Last night it was back to the bad old days when the Tractor Boys were toothless upfront and there were few – if any, stand out performances. Now more recently we have seen an upsurge in form and points. This took us all the way back to the top of the table, but sadly it was very short-lived, and yesterday evening we were reminded that if we are to succeed in League One, then we have to do a lot better than this!
If this was a school report it would not make very good reading and it is all very well Kayden Jackson admitting that “We were not at the races” but over the season as a whole, this has occurred far too often. Judging by our performance in Yorkshire yesterday, any scholar of this particular sport would suggest that improvement is required in all departments.
Now I know Mick Mills said that now we have a settled TEAM we should stick with it but I believe that things need freshening up a bit because a lot of the players seemed void of ideas and inspiration, and when we look to our squad as a whole, I think there is enough versatility in it to fine-tune a little. Mills also suggested that he would consider it satisfactory if we got three draws from our next three games; against Rotherham, Peterborough and Sunderland, rather than to fall back into the losing habit. Sadly, we already have! Of course, a win against Peterborough on Saturday at Portman Road, and a draw away against The Lads would glean us even more points than that, but this is now unlikely to occur, and as we fall out of those automatic promotion places again, we see behind us a host of clubs both in form and with games in hand.
Some changes on Saturday will probably be enforced. Emyr Huws came off with an ankle injury last night so Jon Nolan is likely to get a start. Manager Paul Lambert might be tempted too to bring back Tomas Holy, and I hope he does. His goal kicking is effortless and he has not done much wrong so far. In fact, at the beginning of the campaign when we seemed to be picking up points from everywhere, Holy went five games without conceding a goal. Personally, I am not at all surprised that Wolves don’t want Will Norris back!
F.W. – editor of Vital Ipswich