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Monday verdict: Better is required now the bar has been raised

12:43 28 September 2015

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy, pictured during Saturday's 2-2 home draw with Bristol City. Photo: Steve Waller

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy, pictured during Saturday's 2-2 home draw with Bristol City. Photo: Steve Waller

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Mick McCarthy’s honest, pragmatic, level-headed approach is what makes him one of the best managers in the Championship.

But the Blues boss can sometimes get the balance between praising the opposition and critiquing his own side slightly wrong.

Supporters wanted to hear their manager demand more from his players following Saturday’s 2-2 home draw with Bristol City. Instead, he failed to highlight any deficiencies and talked up the rock-bottom visitors’ display.

First of all, a prelude to the criticism. Beating the Robins was never going to be an easy task and those who expected a comfortable walk in the park at the weekend were naive. As the old cliche goes, anyone can beat anyone in the Championship and there is no divine right to three points.

And yet, if Town have serious ambitions of getting to the Premier League this season then these are the sort of games they should be bitterly disappointed not to win.

Yes, Steve Cotterill’s men made life difficult with their disciplined wing-back system. And yes, towering duo Aden Flint and Aaron Wilbraham were physically imposing at both ends of the field.

But Town could have also have done more at the end of a week that should have whetted everyone’s appetites and left them raring to burst out of the blocks.

Instead, the players who travelled to Old Trafford to watch on from the sidelines on Wednesday night – and swap shirts in the tunnel – produced a laboured display full of possession, but with little creative spark.

Keeper Dean Gerken and midfielder Jonathan Douglas have seemingly become scapegoats among some supporters in recent weeks, but the former made a super early save and the latter played a crucial role in Ryan Fraser’s late leveller.

Just as Chelsea have found this season, when several of your key players are below-par then the results dry up.

Summer signings such as Ryan Fraser, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Jonas Knudsen have all added something to the squad, but stalwarts such as Christophe Berra, Luke Chambers, Cole Skuse and Daryl Murphy – all of whom you could hang your hat on last season – have failed to hit those same heights of late.

Harsh? Perhaps, given City’s leveller involved a huge slice of luck and Town showed spirit to equalise themselves late on.

But the bar was raised last season and then set another notch higher following a flying start to this campaign.

20 comments

  • Unless there is a sea-change in the type of football that we play under MM then it's going to be a long, drawn out season.Difficult to see how under a tactically very limited manager who downgrades the Cup matches and then gets it spectacularly wrong,how we are going to achieve this. Granted he has bought stability in these 3 years but we now need to press forward with open, attacking soccer but instead we still get route 1 hoofing. The history of the championship has shown over the years that flair teams get promoted. Please wake up MM as the clock is ticking and we are being left behind. Sad to say but Naarwich are streets ahead in all areas..did you see how they played AWAY against West Ham? Under MM I could never imagine us playing like that in a million years...

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    oldegold

    Tuesday, September 29, 2015

  • I must get straight to the point - simply the wrong tactics - crosses and high balls easily dealt with by average but tall defenders, frustratingly weak in the midfield and some of the defence intent on wreck less long balls and short on pace. Don't we do any basic research on the opposition? Sadly becoming depressed at the sight of another excellent opportunity to reach the premier league being thrown away. Or am I reading it wrong?

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Tuesday, September 29, 2015

  • Expat try reading your fellow sufferer nobbison and you will see that the point is you have to entertain playing the game the correct way unlike the hoof ball the Yorkshire imbecile plays. Irrelevant of who we play, we pass the ball well and have that bit of creativity OTBC

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    Bicester canary

    Tuesday, September 29, 2015

  • Lets see what u Carrott Road hillbillies are saying at the end of the season as u haven't played anybody of note yet this season and you are still only halfway maybe Delia should be using her swan song " let's be avin you" well there is no accounting for taste is there

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    expatriot

    Tuesday, September 29, 2015

  • Nice to see a canary love in long may it continue shame you all cannot come to the Carra to be entertained (nobbison left peg) but sorry sold out each week OTBC

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    Bicester canary

    Tuesday, September 29, 2015

  • To sum up, too loyal to players who are just not cutting the musta. Chambers, Berra, Gerken. All should be replaced with, Emmanuel, Malarczyk and Bialkowski. We need the following pool of players to use in midfield, Toure, Bishop, Bru, Fraser, Niles, Skuse, Orr. Don't waste time including Tabb, Douglass, Coke, they are never going to improve the squad. Up front, we have a good selection of players, they are just crying out to be supported with good quality passes. Mick has the players, he's just reluctant to use them for some reason.

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    Ithadtobe

    Tuesday, September 29, 2015

  • I for one am now officially sick of this. If we’re serious, expecting to knock over the leagues bottom team shouldn’t be “naïve”, it should be entirely realistic. Next season, the team that finishes bottom of the Premier League will get 100M and yet we are still messing about with Gerken and Bialkowski in goal, the continually bypassed central midfield of Skuse and Douglas, a central defender at right back and now a left back who prefers to give opposition a cheery wave as they waltz by when he’s not gifting possession back to the enemy for no good reason. Out wide are best players are yet more loanees. All this after over a decade of having a multi-millionaire owner backed up by a serious of multi-national companies. Useless.

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    Pete James

    Tuesday, September 29, 2015

  • Terrible journalism, speak your mind and get off the fence. Dave Allard and Neil Manning could give you a lesson in upsetting managers with honest reporting but were respected for it.I suggest you take a leaf out of their notepad.

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    Brobat blue

    Tuesday, September 29, 2015

  • Poor from the EADT again, who seem intent on not upsetting Evans and the club. Gerken did indeed pull off one good save, but interesting there is no mention of the flapping and lack of control of his area nor that Berra and Smith look almost scared when he plays. Likewise a decent pass doesn't excuse Douglas pitiful performance. Backwards passes. No intensity or pace. No creativity. No likelihood of a goal. No mention of that. These players aren't scapegoats, they were and have been genuinely poor. They are selected because of MM pig headedness. The fans think they should be dropped, so Mick won't! Same happened last year with Tabby. It's about time the a EADT asked some serious questions, such as why Evans hasn't reinvested the Mings money. I suspect this paper will be sucked in with the it's been spent on wages routine for the second year running. The EADT will like the club conveniently forget the savings on players who left, more than those who signed. Most clubs invested in the summer and suspect they will do well. We made some good signings, but Coke, Toure, Douglas and several others won't improve us nor get us promoted. You only get so far with freebies and loans. Sadly Evans failed to learn his lesson.

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    Jason

    Monday, September 28, 2015

  • What planet do EADT scribes inhabit? Last season Town had a lumpen striker in the goalscoring form of his life and two talented players - Mings and Bishop. Mings was sold and the money hoovered offshore leaving the pragmatist to cobble together a few loans and unwanted players on the cheap. Bishop is injured (or ignored) and the lumpen striker is firing blanks again. Does anybody seriously think that this season's Town team is better than last? Yes there are more players to choose from - but they are largely much of a muchness and there are of course a rash of utterly pointless loans to further dilute the chance of Town developing a team. Meanwhile, Town are falling further and further behind the better run teams. Few play off teams get better the following year, most of them fall away as their best players are poached. Given that the owners of Town sell any sellable player asap and I can see no reason on earth to think that Town can get anywhere near the level of last season.

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    Pundit

    Monday, September 28, 2015

  • Jeez, people need to lighten up! How'd you think Birmingham fans feel? Or Man City fans? It's a long season and the result on Saturday was a minor setback. We've been ludicrously unlucky - over the last few games, every little mistake has been punished and every half chance presented to the opposition brutally seized upon! We're putting in good enough performances to win games - just not getting the rub of the green at the moment. I will agree that this centre midfield situation needs to be sorted out. You could have thrown a blanket on Douglas and Skuse. Neither of them were getting forward and linking with the attack. Bru needs to play... And can we also please dispense with this Great Norwich City Love-In..?! They're top dog in the region for now, but they'll kick around in the prem for a year or two then get relegated, the fate that awaits pretty much every aspiring club in England apart from the 5 members of the Murdoch Elite; and as for this sublime football Norwich apparently play, we'll see how much good it does them when they actually start playing some decent teams and the squad starts to wear thin... Either way, I don't care how the hell Ipswich play, as long as they do it properly and with passion. I'm so emotionally involved watching them that I often have little recollection of the incidents and general conduct of the game...

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    Hepatitus Bramble

    Monday, September 28, 2015

  • Is Bishop still injured? If not; why is he not playing? He was the one creative player at the end of last season, I feel he is what we need to progress... Oh and a defensive shake up!!!

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    Rufus Milo

    Monday, September 28, 2015

  • Yes it is a sad fact that Norwich do play some very nice football - whereas we in the main rely on the big boot forward !!!! There was a time when you could kick yourself out of the championship - but these days are gone & this tactic (for want of a better word) is totally outdated. We are totally predictable & relatively easy to combat. Yes we will grind out some results but as often as not we will be outplayed & remain a mid table side. When you look at the new breed of young (& often foreign managers) & the way their teams play we are in comparison playing stone age football which will only provide average results & below average entertainment.

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    Old Timer

    Monday, September 28, 2015

  • I don't think better is required but maybe something different. If hard work alone gained points we'd be top of the league but sometimes having the option of a ball playing midfielder would add a different dimension to our game and unlock those physically imposing defensive duo's. Forget the game at Man Utd which was little more than a side show, but the table tells us all we need to know and Bristol City aren't bottom because they are a good side. My feeling is that if you want promotion these are games you must win. I'm a big supporter of MM and I have a feeling he'll know deep down we need to think about bringing in midfield options.

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    MOTT MIKE

    Monday, September 28, 2015

  • Not only has our team hit the depths it appears the quality of eadt reports has joined them.

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    Cyril Baker

    Monday, September 28, 2015

  • Can't help but echo the sentiments of the first comment

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    Steve Powell

    Monday, September 28, 2015

  • I think the comments are fair. No one's having a go at MM. But as has been stated players that were the reason for a fabulous season just gone are now all struggling to make an impact What looked like the best combination of forwards in this division have struggled. No goals from Murphy and although McGoldrick has been o.k he's not scoring goals and he seems to have lost a yard of pace. The defence who were decent last season, but not brilliant, are struggling with Berra not being as dominant . Knudsen is still bedding in and Chambers lacks pace for a fullback and wasn't exactly brilliant when called upon to switch to a central position. I think the Aussie winger needs to come in and the Polish fella. MM needs some of his stalwarts to return to somewhere near last seasons form, otherwise it's another season in the Championship.

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    whymarkmariner

    Monday, September 28, 2015

  • It must be hard for Mick being reminded every day of what two giants of the game achieved at a small town club. In those days, the Directors nurtured young managers and created a club that was financially stable. Every young player who was given the opportunity to join the club snatched it. Today we see a club saddled with huge debt and players who arrive see the move as the "last chance saloon" or "the final curtain". Elton would say it's a sad sad situation with a board who are not football people and a manager who has won nothing significant over a few decades. Time for change.

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    stuart barclay

    Monday, September 28, 2015

  • Until the defence is sorted, we will get all kinds of problems. It is arguably weaker than last season, no Tyrone Mings, not sure about Knudsen. Berra has made a poor start, and even if Chambers and Smith play in the correct positions, we will struggle, and our best goalkeeper is not first choice. But don't take my word for it, look at the goals against column in the league table

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    jungle boy

    Monday, September 28, 2015

  • As a life long Blues supporter (52) years, i have been lucky enough to enjoy the euphoria of the seventies and eighties, and suffer the drab and laborious Duncan era. I find myself getting frustrated with the recent displays and performances. Mick has done a terrific job lifting us from looking into the abyss of Division 1 to our present situation where we seem to have a chance of promotion. So i was thinking how good it would be to think about our strengths and how good our players are rather than other teams strengths and how good some of their players may be, which seems to be the gist of the press conferences before a match lately. You can imagine how i felt when reading the paper at breakfast when i spotted this comment "Football is an entertainment sport, as far as I'm concerned. "You want to watch football to be entertained and see good players doing good things. Passing the ball well, seeing passes, having that bit of creativity. "I think I've got that in my team and i want to see my team entertain people. As a fan you go to see that. You don't go to see teams grind it out and i don't want my teams to do that" ( Ah memories of the Sir Bobby days) Who's quote was this, Mourinho, Wenger, no it was the bald guy down at carrot road. I nearly gagged on my cornflakes. Food for thought Mick and Marcus?. Come on you Blues!!

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    Nobbinson' left peg.

    Monday, September 28, 2015

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