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footyblue added 18:18 - Jan 9
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meekreech added 19:57 - Jan 9
Bergholtblue added 20:00 - Jan 9
Gutsier second half performance, shows the difference what passing to the feet, pace and movement can do.
intercept12 added 20:06 - Jan 9
The first half was incredibly frustrating. No apparent plan or cohesion, being played off the park by an entertaining Portsmouth.
The only shining light in the first half was (my first time at seeing) Tommy Oar, who looked to get the ball down and take men on. If he can't get a starting place soon i despair. He was brilliant.
It took all 3 Town subs to bring any kind of positivity to the team, the little whippersnapper Fraser linking up with his old buddy Pitman, while Smith helped shore up the defence from the inconsistent Knudsen and rusty Digby.
I was thinking 1-1 or 2-1 going into this game, due to the above Town XI not having played as a unit before. In the end a draw was fair, but the worries have returned that many of the fringe players just aren't strong enough.
Bert added 23:33 - Jan 9
harlingblue added 03:38 - Jan 10
The second half followed a similar pattern, but with Ipswich now at least competing and with the introduction of Fraser to add flair and Smith to steady the defence, a frenetic final quarter of the game at last captured the cut and thrust of 'The Cup'.
To sum up:
IMO Kyle Bennett was the star of the show, but Fraser coming on as sub, more than matched him.
The Ipswich starting lineup looked reasonable on paper, but with no playing time together failed to gel.
Plus points from this game: Oar ready to start, Bart/Hyam/Varney could cover for Gerken/Skuse/Murphy.
Minus points: no creative midfield general in the club, AMN very poor today, Pitman needs Sears.
The lack of Smith and Berra in the line up has shown up our defensive weaknesses.
The must buy is a midfield general during the January sales period, Bru is good but a more experienced player is required.
A good learning exercise today?
oldburian added 07:45 - Jan 10
Putting Digby in so early was crass, shown by how quickly he was swapped with Chambers.
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