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Gutting if inevitable ...
at 17:18 23 Feb 2019

... because this is, after all, the season where we have to be bitten in the &rse in the worst possible way time after time. When that Rotherham goal went in I had started to wonder ...

That's probably us done now but hopefully we can get a big crowd in next week - ticket promotion isn't it? - and keep the season competitive for a while longer. Six points would seem doable even if all evidence says otherwise. It is nice to see that we are improving - I think that's clear - although I do wonder how much is down to players we may well not have next year.
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Judge
at 11:30 11 Feb 2019

Seen some mixed reviews of his performance yesterday and there were certainly times when he and others - Knudsen most glaringly, but also unsurprisingly - clearly weren't on the same wavelength. But I thought in general he set an example to some our guys in wanting to get on the ball, be brave and try to make a few things happen. Didn't quite come off but he found some very good areas and is looking sharper. I really, really hope we can get him sorted for next season as he would make aspects of L1 look easy.
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The Guardian ran a report from today's game
at 17:01 10 Feb 2019

If anyone can stomach it:

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/feb/10/norwich-ipswich-championship-ma
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The Guardian interviewed Lambert this week
at 16:45 9 Feb 2019

Their piece is up now: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/feb/09/paul-lambert-ipswich-town-norwi
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Knudsen - Collins - Chambers - Bree would be ...
at 11:08 4 Feb 2019

... a perfectly good Championship back four. Love to see them line up at Norwich but knowing the way things tend to go I assume we'll just see Bree.
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I think that's probably it
at 21:55 2 Feb 2019

I won't totally give up hope, and football has a habit of doing very weird things on days like next Sunday, but today felt like a must-win against a mediocre mid-table side and we never really looked up to it. Didn't help to lose both first-choice centre-backs and I felt our midfield were quite conservative as a consequence, but we are a rag-tag team that has been put together to try and make something happen and the connections simply aren't there yet. They hopefully will be next season but I think soon enough that'll be our main focus.
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Everything is still on the table
at 22:00 29 Jan 2019

It may only seem a tiny thing but that late Bolton goal gives a slither of hope to me - Reading look the kind of team that could pull clear with some momentum but now they don't really have any and the gap is the same as it was before those two away defeats. Saturday is winnable - in which case we *should* be down to four or five points off. As others have said, we are being helped by the poor quality of those around us but it will be a singularly low points total to stay up this year and just one decent little run would heave us towards it. This isn't done yet.
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Best summary of Brexit yet?
at 10:42 23 Jan 2019

The truth will hurt people on all sides.



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If we can get Judge on an 18-month deal it's a great signing
at 12:27 12 Jan 2019

Even if he's not quite the player he was three years ago he's definitely got things that can help us in the fight to stay up. And if we went down he'd be a brilliant player to have in L1, a cut far above most others in that division even now, would be very encouraging.
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Pilkington
at 11:10 8 Jan 2019

Bit of a strange case. His career has gone off a cliff in the last couple of years and without asking around I'm not entirely sure why – he's not had a major injury since his Huddersfield days and on the face of things it appears Warnock simply didn't fancy him upon arriving at Cardiff, although you'd have to wonder why. General fitness level? Appears they've tried to move him on numerous times but the size of his contract got in the way; presumably at this stage he just needs to be playing football though.

Either way, he's only 30 and even in his sporadic appearances last season he made quite a notable contribution. Have always liked him – really entertaining to watch when on form and knows where the goal is too – and Lambert has certainly got a hell of a tune out of him in the past, so could be a very interesting one if it comes off.
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Lambert has absolutely put this at Evans' feet hasn't he?
at 10:58 7 Jan 2019

And it's fair enough: he knows what he's inherited isn't capable of doing anything, and has his own career to protect too. It means we should have a very good idea, by the end of this month, as to whether we might see PL next season I think. Spoiler: if Elder and Keane are as good as we can manage, there's 0% chance of him staying here.
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I think every single one of us can agree ...
at 10:30 31 Dec 2018

... that as far as ITFC is concerned, 2018 can fcuk right off.

Awful 12 months - the worst calendar year I can remember from a Town perspective and a lot of damage done. I think all we can do is put it behind us and hope for much better next year. I hold on to the fact that we have a manager who quite clearly sees the potential at this club and has a lucid idea of how he wants to harness it. The next five months are utterly critical in seeing that through, I think - it's one of the most pivotal spells now in our history - but we still have a chance and every one of us needs to remember that. At some point the mixture of shoddy internal performance and ill-timed external factors will finally stop working against us and things will turn around. Let's give it our best to make sure that happens in 2019.
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Elder on loan will mean ...
at 20:15 29 Dec 2018

... that we effectively have two loanee spaces left, as Edun will go back and it doesn't take genius to imagine Donacien being frozen out. That's not enough is it? A powerful centre-forward would probably keep us in games for a bit longer, and it'd be good to get someone like Bridcutt in, but we need players in at least three other positions – beyond those – before left-back. It seems an annoying hindrance and perhaps we should have moved on Knudsen's contract before we began dropping like a stone.
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In for Rudy Gestede according to John Percy ...
at 19:11 17 Dec 2018

... who is, I think, well connected on the Lambert front. Would probably be my first choice among realistic-ish targets of that type; sure there will be plenty more links where that came from though.
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Excellent thread that spares neither May nor Corbyn
at 16:54 17 Dec 2018

The reckoning cannot come quickly enough.





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Thank goodness for that
at 16:59 15 Dec 2018

Let's have no pretending that five points isn't doable. It'll fluctuate up and down but this is a start. By the sounds of it the sort of sh6tty goal that seasons can hinge on too. Lovely stuff.
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We get £416,000 for Bart/Jonas going to World Cup
at 11:19 4 Dec 2018

Can't remember what the reported figure was in the past but FIFA have just confirmed what each club will get. Handy little sum for us if it helps with January plans.
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Some of the resignation on here is a bit much
at 13:26 29 Nov 2018

Presumably you wouldn't throw in the towel as easily on other areas of your life so don't do it with your football team. We are bad, there is no dressing it up, but I maintain that our fate will essentially be decided by what we can do in January. I don't think we will be more than nine or 10 points from safety by then and, that being the case, we have a chance if we can act quickly.

And either way, Steve's post earlier was spot on. We simply can't afford to go down, can't afford to embrace it, can't afford to get comfortable with it. So it's a better idea to give it all we've got rather than spend two-thirds of a season in resignation. It's a small-time attitude and we can't countenance it. We all know how suddenly things can change, both for better and for worse. I'd rather be there when things turn.
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Probably more frustrated than I should be about last night
at 10:05 24 Nov 2018

Thought the longer we kept it at 1-0 that we might just do something – it was a good second half even if short on clear chances – and to concede a goal like that was incredibly annoying. Our corners were awful last night until the final few minutes. Think it was symptomatic of our trying to do the right things all night but not quite being good enough to carry them off.

My overriding sense though is that we'll be OK if we keep finishing games like that. I think I'd be saying that even if Jackson hadn't scored; we really kept at it after 0-2 and that encourages me greatly, Lambert's sides are known for it. but we really need do need things like Lankester's free-kick to start going in for us.

Don't think anyone played particularly badly or particularly brilliantly. Pennington looks assured. The short ball out to Chambers is problematic against a high press. Roberts really isn't up to it when you put him against centre-backs like those guys but can't fault the effort. I like Edwards when he has space to run into, of course, but does he have the touch or the guile when you're trying to construct? I don't really think so and that is probably why he hasn't done better in his career up to now.

Bristol City is very important now, as it always seemed to be. I think we can beat them, something has to go our way soon.

Crowd was good although still sense a majority of people are waiting for something to happen rather than instigate. Also, felt very sorry at half-time for the girl behind the far SBR lower bar – it had run out of lager after under a minute (!!!) and she was getting pelters & absolutely distraught. Utterly ridiculous from the club, things like this reflect a wider attitude and show how much we are holding ourselves back.
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Good rallying call from Stuart Watson here
at 08:28 23 Nov 2018

https://www.eadt.co.uk/sport/comment-make-some-noise-for-lambert-s-boys-1-579117 – I'd add that if you're still deciding about tonight, or have become free, then get along, it's only a tenner and it's on everyone now to get us out of this. Looking forward to seeing what we can come up with, on and off the pitch, tonight.
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