Date: 19th March 2018 at 5:34pm
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It could be argued that Town did not disgrace themselves at Bristol City on Saturday and certainly in the first half, looked to be the more dominant but the lack of goals and lack of end product is the reason most of us feel so dissatisfied right now.

Town have drawn blanks in their last three encounters and at this moment in time, it is hard to see where the goals are going to come from? Our lack of creativity in midfield is part of the problem but our attack seems very goal shy and rather toothless these days too.

I would argue that football is probably 40% technical ability and 60% confidence and this appears to be a collective responsibility.

Like an illness that spreads through the squad, the longer a side lacks self-belief the worse it gets and at the moment it is hard to imagine it getting much worse than it is now.

Injuries to two of our four main strikers has not helped but given our current goal drought, what has manager Mick McCarthy to lose by experimenting with Ben Morris Aaron Drinan and Ben Folami up front?

They surely could not do much worse than what we have at the moment!

Sadly, Freddie Sears seems to have forgotten how to score goals and he has become so unselfish that even when he is in a goalscoring position he is always on the lookout for someone to pass to and that’s a sure sign he has lost the art.

Martyn Waghorn is still our top goal scorer this season with 12 Championship goals to his name but his form has seriously dipped of late and he appears to be snatching at things these days.

At the beginning of the season we were so much more adventurous going forward and although our defence was leaking more, the entertainment value was significantly better than it is now.

Obviously the toxic atmosphere at Portman Road must be impacting on the players at home and as former Blue hero Alex Mathie alluded to on Final Whistle on Radio Suffolk, players are affected by the reactions of the crowd for good or for bad.

We are stuck in the middle of the table and we are not going up or indeed going down – which I guess is better than nothing but only just, after the start we made.

Whether manager Mick McCarthy finally slings his hook might depend on the next few matches but Alex Mathie is convinced he is probably already on his way.

Frank Weston – Editor of Vital Ipswich

 

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