it, but because it's a book I want to binge over a long afternoon. The feeling of something not right going on is brilliant. I tried reading some King when I was late teens early twenties and never quite got it. Maybe being older and slightly more cynical helps haha!
Still trying to make my way through Wheel of Time book 7. Chapter here, chapter there. I think when I'm finished with the series, I won't be taking on another fantasy behemoth for quite some time.
Further on from the Maradona vs Ronaldo/Messi thread, who would you have as exceptional players since 2020? Not including Ronaldo and Messi as they've been on a level of their own.
I'm going to start with a three:
Pirlo - Oh my word. There was about 4 years where he was playing on another level with his forward passing. Wonderful player to watch. Phillip Lahm - Absolute German efficiency. Iniesta and Xavi - Counting them as one as together they were brilliant.
I've been back on site this week. However, work are being great in not forcing you to stay on site. I did all my on site stuff by 2:15pm, so decided to get the bus back home. Got home about 3:10pm. Grabbed a Coke Zero and then worked from home doing all my admin tasks.
I found it really nice being at home early, even though I started home-working pretty much straight away there's still a nice feeling of being in your own space as opposed to an office for a few hours. Really appreciating the flexibility and hope it can continue, or at the least, continue during the quieter periods of the year.
As undecided about this job as I was at the beginning, they've been good so far.
I'd be lying if I said I was happy with how things have gone since Lambert's arrival. Now granted, he came into what was a mess. Hurst and Doig's toxicity spread like wildfire. However, that being said, Lambert's initial record at Ipswich is near identical on a points basis to what Hurst managed during his games in charge. Hurst was out of his depth (which isn't that difficult when you're 5ft 4) and had supposedly lost the dressing room. Lambert comes in and the PR is fantastic. Surely we have to get better with all this positive energy... Right?
Well, no. We carried on struggling, picking up wins against Rotherham, Wigan, Bolton and Leeds (last day of the season, neither side anything to play for). So 2/4 of the teams also relegated with us.
A free hit as some put it, due to Hurst's ineptitude. We'd been spoiled by Mick's powers and most were aware of it. Time to rebuild and show us what you've got.
A little winning spree. Great, this is what we want to see. On closer inspection, you begin to realise that the Teams we were beating were occupying the bottom half of the table. Well you can only beat what's put it front of you.
I thought the 5 year contract was a bad decision seeing as though we still had to play the better teams in the league.
And then there we have it. We couldn't beat anyone in the top 8 bar a win against Fleetwood. We had 11 games in a row without a win, which is terrible in any league. 4 points from 9 games before lockdown. What on earth happened? Well a career-saving once in a lifetime lockdown happened which arguably saved Lambert.
Judging by pre-season, we're going back to a play out from the back approach. Now call me a cynic, but I'm getting some deja vu from when Lambert first started and had Dean Gerkin playing more like Pleberson than Ederson. I'm all for playing out from the back, but with some brains to play into the channels if need be.
We go again though. Pre-season is never a fair reflection - especially against premiership teams. Wigan, Bristol Rovers, Rochdale and MK Dons as the first four league games. We absolutely need a positive start after the debacle that was the end of last season.
I'm not convinced Lambert is the right man for the job, but time will tell and if he pulls it around then fair enough. Do I think he will... Well, you can probably guess the answer to that.