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Beat ourselves tonight
at 22:12 20 Oct 2020

Re. team selection, to be fair to Lambert I do agree that he can't be changing a winning side, and by and large he's been true to that over recent weeks so fair play for that, despite on paper it perhaps not being everyone's best XI. This result & performance probably gives him that opportunity to get Woolfenden back in, certainly Ward bring back if he's fit, maybe even Lankester & Bennetts from the start too.

Cornell for Holy is only a matter of time IMO, if we're going to play this system. Holy's a bit unit and he commands his box well when it comes to collecting crosses, but he's not good enough with his feet.

Dozzell & Chambers were the only players to come out of tonight with too much credit, and even they weren't of the standard we've come to expect. I think the harsh reality is we met a better side tonight, they won the midfield battle hands down for the most part. Whiteman & Gomes taught us a lesson. Huws & Nolan didn't lay a glove on them.
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Ah, that football night feeling of disappointment
at 20:59 20 Oct 2020

At least this season I can shut the laptop down and be home already. Every cloud.
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Completely disagree with the commentary
at 20:57 20 Oct 2020

I thought that was a very poor performance. OK, for 20 minutes we looked good, but we defended poorly and brought all of that on ourselves, giving Donny the chance to grow into that.

Gifted them the goals quite frankly, and no doubt the best team won. It was going to be won or lost on the midfield battle and Whiteman made us look like amateurs. Nolan was poor, Huws was utter garbage. Not good enough.

Good to see Hawkins come back, needs to start Saturday.
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Kenlock
at 20:45 20 Oct 2020

I don't really blame him for keeping it simple because he's a distinctly average footballer. I would love to see the stats around how many forward passes he's made though. <5% I would wager.
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Holly has been rubbish
at 20:35 20 Oct 2020

This has always made me nervous about playing this way, I don't think Holy is good enough with his feet to make it a reality. So much relies on his distribution and while he's got other attributes, that isn't one of them.
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That was very poor from Toto
at 20:27 20 Oct 2020

Looked inside to me
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Dreadful
at 20:23 20 Oct 2020

Awful defending for the 1st goal. Awful for the 3rd and 4th.

Holy is a disaster with his feet. Absolutely awful.
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Ridiculous defending tonight (n/t)
at 20:11 20 Oct 2020

Make that best 3 chances.

Lambert needs to put Huws out of his misery. He's their best player.
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Ridiculous defending tonight (n/t)
at 20:03 20 Oct 2020

That's an odd interpretation of that half of football.

Edwards has barely had a kick. Judge has done more than most, including creating our best 2 chances. Blaming Kenlock for their 1st goal is absolute jokes. Huws hasn't been a 'mixed bag', he's been dreadful.
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Ridiculous defending tonight (n/t)
at 19:56 20 Oct 2020

I have sympathy for Judge because to be fair to him he's a proper harrier. Covers an enormous amount of ground and turns the ball over a lot. In our own box putting himself about, winning the free kick (and doing nothing with it), creating for the goal. He's the workhorse and he has some boll0cks, and that's his niche. The issue with Huws is I don't really know what he stands for now. He seems to have lost his mobility and with it, his USP as that box to box midfielder. His passing isn't great, he doesn't offer too much protection to the back 4, he doesn't create, fairly immobile, doesn't turn over the ball often. He's looked merely a passenger for the most part.
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Ridiculous defending tonight (n/t)
at 19:50 20 Oct 2020

Toto's been class this season but that was so bad.
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Ridiculous defending tonight (n/t)
at 19:43 20 Oct 2020

We make life so hard for ourselves. 1st goal was terrible defending from Toto.

Holy, twice in 2 games he's tried his best to gift them a goal.

We're our own worst enemy, we do the hard bit.
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TEAM: Bishop benched. Nolan in.
at 18:18 20 Oct 2020

I can understand that. I mentioned earlier I thought Nolan would come in for one of Bishop or Huws. He's a less sexy option but his discipline and workrate in there will be important tonight. I would imagine he's been told to keep Ben Whiteman quiet.

Plus Saturday / Tuesday / Saturday is perhaps a big ask for Bishop at the moment. He could be very valuable off the bench against a tiring Doncaster.
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Don't mind the massive homeless problem in Ipswich...
at 14:58 20 Oct 2020

He's a c*** for sure.

Can't knock him for this though, and I don't think it's a good look to make light of what is a heinous crime that should be severely punished. Do agree that there's a big issue with homelessness in Ipswich and other areas, but the 2 aren't mutually exclusive.
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Andre
at 14:25 20 Oct 2020

He's absolutely instrumental to how we play at the moment and represents everything that we lacked last season. Moves the ball quickly, gives the defence and keeper an out ball, looks after it, can create in advanced areas.

We would look nothing close to the same team without him in it.
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For lunch...
at 13:03 20 Oct 2020

WTF are fridge raiders?

I’ve not had lunch yet. Been stuck on calls, and don’t have much in as I was away for the weekend.

Livid.
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Tough game tonight - but also one which may play into our hands a bit...
at 11:59 20 Oct 2020

I think it's crucial that we win the midfield battle tonight, someone has to keep Whiteman quiet in there, and I think Nolan might be the man for the job.

I agree with you, a point would be a decent result against a side that's already been to Pompey & Charlton and won. Hoping, somewhat optimistically, for 3 though.
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Miles Kenlock
at 11:55 20 Oct 2020

I make it 1 defeat in his last 10 starts. 6 goals conceded. He looked good on Saturday I thought, especially in the 2nd half. It'll be interesting to see how he deals with Taylor tonight.

I think what most people were saying is he's not a world beater by any means, but is a more than capable cover for a handful of games before Ward comes back, which I would still be in favour of as he's superior. I think the evidence we've seen over the past 2 games supports that TBH. There's always sensationalism on here, sometimes for effect and some probably believe it to be true. I saw suggestions of this being his last contract in professional football, and others suggesting starting Ndaba instead etc. It's nonsense, Kenny is a bang average L1 left back and has probably been about that for a while. I still cant recall many occasions where he's let us down.
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Tough game tonight - but also one which may play into our hands a bit...
at 11:37 20 Oct 2020

Depends hugely on Hawkins being fit I would think. Doncaster are a decent side at this level, one of the best I saw last season. On their own patch it's going to be a different proposition altogether to Accrington who are pretty poor defensively, all things considered.

I think the keeper, back 4 and Dozzell pick themselves. I wouldn't be surprised to see Nolan come in for Huws or Bishop tonight. We'll need to use the ball a bit better in the midfield than we showed on Saturday, and Saturday / Tuesday is perhaps a big ask of Huws. Hopefully Hawkins in the central role up top with Edwards and either Judge or Sears off him.

Should be a good game.
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Accrington have 3 players on loan from Chelsea
at 11:23 18 Oct 2020

I thought ‘big Syksey’ as Mick Mills affectionately called him was absolute t0ss again yesterday. What was he doing for our 2nd goal?

Accrington really need to improve defensively if they’re going to better last seasons finish. What did people think of them?
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