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David Squires has it about right
at 20:21 1 May 2019



https://www.theguardian.com/football/ng-interactive/2019/apr/30/david-squires-on

[Post edited 1 May 20:30]
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Just renewed season tickets
at 15:20 23 Apr 2019

£432 for me and my son, SBR lower is pretty good value I reckon. My son liked the look of Section 6 from the SAR upper.

My daughter's far more sensible and decided not to renew.
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Swansea monumentally counldn't be arsed today
at 17:57 22 Apr 2019

Except for about 20 minutes in the second half, when they could have scored 3.

Still, we're going to Shrewsbury ho ho ho happy clap.
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Paul, we've not played "18 or 19" good games
at 17:27 19 Apr 2019

5 or 6 good halves at most.

Happy clap!
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EVERY LITTLE THING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT
at 17:11 19 Apr 2019

Happy clap!
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Demonstrating today
at 12:26 13 Apr 2019

Won't happen, but should. No doubt we'll all be singing "Everything's going to be alright" and clapping along, and making a virtue of not being like all those other nasty clubs.

PL will say how wonderful we are and how we deserve more after the match.

I read on here there's no point in demonstrating because we're stuck with ME, or there's no real alternative. That's weird. The fact there is no alternative is just another symptom of our decline.

The club has been run into the ground over the last decade; that, in and of itself, is reason to demonstrate.

(I'm assuming we'll be relegated today, of course...)
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"What's he [ME] got for his investment?" asks PL
at 09:48 8 Mar 2019

Exactly what you'd expect if you just cover running costs and pay the 18th highest wage budget in the league. Drift and the risk of relegation.

PL's right in the breadth of his vision, but I just don't see the money behind it. Or the ownership's vision or will, for that matter, and PL can't do it on his own. Worried the most likely outcome is mid-table in league one.
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[shrugs] we weren't any worse than normal today
at 18:14 2 Mar 2019

Thought the Stoke perfomance was actually worse than that. We made a fair few chances in the second half and probably deserved a draw.

We are poor though. Just fail to build attacks too often and are still making crazy mistakes. Nsiala's messing around for Reading's winner was criminal.

Today's scapegoat was Quaner, who was actually, IMO, quite dangerous in the second half. The old moaning dudes behind me blamed him for absolutely anything that went wrong.

Bishop was playing as a striker in the first half. That was a mistake, although I don't get the moaning about the formation not being attacking enough: Bree and Kenlock were really pushing forward and Judge was up near Quaner and Bishop.

I can't understand why Kayden Jackson didn't get on at all.

I think the crowd finally came to terms with our getting relegated this season. 10 years of utter mismanagement and 23,000 turn up. I have mixed feelings about this: we're too accepting of our position.
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Sarri's just tried to smooth all that over...
at 20:27 24 Feb 2019

...which plumbs new depths of patheticness.
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Inspired move putting Nsiala on
at 17:41 16 Feb 2019

Caused havoc, (very indirectly) resulting in the goal. Extra comedy value seeing him play the remaining minute with no idea what position he should take, then opting for right midfield.

In truth we were poor today, much like earlier in the season. I thought Stoke were good, a lot more solid than Derby. But I will take a draw.

Bishop good, Keane and Judge OK (and captain materia,l I think; literally shoves our players into position). The rest a bit meh. Typical mixup for Stoke goal. Stoke fans vocal.

We were discussing how good we'll be in League One after the match. Feeling is if we keep Keane and Judge and get a couple of fullbacks we'll be pretty good (would like to keep Bree).
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Norwich provide football coaching in the town's schools
at 18:08 12 Feb 2019

There was an interesting bit on Life's a Pitch at the weekend where one of the folks pointed out that Norwich City run the football coaching at one of the town centre schools (it's St Helen's, incidentally).

Jason Dozzell was lightly quizzed on this, and he had no idea it was the case. He expressed some amazement the club wasn't involved in any of the town's schools' coaching (I don't think he picked up on the fact it was a bit odd he was unaware despite coaching kids at the club...)

St Helen's is a big school and can boast Liam Trotter among its alumni. Is there any reason why Town aren't doing this but Norwich are?
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Oddly, that reaffirmed my faith in Lambert
at 16:38 10 Feb 2019

I'd been unsure recently.

Firstly, great to see a derby with some bite for a change. We fought every minute.

Thought we actually played really well, especially the midfield. In the second half Chalobah was fantastic. Teddy dangerous when he came on, drawing 40 or 50 fouls a la Johnny Williams.

Normal defensive problems. For all his stamina and last minute clearances I think Pennington gets caught out too often. It's partly why he always looks like he's stretching for the ball. Chambers a bit flatfooted.

Full backs good. Even Nolan had his moments. Judge has some quality. Will Keane dropped deep and held up the ball well. Harrison waspish and dangerous.

Thought we deserved a goal. Match could have gone a lot differently.

I was uhming and ahing over renewing out season tickets next year, but the passion and quality gave me something to look forward to. And I like Lambert taking on all the Norwich coaching staff and refusing to regret it after the match.
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So we get used to playing the Lambert way
at 08:10 3 Feb 2019

(which is a variant of The Ipswich Way™) and he gets a chance to clear everything out.

We storm league one playing attractive football.

Is that the plan?

Apart from the fact this has resulted in us resigning our Championship status with barely a whimper, it's reliant on us shifting a ton of players and getting good replacements in. Which in turn means the owner spending big.

Also assumes The Lambert Way works. I get the argument the players aren't good, but tactically we've been inflexible and yesterday, for example, it was just a mess. If Wednesday had cottoned on to the fact that pressing us sends us into a blind panic they'd have got their 3 or 4 goals.

In possession, Skuse picked the ball up but the other midfielders were pushed right up near the forwards. Skuse would therefore go back to the defenders who'd prod it around for a bit before Nsiala or Bary pumped it forward to a Wednesday defender.

I normally prefix posts with "I like Lambert and hope he's here next year..." but I am worried we simply get relegated and end up a mid-table Legaue One team. I don't see much in the squad or the tactics to suggest anything better.
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That was rubbish, really boring and fricking freezing.
at 18:13 2 Feb 2019

Worst season ever, worst Town side ever and Lambert making little difference now at all. Tactically all over the place. Regardless of how crap Hurst was we're no better now. Wednesday should have scored four.

Nsiala was alright.
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James Collins = Matt Elliot
at 18:45 11 Jan 2019

and Collin Quaner = Shefki Kuqi

All going to be fine, 4-0 Town tomorrow.
































(Not 2-1 Rotherham)
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Thought Hurst came across quite well
at 18:42 11 Jan 2019

in the Sky interview. The "no dickheads" thing is a bit Bielsa like; you can see why we were enthusiastic in those early days. The thing about sports science is a bit odd, though; we were quite unscientific in that regard as we looked slow and unfit.

All very clear that the problem *is* Evans: poor choices, poor contract management, lack of funds and leaving a void around the club.
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Sleaford Mods are playing Ipswich
at 19:53 9 Jan 2019

https://www.seetickets.com/event/sleaford-mods/ipswich-corn-exchange-ipswich/129

which at least makes a nice change to ELO tribute acts.
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Lambo
at 17:29 5 Jan 2019

Sounding a lot more fraught in his Radio Suffolk interview than normal... Unsurprising, obviously, but the positivity has disappeared completely.
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Agree with Alex Mathie on that
at 17:00 5 Jan 2019

Like Lambert and all that, definitely not a "Lambert Out"er, but...

Mathie made two points which I think were right:

- Pointless playing 4-5-1/4-3-3 for so long after we went behind
- We should be looking to win second balls. Which is basically the same as saying this possession based football isn't really right for our situation. It's too brittle, as we've seen countless times this season; we can't force a win and are too easily bullied.

I was thinking: How low can we go after that?.. but there's worse to come, isn't there?
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Scraped a draw today
at 19:50 22 Dec 2018

Thought we were OK. Sheff U probably the best team I've seen at PR this season; passed it round *lovely*.

The good: defence solid enough. Harrison's goal was great. Chalobah ended up playing well. Spirit strong. Knudsen. Atmosphere good. 1300 SU fans, about half them in Santa costumes. Beer (Fireside) OK, the crisps and coca-cola cost too much. We nabbed a draw.

The bad: as ever, our players aren't as good as the other team's. For too long the midfield either refused to take the ball or released it way too early. Lambert obviously wants to pass it out from the back, but the team can't do it and ends up punting it downfield. I'm not sure we're approaching our situation the right way.

Chalobah did end up accepting the ball and driving it forward. We miss Cole Skuse a lot.

Still, we're in touching distance. Some good loan signings and we *might* have a chance. But I think we're going down.
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