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V Rochdale
at 17:16 26 Sep 2020

Overall a comfortable win, although thought Rochdale posed a bigger threat than previous two.

Thought Hawkins handled that central role very well today, thought Gwion did ok, midfield impressive again for me.

Distribution of centre backs was poor, but the actual defending of Nsiala was very good. Two full backs as solid as a rock right now.

Thought Sears was very poor, greedy and selfish in the final third with alternative options available. Also, why is he on free kicks - has he won a raffle to take them all season. Taken 4, hasn’t got it over the wall twice and yet to hit the target at all. Would prefer a cultured Dozzell over it from 20-25 yards.

Overall really happy with the start here.
Some important players missing for Rochdale tomorrow
at 23:03 25 Sep 2020

Popped on to have a look at the mood, bought in a new non-league striker today formerly of Salford.

Humphreys, May recall the big lump at Southend last year who scored, a real handful at this level is out for tomorrow.

O’Connell, impressive Irish centre back who had a very good game against us last year likely to miss.

Described on their forum as the last 2 players in the squad Rochdale would want injured.

Narrow midfield last week against Pompey apparently worked well for them last week.

Hopefully wind settles overnight otherwise it will be a horrible game to watch tomorrow.
Anyone watching the Super Cup - fans back
at 20:42 24 Sep 2020

Partially, but as many as I have seen since Covid and it’s brilliant to see!!

And the game is a good watch as well.
Great bit of business
at 19:03 22 Sep 2020

The lad was absolutely outstanding against us in the cup.

Idris our for a full season will done him so much good.
Another really good performance
at 17:14 19 Sep 2020

The wheels are moving in the right direction currently, no doubt about that.

A little flat first half, but up against a team that really had no ambition but sit in with that 5 man back line, awfully frustrating at times.

Thought it was going to be an afternoon that was a little too frequent last year of just withering to a bore draw, or even worse BR to snatch it late. However credit to Lambert on his changes, he got it spot on, and helped us move up a gear to a point where to game should have been 4 come full time really.

Won’t get carried away yet, 2 clean sheets, solid foundations, system looks very good, style of play looks sharp, midfield (Nolan and Dozzell today) look so important, but I want to see us against some of the the ‘tougher teams’, that’s where we came unstuck last year.

A striker who looks like they may get 20 could be an issue in the long run.

Overall really happy with how things are going.
No Norwood today?
at 11:37 19 Sep 2020

Not sure if any truth in it but that’s what I’ve been told.

Have a sneaky feeling ain’t true though.
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Bit of a bore fest tonight...
at 21:25 16 Sep 2020

Fulham had that extra quality. Town never looked like threatening.

Positive: Downes back in blue.
PL on Downes
at 21:24 16 Sep 2020

Had a chat yesterday, time to put it to bed and play.

Seemingly Downes on board, but job to get back into the team now.
Team for tonight
at 18:00 16 Sep 2020

Jackson £2.5m to Birmingham (n/t)
at 13:10 15 Sep 2020

PSG v Marseille
at 22:03 13 Sep 2020

5 red cards in 2 minutes. Absolute scenes.

PSG lose second game in a row 1-0
Sam Winnall joins Oxford
at 06:29 12 Sep 2020

Really good signing for them. Two good options in Matt Taylor and Sam Winnall now.
A bit of a meh game
at 21:49 8 Sep 2020

Felt that way with fans last year, even more so this year without them. Just felt like a real training game, no real urgency etc, as you'd expect.

Still had more than enough chances to win the game mind you, woodwork 3 times for starters.

I don't think anyone particular was really poor, just none had that real urgency that we'd expect to see Sunday in the first league game.

I think the only think highlighted was Dozzell in that holding midfielder role, looks outstanding on the ball, but less so on the defensive side on the game, something I alluded to on Saturday. 2nd goal, man spins off him and has the back 4 in front of him, all the time in the world to thread the pass, just felt they had a little bit too much space in that central area, something I think Downes/Sksue would rectify, I still think Dozzell has to play, looks very good going forward, but not as a holder.

On to Sunday.
Ndaba in for Toto
at 19:30 8 Sep 2020

No Toto in warm up, opportunity for Ndaba now.
2 changes tonight
at 18:48 8 Sep 2020

IN: Cornell, Kenlock

Out: Holy, Ward
No Flynn Downes involved tonight
at 18:27 8 Sep 2020

No huge surprise but yeah.
What’s the general standpoint on Downes here?
at 22:07 5 Sep 2020

Back in the fold or out in the cold?
Good from Chambers on the socials tonight
at 20:38 5 Sep 2020

“More love, less hate”.

Another picture with a ‘waffle’ on it.

Sure that will catch a few on the line.
Very good from Lambert and players today...
at 17:35 5 Sep 2020

I’ve been one of few remaining who don’t won’t Lambert gone and believe he will get things right this year, but it’s important to not get too carried away today, a very good start to the season, very good indeed. However we were up against a rather toothless BR, one you would have thought will lack enough goals to break in to the top half of the table this year. Defence will have tougher tests ahead no doubt, and can really judge them when they come.

However, offensively we were very good today, tried to play the right way, something which has been consistent throughout pre season, and now rolling over in to the competitive season. Shape looked really good, never thought I’d see Dozzell as a long CDM effectively but dictated a lot of the game, not sure he could do the same role when a natural 10 is up against him (i.e Sammie Szmodics etc), has the keep the shirt on that display, but possibly as one of the further advances CM.

Chambers/Sears/Ward excellent, Nsiala good as well, but big shout out to Aaron Drinan, thought he did very well leading the line on his own, very well indeed, has to keep the shirt on that performance, regardless of who is waiting in the wings.

Overall really happy with the encouraging signs, long may it continue as we come up against tougher tests.

Expect a few posters to be absent from here tonight
The season starts tomorrow
at 11:33 4 Sep 2020

And we start exactly how you'd expect Ipswich Town to, flooded with injuries...
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