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Monday verdict: First big step towards ending the apathy at Ipswich Town

PUBLISHED: 08:00 16 January 2017

Tom Lawrence, team-mates and fans in the North Stand celebrate the loanee's second goal of the game against Blackburn. Photo: James Ager

Tom Lawrence, team-mates and fans in the North Stand celebrate the loanee's second goal of the game against Blackburn. Photo: James Ager

James Ager

Could this be the turning point in Ipswich Town’s stuttering season?

There have been plenty of false dawns, but Saturday’s 3-2 home win over Blackburn Rovers gives genuine cause for hope.

The Blues were frozen into passivity when facing non-league side Lincoln City in the FA Cup Third Round and rightly faced criticism. It therefore took balls to follow that up with a bold, brave, entertaining performance in a high-pressure match seven days later.

Tom Lawrence could soon claim Giovani Dos Santo’s crown as the club’s greatest-ever loan player if his sensational form continues. The Welsh international’s breathtaking 30-yard strike, albeit with the help of the slightest of deflections, raised the roof. Enjoy the Leicester man while you can because he’ll be playing in the Premier League next season.

Mick McCarthy could have reverted to type with a safety-first approach in the search for a stabilising clean sheet. Instead, he went with wing-backs and a personnel whose balance was tipped more towards guile than grit. Nine shots on target was the result.

Two typically sloppy goals were conceded as Town made life unnecessarily difficult for themselves, and far tougher tests undoubtedly lie ahead, but both manager and players deserve tremendous credit.

Perhaps it was captain Luke Chambers’ brutally honest pre-match press conference that made a difference? His home truths may just have forced team-mates to stand up and be counted. His straight-talking may also have played a part in what was a far more positive atmosphere too.

Wary of dwindling attendances, Town wrote to stayaway supporters offering half price tickets for this game last week. Those that took up the promotion saw more than enough to tempt them back.

This was a big first step towards ending apathy and reunification. Now it’s vital to take another step in the right direction with a televised Cup win at Lincoln tomorrow night and some transfer business.

17 comments

  • Too little too late for me too. I won,t go back till Evans wakes up to the fact he can not run a club like this and expect people to throw their money at it either. McCarthy is not too bothered with the supporters and has lost his way because he knows it all. The irony being that it took a loan signing in Tom Lawrence to realise how poor the rest of our forwards and midfield players are. When is the last time did you see a town player run with the ball and score ? (TL) When did you see a 30 yard screamer hit the net ? (TL) How often do you see a 1-2 and a goal ? The new signings are welcome but the fans are thinking anything is better than nothing, that's "apathy" . We need to spend money now on 3 good players and get rid of at least 6 players who do not deserve to wear the shirt. ITFC has lot the fans.

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    chantry

    Monday, January 16, 2017

  • The reality is that Ipswich are not worth more than half the standard seat price. It's time that all the prices were brought down to this level with further discounts if they want to get the gate up to 20,000. While games are only won by scoring goals all the good work can quickly be wasted by giving away goals through silly errors. How many more points would have been lost this season without some outstanding goal keeping?

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    amsterdam81

    Monday, January 16, 2017

  • Is Stuart Watson for real??? We beat Blackburn at home and he thinks that one win is a big step to ending the apathy. Anyone else notice how much he loves to use that word? They could fluke a promotion to the Premiership and I still wouldn't go back, not while that Marcus Evans is there.

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    Stat-Matt

    Monday, January 16, 2017

  • Reading the Blackburn comments, they're all complaining about the £35 cost of our away ticket prices. You'd think other clubs would charge our supporters the same, what a rip off.

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    Brobat blue

    Monday, January 16, 2017

  • Woodbridgian, I think that you have summed things up well. However, I don't agree with the bit about Evans' 5 point plan. His 5 point plan in my opinion is a complete non starter. The reason he came up with it is because most of what he talks about, will take years to develop. In the meantime, we will all just be served up with more of the same. The only way that he is going to get the confidence of the fans is to bring in some good talented players. I personally think that Moor is all we are going to get. We have to give him a chance, although I doubt tat McCarthy will play him very often.

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    Poet

    Monday, January 16, 2017

  • get ready for berra and chambers to leave ....without signing anyone this window if they think they can get away with it. and they can because the fans that turn up are a weak and supine lot. give mick a new contract and finish us all off...............

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    walberswicks

    Monday, January 16, 2017

  • Stuart, you obviously haven't done any research! Even though half price tickets were on sale, the attendance was the lowest of the season. If, as we are led to believe, 14,000 of the attendance were season ticket holders and 300 were away supporters, less than 800 took up the half price offer! Yes, the atmosphere was a little better, but only because of Lawrence and the fact that we were trying to play football. At the end of the day, we still only scraped a narrow win, at home, to one of the worst teams in the league.

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    Brian Ball

    Monday, January 16, 2017

  • Sadly I think that the chances of bringing in players is very slim. The only chance we have are players from lower leagues. The policy of signing players that teams want us to nuture as with J.E.T. and Maitland Niles clearly didn't work. Loan players only work if they are fit when they come to the club and have a bit of class. If they are players that are surplus to requirements with no contract they all seem to fail. If we can't get 4 or 5 really good players in then just get one in and as we have done a player from a lower league. As for the situation regarding bids that we have in these players won't and can't all be of the same quality. It seems to me that if we can't get "Joe Bloggs" from x team then we go for a lesser player just to pacify fans and make out we are trying to improve things. My opinion is, if we can't get the best that we can afford, then wait until a player that's going to make a real difference can be bought.

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    whymarkmariner

    Monday, January 16, 2017

  • You also failed to note that few actually took advantage of the cheaper tickets. The attendance scraped 15K - in reality nearer 13.5K. people are fed up with the spin - including the EADT spouting such rubbish after beating awful opposition.

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    Jason

    Monday, January 16, 2017

  • You do realize this was at home to relegation threatened, bottom three opposition? Lets see how we do in the next 7 league fixtures should we. If it wasn't for a Leicester player we would have lost. The state of the club hasn't improved one bit by beating Blackburn. It's in a mess. Where are the signings - a non league fella who won't play doesn't really count.

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    Jason

    Monday, January 16, 2017

  • did mick actually chose that team or has he been forced into changing things by injuries, rubbish players and diminishing crowds. why has he waited to half way through the season to work out a reasonable way of playing? and this was Blackburn, lets see how we go against the top half of the table. not very well and a bottom six finish,

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    walberswicks

    Monday, January 16, 2017

  • Stuart Watson, you and your fellow scribes must be short of ITFC material to comment on, this piece from you is really pathetic. How can one narrow win against an extremely weak Blackburn team lift the apathy of 4 years of McCarthy's boring offerings and 9 years of Evans' asset stripping ? The EADT should have the b***s to run a scathing feature on how these two have taken supporters for a ride with false promises and lies. The apathy is so deep rooted that it would take much more than an occasional win to bring back those supporters who have seen the light and discovered that there is life outside of Portman Road, much more than inside.

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    Brian Betts

    Monday, January 16, 2017

  • One Swallow doesn't make a Summer. True, we played an improved game, more attacking, and the manager has to take some credit for his formation on Saturday, but it smacks of too little, too late, a lot of damage has already been done. To get supporters back onside, we need to bring off this performance, and result, on a consistent basis, not just a one game cameo. A sense of competitiveness needs to be created, where ANY player needs to understand, that their place is not assured, if they continue to underperform. The management have also to target, and buy quality players, and not come out for the same excuses, for failure. If the invisible man is not prepared to commit to this, he needs to sell up, and go

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    jungle boy

    Monday, January 16, 2017

  • Absolute rubbish....total reliance on one player. After some well overdue criticism, some people will write anything to keep in the good books - and that after just one home win!

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    Captain Slog

    Monday, January 16, 2017

  • What unbelievable drivel!!!! Touts hammer the team destined to miss the drop by all of one place by one goal in five at home courtesy of a Leicester player. And this after more EADT twaddle about TEN transfer targets only to see a non-league totem pole arrive that No Loans has probably earmarked to replace Chambo at full back. If anything this result is the stuff of despair. A feeble Touts team are seemingly reliant on their Leicester player at present whilst Leicester, who could probably use him to good effect cannot do so and buy underperforming foreigners instead. It's utterly depressing AND completely insane.

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    Pundit

    Monday, January 16, 2017

  • Damage has already been done ,most people have left the ground and found other things to do instead of spending time at Portman road. It would take a huge change of direction and attitude from Mick McCarthy and co to get those lost fans back!

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    Macke

    Monday, January 16, 2017

  • Yes cause for hope, but the signs for transfer activity don't look promising. If Marcus Evans wants to win over the doubters and stay true to his 5 point plan then signing or having a very serious attempt at signing Lawrence on a permanent deal would be a great start. As for the news we have had several offers knocked back also isn't great news. Although there is a certain Irony in not being prepared to pay over the top for players, given the owners business is based on his customers doing just that!

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    Woodbridgian

    Monday, January 16, 2017

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