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|Reasons to be cheerful - report from game|
at 22:29 15 Jan 2022
Would have been great to have made it 3 from 3 and closed the gap to the top 6 but still saw lots of positives.
We started like at Gillingham and were excellent for first 20 or so. Enjoy watching technically able players interchanging and moving it intelligently. Aluko is becoming my favourite player. So good with ball at feet.
Bolton looked unable to deal with us. Then suddenly we seemed to lose our way. Still not quite sure why, but we had less time and we started to get a bit nervy and panicky. We got quite bunched in the middle and Morsy and Evans started to lose control.
I was interested to see how KMac would respond. I quite like how undemonstrative he is on the touchline. He just watched the game and analyses. He did his work at halftime well. Second half we got back on top and we were controlling the game. Bolton started to tire In thought and look a bit ragged. We just couldn't quite turn it into a goal. I actually liked how we were patient and made an effort to slow it down and keep the ball. I know people moan about sideways football but there is a time to control the game too and wait and it looked as if a goal was coming. Then they score twice from errors and game turns.
Kmac comments fair I think. I think he's made a great impact and today, although disappointing, still showed that.
Play offs still possible...
|McKenna is a football obsessive isn't he|
at 17:37 8 Jan 2022
Which is great news for us. I love how in both games now when he goes on the pitch at the end he's straight into earnest conversations with players about details from the game. Like he can't help himself!
We were excellent today. His calm demeanour seems to gave had an effect on team. Sorted the balance between Evans and Morsy.
Soaked but happy!
|We've always given managers time|
at 19:33 24 Nov 2021
That's something to be proud of. We should give Cook the same.
I hate the modern attitude of immediately dismissing anything that's not exactly as wanted straight away.
Look at clubs like Forest, Derby etc chomping through managers in desperate hope they will strike lucky. Something horrible and unedifying about it. It's like those plastic premier league fans whose side is full of incredible players who finish fourth who then brand them all as 'rubbish'.
We've only had about 20 or so managers in our entire history. That's something to be really proud of.
Cook might not get it right or be the right person but let's give him a chance and get behind him and the team. We don't want to become one of those horrible clubs with no soul.
We've suffered a lot and we're desperate to see things change but we want to win as Ipswich, not as some club with a bit of new dosh who thinks they can buy immediate success and just presses the 'next button if they can't.
|Cook is getting it right - we will be fine!|
at 10:28 31 Oct 2021
Went yesterday. Obviously very frustrating but I think on reflection we are still moving in the right direction. I think we will make the play offs.
We are a good side. We create good chances and if we'd taken those in the second half yesterday we could quite easily have taken a point or more home. That's not anyone's fault really. Just a matter of Bonne's boot meeting the ball a little earlier or later or Edwards finish being a metre sharper. Score and 2-2 would have sent everyone home saying we are resilient and run continues and strong point etc. Fine margins. It would be more concerning if we hadn't created those chances.
There was a moment in the second half when Edwards was dribbling on the right hand side when I suddenly thought to myself that we are exciting to watch , especially second half when we start to tire teams out moving the ball from flank to flank, and have been all season. It's easy to forget that we have had absolutely no threat for seasons before this, reliant on a bit of Bishop brilliance or Edwards having one of his good days for a goal or chance.
It is frustrating that we seem to lose concentration and give goals away at crucial moments. But on reflection that was not a bad effort away at league leaders with illness and players in unfamiliar positions.
Maybe the truth is that it was unrealistic to expect a completely new squad to fire immediately and to storm the league? I think we will finish in the play offs and that will be about right.
|Evans the key?|
at 19:07 20 Oct 2021
Like a lot of us, I was a bit underwhelmed with Evans at the very beginning of the season. Was led to believe he was the box to box type. Have to say though that I think we missed him at Cambridge and he was quietly one of pur best players last night. Does the simple things really well and sprays those balls wide so quickly and accurately. Think I'm right in thinking it was his interception and quick pass out to Aluko for the third.
Hat trick against Doncaster and last night. He's been a lot more promisin
A bit like a younger Skuse. Allows us to play. Really impressed.
|So near and yet so far|
at 10:18 17 Oct 2021
Jekyll and Hyde team.
First half we looked brilliant. Dominated possession, looked dangerous, calm and composed. Morsy recycling everything and front 4 movement excellent.
Then we concede from one error and confidence seems to evaporate. Second half we had another good spell but we overplay at times. One up front means box often empty. We get in great positions but don't seem to turn them into decent chances. Almost too much good number 10 play and not enough goal threat if that makes sense.
Fraser v good but when we loses possession we look vulnerable. We started getting deeper and deeper and lost control of the game.
Got to keep faith with Cook but he's got to sort out how to manage games better. How many points have we thrown away already? If we can sort that out I think we'll make play offs.
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