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Editing issue. The final sentence of my report should have appeared after '...disgraced.' at the end of line 7. Apologies.
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Your Report added at 18:03:18
It has been some years since I have been able to watch Ipswich play and during this time my only real contact with 'The Blues' has been twtd. I learnt a great deal at St James's Park, yesterday. Mullett clearly saw the same match that I did. From today, I will read his reports more carefully and value them more highly. I am even more saddened by the high proportion of negative and pessimistic comments I read on this site. Yes. Town were outplayed yesterday and were well beaten. But they were not disgraced. Newcastle scored three excellent goals. Bialkowski could've saved none of them. The Ipswich defence, which has a good record, was beaten three times by pace, excellent, accurate long passes, by footballing skill and guile, and perfect finishing. Best and Webster might have scored for Town (read the excellent report, above), but it wasn't to be.
A few particular observations. I read, regularly, about 'the long ball upfield', and the frustrations this inevitably causes. I didn't see this 'overdone' by the defenders, yesterday, but Bilakowski's strategy, with one or two exceptions, was to kick deep into opponents' half. 9 kicks out of his 10 were trapped, taken down, or headed as a pass, by Newcastle. Throwing or rolling to a defender kept possession...and when Ipswich DID start passing, they looked so much better, started playing so much better, and with more confidence. There are some fine young players, Webster for one. And when he came on as a second-half sub, Emmanuel played with confidence, not overawed by the large partisan Newcastle crowd. Will they be part of a table topping Ipswich team to come? Or, in the financial grotesquerie that now bedevils football, are they seen as monetary investments, to be sold on for big profits in the no-too-distant future? I hope not.
So often I see negative comments about Town players (Chambers in particular!), but I reckon these guys, all of them, were doing their best, but it just wasn't good enough. against a table-topping side
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Your Report added at 22:29:07
'Sammon and Hyam start'. Thank goodness that they did. Also, Mings and Berra, good performances. Yellow cards in the first half. I'd have taken them off at halftime, to avoid risk. But MM didn't. Neither fouled in the second half...and they were needed. That's why MM's a manager, and I'm not
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Your Report added at 22:28:48
'Sammon and Hyam start'. Thank goodness that they did. Also, Mings and Berra, good performances. Yellow cards in the first half. I'd have taken them off at halftime, to avoid risk. But MM didn't. Neither fouled in the second half...and they were needed. That's why MM's a manager, and I'm not
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Your Report added at 20:22:16
Town were NOT ''abysmal' at times'. My first chance to see them (via SkyTV) for some time. Defence far better organised than under Jewell. There was 'fight' and 'intelligence' there. This was a typical early season tussle. Many more to go. Hewitt has clearly benefitted from his games in a lower league. Looking forward to the TV coverage of the 'derby' match. (The barman is from Norwich.)
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