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|Ipswich Town v Gillingham Your Report added by Sospiri at 16:06:50|
I don't know that Ive ever seen a more one-sided game of football. Great to see Huws strolling around and controlling the game. He's like a Rolls Royce. And Dobra - another livewire cameo. Lets have him on the bench for League games from now - he will quickly become a fans favourite.
|Ipswich Town v Gillingham Your Report added by Steve_ITFC_Sweden at 05:31:43|
Pretty much agree with all of the above, except I thought Kenlock did ok - he made one or two runs on the left and put in a couple of crosses if my memory serves me right. Agree about the passing - better than the A team, although against poor opposition Thoroughly entertaining match. PL said he’s never seen a team dominate for 90. We weren’t far off last night!
|Ipswich Town v Gillingham Your Report added by rickw at 23:40:13|
They never troubled us, and every time we got the ball to the feet of our front 5 you felt we could score.
Unfortunately Donacien and Kenlock offered nothing going forwards so I can't see them getting back into our league starting XI. Huws showed his class first half, El Mizouni grew into the game and seemed to be running it at the end.
You can see Dobra loves runnning at players, but was also intelligent enough to play the first time through ball for Keane's goal
|Ipswich Town v Gillingham Your Report added by Palestine at 22:58:53|
Best match I've seen so far this season (on IFollow)! Best passing so far. Dobra looks an amazing player - so positive! El Mizouni also looks very good. FInally I thought Tommy Hughes looks like a young Jack Wiltshire - so composed on the ball. Donacien and Kenlock a bit disappointing with their passing.
|Fleetwood Town v Ipswich Town Your Report added by Mullet at 19:33:33|
On the Fylde coast Holy walked towards the adoring terrace all smiles, then he lost his bottle. It tumbled to the turf as the big Czech took up his position in the net, and we all saw the funny side of that particular spill. Chambers the central strut of another three man defence. Wilson was the boy on the beach side of defence and in harmony with the Woolf the other side of the skipper. Skuse and Downes were flanked by Garbutt and KVY as Nolan sat in the hole behind Norwood and Jackson.
In an era where formations as numbers are being replaced by an affected harking back to W’s and M’s, it’s hard to know if Lambert’s 3-4-1-2 was inspired by the home side’s 3-4-3, or merely alphabet soup for Joey Barton to nurse himself with later tonight.
It was a first half with little football and lots of incidents, deciding the game by increment. The man officiating it, helped build into the scene set by a narrow pitch, ill-fitting stands and low terraces that didn’t manage to line the pitch completely. Grey Northern climate and grey-haired majorities within the 1000 or so travelling, helped tick boxes of all the warning signs about what this league might be like.
Some songs started. Some died quicker than others. It was a war of attrition on and off the pitch to really set the tie alight. Holy collected many backpasses and the odd cross. It was clear the Cod army were looking to sink us under set pieces and dark artistry, as the corners and studs came in waves and from all angles.
They are side made of old Blades and scrap iron. Evans the main focal point in every sense and the once crippled Coutts patrolling the centre circle. Josh Morris and inverted attacking midfielder cutting in from the inside right and Paddy Madden the star substitute who rarely shone today. But it was the Welshman who garnered the most attention from fans and defenders alike.
Chambers' ability to judge a tackle today kept Ched detained. Three times the skipper cut out his attacking intentions on goal, the more audacious appeals became didn't matter, they fell on deaf ears. Abuse at every opportunity rained down from some behind the goal, especially when Evans went in on Skuse studs high, morals low, and blood up as the lack of card was at odds with the rest of the officiating.
Norwood earned the first of many bookings for Town. Somehow remaining peripheral despite being front and centre, the striker had little joy against Souttar. The starlet defender resembling a gigantic toddler with and without the ball. Coming deep he slid in behind needlessly on a midfielder and gave away a freekick.
From the second attempt their other big baby at the back Dunne missed his cue and fell over, before the ball was kicked and he was meant to pretend he had been also. Wilson told him and the ref how it was. We joined in.
Coutts soon studded Nolan in a wasted attack as Town looked to make a rare break forward. The man playing as a 10, often occupied an 8’s position. Dropping deep into the gap Skuse left as he looked to retrieve the ball. Town had a tactical pendulum in the cross-field movement on and off the ball. When KVY went forward Garbutt didn’t and vice versa. It was the two wingers who promised the most but failed to deliver.
The new boy didn’t look himself all half, but did manage two wonderful stepovers, before a final touch took it away from him in disappointing style. His other big moment saw him put a certain own goal the right side of Holy’s post, at the last minute and at speed.
Garbutt received two good chances. When Woolfenden picked him out cross field in a Danish style, the loanee sprang forward and cut in. The defence were haemorrhaging position and presence as he skittled his shot past a gaping goal mouth. The next time he would be in such a good position his cross would land too close to Norwood and in a rare touch toward goal, the striker punched his header towards the rafters rather than the roof of the net.
Town were no strangers to incurring the wrath of the ref, the home fans or the spirits of the game. Downes in a performance where neither midfield saw enough of the ball as it travelled between defences put Skuse in trouble. Where earlier the elder man had found the sideline with his slide, this time he was forced to fell his man for a deserved and obvious caution.
It was a poor half, a poor spectacle and a poor part of the country where warmth was all in the hospitality of the home fans and not the game plan of their side. Town emerged for the second half with young Kane absent. Edwards his successor. It posed a question or two.
Was the new man simply crocked? Had he shown too little and been hooked? Were Town moving to a flat back four with Woolfenden as a giant full back? We couldn’t really tell. At times Fleetwood pushed Gwion into being a fourth or fifth defender, as both he and Garbutt were targeted as points on the pitch to dam up any flowing football.
Jackson who had done much more with the little either striker had had, put through his partner with selfless grace. A much understated touch saw him cushion the ball beyond the last man from the air, and play Norwood in. With the near post approaching he slotted past the far one, when he really should have scored. He knew it, we knew it, the encouragement was a mask ill-fitting on his frustrated face.
Cairns would get away with less than Holy. Both flapped at crosses, but in the Czech’s defence was someone appealing for the clear foul that saw him punch away a now dead ball. When he failed to gather later low down and charged out of his six yard box, plenty of players were on hand to boot away what had spilled from his. Convincing? No. But a problem? Same story.
When Norwood finally won a foul, as high ball seemed almost impossible against the towering Souttar, it was cheap. A swinging careless arm and down the striker went. Garbutt waited for his chance. Cairns fiddled with his wall, but despite guessing right, could only palm the torpedo into Jackson. A dynamite touch put Town ahead from a tight angle.
You could smell the blue smoke before you could see it. A thousand of us were loving it. Victory, it was in the air.
Fleetwood continued to do everything to make sure Evans scored, and it perhaps hampered them. Ipswich had enough shape about them to form defensive wedges and use Holy’s kick like a trebuchet to break their own besiegement. Meanwhile the Blues found that with a bench full of midfielders, that would be where the selection problems and solutions would all come from.
Norwood went down, and this time there was no appeal for more than a rest. On came Rowe, who had played centrally at Lincoln. Off went our 10, and on came a second one to join Nolan. There was a Scottish whirl about our movement when we got hold of the ball, but little sense of blowing the hosts away.
Jackson went through the middle as all hell broke loose on the touchlines. Evans finally booked, was eclipsed by a woeful tackle by Edwards. A defender he was not. Flying in and flying into the hoardings went his man. It warranted a booking, but the ongoing melee meant the retribution on Edwards from the impressive Andrew, warranted a red. Instead after lengthy consultation amongst the men in black, yellows all round and more bafflement.
This was because Town had already been denied a clear penalty. Norwood had missed Jackson by putting the ball behind his run, and into the path of Nolan. With shin bone hanging like a trigger, it was swiped away from behind before the midfielder could shoot. When Jackson was then felled after Edwards’ caution at the far side of the box, again from behind you sensed Town’s lead would not be doubled.
Almost from the goal kick given, Town allowed a deep cross to sway back towards Evans. He was as adept at missing opportunities for success as our chairman. Stabbing a bouncer wide, when he should have scored.
Town’s third clear penalty of the game should have wrapped things up. Another good piece of play, another run through by MOTM Jackson. Pushed in the back by Dunne who finally earned the card he’d been trying to get all game, there was no option but to point to the spot.
A small discussion between previous goal scorer Jackson and supplier Garbutt ensued. The striker won, and his run was as staggered as we were when the ball pinged past the post. It was a chance to kill off the game and these early rivals for promotion. There’s something foreboding about the ease with which Town are marching to the top of the table, mess we are making from 12 yards unchallenged.
Jackson would eventually have to go off. Not through shame, but sheer exhaustion. He walked past the away end to rapturous applause, a man haunted by that miss and not the goal which had us in the lead. We were treated to Emyr Huws stacking the midfield and Danny Rowe playing as a lone striker, challenging Souttar in all seriousness but with comedic effect.
All this came about in the dying six minutes of injury time as Wilson had also left the field. His first booking a clear and precise movement to deny danger down our left flank early in the half, was compounded by a second take-out late on. The fans by the incident gave the decision, which forced the ref’s. Ipswich switched personnel around and contracted into side that retreated into their own half, in order to boot the ball as far into Fleetwood’s as they could.
We had joy, we had drums, we saw Ipswich win away, in a manner more befitting a relegation scrap. But once again Lambert and his side did the business. The captain did his fistpump, and we all cheered as they did that syrupy looking Morris dance thing at full time.
A gloomy game, and a gloomy day but we’ve put real daylight between us and the rest of the league already. It’s time to keep a spotlight on the competition and interrogate their credentials to catch us.
|Gillingham v Ipswich Town Your Report added by Fat_Boy_Tim at 20:48:06|
KVY was blistering today, totally agree with his high marks but it looks like Dozzell is going to get a poor rating which can only come from people who listened on the radio and no one who saw the match. Every touch he has is forward thinking, like Judge was last year, and it doesn't always work out but we need more players thinking like that and he was pivotal in the goal. Shame for him.
I marked the ref down in this one as he didn't seem to notice anything that happened more than a nanosecond after the ball had gone and pushing in the back or leaning on shoulders were ignored at all times.
That said if we were playing a Prem team he's exactly the ref I'd want. We did well being the better team and getting little protection today.
|MK Dons v Ipswich Town Your Report added by bicesterblue4 at 11:21:34|
Excellent start, quality finish by Nolan, not clinical enough thereafter in first half.
Lacked composure when we came under pressure second half.
Special mentions for KVY who was outstanding and Holy who was was alive when required and did not put a foot wrong.
Keane and Edwards had positions where it looked likely they could threaten MK in the second half but failed to do so in the main.
Georgiou almost certainly better than he showed last night and should perhaps start soon.
Excellent support, great celebrations.
|MK Dons v Ipswich Town Your Report added by rugbytomc at 10:51:18|
Outstanding first half. Unlucky not to convert the two other chances we had. We undoubtedly lost something when Norwood went off. I don't think we've played too many minutes this season with him off the pitch so add to that Nolan and Huws starting for the first time in a while and some other changes - it left us looking very much like a team that hasn't played together all that much after he withdrew through injury. That being said - this game will only benefit us and all of the team and the squad of players and rotation. Huws looks very shy of match fitness and sharpness but showed some nice touches. Nolan does some nice pass and move stuff. Judge will surely have wanted to play in that 10 role though and if Norwood is injured this weekend then I suspect it will be Jackson up top on his own (Keane extremely short of match sharpness unsurprisingly - looked poor but some nice touches and will be better for the minutes) so maybe Judge will get his chance then.
Skuse was outstanding. Downes - oh downes wind your neck in, you should have been sent off last night for several incidents of retaliation and for constant back chat to the (terrible but League 1 standard) ref despite being spoken to several times. KVY was excellent - so so happy we've got him. Garbutt was rusty. Wilson and Chambers did well.
What I would ask for, Mr Evans and Mr Lambert - in January, (and I know Toto might be back) is an outfield player over 6ft and capable of wining a header! I can't remember either in this game or against Peterborough us winning a single one either in attack or defence. Gone is the set piece threat of Smith/Berra/Webster or the defensive clearances of those 3. If Wilson was a foot taller i'd sign him on a longer deal!
On the ref and the linesman - not just this game but against Posh too - I believe pushing in the back when jumping/competing for the ball must be allowed in League 1 because the refs never blow for it. And whilst Downes was wrong to lash out and complain - one foul not given against him followed by the same challenge on Edwards earning a foul followed by Downes getting fouled and doing nothing but the ref giving a mystifying free kick against him - can surely only mean he'd annoyed the ref so much that he then had it in for him!
|MK Dons v Ipswich Town Your Report added by Sospiri at 00:29:02|
In the first half we looked completely dominant. But as soon as the Dons changed formation at half-time, we looked second-best, and were lucky to get away with the win. This shouldn't have happened; we have a way better squad than them. Mr. Lambert?
|Ipswich Town v Doncaster Rovers Your Report added by BlueySwede at 18:29:44|
Not our best game, and Doncaster is a decent team. I thought Norwood and Jackson lacked some edge today. Kenlock tries hard, but gives the ball away too often. I am not too upset. Still unbeaten, more to come I think.