The View From Churchmans

Ipswich Town home match reports from just another season-ticket holder

MATCH REPORT

Ipswich Town 0 Crystal Palace 1

A continuation of everything which was wrong on Tuesday night, but this time against a more challenging side and with the almost inevitable result. Palace had the best record of any visiting side at Portman Road over the past decade even before this match, and now they’ve probably been moved up in to the “bogey team” category here. Town seemed uninspired, and just couldn’t put a sustained period of pressure together, with the main problem possibly being the one part of the starting lineup which wasn’t missing any regulars – the midfield. With four central midfielders, there was never going to be a problem with them holding their own in terms of general involvement, but with the exception of Bowyer’s constant support of Cresswell, their performances all seemed to be a bit aimless. I doubt anyone in the stands has the answer to what’s gone amiss this week, but let’s hope the manager can get things back on track.

Overall Town performance:
4/10 – The effort was there, but it was all desperately in need of some inspiration

Opposition quality:
7/10 – Well drilled, quick and kept Town well pinned back throughout

Referee:
7/10 – Refreshingly refused to be drawn into penalising the sort of trivial stuff which so many referees irritate us by falling for

Match excitement:
5/10 – Although never boring, there wasn’t too much to get worked up about

Opposition supporters:
9/10 – Decent turnout, consistently noisy, and had genuinely great fun when they scored

Player ratings, as ever 1 to 5 for each of effort/achievement…

STOCKDALE 7 (4/3) commanded his area well, and seemed to have got over the distribution problems from the other night, although he could have got the ball away more quickly on occasions.

EDWARDS 7 (4/3) did well under difficult circumstances, managing to get forward a lot despite being under constant pressure at the back; DELANEY 6 (3/3) concentrated well and didn’t do anything daft; COLLINS 7 (4/3) worked hard and defended well; and CRESSWELL 5 (2/3) had a reasonable game until idiotically getting himself sent off.

BULLARD 4 (2/2) was completely out of sorts; ANDREWS 5 (3/2) seemed to put in the effort, without managing to make anything really happen; BOWYER 6 (3/3) kept his head down and did a decently solid job; but LEADBITTER 5 (3/2) completed an ineffective and uninspired midfield.

ELLINGTON 4 (2/2) seemed to jog around brightly enough, but really didn’t contribute; and EMMANUEL-THOMAS 6 (4/2), although also rather ineffective, did at least seem to be trying to make an impact.

Substitutes: INGIMARSSON worked really hard to ensure that first and foremost he didn’t make any mistakes, and succeeded; CHOPRA struggled to worry the opposing defence much; and SCOTLAND also failed to make any real impression.

One Comment:
  1. Jim Savage

    Now I’m getting really worried. I passed off the Portsmouth game as being too soon after Saturday and that our older players(e.g. Bullard and Bowyer) couldn’t recover their strength in time. Both were appalling on Tuesday and Bowyer was ever so slightly better yesterday. I suppose if we go for four midfielders, none of whom can and does play wide for periods long enough to compel the opposition to adjust to being raided down one or even two flanks, we are going to look outplayed if two of them are off colour.

    Perhaps, though, it is more a question of spirit in the camp. In the two matches, the most obvious difference between them and us was that they were very much quicker to the ball all through both games.

    I do hope we are not in for another dose of pre-Christmas blues.

    Jim

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