Date: 5th March 2015 at 6:31pm
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In was another sad defeat last night to Leeds United and for the first time this season the blues have lost two in a row.

Although Town remain just six points off top spot, two losses in succession are the last thing either Mick McCarthy or Town supporters needed, coming at such a crucial stage of the season.

Missed opportunities have been the club’s downfall and once again last night the chance to close the gap on the leading pack was depressingly wasted once again.

Mick McCarthy persists in playing Luke Chambers out of position. He is a centre half any day of the week so why use him as a wing back? The reason is quite simple and that is to accommodate Tommy Smith in the team.

Sadly, he is even less of a wing back than Chambers but he too is used out of position as he is intrinsically a left sided player playing on the right side of a central defensive pairing, which makes our defence look even more lob-sided than ever!

McCarthy’s insistence on playing his favoured midfield trio of Skuse, Anderson and Tabb; along with Jonathan Parr means that the only creative midfield element in the team is Kevin Bru. JP is primarily a left back so once again he is being played out of position. Kevin Bru did not enter the fray until 61 minutes!

The old adage of round pegs in round holes is surely the right strategy but it would mean that our manager may have to drop Tommy Smith and this he seems loath to do.

Bartosz Bialkowski is not looking so good these days either but it may have more to do with the shaky defence in front of him as much as anything else!

We have to go way back to January 31st against Wigan in the 0-0 draw to find our last clean sheet so these are worrying times.

Last night at Elland Road our manager decided to change our front line. Out went Murphy and Sears and in came Varney and Woods.

Chris Woods did not look fully fit and although Varney got the ball in the net before it was disallowed for offside, he was hardly an inspiring debutante – although he tried hard.

Why Freddie Sears did not start is bewildering and if he had he may well have continued were he left off at Norwich.

It took him just two minutes from coming on to claw us back into the match with another goal and I think if he had started yesterday evening the outcome may have been different.

As for Daryl Murphy well it was probably the right call. He has been struggling a bit of late and missed the late penalty that might have got us a point so he is not firing on all cylinders.

Next up is Brentford and anything less than a victory at Portman Road and we are in very big trouble.

‘Whatever you do just don’t lose,’says Mick but after two games and zero points we need more than a draw this time for sure!

Frank Weston – Vital Ipswich

 

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