1) We stop pissing away points to late goals. It sums up the ethos of the club these last few years that we finished above Norwich on goal difference rather than by clear points. And on that tack...
2) That the ire directed against McCarthy this season now turns against Evans. He deserves it - he diesn’t need a manager, he needs a miracle worker and is expecting him to do it with kids and no money. He failed to back the one competent manager he had. And if his next choice fails to be competent, given the lack of backing he will receive, then it’s time to get Evans out. I don’t trust him and fear we have a potential Ellis Short situation on our hands.
All that being said, “Who’s the pride of Anglia...”
h a look. Pretty much catches everything worth seeing apart from Celina’s second half daisycutter, with plenty of comedy Northern swearing thrown in.
The lack of quality we showed yesterday was pretty dispiriting. I dream of an alternative season where Huws/Dozzell/Bishop/McGoldrick/Adeyemi etc were all available, but we had what we had, and it wasn’t good enough though we showed plenty of fight. Unfortunately, our passer couldn’t pass (Gleeson) our physical threat didn’t get on till the 80th minute (Garner) and our pace didn’t get on at all (Sears/Ward). Thought Sheff Utd should have had 2 penalties as well.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.