Date: 22nd November 2015 at 3:35pm
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Manager Mick McCarthy pointed out afterwards in an interview with Steve Pearce on Ipswich Player that for the neutrals, this was an entertaining encounter and so it was.

Sadly however, for the Town faithful this was another massive anti-climax and another two points thrown away at home.

They say lightening doesn’t strike twice but in the blues case it does and with a number of them occurring at Portman Road!

If consistency is what you look for in a team then Town have it in abundance! We have now drawn five of our last six home games and if our way form was as poor as this, we would surely be much nearer the relegation zone than the promotion one.

It is hard to put your finger on why this is happening? We are able to take a lead and just as able to lose it so does it all boil down to poor concentration or perhaps, our inability to kill games off?

Yesterday was a good example of this. Jonathan Douglas got our noses in front after fine work by Freddy Sears and we then totally dominated proceedings until we gave away a needless corner.

Then on-loan Newcastle man Mike Williamson stabbed the ball back across the area where James Henry – who was a Town target during Paul Jewell`s time in charge – turned the ball home from a couple of feet.

Poor defending was what Mick McCarthy thought of it and he must have been even more horrified with the second Wolves strike, which effectively sealed the Tractor Boys fate.

It was with just fifteen minutes remaining that they got back on terms. Le Fondre sent over a cross from the right and Afobe rose highest to divert an unchallenged header past the helpless Dean Gerken from just a few yards.

We had had a minutes silence before the game for the tragic events that played out in Paris last weekend and a respectful round of applause for the late former blues keeper Martin Fullop on 21 minutes and as the clock ticked down on another disappointing home draw, there was yet more room for reflection and introspection.

What if Brett Pitman had have buried that header from another wonderful bit of improvisation from Freddie Sears when we were one goal to the good?

What if we could have stayed in front until the interval, having played some outstanding football in the first half in particular?

What if the defence could have remained focused and not given away two very needless goals?

There are lots of “what if’s” but until we work out just why it is happening, we will continue to be flummoxed.

It was good to see Daryl Murphy on the goal trail again but hugely disappointing to see how fragile our defence still is.


Frank Weston Editor of Vital Ipswich

 

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