If there was any lingering hope that Town could avoid the drop, after this defeat, it is surely now inevitable. The lack of a cutting edge up front was in evidence throughout, and in all honesty, the visitors should have been out of sight well before their late winner gave Wednesday all three points.
It was a third straight defeat for Ipswich Town but apart from their collective ineptness going forward the referee was again culpable with some bizarre decision-making throughout, which begs the question; when will the Blues get a half decent official?
It was Sheffield Wednesday’s Steve Bruce’s first game in charge of the Yorkshire club, and if Fernando Forestieri had taken just one of the bundle of goal scoring opportunities he was presented with then the visitors could have gone home with a landslide victory.
Town huffed and puffed but lacked any sharpness up from and German Collin Quaner had both Alan Judge and Freddie Sears playing in deeper roles either side of him but to little good effect. For the home fans, this was another disappointing display, not helped by referee Oliver Langford who persisted in antagonising the Portman Road faithful with some baffling decisions, that invariably went against the hosts.
In the end, it was a late goal for Reach stole in behind Myles Kenlock and squared the ball for Joao, who finished past Bialkowski with consummate ease.
Town were without both central defenders Luke Chambers and James Collins but at the end of the day it is up front were are really struggling. We lack any sort of intensity or belief going forward and Division One is where we are heading and has been for some time.
The Tractor Boys cannot blame referees for all this season’s hard luck stories but there is little doubt, they have certainly not aided our cause.
Ipswich Town: Bialkowski, Bree, Pennington, Nsiala, Kenlock, Skuse, Downes ( Harrison 90), Bishop (Chalobah 75), Sears, Judge, Quaner (Keane 56). Unused substitutes: Gerken, Nolan, Dozzell, Emmanuel.
Sheffield Wednesday: Westwood, Palmer, Lees, Hector, Fox, Hutchinson, Bannan, Reach, Boyd (Onomah 65), Forestieri (Aarons 86), Fletcher. Unused Substitutes: Dawson, Pelupessy, Thornley, Nuhiu.
Referee was Oliver Langford from the West Midlands.