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Ipswich v Norwich of the North

In Ipswich Town, Jimmy Juan, Reading, Sheffield Utd on January 14, 2006 at 6:48 pm

Ipswich Town were very unlucky not to have won today against Sheffield Utd at Portman Road. A late equaliser robbed us of the 3pts. the referee wasn’t bad but he didn’t keep up with play and missed the clear foul on Lee which would have meant a free kick to us rather than Norwich of the North.

Oh well I feared the worse before the game and I had predicted a3-1 win to Sheffield. However they were rather disappointing . I have seen most clubs in the Championship now and clearly Reading are the best side. I am not sure about Sheffield they are well clear in 2nd place and should go up but they rely heavily on some experienced hard men . I hope someone else catches them – in fact anyone apart from Norwich of course! What is it with Warnock has he got a screw loose?

At the end of the game he stormed on to the pitch and headed toward the North Stand where he got plenty of abuse for his dirty tactics. In fact I think he may well end up in hot water with the FA for his strange behaviour. Richard Naylor had to be restrained for politely telling him where to go.

Anyway this was a good game capped by a great goal from Jimmy Juan from a free kick – an unstoppable shot went in of the cross bar and bounced up into the net. Look out for this goal it was a cracker. The Sheffield goal they scored was rather fortunate – poor defending and a soft goal to give away. Having said that Sheffield could have been 2-0 up at half time. However second half we finally went to a 4-4-2 formation bringing on Danny Haynes to partner Alan Lee on his debut and we looked on top.

What a pity not to get the three points we deserved.

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Ipswich Town v Reading

In Ipswich Town, Reading on November 24, 2005 at 9:32 pm


Ipswich Town 0 Reading 3. I was at Portman Road on Tuesday night for a game I expected we would lose but not in the manner of a comprehensive thrashing. Our formation of 4 – 4 – 1- 1 was a surprise. I really felt this was surrendering our home advantage by not playing both Parkin and Forster up front.

After Reading scored their first goal and Parkin had limped off we changed formation bringing on Wilnis as centre half and sending Naylor up front to partner Forster in a 4-4-2 . For the only period in the game we matched Reading. However throughout the game the side constantly gave the ball away, never got any width and looked slower to the ball.

3-0 was a flattering score line to Town. Confidence after this game must be at rock bottom. There is a real possibility that this side could drift into a relegation dogfight. This is the worst Town side I have seen for many years.

We lack any kind of goal threat. Midfield is full of ponderous slow coaches. I am afraid Jim Magiliton as great a servant as he has been for Town has stayed on one season to much and his legs are gone. Darren Currie is a bit of a luxury player. He has no pace, he can beat a player with some skill but unless you have several workhorses in midfield then he looks lazy. Horlock again is average and he really is part of the dead wood that needs clearing out. McEveley has no ball control plays like a centre back out of position as a wing back and as a result looks like a donkey. De Vos has no pace and is being caught out time and time again.

What assets do we have in the first team ? Hard to pick many out though I would say Sito Castrohas impressed. Both the goalkeepers Price and Supple will improve. Naylor gives 100% .
Both Westlake and Bowditch will return to form we hope! Owen Garvan is going to be a star.

Its not all doom if we can survive this season then the future is bright. There is some terrific potential in the Reserves and Youth side. Billy Whizz Clarke can’t be far away from a first team place even though he is only about 17-18 years old.

Things are desperate at Portman Road it isn’t any fun going there this season.