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|Something else Evans needs to consider|
at 10:22 25 Nov 2020
We will not see a full Portman Road for a long time but it's reasonable to think we'll be back to full capacities in the next year or so. Crowds will inevitably be quite low at first, here and at most places, because some people will feel cautious and – this is the thing – others will need encouragement to get back into the habit. If Town are still drifting or worse there is a very high chance of returning to the 8k/9k crowds we sometimes saw in the 90s once it's all shaken down, with no obvious escape route from that this time.
In particular it's going to be a battle to attract an already hard-to-please younger generation, now used to watching PL football at any hour of the weekend. Even more so, possibly, if and when Norwich get back to the top flight six months from now and continue establishing themselves as the regional power. If Town can't find a way of emerging from this period with a semblance of freshness or momentum then I *massively* fear for us – and this is before we get into salary caps and the like. The clubs that come out of Covid-19 in good shape – on the pitch, off it and in the stands – will be the ones equipped to face the next five years and leave everyone else behind.
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|Seven injuries, one suspension|
at 11:00 24 Nov 2020
That's really far from ideal, even considering we have much better depth than most, particularly going into the run we're now approaching. It isn't an excuse for poor performance; it is a factor, however, as it would be for anyone. It's definitely why I'd be very content with a draw tonight: McGavin + current incarnation of Huws + Lankester/Judge doesn't strike me as a midfield to win the battle against promotion rivals. Get a point on the board and hopefully a couple of midfielders back for Saturday.
at 16:06 23 Nov 2020
Start for him tomorrow? Thought he was one of the few positives on Saturday, even aside from creating the equaliser, looked very bright. Tried to make things happen every time he got the ball, not always spot on in terms of when he releases it but think he looks ready for a go from the off.
|Massive half for Lambert coming up|
at 15:56 21 Nov 2020
That was really bad. Big trouble if we lose this and hard to see beyond needing a change at the helm. Shrewsbury really aren't much though so hopefully we can come out and put in a much better second half, as we've tended to at home.
|I'm sure we can all unite on one thing tonight ...|
at 21:24 3 Nov 2020
That was, from nowhere and for no good reason, absolutely f**king diabolical from the referee. An absolute mugging. I'm sure there'll be a time to pick at aspects of our performance - the slow start mainly - but there's not a chance in hell we deserved that.
|Churned that one out|
at 17:07 31 Oct 2020
Couple of things there. Crewe a lovely side to watch, clear relationships all over the park, helps that so many of them have been together since academy days and have had such a consistent run together. They deserved a draw at barest minimum.
Against a side like that you really need a midfield that can impose itself and we just don't have that without Downes/Skuse/even Nolan. Surprised we didn't see Huws really; it's one of those where you'd perhaps rather PL had been more conservative. But either way we're really having to busk it in there at the moment. In that context every three points we tick off is vital and I won't be sniffing at this one.
I spent much of the first hour muttering about Hawkins, who was given a lesson in how to lead the line and bring others into the play by Mandron (who always plays well when I watch him). But fair play for getting the winner and he did improve after half-time, as did most of our players.
Against the negatives it's fair to observe Crewe didn't exactly create chance after chance. Holy brilliant for that one in the first half. Thought our centre-backs did very well, Woolfenden probably man of the match, absolute Rolls Royce on the ball and always looked to come out positively with it.
Jackson showed a lot of what we'd been missing – speed, aggression. Glad to have him back.
We can get a result at Sunderland but Huws needs to start so that we have a semblance of a midfield. We won't be chasing the ball around to the extent we were today, that's one thing to remember. Happy overall with the first 10 games and really can't wait for the couple of weeks off league football as it brings us nearer to getting some key players back.
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|No pace in the side|
at 17:29 24 Oct 2020
It's a really big problem and was shown up at the key moments today. We would look different with Jackson and KVY available. It really hampers us, just leads to a lot of technically decent but slow passing like today.
Hawkins is basically a non-scoring foil for movement around him and there just wasn't enough of it to work. I think that's partly because Downes' absence means the three in there have to get through so much legwork elsewhere to keep us competitive. Flynn transforms us in there.
Kick in the teeth today. Having steadied things after that first 10 minutes we were OK and should never have put ourselves in a position to lose. Think Johnson dived for the pen and it was definitely a foul on Bishop in the buildup so we are entitled to feel aggrieved. But it's no coincidence that Nsiala was behind the pen and nor is it one that we can't buy a win against the good sides. Woolfenden in from now on, please, and six points from the next two.
|Happy with that|
at 16:58 17 Oct 2020
Good, ultimately comfortable win over an aggressive opponent that asked a few questions but lacked a final ball.
First half was pretty much everything you'd worry about with current absentees – overwhelmed in midfield and couldn't really make anything work going forward. But what I like about a lot of these wins – Bristol Rovers another example – is that we've not panicked or deviated from the plan too early and have kept trying to play. That's how we opened them up today, after a much sharper start to the second half.
Have to hope Hawkins is back immediately because it'll be a long night at Donny if he isn't. Pleased with how we sorted it out today though, eventually; not really much to complain about in the circumstances.
|Delighted with that|
at 17:00 10 Oct 2020
Hadn't had a good feeling about the game, so extremely heartened by what I just saw. Would feel churlish to pick holes, because that was very good. Shame not to keep a clean sheet but their goal did seem to refocus us a bit. Four really good goals, picked our moments to commit men forward sensibly and looked a real threat when we did, shape off the ball was disciplined and we didn't give many chances away at all.
Pleased for Edwards, who this season looks much more confident & direct, like the kind of player we signed. Got what he deserved today. Bishop in and out of the game but helped us get back on the front foot before he went off, and the goal was a brilliant example of what he can do. Having players who can produce those moments is such a plus.
Huws had a bit of a shocker on the ball, looked rusty, but his presence in there was important. Thought the workrate all round was impressive; Judge haring around going into 50/50s, Dozzell's efforts on the defensive side getting much better, a word for Kenlock too because that was a really good performance from him against a tricky opponent.
Five games in and I don't really think we could have asked for much more. We are trying the right things in all areas and it's more or less working. Don't think we can afford any further injuries but let's hope we can just keep ticking the results off – pretty clear that people will be nicking points off each other left, right and centre in this division so we should have a really big chance.
|I'd accept a draw today|
at 10:53 10 Oct 2020
Tricky game against a side that'll be decent this year and we do not look in great shape personnel-wise. If we can come out looking difficult to beat it'll augur well enough for me.
|We need to sign a midfielder on loan|
at 09:55 9 Oct 2020
It's vital we get someone in who can do the defensive and more physical stuff properly for a few months, even if just as a shoring-up option from the bench. I don't think we can sustain a strong promotion challenge without that, so we need to work out a way to do it. And no I'm not preparing excuses for the manager, just to nip the boring stuff in the bud. Our injuries are at a point where I can't see them not seriously damaging us.
|Very lucky to come away with something there|
at 17:01 3 Oct 2020
Will definitely take it given we played so long with 10 men but the only players to come out with any credit are the defence, especially the centre-backs. Thought we'd sorted things out for 20 minutes after our goal but from the half-hour onwards we just didn't play.
Main takeaways: against teams that can zip the ball around that midfield won't cut it, need to hope Downes isn't out too long and get him in the team every week. Bishop probably the fall guy I think. Also the lack of pace is chronic. Easy to see why we have brought Bennetts in. I hope there's a way to reintegrate Jackson and also pray we can get KVY fit at last.
Two more injuries, it's just constant with us ...
Need to be much better if we are to stay in the top two when the really tough fixtures come around.
|Bennetts – very interesting!|
at 17:07 2 Oct 2020
More of a winger I think but pretty versatile. Was tipped for very big things when he went to Germany; those moves don't always work out for a number of reasons and I think a year here looks very smart for all parties.
at 10:14 23 Sep 2020
Asked this deep in another thread yesterday so apologies for repetition. But am I going mad or did he go down holding his groin early in the second half vs Bristol Rovers in the cup? At the time I was very surprised he carried on, especially given we were winning comfortably. Hope that hasn't caused any issues here, and/or that it's something different.
|Pleased with that, and with our start overall|
at 17:33 19 Sep 2020
That was how we need to be approaching games. Matched Rovers' commitment in a mucky opening period, kept on trying to play our football and tightened the screw until quality told. Very pleased that we never stopped looking to pass it and play through the midfield. Didn't panic or rush things and just looked more clear-headed than we often have. That is ultimately why we won.
Great to have that quality off the bench. We'd begun to dominate in midfield & move the ball more quickly before Downes came on - Bishop had actually started to get very involved - but Flynn really upped our level and Rovers couldn't really cope. Excellent return from Lankester too, that was very promising indeed.
Not hanging the bunting out - still not sure if we will score enough against the better teams with current personnel and we need more pace in the side. Need to see exactly what we have got when the transfer window has shut and when (if!) players like KVY and Jackson are fit. But there are signs it is going in the right direction.
|Are people in Ipswich happy their MP has voted to break international law?|
at 08:58 15 Sep 2020
Genuine question. It's strange because, like anyone else, having grown up in Ipswich I know tonnes of people – from all walks of life and of most political persuasions – and I'm not sure I can name one who I know would be comfortable with the actions of the dangerous charlatan purportedly representing their interests. Will you stand for it?
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