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Ipswich Town v West Bromwich Albion Your Report added at 00:37:18
I thought Portman Road was a little bit back to its old self. But Lambert has a mighty tough task ahead. West Brom let themselves down with their time wasting and gamesmanship. But they still seemed comfortable winners. Town's midfield was swept aside - outmuscled and out-skilled, and our three strikers never looked to offer any serious threat. Moreover they spent much of the time having to deal with headed, half-cleared balls sent vaguely in their direction. The defence held their ground fairly well - Jonas always tried to get forward, though mostly finding the WBA cover too strong. When Teddy came on, our lack of comfort on the ball elsewhere in the team was telling - rusty he may be, but he was forever finding small pockets of space and looking for the ball to feet, but it hardly ever came. One odd thing surprised me - WBA were determined to delay our free kicks and to make our passing out of defence difficult, yet Town never addressed this. Never injecteing any pace in order to get on the front foot, from free kicks our centre backs saw far too much of the ball, stifling any hope of playing football out of defence. Meanwhile Bart's dead ball distribution, often high in the air to our diminutive strike force (against sizeable defenders) mostly gave the ball away. All in all, an enjoyable evening, in that the crowd was a good one and we are back onside with management and team, but realistically relegation looks all too possible.
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Ipswich Town v West Bromwich Albion Your Report added at 12:37:29
I thought we had an excellent first half, very composed on the ball and outplaying Cardiff at times. After the break the opposition seemed more canny, and gave Tyrone Mings and Jon Parr a very uncomfortable time, sometimes with good football pressure, but at other times through simple gamesmanship. Though Johnny Williams' movement was sublime at times the midfield seemed to be a bit overrun throughout the second half, and as a result there was little useful quick ball to feet for Sammon, McGoldrick and Murphy to work with. Final point - some of our deadball work, especially free kicks within range, was woeful. PS: The Cardiff City 'experience' is far less intimidating than it used to be, and the stewards were actually friendly. But for some reason they severely underestimated the away crowd - they expected 'up to 300' but I reckon there must have been around 500, so only the one bar at half time was a bit of a blow (for those of us deluded enough to be looking forward to seeing the whole of the second half!).
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