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3 points or bust?

Town Win
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Reading Win
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Draw
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Total votes: 15

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Ipswich Town vs Reading FC Preview & Matchday Thread

Post by Frosty » Wed Feb 27, 2019 10:33 pm

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Saturday 2nd March 2019 – 15:00


Portman Road



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Pre-Match Thoughts - Bluemike



You Couldn't Make It Up


Ipswich Town the team that have an uncanny knack of grabbing defeat from the Jaws of victory !! Time and time again we are undone with late late goals, this time Wigan were the beneficiaries of our shortcomings as a certain Joe Garner pounced in added time to hammer yet another nail into our already Air tight casket and at the same time break the hearts of near on Nine Hundred Tractor Boys & Girls who had had to sit through yet another nail biting Ninety plus minutes in the faint hope we could hang on, but yet again it was not to be.

Of course it wasn't just a case of Town failing to hold onto a vital Three points, it was far more involved than that as is often the case with Town these days. The red card handed out to Jonas Knudsen is now old news but what it did was change the way Town approached the remainder of the game, a game which we were dominating and in total control of let me add, Knudsen was reckless, of that there is no doubt, however I am still one Hundred percent convinced that was never a Red card in a Month of Sunday's but from that point in the twenty Fifth minute it was backs to the wall, it has even been suggested the Referee was informed by the Fourth Official that it should not have been a Red card and so "evened things up" by awarding us a softish Penalty at the first opportunity, a bit of a wild conspiracy theory but it would never surprise me One bit. Having got the lead we battled manfully to keep them out and were so close to doing so, I genuinely believe that had Will Keane not limped off injured we would have saw the game out, of course we will never know but it again changed our tactics etc.

The thing that has really jarred me off and what many Town fans who weren't present probably don't realise is that just prior to their goal One of their players went down injured, we kick the ball out for him to get treatment, upon the restart we can expect to be given the ball back as good will, no not Wigan, they keep it, go on the attack and not long after score, I bloody well hope Lambert tells our players never to do it again, cheating Northern Bastards.


The Run In


So even now there are some Town fans refusing to accept the blatantly obvious and are hanging on to the belief that we can still pull off the greatest escape of all time I would love to be in that camp and I am generally know as One of the most Optimistic Town fans there is but please, get real, it is not going to happen, I have never wanted to be more wrong about anything in my life but I would wager Thousands on this if I had it, Relegation is a cert, that is not being negative at all, just very realistic. BUT, let's take a look at the run in to see if those nutters are not so nuts after all, work it out for yourselves.....


Town


Reading (H) WBA (A) Bristol City (A) Forest (H) Hull (H) Bolton (A) Brentford (A) Birmingham (H) Preston (A) Swansea (H) Sheff Utd (A) Leeds (H)


Rotherham


Blackburn (H) Sheff Utd (A) QPR (A) Norwich (H) Derby (A) Forest (H) Villa (H) Stoke (A) Swansea (A) Birmingham (H) WBA (A) Middlesbrough (H)


Reading


Town (A) Wigan (H) Leeds (H) Stoke (A) Preston (H) Hull (A) Norwich (A) Brentford (H) Bristol City (A) WBA (H) Middlesbrough (A) Birmingham (H)


Bolton


Swansea (A) Millwall (H) Sheff Wed (H) Wigan (A) QPR (A) Town (H) Middlesbrough (H) Derby (A) Villa (H) Blackburn (A) Brentford (H) Forest (A)


So there you have it, I have Bolton finishing rock bottom with Town & Rotherham going down with them, Reading surviving by the skin of their teeth.


Next up


In keeping with the last Dozen or so games this weeks visit of Reading is being billed as a must win, potentially the gap could be down to Six points if we do manage to finally win another one and the belief will go up a couple of notches, our squad is getting pretty thin on the ground at present and you have to wonder where the goals are coming from, especially if Will Keane has joined the growing list of crocks.

It is sure to have the atmosphere of a team chasing the play offs what with cheap tickets, a large Reading following and Paul Lambert insisting it is not yet mission impossible, this in itself is as Lambert says, quite remarkable given we are rock bottom and have been most of the campaign, he says he has never known a situation like it and with that in mind the Town fans can feel proud of themselves again at long last. I predicted a win here with Town still going down so anything less is unthinkable, it won't be easy and it will only be by one goal so it's a home win for me and the start of a Twelve game winning run. COYB'S




The Opposition – Reading



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Reading were formed on 25 December 1871 and originally played their matches at the ‘Reading Recreation Ground’. The club then moved to ‘Elm Park’ for 102 years between 1896 to 1998. In 1998 the club moved to their latest home, the new ‘Madejski Stadium’.

The club holds the record for the number of successive league wins at the start of a season, with a total of 13 wins at the start of the 1985–86 Third Division campaign and also the record for the number of points gained in a professional league season with 106 points in the 2005–06 Football League Championship campaign.

Reading finished eighth in their first ever season as a top flight club.

Reading were elected to the Football League Third Division South of the Football League in 1920.

In more modern times Reading were promoted to the Second Division as champions in 1986 under the management of Ian Branfoot, but were relegated back to the Third Division in 1988.

The appointment of Mark McGhee as player-manager, shortly after the takeover by John Madejski, in 1991 saw Reading move forward. They were crowned champions of the new Division Two in 1994. 35-year-old striker Jimmy Quinn was put in charge of the first team alongside midfielder Mick Gooding and guided Reading to runners-up in the final Division One table only to be denied automatic promotion because of the streamlining of the Premier League, from 22 teams to 20.

In 1995 Reading looked to have booked their place in the Premier League only to lose against Bolton Wanderers in the final. Quinn and Gooding's contracts were not renewed two years later after Reading had slid into the bottom half of Division One. Their successor, Terry Bullivant, lasted less than one season before being sacked in March 1998.

1998 also saw Reading move into the new 24,200 all-seater Madejski Stadium, named after chairman, John Madejski. Tommy Burns had taken over from Terry Bullivant but lasted just 18 months before being replaced by Alan Pardew who had previously been reserve team manager before being released. Reading returned to Division One for 2002–03 after finishing runners-up in Division Two. The following season they finished fourth in Division One and qualified for the play-offs, where they lost in the semi-final to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Alan Pardew moved to West Ham United the following October and was replaced by Steve Coppell.

Reading won the 2005–06 Championship with a league record 106 points, scoring 99 goals and losing only twice. Reading were promoted to English football's top division for the first time in their history. Reading defied pre-season predictions of relegation to finish the season in eighth. The second season was less successful and Reading were relegated back to the Championship.

Reading started the 2008–09 season with a 15 match unbeaten home run. They finished fourth and qualify for the play-offs, where they lost to Burnley in the semi-final. Manager Steve Coppell resigned just hours after the game, and was replaced by Brendan Rodgers.

Rodgers left the club by mutual consent on 16 December 2009 and Brian McDermott made caretaker manager the same day. Reading eventually finished 5th in the Championship to qualify for the division's play-offs which they lost 4–2 to Swansea City in the final at Wembley Stadium.

In the 2011–12 season a streak of good form in the second half of the season, ensured promotion to the Premier League on 17 April 2012.

McDermott led Reading to their first Premier League win of the 2012–13 season on 17 November 2012 at the eleventh attempt. On the 11 March 2013, McDermott left his position at Reading.

On 26 March 2013, Adkins was appointed manager and could not stop Reading from being relegated from the top flight.

The 2013/14 season saw the Royals finish the season in seventh, one point off Brighton in sixth after being in and around the playoff zone all season.

The 2014/15 season was a different story however as Reading could only muster 50 points and finished in a disappointing 19th place on the table.

The 2015/16 season saw the Royals rise two places to finish 17th place in the Championship.

In the summer leading up to the 2016-17 season the club announced the departure of Brian McDermott and eventually he was to be replaced by former Manchester United defender Jaap Stam. Under Stam, Reading achieved their highest finish since relegation back to the Championship by finishing third and reaching the play-offs, where they beat Fulham on aggregate before facing Huddersfield Town in the final at Wembley where they lost on penalties following 0-0 draw after extra time.

On 21 March, Stam left Reading with immediate effect. Two days later, 23 March 2018, Paul Clement was appointed as Readings new manager.

Clement was sacked on 6 December 2018 after poor results left the club outside of the relegation zone only on goal difference with José Manuel Gomes becoming the new manager.

Last season Reading finished in 20th place with 44 points.



The Manager – José Manuel Gomes




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Form Guide



Ipswich Last 5 Matches – Currently in 24th place with 21 points


2 Feb Ipswich Town 0 - 1 Sheffield Wed


10 Feb Norwich City 3 - 0 Ipswich Town


13 Feb Ipswich Town 1 - 1 Derby County


16 Feb Ipswich Town 1 - 1 Stoke City


23 Feb Wigan Athletic 1 - 1 Ipswich Town




Reading Last 5 Matches – Currently in 21st place with 30 points



2 Feb Reading 0 - 0 Aston Villa


9 Feb Sheffield Wed 0 - 0 Reading


13 Feb Reading 2 - 1 Blackburn


16 Feb Sheffield Utd 4 - 0 Reading


23 Feb Reading 1 - 1 Rotherham




Marko's Caption Contest – THE DON CUP




Few beauties for the Wigan caption. Nice 5pts for the missing word on the T-Shirt, Watership.



Wigan scores:

Watership Down 5pts
Ando (blow Jonas) & Nicsreamer (prostate) 4pts
Blueblood (Titanic), DerickIpsw (blonde) & Nicscreamer (smells) 3pts
Ando (support), DerickIpsw (Pies) Number 9 & IpswichTownNo1 2pts




LEAGUE TABLE

ANDO 79
NICSCREAMER 76
DERICKIPSW 71
FROSTY 63
BLUEMIKE 61
AYLESBURYBLUE 55
BLUEBLOOD 45
TANGFASTIC 45
NUMBER 9 42
IPSWICHTOWNNO1 39
WATERSHIP DOWN 24
JOHNNYB 13
PATTHEGIMP 12
KERRY BLUE 11
BLUEPETER 11
BLUEWILF 7
MASSEYFERGUSON 6
SHED ON TOUR 6
BARMY BILLY 6
QUASAR 4
TODD66 3
MARVINBAY1973 2
ASHFORDBLUE 1
GOLDANDBLACK 1
CHARNWOOD 1
KL BLUE 1
OHIOTRACTORBOY 1


Reading caption picture



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Match Referee – Darren England



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IPSWICH TOWN 2 READING 1

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Re: Ipswich Town vs Reading FC Preview & Matchday Thread

Post by Ando » Thu Feb 28, 2019 12:07 am

Last last last last chance saloon. Defeat here will be final nail in the coffin. Be interesting to see how we set up without Keane. I have my cheap tickets and will be singing my heart out for the lads. 2-0 Town!

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Post by TODD66 » Thu Feb 28, 2019 12:37 am

Surely a win this time!

1-0 will do.

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Post by saint jude » Thu Feb 28, 2019 12:57 am

Was forced to view the opposition last five score as had no idea what they've been up to. Voted for a home team win, we'll score three to their one. Would wish for other scores that day to be favorable, time running out quick to salvage the situation.

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Post by Ando » Thu Feb 28, 2019 4:47 am

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hungry pitch invader is eventually cornered after being lured in by the smell of a fish finger

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Subbuteo finally admits it has a streaker problem and vows lifetime bans too any player caught using the figure.

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Streaker " I'm gunna need some lube before swiviling on that" !

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Post by nicscreamer » Thu Feb 28, 2019 9:53 am

I am begging, praying and hoping for a win - 1-0 to Town

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Post by Andym » Thu Feb 28, 2019 10:43 am

Really can't see where a goal will come from. 1-0 defeat.

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Post by marko69 » Thu Feb 28, 2019 11:00 am

A Subbuteo streaker figure. :lol: I'm wondering how that could've been incorporated into the game. :lol:

Just checked odds for Ipswich to stay up........ Best I could find was 12/1. Bookies are not 100% conceding it yet. Was expecting 25s at least.

Nice preview and the "Northern bastards" incident took me right back to Fir Park late 80s. Motherwell player down injured so Mickey Weir put it out of play. They took a long throw in into the box, and a Motherwell striker blasted it home. Hibs defence didn't really know what was happening and hadn't adjusted for it. Nearly caused a riot. Was the days of terracing and loads of fans were running across to the corner where the players were celebrating....... Got a pie and coffee knocked out my hand as they all ran past. Those were the days! :lol:

WIN......., this is the token "one sizeable win" of the 2018/19 season.
Ipswich Town 3 Reading 0.
It all clicks into place this Saturday.
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Post by Frosty » Thu Feb 28, 2019 11:23 am

Great write up Mike


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“Who the hell is that now?, I’m confused enough as it is ..... that’s Reading in the blue, Bradford in the yellow ...... and I still haven't worked out who the f*ck is the team playing in pink?”

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Post by rossi » Thu Feb 28, 2019 2:28 pm

it's too late now, baby it's too late................

Ipswich 1 - Reading 2

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Post by MasseyFerguson » Thu Feb 28, 2019 6:05 pm

I don't see any way we can avoid relegation this season but I know some fans are still holding on to a glimmer of hope. With all my heart I hope they are right and I am wrong.

This is huge. We have to win. Lose and I think we would all agree there is no way back. Win and those with the glimmer of hope might feel that glimmer brighten and stengthen considerably. We must win. I think we will. 2-1.

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Caption : Fan goes for the biggest bogey ever to be balanced on his finger competition. :shock:
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derick_ipsw wrote:
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Caption : Fan goes for the biggest bogey ever to be balanced on his finger competition. :shock:
Caption : Gary Neville forgets he not in the studio and tries to move the players around on his big green screen.

Caption. Fan tries to finger pitch invader.
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Jamie carragher doesn’t want spit-gate again, so opts to give someone the bird instead

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😂😂😂👏 Nice find, Blueblood. 👌

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CAPTION..... "Hey mate, your wife's over here"

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Post by marko69 » Sat Mar 02, 2019 2:37 pm

Don’t know where to post this so just thought in here as a general Saturday football comment...... anyone watching Spurs v Gunners? I’m watching with the sound off. How feckin annoying is Steve McManaman? What a whinging faced disaster. Nothing good to say about anything at all.

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Post by derick_ipsw » Sat Mar 02, 2019 3:23 pm

Looks like Judge is playing in behind Quaner in a 3-5-1-1 or 5-3-1-1. Would of preferred Jackson along side Quaner with Judge in behind. We need to win. Bluemike let me know how they set up .

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Post by saint jude » Sat Mar 02, 2019 3:36 pm

Today's starting line-up

Bialkowski
Chambers
Collins
Pennington
Bree
Judge
Chalobah
Nolan
Kenlock
Bishop
Quaner


bench

Gerken
Edwards
Skuse
Jackson
Downes
Nsiala
Dozzell


Not sure if that will be enough, we got key players out but with home advantage it may go our way. The opposition are nothing special, three points are there to be had, motivation and the right attitude will be essential.

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Post by marko69 » Sat Mar 02, 2019 3:38 pm

It is a genuine “must win” today. Will personally concede to relegation if ITFC lose today.

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Post by marko69 » Sat Mar 02, 2019 3:39 pm

What’s happening with Downes? Why is he not a guaranteed starter? Has he been below par recently?

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Post by marko69 » Sat Mar 02, 2019 4:05 pm

Rotherham 1 up. Mowbray out.

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Post by shamm » Sat Mar 02, 2019 4:23 pm

The dream is over
0-1

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Post by marko69 » Sat Mar 02, 2019 4:23 pm

You predicted it Hallam

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