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|Looking at it objectively - & objectivity be damned but still - a draw was right|
at 15:28 18 Feb 2018
Both sides controlled a half each. Norwich really came on strong second half but we defended well and Bart made saves when needed. While they were battering away at us, I kept saying to myself, “Just give us one chance. One chance.” And then it came. 89 minutes gone, and Chambers the man to do it. How glorious! In your face, Chris Reeve!
But as we saw last season, we only get 6 minutes of pleasure in this fixture, because any more than that would be getting above ourselves. I’m sure in his dreams tonight, Knudsen would have taken another touch or 2 before playing the ball to Waghorn or he would have gone to the corner flag. As for Bart, crucial saves but again an error from him gives Norwich their point. Was it an error though? He was always 2nd favourite for that ball and must have been afraid of giving a penalty away.
The defence, especially Carter-Vickers, played really well. Iorfa had a good game too. Midfield were great in the first half, but the second was agony to watch. As Norwich pinged it around and came at us with pace, I yearned for a time when any of Huws/Dozzell/Bishop/Adeyemi could be out there to throw the pressure back on them. Strikers worked hard, another assist for Waghorn. As for subs, who would have guessed that Spence would have the impact- winning the free-kick that brought the spell of possession and pressure leading to the goal.
Mick’s F off is going to be the story, it would have been even if we had held on to win. It wasn’t right though it showed the pressure he is under. Maybe for his own health, he should walk away to a new challenge. But the “Your football is...” song came through loud and clear on TV. I don’t know if that was us or the Budgies, but if it was us at 0-0, away from home in a local derby and under the cosh...Have a word with yourselves lads, there’s a time and place.
Had we won, I would have playfully suggested the play-offs were on again given what was coming out of Norwich in the run-up to it. Instead, it’s time to dread Wednesday night. If the players are drained by today (though I expect McCarthy will ring a few changes) then Cardiff under Warnock are dreadful opposition to come up against.
I’m philosophical now, later it will start to hurt for a bit. Though it’s of a piece with the life of an Ipswich fan these last few years. I hate Gary Weaver as a commentator- “They’re back in the conversation” no they aren’t, they’ve equalised, you fanny. But he hit the nail squarely on the head when he said that Ipswich’s disenchantment has been down to “16 years of the same scenery, regular FA Cup 3rd round exits, regular failure to win this fixture” and today was a microcosm of that: 45 minutes of decent work just lacking the polish to finish it off; 35 minutes of furrowed brows and worry; 6 minutes of joy/elation/unbridled happiness and hope only for it to die out the minute the cheer has finally left your lips. They’ll get you out of your seat, but only long enough to shove you back into it....it has been thus for far too long.
For all that, well done to the team for coming back from there with something, at least. And, just remember friends - we’re getting closer and we’ll do the bastards next year.
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|Calm down with the Mick to Barnsley rumours|
at 21:51 8 Feb 2018
It would make for a nice story, but I feel that Barnsley’s new owners are probably going to go continental in order to appeal to those vital Venezuelan markets. Probably get a Brazilian so that “It’s just like watching Brazil” gets revived if the Tykes win their first two matches next season.
As for Mick, he clearly has 17 year olds who can play both CM and on either wing to sign for us from Vauxhall Motors once Evans has opened his wallet and waved the beer mat on which the Five Point Plan has been written.
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at 22:15 2 Jan 2018
Did the place go into melt down after the third or fourth goal?
Very deflated. Spence truly fckd his teammates over tonight. Yes, from everything I’ve seen Fulham were hammering at the door and our lead was a smash and grab job, but we had that lead and with 11 men we could have held, but defending for 36 minutes with 10 men at Fulham - tough gig.
Season feels like it’s at a tipping point now. The shocking injury situation needs an influx of fresh faces sooner rather than later and anyone who distinguished themselves in the cup match on Saturday should also be kept around the squad going forward, just to freshen us up.
Tough times at the moment.
|Ah, well that’s just lovely|
at 21:52 28 Nov 2017
Really pleasing for us all - a result very few of us thought would happen against an in-form team. Finally managed to get one over on a David Nugent side. Top 6 in view. First away clean sheet of the season. 5 points above the Scum (would be 9 clear but for a missed penalty at Hull and 40 seconds more concentration last week). Sleep well everyone, they have done us proud tonight.
|A real shame that|
at 21:53 22 Nov 2017
I thought Connolly and Webster were both outstanding. So good to Huws back and with his assist and some of his passing (even things which didn’t come off) shows what we’ve been missing. Good to see Garner back on the scoresheet. Sears should have passed to Celina, but kudos to him for the quick throw that led to the second goal.
Take it on the chin, take the point and move on. Enjoyable game though. We have a real chance of staying in the play-off chase, I think.
|I’m going to turn my brain off for the rest of the season|
at 17:03 4 Nov 2017
All I can say is feast or famine again. 7th place going into international break and above Norwich. Take a bow, Mick and the boys - you wonderful, frustrating, brilliant, maddening, glorious bunch of so and sos.
And Hull, please don’t sack Slutsky until after we’ve played you.
|Come on Town!|
at 20:49 31 Oct 2017
Our record against any of the challengers is an embarrassment. Pull yourselves together and get something from the game!
|What a joyless experience supporting Ipswich Town is|
at 14:10 22 Oct 2017
Can’t get promoted. Can’t get top 6. Can’t win derbies. I mean WTF is the point of us?
And to every player who has represented us in a derby since 2009 (with an honourable exception to Paul Anderson and Jonas Knudsen) - you’re all a disgrace. You let us down every time. You talk the talk, but come the day you roll over and die.
I’m done for the week. Fit for Burton, yada-yada, who cares! Only the same shower of sheit who will roll over against Cardiff on Halloween and let Alex Neil’s Preston walk away with a 1-0 on November 4.
Buckling down for a season of grind. Let Downes and Nydam get their experience etc, but sadly, nothing exciting to be expected of us...Again...oh except a relegation battle on current form. I thought we had more firepower now. We didn’t lay a glove on them again.
14,000 dropping to 12,000 and lower at this rate. Because we suck!
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