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EFL Board Meeting This Morning
at 15:24:29

Great Dissboy - so what happens when Southend have a full.squad available whilst we lose our entire team to Cornoavirus for two weeks as one has a cough. Just as much a liability as at present for suing etc. Not possible. A void season is the only option... Unless this goes on so long that we only come out of quarantine this time next year and just don't have a 20/21 season at all.
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Town Draw Melbourne Victory in Global FIFA 20 Tournament
at 23:38:47

Incredible stuff. My wife is from Melbourne and we go and watch Victory every time we visit. Great atmosphere there.

But 100% behind Town on this one. Go Josh!
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EFL Confirm Fixtures Postponed Until 3rd April
at 15:12:00

@orroman. Seriously? So the fact that we've got four of the bottom six as our final home games wouldn't make a difference to where we'd be now if the games we missed had instead been Rotherham, Peterborough, Coventry and Oxford? Not possible. And that's just our case when I agree we're highly unlikely to make the play offs. But imagine you're Sunderland who just slipped out the play offs on Tuesday.

The reality is we're being softened up as this is going to last a long time. I expect no football until at least the autumn. By that time tho I also expect a Darwinian effect in the lower leagues with clubs going to the wall left right and centre. Maybe even us?!...

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Barton: Sad to Hear Some of the Noises Circling Around Here
at 14:05:27

For all those calling for Evans to go - and I have some sympathy - I suggest this sobering read about Bury's decline:
https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/mar/04/review-bury-need-for-ffp-efl-le

Who would say this might not be us if he walks away? I genuinely don't know what we should do and it saddens me as much as anyone to see us withering on the vine. But I do think the club has genuinely been trying to bring its spending in line with its means over recent years - it's just we're competing with many who haven't . I do worry that until the football debt bubble bursts we may just have to take it (and it feels like it's come a lot closer finally this season - Bury & Bolton, Man City's situation, Derby & Sheffield Wednesday - and Aston Villa with more ridiculous debt news only today). Or we may end up without a club...
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Judge: As Low as I've Felt in My Career
at 10:36:54

The only player who looked like he wanted to have a go last night. Bet he wishes he was at QPR...
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Nolan: Division Stronger But We Still Should Have Enough to Go Up
at 12:55:38

I'm looking at our run-in and I'm bullish and still think we have a very good chance of automatic promotion. By and large we've won the games I'd expect us to win (with Accrington, Gillingham & Wimbledon the notable exceptions) and lost the ones I'd thought we'd lose (perhaps doing better getting a point at Peterborough and Coventry that I'd imagined). In that sense we have been consistent. We've played most of the major title challengers home and away bar Portsmouth and Coventry, both of whom have to come to Portman Road and we have four of the bottom five as our final home games. Not to say we won't throw it away - but it's still in our hands I'd feel, and if we play like we did against Lincoln or Burton (or indeed first half against Sunderland or before Garbutt went off v Peterborough) then we should be there or thereabouts...
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Vincent-Young Back Out on the Grass
at 19:47:45

P9 - W7, D1, L1 (and that loss against the present league leaders too). Speaks for itself - repeat that form and we'll be on the way up...
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Sears: Now We're Probably Looking at the Play-Offs
at 09:58:18

I think it's important to remember the games we have left. Our excellent away form early in the season was partly as we played many of the teams down the bottom at their place and hopefully that means we get the same return at home in the latter stages. In the run in our last four games at home are Southend, Bolton, Rochdale and MK Dons. Frankly if we don't get 12 pts off those we really don't deserve to go up anyway - but assuming we do, then probably another four wins from the other nine games will get us mighty close to the playoffs in a 44 game season, even if we lose to Portsmouth and Coventry.

Let's keep together and try to look on the bright side at least for the next 3-4 games which will make or break us. No, we're not playing with a cutting edge, but we've lost in three of our toughest games on paper all season. We bossed Sunderland at their place for 45 mins, were evens with Peterborough until Garbutt got injured and then a reffing u-turn and a dreadful goalkeeping error killed us. It's hardly like we didn't dominate on Tuesday night - we just couldn't find the net. Get wins against Burton and Oxford and its game on again. On the other hand if we don't then the reality of where I expected us to be at the outset of the season is confirmed...
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Downes: We Should Be Coming to These Places and Winning
at 13:44:18

Whether we should or we shouldn't be winning anywhere is hardly the point we aren't. Although it is important to point out we did better here than Peterborough did when they lost 1-0 less than a month ago...
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AFC Wimbledon 0-0 Ipswich Town - Match Report
at 22:14:49

Imagine if that's the point that makes the difference...

Frustrating is the word. As soon as the pinball didn't go in you knew we wouldn't score. Can only hope the home form.picks up but fluff up the next two Saturdays and we really do sink to mid-table. What happened to the all round performance against Lincoln which unbelievably was less than 3 weeks ago...
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Sunderland 1-0 Ipswich Town - Match Report
at 17:53:03

Well done London Tractor Boy. From 4 seasons out of 5 in the top half of the Championship to mid table League 1. Even if we get up it will be a long way to even managing to get back to matching Mick's one 'off' season in 16/17. Of course people in here don't want to hear that but it's true.

Anyway - now I've no doubt been marked down at -30 I boldly predict we're going to win 4 of the next 5 before Coventry. Let's see where we are then...
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Garbutt and Bishop Out But Huws Fit For Sunderland Trip
at 12:49:05

Don't panic. We've just lost against the two best teams I've seen all season. What we have shown is we are capable of winning games that we should win unlike some of our rivals. After tomorrow we have nine home games to five away and the homes include Southend, Bolton, MK Dons and Rochdale and I predict we will have too much for all of them... A lot of football to play and if we stay positive we can do it.

Just left on the long journey to the North East right now. COYB!
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Garbutt and Bishop Out But Huws Fit For Sunderland Trip
at 12:49:02

Don't panic. We've just lost against the two best teams I've seen all season. What we have shown is we are capable of winning games that we should win unlike some of our rivals. After tomorrow we have nine home games to five away and the homes include Southend, Bolton, MK Dons and Rochdale and I predict we will have too much for all of them... A lot of football to play and if we stay positive we can do it.

Just left on the long journey to the North East right now. COYB!
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Garbutt and Bishop Out But Huws Fit For Sunderland Trip
at 12:48:57

Don't panic. We've just lost against the two best teams I've seen all season. What we have shown is we are capable of winning games that we should win unlike some of our rivals. After tomorrow we have nine home games to five away and the homes include Southend, Bolton, MK Dons and Rochdale and I predict we will have too much for all of them... A lot of football to play and if we stay positive we can do it.

Just left on the long journey to the North East right now. COYB!
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Priority for Regular Away Fans for AFC Wimbledon Trip
at 23:13:43

Fair play - but I don't think many people are buying the Gold Card for a bag of crisps at the odd match and a keyring. However it's rare we'll play at a ground as small as Kingsmeadow - and definitely agree it's the right way to do it on this occasion. Will just have to go in the home end with a Dons' mate instead.

However, I do think the club might consider cup discounts as part of the package given the declining attendances. My England Supporters Travel Club membership gives me a fiver or more off tickets which has persuaded me to go to a few home matches I otherwise might not have. A fiver off home games fpr members whether we play Man U or Mansfield might help get the gates up again. Hell - imagine if we had a cup run one year?!
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Priority for Regular Away Fans for AFC Wimbledon Trip
at 23:13:38

Fair play - but I don't think many people are buying the Gold Card for a bag of crisps at the odd match and a keyring. However it's rare we'll play at a ground as small as Kingsmeadow - and definitely agree it's the right way to do it on this occasion. Will just have to go in the home end with a Dons' mate instead.

However, I do think the club might consider cup discounts as part of the package given the declining attendances. My England Supporters Travel Club membership gives me a fiver or more off tickets which has persuaded me to go to a few home matches I otherwise might not have. A fiver off home games fpr members whether we play Man U or Mansfield might help get the gates up again. Hell - imagine if we had a cup run one year?!
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Oxford United 0-0 Ipswich Town - Match Report
at 22:10:45

Great point in the circs. Crazy night. Hope I get a train now!
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Priority for Regular Away Fans for AFC Wimbledon Trip
at 15:48:28

Well - I hardly think it's a moan. The ticket office are absolutely fantastic and really helpful. But it doesn't change the fact that the Gold Card gives questionable value for money these days (having had a Gold Card for the last 20 seasons). It used to make a difference in the old days of ringing up, but apart from Brentford away in recent seassn it's been redundant as tix also been allocated in this way for Norwich which is the only game likely to cause a rush.

I'm all for regular away fans being rewarded and those who've been to more than the 10/11 matches I've been to deserve it. But it doesn't change the fact that the club perhaps need to think about some proper incentives for Gold Card membership: perhaps a free cup game which would be luck of the draw whether we get one at home? I mean particularly given we've been given absolutely nothing for losing the Bury game this season when I notice when I was at Portsmouth they'd been given options of a free cup game, a refund, or a donation to the Academy...
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Priority for Regular Away Fans for AFC Wimbledon Trip
at 15:11:51

Does sort of make one wonder what on earth the point of forking out £30 for a Gold Card is. Apart from Southend it's been useless...
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Blades Linked With £3m Woolfenden Move
at 10:39:33

@baddowblue Agree. Though probably the most significant signing was we replaced Dyer with Jermaine Wright who imho was an unsung hero and gave a bit of defensive stability behind Magilton in midfield which ultimately made the difference.

Stewart was a shrewd signing up front to get us over the line the following spring - that's probably what we need this season too...
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