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Ipswich Town vs Shrewsbury Town Preview & Matchday Thread

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Saturday 21st November 2020 – 15:00


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Pre-Match Thoughts - Mike



Time To Get Back To The Real Business........


Two disappointing Cup ties and One pointless & boring International weekend later and we turn our attentions back to what really matters, League One action and the quest for crucial league points as Town face having Three home games in the space of a week, that in itself gives us a great opportunity to cement our place among the leaders of the division and such has been our home form that there is no reason why we cannot get a good haul of points from these Three fixtures. High flyers Hull City & Charlton Athletic await but first we welcome struggling Shrewsbury Town to Portman Road as we strive to make it Six from Six on home soil.

The Shrews have now gone Six League games without a win, a run which see's them sitting Third from bottom of the table and just a single point above bottom sides Burton Albion & Wigan Athletic, they have however managed Two successive draws in their last Two outings to stop the rot, Burton & Swindon Town their opponents in those games, in fact Shrewsbury's victory at Wimbledon still remains their only League win to date, a stat which will need to change soon if they aren't to be cut adrift at the foot of the table.

As we all know though no game is a gimme and Town will need to be on it and not let complacency creep in, these are the games that have to be won, especially at home, so far we have been getting the job done in that respect and as this looks the easiest game of the Three on paper it would be so important to kick the week off with Three points. Casting one's eye over recent fixtures confirms what we already know, everyone can beat everyone, MK Dons turning over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, Crewe dumping leaders Peterborough, Swindon doing a job on Hull City, the list goes on and it really does put our slip ups into perspective in that it happens to everyone.

Just looking back to the Crawley game (if we must) and while the defeat was hardly unexpected given our team selection I found the fall out in some quarters rather bizarre, on the one hand nobody gave a toss about the result but on the other hand they had plenty to say about err.....the result. A few were upset at just how weak the line up was and that is possibly a valid point but can we really afford to risk losing any more players if we don't have to ? I am in the camp that agrees with the stance taken, much is made of our injury crisis and there is little point in taking silly chances with meaningless games of this nature, add to that those kids who did pull on the shirt did ok, some of the football was very neat and tidy at times, we just lacked something in the final third as their experience told in that department but all in all it will have done the boys no harm at all and a few of them really caught my eye.



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It has often been said that Town always return from breaks very sluggish and and off the pace, hopefully this nice long break will have a different effect this time around and we have a spring in our step, time will tell but an Eighty percent Town should have enough in the locker to see off Shrewsbury Town at home, that is not being disrespectful, just honest, with Five clean sheets out of Five at home a sixth would be quite something and hopefully enough to secure the win. If by the end of this Three game run we have accrued at least Seven points I will be very happy indeed and it would be a job well done. For now though its Shrewsbury that have to be beaten and I can see Town getting it down with a Two goal victory. Fingers crossed. COYB'S.



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Shrewsbury Town were formed in 1886, following the demise of first Shropshire Wanderers and later indirectly Castle Blues. The Blues were a rough team, leading to their demise after several games were marred by violence. The new team hoped to be as successful but without the notoriety. Press reports differ as to the date the new club was formed, The Eddowes Shropshire Journal of 26 May 1886 reported the birth of the club at The Lion Hotel, Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury. The Shrewsbury Chronicle reported the club's being formed at the Turf Hotel, Claremont Hill, Shrewsbury. It may be both accounts are true, with a get-together at The Lion being finalised at the Turf.

After friendlies and regional cup competitions for the first few seasons, Shrewsbury were founder members of the Shropshire & District League in 1890–91, later admitted to the Birmingham & District League in 1895–96. Many of the teams Town faced in the early days have vanished, however Shrewsbury met many of today's Football League and Conference teams, including Crewe Alexandra, Coventry City, Stoke City, Kidderminster Harriers and Stafford Rangers.

In 1910, Shrewsbury looked to move to a new ground, having spent early years at locations across the town, notably at Copthorne Barracks west of the town. The club moved to Gay Meadow on the edge of the town centre, within sight of Shrewsbury Abbey, and stayed 97 years.

Shrewsbury's Birmingham League days were mostly mid-table, with a few seasons challenging near the top, the club being league champions in 1922–23.

A move to the Midland Champions League in 1937–38 saw the club enjoy one of its most successful seasons, winning a league and cup treble. Shrewsbury were league champions, scoring 111 goals . In addition, the Welsh Cup was won following a replay, the team enjoyed a run in the FA Cup, and won the Shropshire Senior Cup.

After a run of good seasons in post-war years, Shrewsbury were admitted, alongside Scunthorpe United to the old Division 3 (North) of the Football League in 1950, after being Midland League champions in 1949–50, following the decision to expand from 88 to 92 clubs.
Shrewsbury gained their first promotion, to the Third Division, in 1958–59. They remained in the third tier 15 years, slipping back to Division Four at the end of 1973–74.

1960–61 season saw Shrewsbury Town reach the Semi Final of the League Cup. After beating Everton in the quarter-finals, they narrowly lost over two legs 4–3 on aggregate to Rotherham United. This era was also remembered for Arthur Rowley. He arrived from Leicester City in 1958, the club's first player/manager. During his playing and managerial career, he broke Dixie Dean's goal-scoring record, scoring his 380th league goal against Bradford City at Valley Parade on 29 April 1961. Retiring from playing in 1965 he remained manager until July 1968.

Shrewsbury were promoted to the Third Division in 1974–75 as runners-up, before another successful season in 1978–79, when they were league champions under Ritchie Barker and later Graham Turner. Over 14,000 fans packed Gay Meadow on 17 May 1979 to see Shrewsbury seal promotion with a 4–1 win over Exeter City. In addition, the club had their first run to the FA Cup quarter-finals, before a replay defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Turner is the team's most successful manager, winning the Third Division Championship in 1978–79 – his first season in charge – to take the club into the Second Division for the first time. They remained for ten years, although Turner departed for Aston Villa in 1984. Shrewsbury repeated their 1979 feat of reaching the quarter-final in 1981–82, defeating UEFA Cup holders Ipswich Town in the fifth round before defeat away to Leicester City.

The 1980s saw many big teams defeated by Shrewsbury, whose period in the old Second Division coincided with some of the current Premier League clubs. During the 1980s, Fulham, Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers, West Ham United and Chelsea lost to Shrewsbury Town. Middlesbrough were defeated at Gay Meadow at the end of 1985–86, Shrewsbury winning 2–1, relegating Middlesbrough, who went out of business and almost out of existence. The match was marred by violence from Middlesbrough fans, with many of them later having to return to Shrewsbury for court appearances.

In the early to mid-1980s the club enjoyed its most successful Football League run. Shrewsbury survived through the sale of players, with some to have played for Shrewsbury including Steve Ogrizovic, David Moyes, John McGinlay and Bernard McNally. They were relegated at the end of 1988–89 after ten years. In the Third Division, on 22 December 1990, Gary Shaw scored the quickest Town hat trick – 4 minutes and 32 seconds – against Bradford City at Valley Parade. At the end of 1991–92, three years after relegation to the Third Division, the club was relegated to the Fourth – the first time since 1975. However, two seasons later Shrewsbury won the new (fourth tier) Division Three championship under Fred Davies in 1993–94, and remained in Division Two (third tier) three seasons. Shrewsbury were not to rise any further, remaining mid-table before slipping down again at the end of 1996–97.

The 1990s saw Shrewsbury make their first appearance at Wembley as finalists in the 1996 Football League Trophy final. Shrewsbury lost 2–1 to Rotherham United; future Shrewsbury striker Nigel Jemson scoring both Rotherham goals. Davies was sacked at the end of the 1996–97 relegation season. Jake King arrived, following a successful reign at local rivals Telford United.

In the 1999–2000, Shrewsbury endured a poor season, with King being sacked in November as the club near relegation. Former Everton captain and Welsh international Kevin Ratcliffe was appointed manager and saved them from relegation to the Conference on the final day of the season with a 2–1 victory away to Exeter City.

Ratcliffe worked on improving the side. Former youth team and reserve player Luke Rodgers emerged as a regular goal-scorer, and with big names arriving at Shrewsbury, the team looked on the up, narrowly missing the 2001–02 league playoffs despite 70 points.

The 2002–03 saw Shrewsbury enjoy an FA Cup run. After dispatching non-league sides Stafford Rangers and Barrow, they won at home against Everton in the third round in front of 7,800, with two goals by Nigel Jemson. Chelsea were the fourth round visitors, in a televised match on BBC's Match of the Day. Town lost 0–4, with Gianfranco Zola the man of the match. A near capacity crowd of 7,950 turned up for Chelsea, but from then on, the side's form disappeared, picking up just two wins in the league thereafter. Seven points adrift at the bottom and having conceded 92 goals, the club contemplated the end of their 53 years in the league. Following angry demonstrations from fans, Ratcliffe resigned, and Mark Atkins took temporary charge for the club final League game, a 2–1 defeat to Scunthorpe United, who were coincidentally the first League opponents for Shrewsbury Town back in 1950.

Northwich Victoria manager Jimmy Quinn was appointed Shrewsbury manager in May 2003, with the aim of getting them promoted back to the Football League at the first attempt. With most of the previous year's players released, Quinn assembled a whole new squad, with experienced non-league players such as Darren Tinson and Jake Sedgemore being joined by Colin Cramb, Scott Howie and former League Cup finalist Martin O'Connor. The league title went to Chester City, but with 74 points, Shrewsbury finished third in the league and defeated Barnet in the playoff semi-finals to set up a playoff final against Aldershot Town, at the neutral venue of the Britannia Stadium, home of Stoke City. The two teams played out a 1–1 draw which went to a penalty shootout. Shrewsbury goalkeeper Scott Howie saved three consecutive Aldershot penalties and defender Trevor Challis scored the winning penalty.

Quinn departed 14 league games into the season, being replaced by former Preston manager Gary Peters, who preserved Shrewsbury's Football League status in the 2004–05 League Two campaign. Shrewsbury's plans to move ground came to fruition, as chairman Roland Wycherley ceremoniously cut the first sod of soil at the New Meadow in the summer of 2006.

Despite the departure of a then talented young goalkeeper and future England number 1 Joe Hart to Manchester City, Shrewsbury went on a 14-match unbeaten run in the 2006–07 season; following a 2–2 draw against Grimsby Town in the final League match to be held at Gay Meadow, they finished in seventh place and thus qualified for the play-offs, where they defeated Milton Keynes Dons in the semi-finals. The team lost to Bristol Rovers in the League Two play-off final on 26 May 2007 at the new Wembley Stadium in front of a record crowd for any 4th tier game of 61,589.

The club moved to the New Meadow stadium for the 2007–08 season. Peters left the club on 3 March 2008 by mutual consent, replaced by Paul Simpson, who led the club to an eventual 18th-place finish in the league. After the season, the kit manufacturer Prostar earned the naming rights of the stadium.

The 2008–09 season saw Shrewsbury reach the play-offs again with victory over Dagenham and Redbridge on the final day of the season. They faced Bury in the playoff semi-finals, winning on penalties with goalkeeper Luke Daniels making two saves to send Shrewsbury through 4–3 on aggregate. Shrewsbury lost 0–1 to Gillingham in the play-off final at Wembley Stadium on 23 May in front of 53,706, with a goal in the 90th minute by Gillingham's Simeon Jackson. On 30 April 2010, after a disappointing 2009–10 season, Simpson was dismissed as manager with two games remaining.

Graham Turner returned to Shrewsbury Town as manager in June 2010. The club finished the 2010–11 season in 4th place, finishing with 79 points and qualifying for the playoffs, missing automatic promotion by only 1 point. They lost 2–0 on aggregate in the playoff semi-final to Torquay United. The following 2011–12 season they finished 2nd on 88 points. They won 1–0 over Dagenham & Redbridge from a James Collins header on the penultimate game of the season to achieve promotion to League One after a 15-year absence. Shrewsbury exceeded expectations the following 2012–13 season and ultimately managed to seal League One safety with two games to spare of their first season back, a 1–0 win at home to Oldham Athletic. The beat relegated Portsmouth 3–2 on the final day to finish 16th on 55 points. The following season, a disappointing first half of the season saw Turner quit in January and relegation was confirmed after a 2–4 home defeat against Peterborough United.

In May 2014 ex-Fleetwood Town boss Micky Mellon was appointed manager. Town were promoted back to League One on 25 April 2015 with a 0–1 victory away to Cheltenham Town via Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro's goal. Mellon left for Tranmere Rovers in October 2016, and he was replaced by Grimsby Town manager Paul Hurst, with Shrewsbury bottom. In 2017–18, Hurst led Shrewsbury to the EFL Trophy, ultimately losing to Lincoln. He also led the team to the League One play-offs, but lost to Rotherham after extra time. Hurst left to join Ipswich Town on 30 May 2018. He was replaced by former Macclesfield boss John Askey, but he was sacked later that year in November having won just 5 of their opening 21 games. His successor, Sam Ricketts was appointed manager in December.

Last season Shrewsbury finished in 15th place





The Manager – Sam Ricketts



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Form Guide





Ipswich Last 5 Matches – currently in 3rd place with 22 points



20 Oct Doncaster 4 - 1 Ipswich Town


24 Oct Lincoln City 1 - 0 Ipswich Town


27 Oct Ipswich Town 1 - 0 Gillingham


31 Oct Ipswich Town 1 - 0 Crewe Alexandra


3 Nov Sunderland 2 - 1 Ipswich Town





Shrewsbury Last 5 Matches – currently in 22nd place with 8 points



24 Oct Shrewsbury 1 - 2 Rochdale


27 Oct Fleetwood 1 - 0 Shrewsbury


31 Oct Peterborough 5 - 1 Shrewsbury


3 Nov Shrewsbury 1 - 1 Burton Albion


14 Nov Shrewsbury 3 - 3 Swindon Town





Match Referee – Tim Robinson



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IPSWICH TOWN 2 SHREWSBURY 0

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Post by tangfastic » Tue Nov 17, 2020 11:49 am

I suppose the danger of this one is that we focus too much on Hull and Charlton .... and take Shrewsbury for granted. It should be three points, though. I’m sure Shrewsbury will have done their homework on us and will try and squeeze the midfield and let our defence have plenty of the ball. Based on his performance at Pompey, I’d give McGavin the Dozzell deep-lying midfield role. And also because Huws just looks way off the pace. Wouldn’t surprise me to see Lankester or Judge in the midfield, though, alongside Bishop and Nolan. We need to start better than the last few games.... all of Pompey, Sunderland and Crewe have seized the initiative at the start of the games. Not sure if Norwood is fit enough to start the game so we’ll probably see Hawkins start.

A 2-0 win sounds about right, but not totally convinced by how we’re playing yet and Shrewsbury could be a banana skin if we’re still sluggish.

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Post by rossi » Tue Nov 17, 2020 1:19 pm

I am still nowhere near convinced that things with the club are any different from this time last season - so on that basis and considering this game comes on the back of a long break I also am predicting a 2-0 result...…..but not to us.

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Post by hallamblue » Tue Nov 17, 2020 1:46 pm

I think we'll scrap a win Saturday , but don't think we will beat the likes of Charlton and Hull , who are flying atm.

We simply don't appear to have the fire power in front of goal,and if our midfielders aren't chipping in, who else will score the goals right now? Even Jackson has made this comment in the media this week. So something has to change once we cross that half way line with the ball.

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Post by marko69 » Tue Nov 17, 2020 2:01 pm

A defeat in this one will have Derick logging on as a different user. Got to be a win.
2-0 Ipswich Town.

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"The Hollywood phone has stopped ringing for Sean Penn and he's forced to work in soccer......, and he f**kin' hates soccer"

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Post by saint jude » Tue Nov 17, 2020 3:53 pm

They're probably still bitching about taking Paul Hurst from them, in hindsight they should have damn well kept him - there was a certain level of animosity between fans for a time but guess we've moved on a bit since then. Their last five game sequence is poor, I'd expect to beat them, but there's no guarantees with this club and there's always some incompetent half-wit game official waiting in the wings just ready to spoil events or make continued errors and misjudgment. This is a good opportunity for three points but feel somehow it's not going to be as straight forward as one would suggest.

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Post by number 9 » Tue Nov 17, 2020 7:21 pm

I bet it'll be the veritable 0-0, then we'll lose against Hull/Charlton and we'll drop out of the playoffs and the cycle of last season will begin again. Just joking! Seriously though, we need to come out of the gates flying and beat the Shrew out of Shrewsbury! I'm going with a very tight 1-0.

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Post by marko69 » Tue Nov 17, 2020 8:40 pm

Very unusual photo of Portman Road up there. Looks good. Or "great" to keep in line with the word of the season. Wonder if anyone in So'Fuk has that framed on a wall.

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Post by marko69 » Tue Nov 17, 2020 8:46 pm

hallamblue wrote:
Tue Nov 17, 2020 1:46 pm
.....the likes of Charlton and Hull......
Just having time to read posts more clearly. Those six words are deafening eh? :shock:

Who would've predicted that one day, Ipswich fans would refer to Charlton & Hull as "the likes of" ?

Hopefully its not the likes of Forest Green Rovers in the near future.

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Post by Andym » Tue Nov 17, 2020 11:23 pm

3- 0 win. No problem.

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Post by hallamblue » Wed Nov 18, 2020 1:23 pm

marko69 wrote:
Tue Nov 17, 2020 8:46 pm
hallamblue wrote:
Tue Nov 17, 2020 1:46 pm
.....the likes of Charlton and Hull......
Just having time to read posts more clearly. Those six words are deafening eh? :shock:

Who would've predicted that one day, Ipswich fans would refer to Charlton & Hull as "the likes of" ?

Hopefully its not the likes of Forest Green Rovers in the near future.

Hopefully I won’t witness it. Lol

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Post by marko69 » Wed Nov 18, 2020 1:48 pm

hallamblue wrote:
Wed Nov 18, 2020 1:23 pm
marko69 wrote:
Tue Nov 17, 2020 8:46 pm
hallamblue wrote:
Tue Nov 17, 2020 1:46 pm
.....the likes of Charlton and Hull......
Just having time to read posts more clearly. Those six words are deafening eh? :shock:

Who would've predicted that one day, Ipswich fans would refer to Charlton & Hull as "the likes of" ?

Hopefully its not the likes of Forest Green Rovers in the near future.

Hopefully I won’t witness it. Lol
When you read half time reports from Portman Road saying “Crewe are quite useful, they look good......” It’s not uplifting. Gets you thinking, “Is it Ipswich that are making these teams look useful?”

But because (my opinion) other clubs regard Ipswich as “cup finals”, that’ll definitely add a difficulty aspect to things and probably the only excuse that’s plausible.
Only example would be Hibs beating Rangers at Ibrox 3-1 one week, then drawing with Alloa at Easter Road the next. That happened, so 🤷‍♂️

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Post by hallamblue » Wed Nov 18, 2020 4:08 pm

That's the problem the Town players are facing though isn't it marko. Every game is the opponents "cup final" and they do raise their game against us . PL alluded to this last season and said we, (the players) have to learn to deal with it . Problem is the players didn't, and I'm not sure they are this season (against the better sides)

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Post by Bluemike » Wed Nov 18, 2020 8:35 pm

marko69 wrote:
Wed Nov 18, 2020 1:48 pm
hallamblue wrote:
Wed Nov 18, 2020 1:23 pm
marko69 wrote:
Tue Nov 17, 2020 8:46 pm


Just having time to read posts more clearly. Those six words are deafening eh? :shock:

Who would've predicted that one day, Ipswich fans would refer to Charlton & Hull as "the likes of" ?

Hopefully its not the likes of Forest Green Rovers in the near future.

Hopefully I won’t witness it. Lol
When you read half time reports from Portman Road saying “Crewe are quite useful, they look good......” It’s not uplifting. Gets you thinking, “Is it Ipswich that are making these teams look useful?”

But because (my opinion) other clubs regard Ipswich as “cup finals”, that’ll definitely add a difficulty aspect to things and probably the only excuse that’s plausible.
Only example would be Hibs beating Rangers at Ibrox 3-1 one week, then drawing with Alloa at Easter Road the next. That happened, so 🤷‍♂️
The thing is Marko, we beat Crewe, league leaders Peterborough lost to them

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Post by hallamblue » Thu Nov 19, 2020 11:14 am

Strangely enough I think our defence is doing quite well this season. It our attack ( goal scoring threat) that's our downfall...or to be more correct, if we could score goals like Posh we would probably be promoted "no problem".

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Post by Bluemike » Thu Nov 19, 2020 11:52 am

The thing is, I thing we are the Fifth top scorers in the division, Three of those teams who have scored more have played a game more and all this with no Norwood, Jackson, Drinan and at times Hawkins, we played 2 or 3 games with no proper striker on the pitch, I think we're doing OK in truth.

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Post by hallamblue » Thu Nov 19, 2020 1:51 pm

Yes we have had virtually no strikers have we. So perhaps in hind sight we aren't doing too badly ….I didn't realise we were that high in league of scoring goals. I just wish Norwood would get fit and show what he can do at this level. I still think we are better with those two as a pairing somewhere in the "3 up front" set up.

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Post by tangfastic » Thu Nov 19, 2020 4:53 pm

Is the real problem the strikers? Could it be we’re not making enough chances? Too much possession in the wrong areas of the pitch. I can’t remember Hawkins missing too many sitters. His main problem is he is too immobile and can’t create for himself, but then again has contributed for others. We’ve been actually quite clinical in many games. Don’t create that many clearcut chances, but we put a fair percentage away. Can’t remember which game but we scored 4 out of only 5 chances. I think the finishing has been pretty good and shared around the team more than last year.

I think the main problem is linking play from defence more quickly.... and being too lightweight in midfield. The midfield is the area, for me, to improve. Downes would stiffen it up and balance it better. And we need more pace on the flanks other than Edwards.

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Post by Andym » Thu Nov 19, 2020 7:13 pm

tangfastic wrote:
Thu Nov 19, 2020 4:53 pm
Is the real problem the strikers? Could it be we’re not making enough chances? Too much possession in the wrong areas of the pitch. I can’t remember Hawkins missing too many sitters. His main problem is he is too immobile and can’t create for himself, but then again has contributed for others. We’ve been actually quite clinical in many games. Don’t create that many clearcut chances, but we put a fair percentage away. Can’t remember which game but we scored 4 out of only 5 chances. I think the finishing has been pretty good and shared around the team more than last year.

I think the main problem is linking play from defence more quickly..
.. and being too lightweight in midfield. The midfield is the area, for me, to improve. Downes would stiffen it up and balance it better. And we need more pace on the flanks other than Edwards.
I think we did that at the start of the season. Less so more recently.

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Post by hallamblue » Thu Nov 19, 2020 7:17 pm

I think most of our goals have come from midfield, mainly due to injuries to all our first choice strikers. I totally agree with you re Hawkins and I agree we are far too slow building from defence. It’s painful to watch really. We have most of our possession in our own half, once it gets the half way line, the midfield tend to lose it before they can feed the strikers. And the reason for that is the opponents are just sitting back waiting for us to get to their half. We are so bloody SLOW and one paced. There’s very little speed play, making it very easy for opponents to defend against us I feel.

You’d hope the likes of Nolan would be capable of bolstering the midfield. As for Downes, I honestly wouldn’t hold my breath on h8m pulling on a Town shirt again. By the time he’s fit, the Jan window will be here and PalArse will no doubt try again. He’s gone in mind and body as far as being a Town player is concerned I feel. He has no interest in staying at this Club. So if we need bolstering in midfield and the likes of Nolan or Huws can’t d9 it, then we need to look elsewhere , now, in preparation for the Jan window.

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Post by tangfastic » Fri Nov 20, 2020 10:34 am

hallamblue wrote:
Thu Nov 19, 2020 7:17 pm
I think most of our goals have come from midfield, mainly due to injuries to all our first choice strikers. I totally agree with you re Hawkins and I agree we are far too slow building from defence. It’s painful to watch really. We have most of our possession in our own half, once it gets the half way line, the midfield tend to lose it before they can feed the strikers. And the reason for that is the opponents are just sitting back waiting for us to get to their half. We are so bloody SLOW and one paced. There’s very little speed play, making it very easy for opponents to defend against us I feel.

You’d hope the likes of Nolan would be capable of bolstering the midfield. As for Downes, I honestly wouldn’t hold my breath on h8m pulling on a Town shirt again. By the time he’s fit, the Jan window will be here and PalArse will no doubt try again. He’s gone in mind and body as far as being a Town player is concerned I feel. He has no interest in staying at this Club. So if we need bolstering in midfield and the likes of Nolan or Huws can’t d9 it, then we need to look elsewhere , now, in preparation for the Jan window.
If Downes does go - then I hope it’s not a long drawn out affair. And I’d replace him with a similar type. We’ve been stockpiling midfielders for years but too many lack quality, real bite and are injury-prone. We lose too many midfield battles.

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Post by tangfastic » Fri Nov 20, 2020 11:00 am

Two more mystery injuries in training this week. The plot thickens.

https://www.eadt.co.uk/sport/ipswich-t ... -1-6938022

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Post by hallamblue » Fri Nov 20, 2020 12:43 pm

I give up with us and injuries now tbh. It’s just ridiculous. Two weeks off and we still pick up injuries. Good job we’ve got a squad the size it is then. Done one commented that KVY still isn’t even training with the squad . How long for it take to sort an Achilles problem out with the medical team they’ve got? He’s been out a year now .

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Post by hallamblue » Fri Nov 20, 2020 12:44 pm

tangfastic wrote:
Fri Nov 20, 2020 10:34 am
hallamblue wrote:
Thu Nov 19, 2020 7:17 pm
I think most of our goals have come from midfield, mainly due to injuries to all our first choice strikers. I totally agree with you re Hawkins and I agree we are far too slow building from defence. It’s painful to watch really. We have most of our possession in our own half, once it gets the half way line, the midfield tend to lose it before they can feed the strikers. And the reason for that is the opponents are just sitting back waiting for us to get to their half. We are so bloody SLOW and one paced. There’s very little speed play, making it very easy for opponents to defend against us I feel.

You’d hope the likes of Nolan would be capable of bolstering the midfield. As for Downes, I honestly wouldn’t hold my breath on h8m pulling on a Town shirt again. By the time he’s fit, the Jan window will be here and PalArse will no doubt try again. He’s gone in mind and body as far as being a Town player is concerned I feel. He has no interest in staying at this Club. So if we need bolstering in midfield and the likes of Nolan or Huws can’t d9 it, then we need to look elsewhere , now, in preparation for the Jan window.
If Downes does go - then I hope it’s not a long drawn out affair. And I’d replace him with a similar type. We’ve been stockpiling midfielders for years but too many lack quality, real bite and are injury-prone. We lose too many midfield battles.
Absolutely 100% agree with you Tang. I just want us to offload him now because he doesn’t want to stay . So let’s cash in and move on .

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Post by Bluemike » Fri Nov 20, 2020 4:23 pm

2 more injuries and only 12 players training the morning of the Crawley game and yet fans who know best question Lambert, hilarious.

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Post by number 9 » Fri Nov 20, 2020 6:28 pm

Bluemike wrote:
Fri Nov 20, 2020 4:23 pm
2 more injuries and only 12 players training the morning of the Crawley game and yet fans who know best question Lambert, hilarious.
Exactly! I think Lambert is 'ambitious' about having fit players for league games. :)

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Post by Kerry Blue » Sat Nov 21, 2020 3:16 pm

It looks like Hawkins and Edwards were the two new injuries, I just hope the side he's put out is good enough today.😬

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Post by Bluemike » Sat Nov 21, 2020 3:18 pm

Great, Sears back in, not as easy as I was expecting it to be.

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Post by saint jude » Sat Nov 21, 2020 3:24 pm

I'm not going to fit any game official appointments into the equation. Yes we've had our share of lousy names and decisions but it's up to us to perform out there and beat what's expected to be a home victory today. Can't afford many more slip ups the further we fall behind the leading pack the harder it will be to remain in position and challenge the automatic promotion places. If the team doesn't go up now by end of season particularly with no other distractions or excuses to hold the club back then Lambert can go. You'd believe many would have drawn on the conclusion also.

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Post by hallamblue » Sat Nov 21, 2020 4:06 pm

Shrews penalty inside 3 mins . Effing brilliant start Town
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