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Ipswich Win
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League 1 - Ipswich Town vs MK Dons Preview & Matchday Thread

Post by Frosty » Thu Aug 11, 2022 12:00 am

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Saturday 13th August 2022 – 15:00

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Mike’s Weekly Comments



Having opened the campaign with a hard fought draw at home to Bolton Wanders last weekend Town took to the road for the first time this season, a trip to Forest Green Rovers being the order of the day, a place we had never been before or indeed know very much about, FGR claimed their rightful place in League one following last seasons excellent achievement in winning the League Two title, so this was unknown territory for Town at a place which had all the makings of a classic upset, their first ever game at this level, a bumper crowd and the chance to take the scalp of One of the favourites for this season's league one crown, add to that confidence was high in the home sides camp after an opening day victory away to fellow new boys to league one Bristol Rovers.

It can only be said that Town started the game very brightly indeed and took the game to the home side virtually from the off, with the backing of a large travelling contingent the early signs were good with Town looking more than up to the task in hand. Early Town chances came and went with Edmundson and Harness failing to trouble the home keeper. Town continued to hold the upper hand and Morsy then Ladapo both had efforts at goal, the latter drawing a good save form the home keeper. Forest green were having moments of their own but nothing to trouble Christian Walton in the Town goal.

As the game moved closer to the interval it was Town who continued to look by far the more likely of the Two teams, next it was Conor Chaplin's turn to try his luck but again the keeper was up to the task, that sparked the home side into life and they were so close to grabbing a surprise lead but thanks to the efforts of Walton Town remained on level terms. It only served as a wake up call as Town charged up the other end and got the goal their dominance deserved, some neat play from Morsy & Davis set up Ladapo who's initial shot was blocked, however the ball fell kindly for Marcus Harness who swept home a lovely shot leaving the keeper stranded, it was no more than Town deserved having been well on top.



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Town's scorer tried his luck once more but again the keeper saved, however with the whistle about to sound their was nothing the Forest green defender or Goalie could do as Sam Morsy struck was an absolute beauty into the top corner from distance to double Town's lead on the stroke of half time. Some lovely footwork and lay off from Wes Burns teeing up his skipper who finished with aplomb leaving FGR with a massive uphill task in the second half.


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Town started the second half in similar vein with chances coming once more, Ladapo and Evans both trying their luck. Much to the surprise of virtually everyone in Blue thew game suddenly took a turn as the hosts got themselves back into the game, sub Little the architect as he found his way into the box following some poor defensive play by Leif Davis who lost his man, the initial shot was blocked by the impressive Walton but the follow up was turned home by March, suddenly it was game on.

The same player had the ball in the Town net again as the Rovers sensed Blood but thankfully the flag was already up for offside. It was quite a turnaround as Town were now very much on the back foot and hanging on and had it not been for a superb double save from Walton it would have been level. Town had been making changes in an effort to regain control and the arrival of Leigh, Aluko & TJJ seemed to do just that, the onslaught seemed to have been repelled and control restored as the game entered the final Quarter, suddenly chances were coming Town's way again and it was Forest green needing to do the last ditch defending, Kayden Jackson had also entered the fray and was looking very lively and a trouble to the home defence. Town survived a late scare as Cameron Burgess avoided a red card but the ridiculous Nine minutes of Injury time was dealt with very professionally as Town saw it out for a deserved if not somewhat tense first win of the season.

This week saw Town in action Tuesday evening in the Carabao Cup First Round when Colchester United (or should I say ITFC old boys) came to town, to say it didn't go to plan would be something of an understatement. I just don't get it when we change virtually the whole team from the off, yes these players need game time but surely five or six from the start and the rest coming on makes more sense.

It should be an opportunity for fringe players to stake a claim and impress the manager and in that regard they all failed miserably, it begs the question do we have as much strength in depth as we think we have? Personally I believe we do, just not when you throw them all together at once. Quite what Rekeem Harper was thinking is anyone's guess but again it's cost us big time. I just don't see what he brings to the squad and is definitely one I would be moving on ASAP. So that is our interest in this particular cup over and done with for another season, despite the stats showing that yet again we bossed it and contrived to lose the game to a team who had One shot on target, sounds familiar!!

Following Tuesday's cup action Town return to Portman Road looking for their first home League win of the season as MK Dons come to Town. Already it is a big game as a Town win would see us Seven points ahead of the Dons and bearing in mind they were in the play off's last season that is a good thing, if anyone knows how hard it is to make up this kind of deficit it is us so a win would be very important. The Don's have somewhat surprisingly started the League campaign with back to back defeats, firstly Cambridge Utd proved too good at home and then League One favourites Sheffield Wednesday took the points with a single goal victory. Hopefully confidence will be fragile and Town can take advantage, with another good sized crowd behind them and a similar showing as we produced against Bolton it could just be enough, Town still have plenty more improving to do and I can see this being close but ultimately a Town win.

I would like to see Town go with Greg Leigh at Left back for the League game as I feel he is quite a way ahead of Leif Davis and looks far more assured and composed, it is early days where the latter is concerned but for me the 1.6 Million price tag is looking extortionate, hopefully the lad will prove me wrong. Whoever takes to the field on saturday let's all get behind them and get the old ground rocking once more. COYB'S.




The Opposition – MK Dons Honours



League


Football League One

Runners-up: 2014–15

Football League Two / EFL League Two

Champions: 2007–08
Third-place (promotion): 2018–19


Cup


Football League Trophy

Winners: 2007–08

Berks & Bucks Senior Cup

Winners: 2006–07
Runners-up: 2005–06, 2017–18

Portimão Cup

Winners: 2004




The Manager – Liam Manning



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League Table


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Form Guide




Ipswich Town




30 Jul Ipswich Town 1 - 1 Bolton


6 Aug Forest Green 1 - 2 Ipswich Town




MK Dons



30 Jul Cambridge Utd 1 - 0 Milton Keynes


6 Aug Milton Keynes 0 - 1 Sheffield Wed




Head to Head



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Match referee – Carl Brook




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IPSWICH TOWN 1 MK DONS 0

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Re: League 1 - Ipswich Town vs MK Dons Preview & Matchday Thread

Post by hallamblue » Thu Aug 11, 2022 9:08 am

3-0 Town. MK not the team they were due to key players loss and hopefully we will have found out shooting boots .

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Post by Dazzz67 » Thu Aug 11, 2022 9:43 am

After Tuesday nights big top event I don't have too much faith in our bunch of clowns, but on a positive note I think they will get a grip and put in a decent performance. MK Dons have not had a good start but still a good team, they are not at the same level as last season but still no slouches.

Id love a win but a draw is the likely outcome here, sorry lads....

ITFC 2 MK Dons 2

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Re: League 1 - Ipswich Town vs MK Dons Preview & Matchday Thread

Post by Denny61 » Thu Aug 11, 2022 9:54 am

I think Saturday will be the Day our frustration at not finding back of nét will be unleashed...6 0 to town

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Post by BlueBalls » Thu Aug 11, 2022 10:00 am

1-1

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Post by valleyroad » Thu Aug 11, 2022 10:52 am

Important match to get a win and get a bit of momentum going in the league.
Also a home game against a team who have started poorly.
2-0 Ipswich

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Re: League 1 - Ipswich Town vs MK Dons Preview & Matchday Thread

Post by rossi » Thu Aug 11, 2022 12:13 pm

I've gone for a draw here - 0-0

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Re: League 1 - Ipswich Town vs MK Dons Preview & Matchday Thread

Post by arana peligrosa » Sat Aug 13, 2022 1:30 am

After every sh*t Cup score and elimination you'd expect the team to redeem themselves in the next League contest. Unfortunately it doesn't work that way for us and can see the traveling masses taking a point back from the trip over. Can't see them winning but we often find issue in finishing teams off.

Voted to draw, 2- 2 most likely. TWTD to have a meltdown if we don't win but it makes for some interesting reading if nothing else.

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Post by Kerry Blue » Sat Aug 13, 2022 12:00 pm

Today's the day we start scoring 🙏 3-1 Town.

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Re: League 1 - Ipswich Town vs MK Dons Preview & Matchday Thread

Post by Andym » Sat Aug 13, 2022 12:11 pm

We need an early goal then the confidence will flow. 3-1 win if we score in the first 20 minutes.

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Post by Shed on tour » Sat Aug 13, 2022 12:37 pm

0-0 draw.

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Post by Dazzz67 » Sat Aug 13, 2022 1:04 pm

Just a quick question, due to the heat will ref make them take a break during the halves to allow for hydration? If this the case can you see the attack timings be worked around this to maximise the advantage? (bit like F1 tactical pit stops).

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Post by mendipblue » Sat Aug 13, 2022 2:06 pm

Wish he would play Leigh and not Davis. Wolfie is back.

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Re: League 1 - Ipswich Town vs MK Dons Preview & Matchday Thread

Post by AzzurroMark » Sat Aug 13, 2022 2:07 pm

Team line ups;

Town: Walton, Donacien, Woolfenden, Edmundson, W. Burns, Evans, Morsy (C), Chaplin, Harness, Ladapo. (Assuming Davis has been missed on the official Town site)

Subs: Hladky, Burgess, Leigh, Edwards, Aluko, John-Jules, Jackson.

MK Dons: Cumming, Lewington (C), Tucker, O'Hora, Smith, Robson, Oyegoke, Johnson, Grant, Barry, Dennis.

Subs: Ravizzoli, Kemp, D. Burns, Lawrence, Ilunga, Devoy, Jules.

No real surprises there. No room for Keogh on bench.

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Post by BLUEBLOOD » Sat Aug 13, 2022 3:07 pm

1-0 Burns COYB

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Post by Kerry Blue » Sat Aug 13, 2022 3:18 pm

Good start nice goal but they missed an easy chance COYBs

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Re: League 1 - Ipswich Town vs MK Dons Preview & Matchday Thread

Post by JohnnyB » Sat Aug 13, 2022 3:28 pm

Lovely to see that scoreline - here’s hoping they keep that lead!

On another note, is it time to start taking Bristol Rovers seriously?

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Post by BLUEBLOOD » Sat Aug 13, 2022 3:30 pm

2-0 Harness COYB

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Post by BlueBalls » Sat Aug 13, 2022 3:32 pm

May I suggest Marcus Harness has Boncho Guenchevs old chant to the tune of No Limits by 2 Unlimited.

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Post by JohnnyB » Sat Aug 13, 2022 3:37 pm

Ipswich currently top of the league. Bristol Rovers second.

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Post by AzzurroMark » Sat Aug 13, 2022 3:43 pm

Bersant who? :lol:

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Post by BlueBalls » Sat Aug 13, 2022 3:47 pm

Leaf Davis looking much better. More like a conker than a leaf.

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Post by Kerry Blue » Sat Aug 13, 2022 3:49 pm

BlueBalls wrote:
Sat Aug 13, 2022 3:47 pm
Leaf Davis looking much better. More like a conker than a leaf.
Agree much better so far.

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Post by BLUEBLOOD » Sat Aug 13, 2022 3:51 pm

HT 2-0

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Post by marko69 » Sat Aug 13, 2022 3:54 pm

@ HT today, only Exeter City stand between Ipswich Town & Norwich City in the football league. Great stuff. Keep it going, chaps.

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Post by BLUEBLOOD » Sat Aug 13, 2022 4:23 pm

3-0 Chaplin

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Post by JohnnyB » Sat Aug 13, 2022 4:25 pm

Get in Conor! 3-0 - surely no way back for MK now

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Post by JohnnyB » Sat Aug 13, 2022 4:28 pm

Back to top of the league.

Norwood subbed off for Barnsley.

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Post by BlueBalls » Sat Aug 13, 2022 4:38 pm

Much more like it this week minus what I call the Woolfenden Drift where he gives away posession in dangerous areas!

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Re: League 1 - Ipswich Town vs MK Dons Preview & Matchday Thread

Post by AzzurroMark » Sat Aug 13, 2022 4:42 pm

Edwards, Aluko, John-Jules, Jackson

Fancy seeing that lot coming off the bench if you're a MK Dons defender! :lol:

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