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Monday verdict: Ipswich Town could end up ruing charity beginning at home

11:03 27 October 2014

Mick McCarthy, pictured following Ipswich Town

Mick McCarthy, pictured following Ipswich Town's 2-2 home draw with Huddersfield

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Charity should not begin at home in football.

Ipswich Town have now failed to win after taking the lead in their last four outings. And Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Huddersfield at Portman Road was the most painful of the lot.

The 2-2 draw at Nottingham Forest was highly-respectable, the high-flying Midlanders throwing everything and the proverbial kitchen sink at their visitors before forcing a late leveller.

The 1-1 home draw with 10-man Blackburn was deflating given the last-gasp nature of the leveller, but Town had played well and you have to accept the odd smash-and-grab will go against you.

The 3-1 loss at Cardiff last Tuesday night was no disgrace. Okay, Mick McCarthy’s men were the creators of their own downfall with the sloppy second half goals conceded, but they were playing a big budget outfit still packed with Premier League talent following recent relegation.

It’s difficult to put any sort of positive spin on Saturday’s game though.

This time a two-goal lead was squandered, centre-backs Tommy Smith and Christophe Berra both netting only for Nahki Wells to strike twice in the final 20 minutes.

Some have claimed it was the Blues being punished for trying to ‘park the bus’ and defend their lead. If only that was the case. Unfortunately, Town just weren’t that good from start to finish.

You could point to the fact that two of the side’s most influential players, Tyrone Mings and Jonny Williams, were absent through suspension and injury respectively. And that Huddersfield Town are a team on the up under Chris Powell’s management, the Terriers now unbeaten in six.

This is a recurring theme for McCarthy’s men though. To let a lead slip once is chance. Twice is coincidence, three times is a pattern, while four times is unforgiveable. Successful sides don’t just do half the job.

Seeing out the last two home matches would have given the Blues four extra points and put them right on the coat-tails of leading trio Derby, Watford and Wolves.

Instead, they are 10th and two points behind the team in sixth, bitter rivals Norwich City, with 14 games gone.

The good news is that, once again in this ultra-tight division, it looks as though more than a dozen teams will be scrapping it out for the final one or two play-off places once a leading pack starts to pull away.

You just fear that the last two home outings could come back to haunt Town.

4 comments

  • No one should boo the team, it's the manager's job to maximise their effectiveness, but he hasn't managed it lately. Fingers crossed for the Blackpool game. I'll take three points.

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    JOHN BURLS

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

  • Just goes to show what sort of League this is. Thought I'd do a small accumulator on 4 teams, Everton away, Arsenal away (so far so good) Cardiff at Millwall and Derby at home. What happens. Cardiff play like a load of strangers and lose 1-0 and Derby lose. It's a League where anyone can beat anyone. I know this has been said before but I feel it's even worse this year than any before. The team that wins this league will be the one that has consistent strikers and a solid defence and the playoffs will go to teams that win more than they lose and beat the better sides and don't slip up against the lesser sides. Therein lays Town problems. Unless they step up from previous season we will see very good performances against the best, but without results and slip up's to lesser teams because of not being able to finish them off .

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    whymarkmariner

    Monday, October 27, 2014

  • I will say it again here. Fair play to MM - some very good signings and he kept hold of David McGoldrick and Tyrone Mings. I am sure that was down to Mick. Having said that - too many questionable substitutions. We lose confidence when we have only a one goal lead or when the pressure gets too much. We continue to pass back when we should pass forward. Mick MIlls always speak good sense - he had it right again on radio Suffolk - we must defend by attacking - not defend by encouraging the oppostion to attack. Not impressed either with fans abusing Grant Holt - not my favourite player but wished we had him in our team today! Don't let this season evaporate - we have some hope for the first time in many years - now we need the owner to show more courage. We are not short off a play off or automatic place - its a league any team could win - still - come ME give MM the money to build the best team in the league. We are short in the midfield still - a dynamo, a Jonny WilliamsTyrone Mings - all in one player. A Jim Magilton, Matt Holland or John Wark. 10 million now could bring £70 million in May 2015 - but it would take someone pretty special to see this rare opportunity Mr Evans - can you see it? Can you deliver?!

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Monday, October 27, 2014

  • Yer its becoming a bit of a problem, and i'm sure Mick will be working on the problem. Its a confidence thing. But anyone calling for Micks head and booing the team when we've drawn 2-2 and have lost ONCE in NINE games is a complete and utter mug.

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    Staidtastic

    Monday, October 27, 2014

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