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|Town Target Celina Return|
Would be good if it happened. @blueboy1981 - John Wark would certainly disagree with you on returning players; he came back twice and was a clear success in all three spells with the club. That's how he got to be GOAT
|Power of Motivation|
Just to throw an additional factor into the mix, while Bobby Robson was indeed a great 'carrot' man, his success was greatly helped and complemented by having a very definite 'stick' man in Bobby Ferguson - a winning combination of excellent man manager and excellent coach/tactician. Arguably neither was as effective when entirely on their own - that was certainly true when Bobby Ferguson took over as manager, as the players who had been 'beaten up' by Ferguson as a coach had nowhere to go for comfort,
|Damned Lies and Football Statistics?|
Very interesting. I agree that this shows how undervalued McCarthy's efforts were and it is interesting to see the job he is now doing at Cardiff. A 4-0 demolition of Derby gives an interesting one-on-one comparison. As far as Paul Cook's figures are concerned, wouwould it not be fairer to score his 2020 performance as a 13th place finish, that is ignoring the 12-point penalty? That would give him a +7 score for 2020, which makes him look a much more hopeful proposition and certainly vastly superior to Lambert. Of course, I might be just clutching at straws here.
|Ipswich Town 0-1 Coventry City - Match Report|
Dreadful result - essentially tactical naivety and no idea of what they are supposed to be doing. That lies fair and square with the manager who has to go - although by now it is probably too late for this season. Reading some comments however, i have to observe that (1) Chambers was not at fault for Coventry's goal - and he is not guilty of most of the blame that gets laid at his feet, week after week. If anyone was to blame it was Nolan for losing the ball, although he will claim he was fouled. And what's the alternative? Woolfie is good, yes, but young and inclined to be far too casual; conceding positional advantage on several occasions where Coventry fortunately failed to take advantage (2) Edwards , rather than being on the "sack" list, was the best player on the Ipswich side and if more had showed half the aggression and inventiveness (from a natural left-winger being asked to play at right-back) we could have dealt comfortably with Coventry. (3) Dozzell and Bishop operate on a different level from the others - I'm not sure whether that is a plus or a minus, however.
At the moment I don't know what they are meant to be doing when they kick off, and I don't think that they do, either. Time to find someone who can answer that question for them.
|Judge: As Low as I've Felt in My Career|
I notice that he doesn't comment on his own performance - which last night was an all too familiar non-event. He offers nothing for anyone to build on, looks to pass back - or get rid of the ball anywhere - rather than offer a constructive outlet. Possibly the most disappointing signing over the last couple of years when compared to his reputation. At his age and experience, once he is on the pitch he should be able to thrive under any manager, particularly one who lets him play wherever he wants.
|Blackpool Linked With Nolan Move|
It's not entirely correct to saythat he "hasn't featured" recently, as he was on the bench on Saturday. There were some concerns about Huws coming up towards half time and Nolan would have been the best replacement at that time, given the way that Town were set up. Makes perfect sense to keep him as a squad member who is well suited to a pressing game.
|Wing Wonders (Part Two)|
My "trademark" memory of Micky Lambert is at throw-ins around the edge of the opponents box. He would feint to the right, then spin to the left where the throw had just gone, losing his marker and being in a prime position to shoot - and not infrequently score. In my mind, I can see that move now and have often wondered why modern players don't seem to even bother trying such moves.
|Ipswich Town 0-0 Gillingham - Match Report|
Why was Downes on the bench for the whole game and not on the pitch?
Why was Wilson on the bench for the whole game and not on the pitch, although Nsiala was?
Why is Judge?
Why was no change made until 81 minutes?
Why was that change at the expense of Donacien, who had a decent game, leaving Edwards as a right back, which he isn't? Even Edwards seemed surprised.
Why was Sears, who hasn't played this season and hardly set the world alight in the previous two seasons, put on instead of Keane who needs the extra games to continue his recovery and who has at least scored a few this season?
Why is Norwood determined to fight the opposition and argue with the ref rather than trying to score?
Why does Jackson give the appearance of an utterly defeated person the moment that the first thing goes wrong for him?
Why does no-one shoot?
I don't know the answers - but I do know that the result is that we haven't won a league match for over seven weeks and I feel that we should not be having to ask such questions.
|Ipswich Town 1-1 Lincoln City - Match Report|
Very disappointing. Rotation is all very well, but it is quite important to be able to move players in who at least have some degree of competence and a bit more than just a passing aquaintance with each other. Kenlock and Nsiala should not be allowed to appear in the same Ipswich team again, ever. It was interesting to watch Lincoln keep practising the routine of "break down the right wing, go round the full back as though he isn't there, cross the ball past the out of position centre back and wait for a teammate to score" until they eventually got it right. If that had been a Championship match we would have been 3-0 down by half time - at least.
Dobra and Keane do not constitute a strike force. Keane cannot play as either a target man or a lone striker - or if he can then he declines to show evidence of it - and Dobra looks likely to be sent off if he plays more than 45 minutes. A shame really, but he is discovering the enormous gap between the Leasing.com trophy and League One.. Dozell had a minute of excellence - can we have something during the other 89 please? He shows no sign of making that likely.
In mitigation the referee was really, truly, hopelessly incompetent - but it wasn't his fault (well maybe a little) that we did not win.
A last oint - there were 11,500 fans there, so why didn't we open up the whole ground? I would certainly have appreciated being able to sit in my own season ticket seat and I suggest that with the whole ground open we would have had more like 14,000 attend - the sort of gate that was typical last season.
|The Most Memorable Day in Town’s History|
Apart from the match itself I remember the number of people hanging out banners and waving, on the bridges over the A12 as we went back by coach. Got home, swift tidy, spent the rest of the evening in the Woolpack. Happy days!
|Milne Unaware of Any Concerns on Bialkowski Contract|
There is no point in getting agitated at Milne. He was not "brought in to run the club", he is an employee of the Marcus Evans Group who was told one day that he should add "Managing Director - ITFC" to his job description, but otherwise carry on as normal. His main role is to avoid the need for ME to say anything to anyone that he doesn't want to, and he carries out that duty very well. Of course, football-wise there is no point to him at all.
|McCarthy: Pleased With Performance, Absolutely Delighted With Result|
Was Stam watching a different game? I can't see where he got the idea that Reading created "five or six opportunities to score in the first half" unless he got the shirt colours mixed up. Come to think of it he might have been elsewhere, because I didn't see him on the touchline all game.
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