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That was great fun tonight
at 23:26 13 Feb 2019

Such a shame we are likely down because the Championship is a great well balanced league with some real quality and a good balance between that and will to win, fight and commitment etc.

Thoroughly enjoyable though, and a well deserved point after a terrible start - this formation works, and that young midfield was immense - I esepcially liked Chalobah in that deep role as he is so much more mobile than Skuse and has an excellent passing range. He makes a few mistakes, but they are all positive mistakes.

And, whisper it quietly, but it looks like Teddy Bishop is back - that new contract is smart business.

4 academy boys played too, and all added something different
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Norwich, Ipswich and Lambert charged...
at 15:02 12 Feb 2019

Failing to ensure players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion in both the 45th and 90th minutes,s as well as their officials in the 45th minute

Lambert charged with misconduct in relation to his behavior in 45th minute

have until 6pm Friday to respond to the charge
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From Robert Peston....
at 08:41 12 Feb 2019

I am told @Keir_Starmer is not the happiest member of the frontbench. According to multiple sources, he had agreed that the final part of Corbyn’s letter to May would say “if you do not accept this [Brexit offer] there will be a People’s Vote”. One source...

tells me “LOTO [the leader of the opposition] agreed to this. But then Keir discovered after the letter had been sent and published that the People’s Vote para had gone”. Starmer “called LOTO and was told ‘oh we must have forgotten that paragraph’”. Apparently Starmer’s...

reaction has not been one of unbridled joy. And even erstwhile Corbyn loyalists are becoming grumpy at what they see as his refusal to follow the revealed will of Labour members and supporters that their should be a referendum. One said: “the only interest”...

of Corbyn and his aides is “seeing a Tory Brexit through so they can wash their hands of it”.
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Losing Freddie is another massive blow.
at 14:17 11 Feb 2019

And not just for this season, but for next as well as souns like a really bad one.

We are not going to have Freddie Sears, Ben Morris or Ben Folami even fit for pre season next year realistically.

I think this necessitates playing with 2 up front for the rest of this season and our shape will remain similar to that from yesterday with Keane, Harrison, Quaner and Jackson as the 4 options.
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Squad for next season
at 09:28 11 Feb 2019

Players on professional contracts, or likely to be

Players who are in contract for next season

GK
Bialkowski
Wright

DF
Nsiala
Donacien
Clements
Cotter

MF
Bishop
Downes
Dozzell
Edwards
Huws
Nolan
Nydam
Rowe
Skuse
El Mizouni
McGavin

FW
Harrison
Jackson
Lankester
Morris
Sears
Roberts
Drinan
Folami

Players who are out of contract

GK
Gerken

DF
Chambers
Collins
Emmanuel
Kenlock
Knudsen
Smith
Spence
Webber
Woolfenden

MF
Adeyemi
Judge
Ward

FW
Dawkins

Loanees currently in squad

GK

DF
Bree
Elder
Pennington

MF
Chalobah

FW
Keane
Quaner
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London based Blues - FA Youth Cup tomorrow
at 08:34 11 Feb 2019

Watford U18s v Ipswich Town U18s - @ Wingate & Finchley FC - 7pm kick off

Should be a good game, the winners will travel to Leicester in the quarter final.

We have a really good team, and have lost to and beaten Watford this season in the league, and are well clea at the top of the table.

Will be a tough game, but a winnable one too - if anyone wants to cheer themselves up get a long and have a look.
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Hard to even get that bothered about yesterday
at 08:12 11 Feb 2019

As actually thought was a decent performance in patches - but shown up by inability to carve out a clear cut chance, and getting punished for errors.

I'd like to see us give that formation/style a go for the next few weeks as we need to have 2 strikers on the pitch and Judge flittering around centrally - yes we are a bit exposed on the flanks but both full backs played well enough and didn't let much past them.

And I'm really not that bothered about League 1 next season either, I'm not expecting to walk the division or anything like that, but think our squad will be more than capable of top 6 and just need to ensure Lambert gets the best out of it.

And God I hope Norwich mess this up, they are such an entitled team and fanbase at the moment, so smug and act as though they deserve this and that anyone else who could stop them like Leeds or Sheff U just aren't worthy of it.
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Looks like Ben Morris has done his Cruciate Ligament
at 19:56 7 Feb 2019

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Was very cold at Kirkley & Pakefield last night...
at 08:46 6 Feb 2019

...the wind was strong and was ice cold. Just taking hands out of my pocket to tweet made me feel as though I was in the Antartic so updates became more and more infrequent!

A good result though, 3-1 win with an U18 team missing 5 players who will be in the 16 and at least 3 will definitely start in Youth Cup next week (El Mizouni, Scott, Clements, Foudil and Hughes).

K&P really were a Land of the Giants style team, there 2 CMs were absolutely huge and it was a game of long throws into the box and an attempt to physically bully the Ipswich youngsters. Without exaggerating the biggest 7 players on the pitch (at least) were all K&P players, and they received 4 or 5 yellow cards so you can see the sort of game it was.

ITFC youngsters were very brave on the ball, they would shout for the ball and receive it with 3 players around them and use it well - not always easy on a pitch that was creaking after a tough winter and wasn't the carpet they are used to.

First half they struggled and it was very scrappy with few chances at either end, in the 2nd half the striker pulled back almost into a false 9 position and the 2 wingers became wide strikers who stayed high and this tweak left K&P exposed as ITFC passed it quickly through the 3rds and really began to trouble them.

A good win and a semi final awaits. K&P have a nice setup where they are, with a good club house - they are clearly trying to play a more direct game with the make up of their squad and that gave the youngsters a good test which they passed with flying colours - with and without the ball.
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Kirkley & Pakefield v Ipswich Town XI
at 16:08 5 Feb 2019

Any Lowestoft based blues should try and head along to see the youngsters in action if they get a chance to tonight
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U23s now 2-1 up
at 14:37 4 Feb 2019

Were trailing at half time through Bakary Sako's goal.

Idris El Mizouni with a 'stunning strike' and a penalty from Conor McKendry.

If it stays this way will be at least 11 points clear at the top if the league
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Not just the 1st team that struggle to play it out from the back
at 14:25 4 Feb 2019

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Jack Lankester
at 08:27 4 Feb 2019

Doesn't look like it's been noted anywhere, but he is going to be out for a fair bit longer than was initially thought
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Struggling to see what Ellis Harrison has done wrong?
at 08:26 4 Feb 2019

Barely been seen since Millwall where he put in an excellent performance, of the back of a very good goal vs Sheff U.

I think given a run in the team he would bring more to the party as a striker than Quaner has done, and he is ours on a 3 year deal.

I've not been on here much but I assume Quaner's performance this weekend has been criticised heavily, he was utter pony and just doesn't look a centre forward
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Problems at centre back today
at 13:18 2 Feb 2019

Big problems
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Nick Hayes signing for Norwich
at 12:44 1 Feb 2019

Think he'll turn out to be one that got away in some respects, for the life of me I can't understand why we kept Harry Wright ahead of him.


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The squad is absolutely massive now
at 10:26 1 Feb 2019

GK (2)
Gerken
Bart

FB (6)
Knudsen
Spence
Elder
Emmanuel
Kenlock
Bree

CB (4)
Chambers
Pennington
Nsiala
Collins

CM (8)
Chalobah
Skuse
Nolan
Bishop
Nydam
Downes
Dozzell
Huws

WM (5)
Edwards
Sears
Judge
Lankester
Dawkins

F (5)
Jackson
Harrison
Keane
Morris
Quaner



Young professionals - 11(1)
GK - Wright, Ware
FB - Cotter, Webber, Clements (Crowe)
CB - Ndaba, Marshall
CM - McGavin, El Mizouni
WM - McKendry
ST - Drinan

Injured (2)
Ward
Adeyemi
Smith
Folami

43 players on professional contracts, plus one who would be if they would sign it.

Plus Donacien, Rowe, Roberts and Woolfenden out on loan.
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Couple of stories from irish press
at 15:22 31 Jan 2019

We have turned town a loan move from Dundee United for Corrie Ndaba

And Barry Cotter has turned down a loan move to Swindon



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