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Ipswich Town

Saturday, September 24, 2016
Brett Pitman is injured in a collision with Leeds defender Pontus Jannson

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy conceded his team were ‘poor’ in today’s 1-0 defeat at Leeds United and admitted a lack of goals is a concern.

Jonathan Douglas miss-times a volley on the edge of the Leeds penalty area

Chris Wood’s first half goal was enough to secure Leeds United a fully-deserved 1-0 home victory over Ipswich Town this afternoon with Mick McCarthy’s men lacking an attacking edge.

Freddie Sears rues a missed effort during the Ipswich Town v Aston Villa (Championship) match at Portman Road, Ipswich, on 17 September 2016.    Picture: Steve Waller    www.stephenwaller.com

Hoping for back-to-back away league wins, Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich visit Gary Monk’s Leeds.

Ipswich Town captain Luke Chambers.
 Picture: Steve Waller   www.stephenwaller.com

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy reacts incredulously to the merest suggestion captain Luke Chambers’ position in the team is under threat.

Brett Pitman celebrates scoring against Reading. Photo: PAGEPIX LTD

Brett Pitman will have to keep ploughing a lone furrow up front for Ipswich Town.

Villa's Nathan Baker blocks this Tom Lawrence effort during the Ipswich Town v Aston Villa (Championship) match at Portman Road, Ipswich, on 17 September 2016.    Picture: Steve Waller    www.stephenwaller.com

There’s no disgrace in drawing with a recently-relegated, former Premier League team – but many Ipswich Town fans will feel three points were there for the taking.

Cole Skuse in action for Ipswich Town. Photo: Inpho Photography

Cole Skuse feels a pressure has been lifted now there is more balance in Ipswich Town’s midfield.

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Teddy Bishop in action. Photo: Steve Waller

Teddy Bishop, Grant Ward and Luke Varney are all injury doubts for Ipswich Town ahead of Saturday’s Championship game at Leeds United.

ITFC players, Freddie Sears (pictured) and Jonas Knudsen open new sports area at Manningtree High School. The floodlit Multi Use Games Area, which has three sports courts made of tarmacadam and acrylic, was funded through a land exchange with Rose Builders of Manningtree.

Pupils got to meet football stars as Ipswich Town players opened a new sports area at a school.

Adam Webster in action during the Ipswich Town v Barnsley (Championship) match at Portman Road, Ipswich, on 06 August 2016.  Picture: Steve Waller   
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Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy has tipped summer signing Adam Webster for the top.

Jermaine Wright

Ipswich Town fans will be able to meet former players Jermaine Wright, Micky Stockwell, Ian Marshall and John Wark at official events next month.

Ipswich Town v Preston North End - Coca Cola Championship - Portman Road, Ipswich - 09/08/2008.

General view of Portman Road football stadium

Picture Ashley Pickering

We’ve all had relationships that don’t do us any good, writes life-long Ipswich Town fan Liz Nice.

Leon Best pictured during the Ipswich Town v Aston Villa (Championship) match at Portman Road, Ipswich, on 17 September 2016.    Picture: Steve Waller    www.stephenwaller.com

Ipswich Town striker Leon Best netted is third goal in as many Under-23 games as Gerard Nash’s side beat Leeds United 4-0 at Portman Road last night.

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Thumbs up from Town manager Mick McCarthy after the Ipswich Town v Aston Villa (Championship) match at Portman Road, Ipswich, on 17 September 2016.    Picture: Steve Waller    www.stephenwaller.com

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy admitted today’s goalless home draw with Aston Villa was a ‘fair result’, even though his team had two shots cleared off the line and another hit the post during a frantic finish.

Villa's Aly Cissokho heads a Cole Skuse chip off the line late on in the Ipswich Town v Aston Villa (Championship) match at Portman Road, Ipswich, on 17 September 2016.    Picture: Steve Waller    www.stephenwaller.com

Ipswich Town came mighty close to snatching victory against newly-relegated Aston Villa in a frantic finish, but a nil-nil scoreline was a fair reflection of a scrappy match short on goalscoring chances at either end.

Darren Bent gets the better of Ipswich defender Adam Webster

With three points safely smuggled out of Derby, Mick McCarthy will be looking for his players to build on that victory against Aston Villa.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy.  Picture: Steve Waller   www.stephenwaller.com

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy would love to add Aston Villa to his collection of prize scalps in what he considers the uneven playing field of the Championship.

Tommy Smith in action

Ipswich Town centre-back Tommy Smith requires back surgery and is facing up to 12 weeks on the sidelines.

Jonny Williams

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has hinted that Jonny Williams’ long-term future may lie elsewhere, as the midfielder steps up his fitness ahead of a fourth loan spell at Ipswich Town.

Christophe Berra climbs over Jordan Hugill in the 1-0 win over Preston. Photo: Steve Waller

Christophe Berra knows so-called ball-playing centre-backs are in vogue, but says no-one should underestimate the art of defending.

Luke Varney celebrates scoring at Derby with Jonathan Douglas

Ipswich Town avoided a repeat of last season’s heavy away loss to Reading – though not the defeat itself – before scrapping to a one-nil win against Derby on Tuesday.

Luke Varney celebrates after scoring at Derby. Photo: Pagepix Ltd

Luke Varney might not be just a quick fix for Ipswich Town, says manager Mick McCarthy.

Luke Varney celebrates scoring at Derby

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy admits his side ‘mugged’ Derby County in securing a 1-0 win at the iPro Stadium last night.

Luke Varney celebrates scoring at Derby

Substitute Luke Varney scored the only goal of the game as Ipswich Town won at Derby County after weathering a first half storm.

Grant Ward celebrates after putting the home side 1-0 ahead in the Ipswich Town v Preston North End (Championship) match at Portman Road, Ipswich, on 27 August 2016.   Picture: Steve Waller   www.stephenwaller.com

Mick McCarthy’s men are taking on Derby County at the iPro Stadium tonight as Ipswich Town look to bounce back from defeat to Reading last Friday.

Daryl Murphy celebrates his second goal at Derby

Ipswich Town face Derby County this evening, a side that has for the last few season been one of the Blues’ competitors for a top six spot in the Championship.

Teddy Bishop gets his head to the ball at Derby last season.

Ipswich Town head to Derby County tonight hoping that history repeats itself.

Mick McCarthy at Reading

Mick McCarthy admitted he was in a “murderous rage” over the weekend as he came to terms with Ipswich Town’s controversial 2-1 defeat at Reading on Friday night.

Brett Pitman celebrates  Reading after scoring from the penalty spot

Brett Pitman is relishing leading the line for Ipswich Town, in the wake of Daryl Murphy’s exit to Newcastle.

New signing Leon Best at Reading

Blues boss Mick McCarthy believes Leon Best can replicate Daryl Murphy’s renaissance at Portman Road, ahead of tonight’s Championship trip to Derby County.

Ipswich Town assistant manager Terry Connor talks to his team before the game at Reading. Photo: PAGEPIX LTD

Six Championship games played and not quite enough seen so far to convince the Ipswich Town doubters that things are on the up.

Daryl Murphy on the ball during the Ipswich Town v Norwich City (Championship) match at Portman Road, Ipswich, on 21 August 2016.   Picture: Steve Waller   www.stephenwaller.com

Rafa Benitez has explained his reasoning behind splashing out more than £3m on Ipswich Town striker Daryl Murphy.

Luke Varney and Christophe Berra have words with the referee after the final whistle at Reading

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy was once again left feeling a major sense of injustice after his side lost 2-1 at Reading tonight courtesy of a last-gasp penalty.

Mick McCarthy has his say with the departing team of officials after the late loss at Reading

It was a tale of three penalties as Ipswich Town lost 2-1 at Reading this evening, Jonas Knudsen’s foul in the fourth and final minute of stoppage-time proving costly.

Leon Best

Striker Leon Best is confident he can prove the doubters wrong and finally fulfil his potential at Ipswich Town.

Reading V Ipswich at the Madejski Stadium in 2015. 
Oliver Norwood celebrates scoring Reading's fifth goal

It was not a great showing for Ipswich Town last time they played under the lights on a Friday night against Reading – so tomorrow the Blues will be hoping to avoid another 5-1 defeat.

Tom Lawrence in action for Wales.

Friends will become enemies for Tom Lawrence if he makes his Ipswich Town debut at Reading tomorrow night (8pm, Sky Sports).

Marcus Evans

Brazilian prosecutors are reported to have filed charges against the owner of Ipswich Town Football Club Marcus Evans in connection with Olympic ticket touting allegations.

Leon Best

Ipswich Town legend Kevin Beattie believes the Blues have conducted sound summer business, despite star striker Daryl Murphy’s exit.

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