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Should Jonathan Douglas have been sent off? Five talking points following Birmingham City 3 Ipswich Town 0

10:00 24 January 2016

Jonathan Douglas is out watching the game at the end of the second half after his red card at Birmingham

Jonathan Douglas is out watching the game at the end of the second half after his red card at Birmingham

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We take a look at the talking points coming out of Ipswich Town’s 3-0 defeat away at Birmingham City.

Jonathan Douglas argues against his red card at Birmingham during the first halfJonathan Douglas argues against his red card at Birmingham during the first half

You can lose 3-0 and still play pretty well

It was by no means a vintage Ipswich Town performance, but the Blues certainly didn’t deserve to lose 3-0 at St Andrew’s.

After being second best in the first half, during which they slipped a goal behind and lost Jonathan Douglas to a red card, the Blues came out at the start of the second half and were on the front foot, creating chances without ever overly testing Tomasz Kuszczak and on top of their hosts.

That all changed when Jon Toral superbly volleyed home an unstoppable second, which gave the 10 men a near impossible deficit to fight back from, although they were again positive and looked to attack.

The Blues made some good chances and failed to take them, while they were made to pay for some shoddy defending for Will Buckley’s opener, where they had plenty of chances to clear.

Red cards change games

While the above is all worthy of discussion, it’s the decision to send off Douglas which changed the game and will be the enduring talking point

The Irishman left the floor as he launched into the tackle but it certainly wasn’t two footed and the contact perhaps looked worse than it was. Had a yellow card been shown instead, neither side would have complained too hard, although the way Douglas flew into the challenge certainly gave the referee every reason to send him off.

Maybe a bit of self control in the middle of the pitch on the verge of half-time would have been a better course of action for Douglas to take.

Either way it changed the game and now means the Blues will have to do without Douglas, leaving the door ajar for homegrown midfielder Luke Hyam to earn himself a regular place in the side.

Sloppy defending will always cost you

Not for the first time this season, Ipswich have been punished for failing to clear and for sloppy defending inside their own box.

This time, Douglas and Tommy Smith couldn’t clear convincingly before Dean Gerken bailed them out with a good save, but Will Buckley for there to tap home.

The Blues need to cut out the errors at the back and stop giving themselves a mountain to climb by slipping behind in games.

Fraser was the bright spark

Maikel Kieftenbeld fires Birmingham 3-0 up against Ipswich with a great strike from distanceMaikel Kieftenbeld fires Birmingham 3-0 up against Ipswich with a great strike from distance

The Scottish winger was at the heart of everything the Blues did at St Andrew’s but, despite also having a number of chances, couldn’t find the net.

Fraser was quick, tricky and direct as he battled with Paul Caddis down the Town left, showing just why he is so highly thought of at both Portman Road and parent club Bournemouth.

Away fans come out of this one with credit

Just a few days after 800 hardy souls trekked to the south coast on a cold Tuesday night for the FA Cup exit at Portsmouth, close to 2,000 fans kept cheering for their team even when all was lost.

On what seemed a rather flat afternoon at St Andrew’s, the away support at times outshined the 16,000 home fans, even though, in truth, they had very little to sing about.

What got you talking?


  • Critique granted the family silver is all sold now but you forget two huge assets. 1 money - there is still some to be stripped out each year as the club is run on the cheap. 2 Lemmings - those 'loyal supporters' still queue up to be fleeced. There is a third asset - players. At present there are none because No Loans is incapable of developing or finding young players - but most of the recent gems - Rhodes, Wickham, Mings have turned up by serendipity - absolutely nothing to do with the youth system. Another could turn up - and Bishop can still be saved from No Loans. So the money continues to flow offshore while the mirage of £100 million flickers continually on the horizon

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    Monday, January 25, 2016

  • Pundit. There are no assets to strip. The entire first team squad have absolutely no value to any other club, hence no bids in the transfer window. The stadium is a disgrace and the owners (the council) should step in and insist that the Company owners respect the covenants under the lease contract. The place is dirty; broken seats etc. Dire entertainment from has beens and no hopers. What would Sir Bobby and Sir Alf think about this diabolical mess ?

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    Sunday, January 24, 2016

  • Supporters of Offshore Investment FC and lapsed supporters of Ipswich Town FC clearly need a reality check. The club is in the hands of asset strippers who paid something like £8.5million for the club and have taken out a considerable sum each year whilst loading on massive and somewhat bewildering debt for their own nefarious purposes. The carrot available to the offshore tax avoiders is a £100million windfall if promotion can be fluked, £100million in return for an outlay of £8.5million is an astonishing 'investment' - even ignoring windfalls such as Walters, Wickham, Creswell and MIngs (not forgetting the training ground). Even being run into the ground Town are worth a few million a year to be hoovered offshore. Yes promotion is somewhat unlikely...but every few years a rubbish team comes 6th and their momentum takes them up via the travesty of the play-offs. If the unknown owners can earn millions each year by asset stripping and No Loans can get a fluke via the play offs that is clearly good business, Unfortunately for the callous owners there is an obvious fly in the ointment. No Loans is a busted flush and has disillusioned his own players with his misguided loyalty to duds. Worse still he mistrusts youth and lacks the patience and ability to develop young players - so there is now nobody left to sell. However, as long as lemmings continue to finance the asset stripping then the wait for a fluky promotion will continue.... £100million return on £8.5million is worth the wait

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    Sunday, January 24, 2016

  • The time has come for the club to explain to the fans why there is no money available due to massive debt and poor income. The latest accounts are clear on this. The financial fair play rules prevent investment in players (not that any quality players would even consider a move to PR). Bournemouth are in trouble with the rules for spending in the summer and face a £40mio fine. If the miracle of promotion came true, Town would have no funds to buy players and try and name any player of quality who would sacrifice his career. Mid table will be a fantastic result and the future should be the Academy and not signing rejects from other clubs.

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    Sunday, January 24, 2016

  • The difference between winning and losing was douglas getting himself sent off not only should the FA come down on him but so should the club he lost us a possible 3 pts and as there are no ready made replacements who is McCarthy going to replace him with so that's another 9 pts lost so the playoffs are slipping away which is now only a dream for this season anyway and for any other season that McCarthy and Evans are in charge

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    Sunday, January 24, 2016

  • Typical from the EADT. If you thought that was a good performance you are deluded as MM and ME. I know you have to be careful what you print with fear the Evans machine will ban you from PR, but nonetheless now is the time for you to be bold. The fans deserve answers from Evans. Everyone else strengthening, owners investing. We have lost players and aren't even replacing. If we do, those signings are poor and very cheap. Evans needs to be called out. There are only two options. Invest to sell the club. Evans is making a mockery of it now. Increased ticket prices, but vastly reduced quality of signings. Disgraceful.

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    Sunday, January 24, 2016

  • Sorry we are just not good enough.We need to buy a few decent players if we have ambition for promotion.

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    Sunday, January 24, 2016

  • This mindless filler creates two genuine talking point. Clearly the EADT scribe does not understand the laws of the game in his trite 'analysis of the sending off. Two salient points are the referee's opinion which counts - and whether any contact at all is made which makes not one jot of difference. Suffice to say the endless slow motion replays showed the referee to be 100% correct and No Loans to be 100% gruff, inarticulate and wrong. Again. The other major talking point of this game is how Town wasted a golden opportunity to progress in the FA Cup... particularly as a home tie with Bournemouth reserves would have been a virtual bye. This discredited competition is not what it was (much like Town) but it is fast becoming the preserve of second and third rate teams and would actually give supporters and players a bit of relief from the endless grind of mid-table mediocrity in a desperately poor division. Another talking point for those who watched the 'highlights' was just how poorly No Loans compared to the Brum manager. His tired mantra is the product of years on the gravy train of overpaid mediocrity. Astonishingly short-sighted to condemn the club to two more years of abject tedium at best, even though as stated previously, by ignoring the academy and young players on the up in preference for old lags on the way down who can maintain mid-table mediocrity on the cheap, Offshore Investment are paving the way for a rapid decline when No Loans jumps off at the next stop on the gravy train.... or is pushed. And either of these options may well happen before next season.,

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    Sunday, January 24, 2016

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