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|Had the weekend. Ready to talk about Saturday..|
at 12:34 9 Jan 2017
Was genuinely excited when I saw the teamsheet on Saturday at 2pm when it came out - Turns out, from the get go, you could tell there was something up.
Let's start with the formation..
While 4-4-2 works, against this team, it was obviously clear we had no central midfielder who could stamp their authority on the game. Further to this, the game by-passed them anyway... Anyone else notice how the ball was constantly played up to their big man up top, Rhead? (literally his name, pronounced Reid)
Having Bru/Dozzell is progressive, but does nothing to stamp any level of authority on the game. Both are simply OK, but can be pushed off the ball easily, and not strong in the air. You can add Grant Ward to that list too.
I don't even want to talk about Jonas, but I do want to talk about Berra. He was Actually Bad.
Yes, they scored with their first shot on goal, on target etc. - I have no idea why Webster was the man to mark Rhead, the guy is a mountain. Maybe Emmanuel was supposed to double up on him, hence the angry exchange - But Berra simply does not have the legs to compete with Theo Robinson; easy 1-0 (and I wasn't even surprised when Gerken didn't save it - who, incidentally, had a standard terrible performance in terms of distribution)
Tom Lawrence's first goal was majestic, his second was a thumping effort - but we rarely concerned their goalkeeper (who's kicks almost always found a Imp head - because, again, we didn't want to contest in the air) - Speaking of aerial duels, anyone else notice that Pitman was almost always in two minds between challenging for the first ball or chasing the second? Not seen that before at all..
Sears ran and ran and ran, but didn't get the service - nor did Pitman - and this is partly due to the game completely bypassing Ward and Dozzell in the first period. Did the game call for Douglas? Maybe - if just for a bit of direction on the pitch, but of course MM would have been crucified. Was shocked to see no subs even warm up, but I guess it's fuel for the "false dawn" brigade.
The last 10 minutes.. Hm. There was an obvious swtich, as Ward tucked into a 3 with Dozzell and Bru, with Jonas and Josh pushing on a lot more - Pitman and Sears went wide, and Lawrence was down the middle - and it worked. We had intent, pushed on a bit and very nearly nicked an undeserved win. Sears on the wings is our best option, though many may say he's wasted there, he's one of the only true ball carriers we have.
Kudos to the Lincoln fans - great turnout, was fun to see them enjoying their big day out. The standout moment in the game for me was Emmanuel haring back to make a last ditch challenge on a Lincoln break. What a challenge that was.
Would like to see Chambers return alongside Webster soon, Berra either needs a break or to buck his ideas up. Really poor again - as someone mentioned on Twitter, he's been AWOL since his handball against Norwich.
Though Mick might walk, but I still think end of the seasons will be his moment. All things must end, and we're definitely not doing good. Hoping for some good deals this window - our scouts got Lawrence and Fraser, so I'm hopefully we can grab a couple of decent players. A proper CM, a couple of full-backs and a striker for me.
|Blog ||Numbers, Ipswich and a Blog Devoid of Cool Graphs/Infographics – Part One|
at 21:22 23 May 2014
I’m going to blog here for my first time regarding an amateur attempt at a ‘statistical outlook’ on Ipswich’s season. Given the fact that I'm quite verbose, I'll split this into a two parter – first the team, then the players (mainly attackers). This way they're split into more digestible chunks.
|Blog ||Numbers, Ipswich and a Blog Devoid of Cool Graphs/Infographics – Part Two|
at 21:21 23 May 2014
Now the fun part; from here I’ll be using some metrics which I’ve mimicked from more ‘pro’ analysts – firstly P90. P90 takes the total minutes played in a season, divided by 90 to create 90-minute chunks. NPG is non-penalty goals, so in our case two goals were taken off McGoldrick’s 14.
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