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Rotherham United 1-0 Ipswich Town - Match Report
at 15:07:22

You might be onto something iaintaylorx. We're blessed with an abundance of excellent CBs, but are short of a decent defensive-CM. None of Bakinson, Harper, Carroll nor Evans really convinced this season. Why not try Woolf there?
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Rotherham United 1-0 Ipswich Town - Match Report
at 14:43:31

Well played Baggott. Get Humphreys & Simpson in for the last dead rubbers. Blooding the kids is the only positive left to gain this season.
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Ipswich Town 0-0 Cambridge United - Half-Time
at 16:06:57

"Ironside shot into the roof of the net from close range from Harvey Knibbs's flick from a right-wing Smith cross but from an offside position" - was onside: https://drive.google.com/file/d/15Q4RuaIq3d8DOIbcUW5rt4BX1IssoHum
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McKenna: Elkan's a Player We Really Like
at 22:41:30

Time to blood Bilbo Baggott? Once centre back to rule them all. He's been amazing everytime I've watched him.
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Chaplin: We've Every Confidence in the Lads Who Could Be Called Up
at 08:27:05

Conor speaks very well. Not just intelligent with the ball at his feet. Great character to have in the dressing room no doubt
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Images of Big Screen and New Dugouts Released
at 10:01:52

Screen and dugouts look great, but it's the new pitch that will make the big difference to ITFC.

If there's any choice in how these works are prioritised, relaying the pitch should happen in the summer. Look at our results in recent seasons. They've been better on good surfaces, better in late summerearly autumn. If we're L1 again next season, where many away grounds have bad pitches, we can make Portman Road a fortress. Can pass sides off the park like we used to in the 70s and 80s (before west stand was built), when our pitch was a bowling green. Rebuild our "attractive Ipswich" "everyone's second club" passing identity.
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McKenna: El Mizouni's Going to Be an Important Member of the Squad
at 13:17:26

Idris was one of our best performers vs Sheff Wed, much better than Bakinson. Early to judge both, but El Miz has constantly impressed so far, deserves moving up the pecking order IMO
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Town Confirm Nolan's Exit
at 17:03:07

Was in the side that got relegated and then failed to get promoted from L1. In other words, has been implicated in the worst period in the club's professional history. Coincidence or cause? Based on what I've seen, I'd go more for the latter. Decent engine got him in the right place at right time to score occassionally, but just not a very good footballer. Should have been axed years ago.
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Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Ipswich Town - Match Report
at 17:54:31

Not sure I agree pretty football "won't beat the donkeys in this league", but I do agree it won't beat them when it's blowing a hoolie on a farmyard pitch like today. McK rethink needed in such circumstances
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Wigan Athletic 1-1 Ipswich Town - Match Report
at 17:42:13

"Town complained at length that Lang had been offside but referee Trevor Kettle showed no interest, probably correctly" - nope, was offside Phil. Watch the replay. Lang was lying on the line beyond the last defender. Was even beyond Walton in goal.
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Ashton: There Was a Concern From the Board on Performances and Results
at 14:59:28

I think there's a good, Championship quality team in this squad. The same could also have been said of last season's squad. Cook just couldn't find it in either. I think Cook was guilty of throwing babies out with the bathwater in the summer. Players like Dozzell & Downes would have stayed if they were sold a vision, but Cook wasn't interested. These players are Championship regulars, Dozzell's team is in the playoff positions, could be a Prem player next season. They were sold for political, not football reasons: scapegoat sacrifices to give Cook extra excuses for his own underperformance last season.

But that's not why Cook was sacked. History has repeated, the squad is good enough but the team the manager is selecting is not. I expected the millions that'd been invested meant he'd be given until the end of the season. Surprised, but not really disappointed
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Cook: We're Short of Where We Want to Be
at 18:59:15

You are part of the leadership team at ITFC. If the pitch isn't good enough, why didn't you negotiate with the new owners to fix it in the summer!? We have been able to afford a new one since they arrived.

It's not personal Paul, you are just not very good at selecting a good team from a squad of decent footballers. You have a weird fetish for substandard players, who you persist with despite the evidence of everyone's eyes except your's.
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Cook to Field Strongest Side Against Barrow
at 15:39:07

Our strongest side, assuming Cook's favoured 4-2-3-1 is:
G: Walton
D: Janoi, Edmunson, Toto or Burgess, Coulson (2nd choice: Janoi with KVY right, or Burgess or Penney 3rd choice)
DM: Morsy, El Miz or Evans
M: Burns (otherwise from Aluko or Celina or Edwards), Chaplin, Aluko or Celina or Edwards
F: Bonne
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Cook to Field Strongest Side Against Barrow
at 13:45:06

Our strongest side, assuming Cook's favoured 4-2-3-1 is:
G: Walton
D: Janoi Edmunson TotoBurgess Coulson (2nd choice: Janoi with KVY right, or BurgessPenney 3rd choice)
DM: Morsy El MizEvans
M: Burns (otherwise from AlukoCelinaEdwards) Chaplin AlukoCelinaEdwards
F: Bonne
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Cook to Field Strongest Side Against Barrow
at 13:29:15

"Cook to Field Strongest Side" - how will we be able to tell? There's usually a big gap between the strongest side from among the players in our squad, and Cook's idea of what that is. Hence we are mid-table in L1.
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Cook: Performance Against Rotherham Everything I Dislike About a Team
at 11:49:39

Cook brings criticism upon himself. I think he generally has signedloaned well for L1, as is to be expected given our relative large resources, but he has made poor use of his squad. For the first third of the season, his goalkeeper was a slice of swiss-cheese, and for the recent big matches against teams that are (or should be) our promotion rivals, he selected a left back that was clearly not ready (note my name is Grow Our Own). I'm getting sick of bad managerial decisions ever since he arrived. Our form under Cook last season was nearly relegation. Nearly League Two, which would be the worst in the history of the club. This season it's mid-table. Just not good enough.
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Sunderland 2-0 Ipswich Town - Match Report
at 17:12:12

Cook is developing a bad habit of bottling the big matches. Eccentric team selection at Plymouth, and again today. I love growing our own, but Clements isn't ready for matches like this. Janoi at left and KVY right for me. Or bring back Penney, who despite his defensive frailties, his absense has correlated with our goals drying up. Coulson is our only decent left-back. Chaplin is a better no 10 than Celina. His link play is better. You need to play your best team in matches like this, and Cook isn't.
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Cook: Cambridge Loan the Perfect Tonic For Holy
at 13:51:36

Statistically, Hladky is the worst keeper in L1:
https://fbref.com/en/comps/15/keepers/League-One-Stats
The second table in this link shows individual keeper stats. On 53.1%, Hladky is easily the worst goalkeeper in L1 of those who've played a significant number of games.

Yet despite conceding among the most, we have the second best expected goals against:
https://footystats.org/england/efl-league-one/xg
Only Rotherham are better chance-avoiders than us in L1.

So our problem this season has not been the defence, it has been the goalkeeper. And specifically Hladky.

I would placy Holy (along with nearly any other professional goalkeeper) ahead of Hladky as our #2 based on this season's form. Hladky should be out on loan instead.
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Cook: From a Winning Position We Found a Way to Give It Up
at 18:36:46

"who’s going to be the .. goalkeeper to come and catch it" - I didn't see any other goalkeepers playing for us today except Hladky. Hopefully this means Cook is finally learning that he's signed a dodgy one, and needs to act. We are top conceders in League One. Hladky cannot remain in goal for ITFC.
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Cambridge United 2-2 Ipswich Town - Match Report
at 17:24:52

Can analyse this team all you want, but the long and short is: we have a dodgy keeper. Hladky not good enough. We are now top conceders in League One. Cook must act. HolyWalton must be selected ahead of him, and if they're not trusted either, need a new keeper in Jan.
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