Date: 3rd December 2016 at 6:31pm
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It is a very familiar tale, in what is becoming a hugely frustrating season so far for Ipswich Town football club.

Last week we rode our luck to defeat QPR at Portman Road. This week our luck evaded us, as a hotly disputed penalty gave the home side the lead after 31 minutes and the writing was already on the wall before the halftime whistle blew.

Mick McCarthy decided to announce his team fully 24 hours before kick off and on the other occasions he has decided to do this, the same result occurred. We lost!

Naming your team so far in advance of the game hands the advantage to your opponents and surely Lee Johnson must have been delighted to know the players his side would face so that he could construct a strategy to defeat us.

It was not only the defeat that was hard to take but the very manner in which we lost it. McCarthy decided to replace both Ward and Lawrence for Sears and Williams as we fell behind and yet both our holding midfielders Skuse and Douglas stayed on the pitch!

Now I could understand that mindset if we were looking to add to our scoreline but it makes little sense to do this when we are trailing by two goals!

Although McGoldrick hit the post before their second goal went in, we were always going to be up against it, once we went behind and his obsession of playing Douglas and Skuse together, reduces our capacity to create from midfield as we have seen so often before.

As the game and the points ebbed away from us once more, the Blues huffed and puffed but created very little in terms of an attacking threat and now we find ourselves back down to 16th place in the Sky Bet Championship once again.

As usual, manager Mick McCarthy tried to put a positive spin on things with his post match interview.

‘The difference between the two teams was a penalty and a worldly, that was the difference,’ he explained afterwards.

So it is back to the drawing board for the Tractor Boys and now we are nearer to those relegation places, than play-off places again.

Frank Weston – Editor of Vital Ipswich


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