Date: 13th November 2014 at 3:50pm
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The success of Ipswich Town football club has meant more Sky television and more international call-ups, yet is it damaging our chances of promotion?


As you may already know Jonathan Williams is likely to miss the best part of a month with the hip injury he incurred against Watford.

All the more painful perhaps because the player responsible for it Joel Ekstrand, was not sent off for a reckless challenge, in what was otherwise a fair encounter.

Mick McCarthy and Terry Connor will be hoping that the Town do not suffer for their successes on the international stage either because it is quite possible that Christophe Berre will come face to face with Daryl Murphy and David McGoldrick when Scotland take on Ireland in the European qualifying game tomorrow.

The Town squad is not as weak as last year it must be said but if we are vulnerable it is in attack because if either McGoldrick or Murphy incurs a long term injury between now and the end of the season, we will seriously struggle to replace their two pronged goal threat I would suspect.

Conor Sammon may run his heart out but that is about it. He won`t get us goals and with Jonathan Williams out for a month or more which will see his loan spell end almost before it began, the biggest challenge to us sustaining our form could well turn out to be our collective inability to score.

The truth of the matter is that the midfield simply do not get us enough goals and we must rely on defenders like Christophe Berre and Tommy Smith to wade in with a few to compensate for our lack of a goal threat from Cole Skuse, Luke Hyam and Jay Tabb.

Stephen Hunt has come close from time to time and I expect Teddy Bishop to break his duck too quite soon but if injuries hit upfront then we are woefully short of alternative fire-power.

We could of course recall Frank Nouble from his loan spell with Coventry – or give Darren Ambrose a game?

Kevin Bru might get us the odd goal but that is all I am afraid.

What we probably need is for Mick to look to the loan market in January and get another striker on our books, before the chance is gone.

Or better still ask Marcus to buy us one!

With the success that Mick and Co have had over the past two seasons isn’t it about time their efforts were rewarded with a financial inducement to keep the ship afloat?

 

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