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|On that display, Diagouraga would not be worth a deal for me.|
at 19:00 11 Mar 2017
He was good at Villa and whilst not fully fit, he impressed at Preston too. Today he was ponderous, didn't get to the ball quick enough, continually gave it away and was rightly taken off. Skuse was not much better to be honest. Huws, on the other hand, I would sign if we can. He was not great but he has more presence, will get foward and can hold the ball too. Ward made an impact when he came on. McG and Lawrence are good players but not a front line pairing at all. Chambers distribution remains simply awful. I am generally quite positive and we were ok in the first half I guess. Second half I was genuinely bored. Our retention of the ball is appalling and almost to a man we want to slow it down, pirouette backwards and lay it off (usually for someone to punt forwards to strikers who are reluctant to make a genuine challenge. Counter attacking football, what is that?
|Berra in a 3|
at 14:38 4 Feb 2017
Why can't Mick see it. It doesn't work. He gets pulled into places which expose him massively and this is only made worse by the fact that Jonas is neither my ar$e nor my elbow in that system as he neglects his defensive duties and isn't good enough going forward. By all means bring in Taylor but on current form, that should be for Berra anyway. Feel for Mick in general but choices like this baffle me.
at 20:22 19 Jan 2017
You might remember I posted about the Hugill bid about a week before it came out. Not wanting to risk the wrath of Dolly's accusations again but some might like to know the same source has told me the bid is at £1.8 million but has been rejected. Again, make of it what you will. Hope Dolly is ok with this!!!
|My itfc piggy bank|
at 20:17 19 Jan 2017
Wife bought me a small itfc piggy bank for xmas - saving pound coins for ice creams on summer holidays. The in slot easily takes one and two pound coin. The out slot won't let the two pound coins out. Seems we can't even get that right ffs
|As they say|
at 22:04 17 Jan 2017
We were lucky to get nil. An all time low for me in 45 years of support. Physically weak, technically inept and no heart. First half Berra just embarrassing. Butcher summing it up now - "an utter disgrace from Ipswich"
|coverage is crap|
at 20:38 17 Jan 2017
Game going on and we are watching the crowd or the bench
|Jordan Hugill PNE|
at 18:28 3 Jan 2017
I have never had any information before but make of this what you will. What I would consider a reliable (but 2nd) source from someone inside PNE has told me Mick has lodged a £1 million plus bid for Hugill with top ups taking it in excess of 1.5. Also said that a fair while back a £300,000 bid was made for the same player. Please don't shoot me down, if you've read any of my posts you will know I don't do this stuff - just reporting what I have been told!
at 23:03 26 Dec 2016
2 years ago we were looking at possible promotion with a midfield of four from Skuse, Hyam, Anderson, Hunt, Bishop (and later Chaplow too). With the exception of Bishop, we lacked genuine creativity but we had real industry, drive and pressed opposition midfields into submission more often than not. Right now, we still lack creativity but all the positive qualities we had seem to have disappeared. Am I nuts, or are we possibly missing the agression and hard work of Hyam somewhat?
|Whatever your view on Mick is|
at 20:10 26 Dec 2016
Don't talk complete bollox about him doing the right think and resigning. How many of us would walk away from a contract worth good money cos the job wasn't going too well? Very few I would guess. The decision is down to Evans who will have to settle his contract if that's what he decides. The football is dire, I agree but Mick is a genuine, straight down the line man and like everyone else, if his boss wants to keep him on, the on he will go.
For what it is worth, I think he will limp through til the end of the season when a mutual agreement (contract settlement) will be announced.
|Akpom on loan|
at 16:14 21 Dec 2016
Story on News Now - sorry don't know how to post link!
|Ashley Fletcher on loan|
at 22:47 3 Dec 2016
We were allegedly keeping tabs on him -more chance of us getting Norman Stanley Fletcher
at 18:03 26 Nov 2016
Mick made it clear a few weeks back that he wanted Teddy in his team but to be fair, he was one of the poorest (and that really is saying something) against Forest and he did not do enough for me against Wednesday either. He needs to be better if he is to command a starting spot and whilst I don't like a Skuse - Douglas central partnership, Bish just didn't warrant the starting place. However, Williams should count himself unlucky not to start as I guess many thought he would do.
|Bru has done nothing to warrant a start|
at 19:42 18 Oct 2016
Hope it works out but Bru has been useless imo. Ward's form has dipped a bit but he still played better than I have ever seen Bru play. Conor Grant must be starting to feel being here is a waste of his time to when he sees Bru getting in the side whilst he kicks his heels.
|Back from the game -some thoughts.|
at 19:19 15 Oct 2016
£22 for me and £7 for the boy -that's more like it (having paid almost twice that at Elland Road). We were the better team, no-one could deny that. We had plenty of the ball, didn't just hoof it all game and after the first ten minutes we were very rarely threatened. TCs finishing sessions can't be going too well as most of the shots we had were scuffs or when the coonection was better they were straight at Steele in the home goal. Cardson the table, I like Mick and have never called for him to go. I am a patient man and retain hope that he can get us over this hump. Note, the word I used is hope, not belief. When I see Douglas alongside Skuse again, II really am questionning my loyalty to MM. Even more so when Douglas remains for the entire 90 and we take off Ward and Lawrence. Skuse did fine today. He does his job well. To be fair Douglas did noyhing wrong today but combine the two and they just don't make an effective central pairing at all. If Mick persists with them both, we will bore the pants out of all and sundry for the rest of the season I'm afraid. Oh, and my son said his classroom at school is noisier than the crowd today. Very subdued from the home fans and rather quiet from our end too. A few wods on the players:
Bart -nothing to do really. Kicking not great
Chambers - defensively sound. A couple of attemts at goal, one lovely pass but several rather hopeful punts and some poor distribution
Knudsen - getting better. In lst couple of mins had two chances to launch throws with Berra up but went short. Why?
Berra -dominant. Defended well. Panicky with ball at feet
Webster - outstanding. Defensivel solid and confident on ball. Too good for us and will be sold within 18 months for good money
Ward - industrious and got in some crosses. Not as confident 1 on 1 as earlier in season
Douglas - not a bad performance as such but offers nothing more tha midfield plod and grind. Once or twice in the box but no drive
Skuse - decent performance but his value to the side is diminshed when played alongside Douglas
Lawrence - can give us something and should have scored today
Sears - up top today and worked hard but really not that threatening
Best - won his share in the air. Flashes of good work but has to be stronger to hold the ball up and bring others into it
Bishop - a couple of driving runs but Teddy needs to either pull the trigger or let it go before he runs into trouble. I would like to see him start central with Skuse
Williams - judge him when he starts. He will make difference though
|Minor point but Best did Ok for me.|
at 18:07 24 Sep 2016
He won countless flick ons but not once did Sears or Lawrence get aroundhim to make use of them. He could prove to be a very decent signing. Sears, for all his effort, is way off form -the final 15 last week was not a portent of his return. Skuse and Douglas totally dominated and Lawrence and Ward largely peripheral if at least industrious. Webster was fine and a good tussle between Wood and Berra all game. Pits never really in it. Knudsen not bad, Chambers not good (distribution getting worse if anything). Emmanuel did nothing wrong, one little stepover and cross was decent. Bart solid. Central midfield has NO forward drive at all. It's been the main problem for so long. Agree that Douglas has been better and I see what Skuse's job is but between them there is zero creativity. We did not show up for the second half. We were in it until half time. £56 for my boy and I on the gate. The least I'd hope for would be for my team to turn up for both halves.
|Murph - if he wants to go, get it done asap.|
at 18:40 26 Aug 2016
I like Murph. He would be a big loss but if decent cash is on offer (for me in the current market that 2.5 million minimum) then you have to forgo what Murph brings for the short term. He has a maximum of two seasons in terms of his age so look to the future. If not now, we would be confronted by the problem of replacing him pretty soon anyway. Get it done quick and get in the long term replacement. Having said that, I would not be averse to turning down money below that price either
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