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Back up the mid week win?

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Ipswich Town vs Crewe Alexandria Preview & Matchday Thread

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Saturday 31st October 2020 – 15:00



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Pre Match Thoughts - Mike



Cutting It Fine.........


Town got back to winning ways Tuesday evening with a narrow win over Gillingham FC but man did we make heavy weather of it, back in the familiar surroundings of Portman Road it was crucial we "stopped the rot" following the Two defeats on the road at Doncaster & Lincoln and thankfully by the final whistle we had done enough to secure the much needed points to keep ourselves firmly in the mix at the top end of the league One table. While few could argue with the final result after a first half in which we totally dominated and created several chances we found ourselves crawling over the line and the relief at Teddy Bishop's late strike was clearly evident as the players celebrated.

I found it a hard game to sum up as for me the first half made Gillingham look a really poor side totally bereft of any idea whatsoever, a win and a clean sheet at this stage looked a cert and while we ultimately achieved that the second half was not without it's scary moments as the Gills carved out Two or Three good openings in the space of Fifteen minutes where Town seemed to lose their way, I think Mick Mills summed it up correctly when he said it was a case of a very young side trying to hard to force the issue and get the result, he felt we started to come away from our game plan in an attempt to find the goal and I think he was spot on.

The comment was made that the team had the academy stamp on it with Dozzell, Lankester, Woolfenden, and Bishop all in the line up and that is really refreshing and backs up at least one of Marcus Evans Five points from the by now dubious Five point plan. But for me it was another youngster that caught my eye, young Mark McGuinness on loan from Arsenal, I felt the lad had a real presence at both ends of the pitch, cool and composed at the back against what in fairness was a weak strike force, while at the other end menacing as he strode forward to get his head on Two or Three corners, one in particular should really have seen him score but it is encouraging that he brings that ammunition to the table.

One thing which really disappointed me on the night was the standard of Andre Dozzell's corners, by the full time whistle we must have had about Fifteen of them and every single One was the same and every single One was pretty much hopeless, again Mills summed it up by saying the in swinging corner is far more effective so why do the opposite !! It needed a bit of variance to them as the Gills defence must have known what was coming every single time.



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I thought on the night McGuinness, Edwards, Bishop and Chambo all stood out with good performances while Stephen Ward was definitely approaching something closer to his normal self, up front Hawkins battle manfully but the goal threat really isn't there and you wonder if we will ever see a Hawkins name on the scoresheet, same with Freddie Sears who had Three decent chances and again wasted them all, the Midfield continues to bail us out where goals are concerned but sooner or later we are going to need the strikers to chip in and that is a concern.

Next up is another game on home turf with Crewe Alexandra the visitors to fortress Portman Road, with tough games coming up in November another Three points here is a must if we are to keep in the leading pack, The Alex find themselves in Fifteenth place with Ten points from Eight game played with consistency being their downfall, the fabulous win at Doncaster shows what they can do on any given day and we cannot take them lightly at all. With the Blues still to concede a goal at home our Portman Road form is going to decide where we end up come May so from that viewpoint things are going well. I think this will be another Three points in the bag but the likelihood of it being straightforward is highly unlikely, so it's a Fifth straight home win for me with the odd goal in Three my prediction. Enjoy the game, COYB'S.



The Opposition – Crewe Alexandria



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Crewe Alexandra were formed in 1877 as Crewe Football Club, separate from the successful Crewe Cricket Club, and named after Princess Alexandra. They were based at the Alexandra Recreation Ground and played their first match against North Staffs that same year, a match that ended 1–1. In 1883, Crewe Alexandra's first match in the FA Cup was against Scottish club Queen's Park of Glasgow, losing 10–0. In 1888, the club reached the FA Cup semi-finals, defeating Derby County and Middlesbrough en route, before going out to Preston North End. Crewe were founding members of the Football League Second Division in 1892, having previously been members of the Football Alliance, but lost their league status in 1896 after only four seasons. The club left the Alexandra Recreation Ground shortly before the end of the 1895–96 season, and after playing at a number of different venues, including in nearby Sandbach, they moved to the first Gresty Road ground in 1897. In 1906 the current Gresty Road ground was rebuilt to the west of the original site.

Crewe rejoined the Football League in 1921, during which season a record crowd of 15,102 packed into Gresty Road to watch Crewe entertain local rivals Stoke City, a game The Potters won 2–0. Crewe earned their first honours by winning the Welsh Cup in 1936 and 1937, before being barred from entering (not least since Crewe is not in Wales).

1955 saw Crewe embark on a sequence where they did not win away from home for 56 matches. The dismal run ended with a 1–0 win at Southport.

One of Crewe's most famous matches took place against Spurs in the FA Cup in 1960. A new record attendance of 20,000 saw lowly Crewe hold Spurs to a 2–2 draw on 30 January, with Bert Llewellyn and Merfyn Jones scoring for the Railwaymen. On 3 February, Tottenham convincingly won the replay 13–2, which remains a record defeat for the club. Llewellyn and Nev Coleman scored for Crewe.

1961 saw Crewe's most notable win in their history, Jimmy McGuigan's side defeated Chelsea 2–1 in the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge. That particular Chelsea side contained the former Crewe player Frank Blunstone as well as Jimmy Greaves, Peter Bonetti and Terry Venables. The Crewe goals were scored by Billy Stark and Barrie Wheatley. Spurs won by a more modest 5–1 in the Fourth Round. In 1963, Crewe gained promotion for the first time in their history with a 1–0 win over Exeter City. Frank Lord became the local hero, scoring the only goal in front a crowd of 9,807. Lord also holds the record for most hat-tricks for the club, eight during his time at Gresty Road.

In the 1964–65 season, Terry Harkin scored a record 35 league goals for Crewe. 1977 saw Tommy Lowry play his record-breaking 475th and last game for the Railwaymen. 1979 would see manager Warwick Rimmer's most notable signing when Bruce Grobbelaar joined Crewe and played his first match against Wigan Athletic. During the season he scored from the penalty spot against York City and kept eight clean-sheets in his 24 matches played. In the same year the club went a record 15 matches without winning at Gresty Road.

The period from the 1950s to the early 1980s was generally not a successful time for the club, and few would have argued with Michael Palin's comment, in the 1979 BBC Great Railway Journeys of the World documentary when, in a shot over Gresty Road filmed from the roof of the adjacent Rail House he described Crewe as "like those other railway towns, Swindon and Doncaster, possessed of a football team which is perpetually propping up the bottom of the Fourth Division". Indeed, between 1894 and 1982, Crewe finished in last place in the Football League eight times, more than any other league club.

In June 1983, Crewe appointed Milan-born Dario Gradi as manager. His first season signings included Mark Leonard from Tranmere, John Crabbe from Hereford and David Pullar from Exeter[7] as Gradi looked to build an academy structure to develop players that could be sold to help fund the player development programme. Among his first transfer successes were Dave Waller (sold to Shrewsbury in 1986) and Gary Blissett (sold to Brentford in 1987), plus Geoff Thomas and John Pemberton (both signed from Rochdale and sold to Crystal Palace, in 1987 and 1988 respectively).

Gradi quickly gained a reputation for developing young talent, allowing Steve Walters to become the youngest ever player to pull on a Crewe shirt: aged just 16 years and 119 days he played against Peterborough United on 7 May 1988. Gradi's efforts paid off in 1989 when Crewe won promotion to the Third Division. They went back down two years later, but were promoted again in 1994. In the same year, Neil Lennon became the first Crewe Alexandra player to gain an International cap for 60 years when he was selected to play for Northern Ireland against Mexico. Gradi then led his charges to Division One in 1997, after victory over Brentford in the Division Two play-off final, and kept his team there until 2002, despite a club income on which many more lowly clubs could not survive. Meanwhile, Gradi celebrated his 1,000th game in charge of Crewe on 20 November 2001 – an away fixture at Carrow Road.

After one season in the Division Two the club were promoted back to Division One at the end of the 2002–03 season, having finished in second place; the first time the club had finished in the top two of any division, and the club prepared for life in Division 1.

Although managing to retain their place in the Division 1 in the 2003–04 season, at the start of the 2004–05 season they were rated one of the likeliest teams to be relegated from the newly renamed 'Championship'. In the event, they put in a good showing in the first half of the season; comfortably in the top half of the table, but after selling Dean Ashton to Norwich City for a record £3 million in the January 2005 transfer window, Crewe failed to win any more games until the final match of the season, when they defeated Coventry City 2–1 and narrowly escaped relegation on goal difference. The following year they were not so fortunate. Despite a good run towards the end of the 2005–06 season, they were relegated to League 1.

By the summer of 2007, Gradi was the longest-serving manager in English league football; he had completed 24 years in sole charge of the club, although assistant manager Neil Baker took temporary charge between 22 September and 17 October 2003 while Gradi underwent heart surgery (Crewe only managed one point while Baker was in charge). On 20 April 2007 Crewe Alexandra announced that, from 1 July 2007, Gradi would take up a new role as the club's technical director while gradually allowing newly appointed first-team coach Steve Holland control of the team.

Holland's first season in this role, 2007–08, was a disappointment as the club narrowly avoided relegation after finishing 20th with 50 points. That summer Holland spent half a million pounds on new signings, including Calvin Zola, Anthony Elding and goalkeepers Steve Collis and Adam Legzdins, while striker Nicky Maynard joined Bristol City for a club record fee of £2.25 million. However, despite a positive pre-season, including a win over Premiership club Hull City, Crewe took only nine points from their first 16 games.

After pressure from fans, the board sacked Steve Holland as first team coach in November 2008, and re-appointed Gradi as caretaker manager. Gradi's first game back in charge was a 3–0 defeat at home to local rivals Stockport County. On 24 December 2008 the Icelandic former manager of Stoke City, Gudjon Thordarson, was appointed as Holland's successor, though Gradi remained in charge of the team for a further six days before resuming his technical director role. Thordarson's first game in charge was a 2–2 draw away at Millwall in the FA Cup 3rd round, but although Thordarson received the Manager of the Month award for February, the team suffered a poor end-of-season run, not winning for 10 games, and were relegated to League Two. On 18 June 2009, Steve Davis was appointed assistant manager to Gudjon Thordarson. Davis left his role as manager of Nantwich Town, where he spent five successful years, gaining two promotions. Davis replaced former assistant Neil Baker, who was moved to a new scouting role within the club.

On 2 October 2009, after nine months in charge, Thordarson was sacked after a run of poor results. Dario Gradi was reinstated as caretaker manager in time for the following day's match against Rotherham. Despite lingering close to the playoff places for the majority of the season, another run of poor form saw the club finish in 18th place, only five places above the relegation zone. Gradi responded to this disappointment by refusing to take the team on a pre-season tour, stating that he "doesn't want to reward the players for what happened this season".

The club finished 10th in League Two in their 2010–11 season and also ended up with the League 2 golden boot winner: Clayton Donaldson scored 29 goals, but moved to Brentford in July 2011.

On 10 November 2011, the club announced that Dario Gradi had stepped down as manager and would return to his previous role as director of football focusing on youth development.

Steve Davis was appointed manager, and led the team to a 16-match unbeaten run in early 2012 up to 7th position, earning the club a play-off place. Crewe defeated Southend United in the semi-final with a 1–0 win at home in the first leg and a 2–2 draw at Roots Hall, extending the unbeaten run to a club-record 18 matchesand securing a play-off final against Cheltenham Town at Wembley on 27 May 2012 which they won 2–0 and earned promotion.

Before the 2012–13 season started, Crewe sold Nick Powell to Manchester United, and on transfer deadline day (31 August 2012) captain Ashley Westwood was sold to Aston Villa. However, with new players coming into the first team, Crewe won the Football League Trophy, beating Southend United 2–0 in the final at Wembley in April 2013. The team finished 13th in League One, ending the season by fielding a team whose starting 11 were all Crewe Academy graduates.

On 22 February 2014, for 33 minutes of a match at Port Vale, two brothers played on opposite sides against each other – Crewe's Harry Davis and Joe Davis of Port Vale – while their father, Steve Davis, was manager of one of the teams (Crewe Alexandra).

In March 2014, Crewe chairman John Bowler (elected chairman in 1987) was honoured with the Contribution to League Football Award at The Football League Awards 2014. Dario Gradi had earlier won the same award, in 2011. In December 2014, it was announced that Bowler had, like Gradi (in January 1998), been awarded an MBE for services to football.

On 3 May 2014 Crewe ensured their place in League One with a 2–1 home victory over Preston North End ending the 2013–14 Season in 19th place four points above relegation.

Crewe started the 2014–15 season poorly, accumulating just four points from the first 11 League games. Some sustained runs of better results pulled the club out of the relegation places, but, needing a home draw against Bradford City to secure safety, Crewe lost 0–1 and had to rely on favourable results elsewhere to ensure League One football for another year, finishing two points above the bottom four in 20th position.

The following season started in a similar pattern, with the team winning just two of their first 15 league games, and crashing out of the FA Cup in the first round, defeated at Gresty Road by non-league Eastleigh, forcing Davis to defend his position as the 'right man' for the job. Crewe's relegation to League Two was confirmed following a 3–0 defeat at Port Vale on 9 April 2016, with five games remaining. After an initially promising start to the following season, Crewe's form slumped during the final months of 2016, and on 8 January 2017, Davis was sacked as Crewe manager, with former Crewe defender David Artell appointed his replacement. Under Artell, Crewe finished 17th, improving slightly to 15th position at the end of the 2017–18 season (on 5 May 2018 again fielding a starting 11 who were all Crewe Academy graduates), and then 12th at the end of the 2018–19 season.

After 36 years involvement with the club, Gradi, 78, announced his retirement from all positions at Crewe Alexandra on 7 October 2019. In February 2020, further changes to the club's board were announced with local businessman Stuart Whitby (of Whitby Morrison) and former Nantwich Town chairman Tony Davison joining the board following a £1.75m buy-out of majority shareholder Norman Hassall; the Railwaymen Supporters Society also raised £250,000, to earn the right for a Crewe fans' representative on the club's new board.

On the pitch, Crewe vied for promotion for much of the 2019-20 season, and were top of the table (ahead of Swindon Town on goal difference) when the football season was suspended on 13 March 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In April 2020, Crewe was one of several clubs to 'furlough' (put on temporary leave) players and staff in order to save money. On 9 June, Crewe's promotion to League One was confirmed, but Swindon were crowned League Two champions on the basis of average points per game. Artell was selected as League Two Manager of the Year in the League Managers Association Awards.





The Manager – David Artell



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Form Guide




Ipswich Last 5 Matches, currently in 3rd place with 19 points




10 Oct Blackpool 1 - 4 Ipswich Town


17 Oct Ipswich Town 2 - 0 Accrington


20 Oct Doncaster 4 - 1 Ipswich Town


24 Oct Lincoln City 1 - 0 Ipswich Town


27 Oct Ipswich Town 1 - 0 Gillingham





Crewe Alexandria Last 5 Matches, currently in 15th place with 10 points




10 Oct Crewe Alexandra 3 - 0 Wigan Athletic


17 Oct Crewe Alexandra 1 - 1 Blackpool


20 Oct Sunderland 1 - 0 Crewe Alexandra


24 Oct Doncaster 1 - 2 Crewe Alexandra


27 Oct Crewe Alexandra 0 - 1 Lincoln City






Marko's Caption Contest – THE DON CUP


Hi guys,

Caption comp officially cancelled for 2020/21 season. Too much hassle collecting scoring with other parties having more pressing issues. Please do carry on captioning the ref, the opposing manager etc as that’s always a chuckle, but The Don Cup hopefully resumes next season.

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Match Referee – Trevor Kettle



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IPSWICH TOWN 1 CREWE ALEXANDRIA 0

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Post by hallamblue » Wed Oct 28, 2020 10:04 pm

C’mon Town a good result Saturday please 👍

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Post by tangfastic » Thu Oct 29, 2020 10:08 am

I expect a win, but you can’t tell at the moment. I’d rather we blow this one and put in a good winning performance at Sunderland on Tuesday. Need to get that monkey of our back regarding not beating “top sides”.

Maybe Jackson will be available. I’m not sure how he’ll fit into the team, but we could do with extra firepower up front. Having said that, I think Hawkins is doing a good job without scoring. Jackson would be a useful option from the bench with his pace.

The midfield was too lightweight against Gillingham, so I’d expect Huws to come in for Lankester. But wouldn’t surprise me if Judge came in to the midfield three. Maybe time for Bennetts to start over Sears?

I’ll go for a 2-0 win. Much depends on getting the midfield balance right and how the two young CB’s cope (if they’re picked). It was a big call from Lambert to change both CB’s. I would assume it was mostly down to being more comfortable with the ball than Toto and Wilson. A big debate about whether Toto should be dropped, but didn’t see Wilson being dropped as well.

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Post by Bluemike » Thu Oct 29, 2020 11:16 am

I have a feeling he will stick with the Two CB'S, I also think Huws and Judge will be in for Lankester and Sears with Jackson on the bench.

We can't keep on securing clean sheets at home so we may well have to score Two to win it, chances need to be created and taken !! This may be trickier than it looks on paper but I still feel we will nick it, an early goal would be a bonus.

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Post by Andym » Thu Oct 29, 2020 12:45 pm

Not sure what Crewe are like these days.. They were always a footballing side in Dario Gradi's day, a real.find-them-and-sell-them club with gates of around 3000.

Not an easy game, not anticipating defeat. Could win by the odd goal but a draw wouldn't surprise me. 1-1 or 2-1 to Ipswich.
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Post by Bluemike » Thu Oct 29, 2020 1:40 pm

They won at Doncaster which tells you enough Andy.

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Post by Andym » Thu Oct 29, 2020 1:53 pm

Bluemike wrote:
Thu Oct 29, 2020 1:40 pm
They won at Doncaster which tells you enough Andy.
True enough. Let's hope for a win to keep the angry brigade away. Might sound odd coming from me but I'm not usually one calling for wholesale change. Wherever happens we've been better to watch this season. Youngsters in, they'll make mistakes. If we can start taking chances again the mistakes will matter less.

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Post by saint jude » Thu Oct 29, 2020 2:40 pm

Half expected to scroll down and see Dario Gradi as opposition manager, hell he was there long enough. Voted for us to win it. The Gillingham late victory would have boosted morale and with a home advantage you feel we can do this. Took a look at their last five game scores and wasn't perturbed to any great extent. We need to win, other scores at the top usually go against us, victories are all important if the team needs to hang in there.

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Post by Ando » Sat Oct 31, 2020 8:40 am

Can we keep another clean sheet? I think not having a goal scoring Centre forward is starting to concern me very slightly. Jackson and Norwood are back in training. Don’t get me wrong Hawkins has done ok but we need a threat in behind and currently PL doesn’t have that option.

First goal is always key for us because of our style once teams go ahead they defend deep allowing Town to play in front of them.

2-1 to Town as long as we score first.

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Post by Andym » Sat Oct 31, 2020 8:48 am

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Sat Oct 31, 2020 8:40 am
I think not having a goal scoring Centre forward is starting to concern me very slightly. Jackson and Norwood are back in training. Don’t get me wrong Hawkins has done ok but we need a threat in behind and currently PL doesn’t have that option.
It is a worry. Unfortunately I don't think Jackson will fare any better thsn anyone else if played as a lone striker. His main attribute is pace which takes him away from everyone else, usually down the channels. He could be a useful introduction playing wide but I suspect that's most likely to happen late on when we are chasing a game.

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Post by tangfastic » Sat Oct 31, 2020 9:04 am

If you look at the last few games - has Hawkins had many chances? His header of the line against Lincoln was only a half chance and was a great header. He hasn’t missed too many sitters. He’s doing a job holding up the ball and bringing the wide men and midfielders into play. We do have goalscorers in the team now like Edwards and Bishop on 5 and 4 apiece. When has Bishop become a regular scorer? Is it because someone like Hawkins allows these midfielders to get into box and have more space? And also Chambers and Nolan have scored a couple. Quite often when the ball comes into the box, Hawkins isn’t in the most advanced striker position because he’s involved in the earlier move and laying of the ball or tying up defenders - and it’s the others like Edwards, Sears, Bishop who are making runs in. I’d say the most wasteful has been Sears. If he’d taken his chances he could be on 5 goals. I’d give Bennetts-or even Lankester - a go instead of Sears.

But I agree that our striker not scoring is a concern. Mind you, we’re second highest scorers in the division... and we’re sharing the goals around.

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Post by tangfastic » Sat Oct 31, 2020 9:17 am

Andym wrote:
Sat Oct 31, 2020 8:48 am
Ando wrote:
Sat Oct 31, 2020 8:40 am
I think not having a goal scoring Centre forward is starting to concern me very slightly. Jackson and Norwood are back in training. Don’t get me wrong Hawkins has done ok but we need a threat in behind and currently PL doesn’t have that option.
It is a worry. Unfortunately I don't think Jackson will fare any better thsn anyone else if played as a lone striker. His main attribute is pace which takes him away from everyone else, usually down the channels. He could be a useful introduction playing wide but I suspect that's most likely to happen late on when we are chasing a game.
Agree with that. If he starts, he’s got to be provided with the right kind of ball to be effective. He’s not much good with his back to goal and in the air. Would like to see him tried out wide with Hawkins, but what we’d benefit from his pace, we could well lose out with lack of defensive nous. As said, more likely to be used from the bench, especially against a tiring defence.

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Post by Bluemike » Sat Oct 31, 2020 11:50 am

I think Hawkins has done a sterling job but he doesn't really look a goal threat and that is a concern while the rest are injured. Tang is spot on though, is it a coincidence others like Bishop are scoring freely with Hawkins in the team so maybe his worth is not as clear cut as just hitting the net, as we were told when we signed him, he has never been a goal scorer. It sounds like a witch hunt but again Tang is right, Sears wastes chance after chance so that is where the problem lies, I would actually like to see Jackson with his pace feeding off Hawkins.

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Post by marko69 » Sat Oct 31, 2020 2:48 pm

Big convincing win today at Portman Road. 2-0 HT, 5-0 FT........, let's see the promotion contenders convince Paul Lambert, and the fans that teams like Crewe shouldn't EVER ------->>> EVER <<<<------- be in the same league as Ipswich Town Football Club.

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Post by Ando » Sat Oct 31, 2020 3:01 pm

Bluemike wrote:
Sat Oct 31, 2020 11:50 am
, I would actually like to see Jackson with his pace feeding off Hawkins.
Jackson and Hawkins as a front 2 would mean a change in formation I can’t see that happening too often, we would have to play 3 5 2. I really can’t see us ever playing 4 4 2.

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Post by Kerry Blue » Sat Oct 31, 2020 3:10 pm

Judge in for Lankester the only change, Jackson on the bench.

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Post by Ando » Sat Oct 31, 2020 3:15 pm

Plenty on Twitter moaning about the change. Jack looked a little lost at times midweek, he is better wide for me. We still seem a little lightweight in midfield, Dozzell 1 game away from a suspension. Good to see Jackson on the bench.

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Post by saint jude » Sat Oct 31, 2020 3:18 pm

Can't get a starting line-up, have the teams been announced yet. Still another hour to game start I'd imagine some news of the team has been disclosed but will see what occurs when it's underway. Confident about today and feel we'll do it. Someone mentioned a 6 - 4 win over these in a home game a few years back, don't expect such an epic encounter this time around but so long as we score more than they do it'll be all mighty fine.

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Post by marko69 » Sat Oct 31, 2020 3:25 pm

saint jude wrote:
Sat Oct 31, 2020 3:18 pm
Someone mentioned a 6 - 4 win over these in a home game....
It was you, Saint. :lol: You going senile, buddy?!

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Post by Ando » Sat Oct 31, 2020 3:28 pm

saint jude wrote:
Sat Oct 31, 2020 3:18 pm
Can't get a starting line-up, have the teams been announced yet. Still another hour to game start I'd imagine some news of the team has been disclosed but will see what occurs when it's underway. Confident about today and feel we'll do it. Someone mentioned a 6 - 4 win over these in a home game a few years back, don't expect such an epic encounter this time around but so long as we score more than they do it'll be all mighty fine.
Same team as Tuesday apart from judge in for Lankester.

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Post by Ando » Sat Oct 31, 2020 3:33 pm

marko69 wrote:
Sat Oct 31, 2020 3:25 pm
saint jude wrote:
Sat Oct 31, 2020 3:18 pm
Someone mentioned a 6 - 4 win over these in a home game....
It was you, Saint. :lol: You going senile, buddy?!
The 6-4 is doing the rounds on social media.

https://twitter.com/ipswichtown/status/ ... 46501?s=21

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Re: Ipswich Town vs Crewe Alexandria Preview & Matchday Thread

Post by tangfastic » Sat Oct 31, 2020 3:50 pm

Would that be Judge as a number 10 or him playing deeper with Bish more advanced? Judge has always wanted to play number 10 - so if he does, I hope he takes his chance today. There’s a few players like Dobra who can’t get in the 18, so I hope he’s aware that there’s competition knocking on the door.

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Re: Ipswich Town vs Crewe Alexandria Preview & Matchday Thread

Post by hallamblue » Sat Oct 31, 2020 4:21 pm

We look far to lightweight in the middle to me .

Nice side Crewe are .
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Re: Ipswich Town vs Crewe Alexandria Preview & Matchday Thread

Post by Andym » Sat Oct 31, 2020 4:28 pm

Too many poor passes. Giving away possession.

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Re: Ipswich Town vs Crewe Alexandria Preview & Matchday Thread

Post by hallamblue » Sat Oct 31, 2020 4:34 pm

I think Crewe are head and shoulders above us for creativity , defending space when not in possession. Why the hell Judge even in that midfield I really don’t know. And Edwards non existent.

NB think we should be looking bro Nick Crewe’s coaching staff . They know what they’re doing . Don’t think it’ll be long b4 they score against us tbh .
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Re: Ipswich Town vs Crewe Alexandria Preview & Matchday Thread

Post by marko69 » Sat Oct 31, 2020 4:37 pm

hallamblue wrote:
Sat Oct 31, 2020 4:34 pm
I think crew are head and shoulders above us for creativity , defending space when not in possession. Why the hell Judge idd as in that midfield I really don’t know. And Edwards non existent.

NB think we should be looking bro Nick Crewe’s coaching staff . They know what they’re doing . Don’t think it’ll be long b4 they score against us tbh .
This post in itself should get Paul Lambert sacked.

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Re: Ipswich Town vs Crewe Alexandria Preview & Matchday Thread

Post by marko69 » Sat Oct 31, 2020 4:39 pm

4 shots on target to NIL ---> Crewe

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Re: Ipswich Town vs Crewe Alexandria Preview & Matchday Thread

Post by Bluemike » Sat Oct 31, 2020 4:51 pm

Totally outplayed from start to finish, outclassed in every department, created nothing. World class save from Holy kept us in it. I

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Re: Ipswich Town vs Crewe Alexandria Preview & Matchday Thread

Post by hallamblue » Sat Oct 31, 2020 4:51 pm

Town are chasing shadows . Very much second best so far .
We have absolutely no pace in the side . Very , very , very pedestrian in our build up . We rarely make meaningful forward passes - compare that to Crewe who are a very young side. I don’t think we’ve tested their back four at all in the whole half . Very poor by us.

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