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Social media, Rhodes, Tommy Oar and attacking full-backs are talking points after Town’s loss at Blackburn

13:00 04 October 2015

Larsen Toure tries to get the ball as Blackburn

Larsen Toure tries to get the ball as Blackburn's Markus Olsson flicks it on

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A look at some of the talking points coming out of Ipswich Town’s 2-0 away loss at Blackburn yesterday.

Daryl Murphy with a first half shot on target at BlackburnDaryl Murphy with a first half shot on target at Blackburn

You really can’t give Jordan Rhodes so much as an inch

Rhodes’ two goals won the game for Blackburn, with the second in particular showing how dangerous he is when given an inch, but it wasn’t just his finishing which caught the eye.

The striker was everywhere, closing down the Town defence, tracking back into midfield, looking to bring others into play and winning defensive headers in his own box.

Whether he would cut it in the Premier League remains to be seen (surely it’s not far away) but in terms of the second tier he is certainly the real deal.

Ipswich found out the hard way…again.

When is it time to press the panic button?

If you take a look at the wonderful world of social media, the #itfc hashtag can present you with a wide range of opinions regarding Ipswich Town’s current predicament.

There are those calling for a bit of patience, those suggesting Town are in danger of throwing their season away already, those considering pressing the panic button and others who did so a fair while ago.

The Blues are still just three points off third, but, given the manner in which Town have picked up just five points from the last 18, is this just a blip or a serious slump?

A major contrast in full-back approach

There couldn’t really have been more of a difference in the two sides’ approach to full-back play yesterday.

On the one hand, you had Adam Henley and Marcus Olsson flying forward at every opportunity for Rovers, supporting their wingers, looking to link with the central midfielders and bombing on to break into the opposition box where possible.

The Ipswich full-backs, Luke Chambers and Jonny Parr, were more subdued and didn’t offer their side much going forward.

Those two players are naturally more defensive of course and perhaps aren’t expected to be involved at the other end of the pitch, but adventurous full-back play added a dimension to Rovers’ which the Blues simply did not have.

Toure brings something to the table but there are still missing pieces

Larsen Toure arrived as a complete unknown in the summer and, after a slight false start due to fitness issues, has proved to be a useful squad addition with an ambition to beat his man and whip in a cross. However, he showed yesterday that he’s not quite the complete package.

Starting in place of the ill Ryan Fraser, he offered Chambers little in the way of cover down the right hand side and was perhaps a little lucky not to see a red card. He was booked early on and was pulled up on a number of occasions for little trips and late tackles before being substituted.

An unhappy hunting ground

Ipswich Town’s wait for three league points at Ewood Park goes on, having not done so since 1991. A superb FA Cup win in 1996 has put some gloss on what has been a dreadful run away at Rovers, which certainly didn’t look like ending yesterday.

Are runs like this a pure coincidence? Probably, but that doesn’t make them any less frustrating.

Oar is surely due a bigger role soon

He’s been eased into life at Portman Road since his free transfer at the end of August, but every time Tommy Oar’s been involved he’s shown plenty of things to like. He made his Championship debut at Ewood Park and in a little over 10 minutes he impressed again, with one particular wriggling run and cross catching the eye.

His involvement will surely increase after the international break, be it from the start or longer spells from the bench.

What got you talking following yesterday’s game?

4 comments

  • I went to the last home game against Bristol City it was painful so after Blackburn something has to change. The midfield adds nothing to the game so defensive minded,no support to the strikers no wonder those goals aren't coming

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    cyclopath

    Monday, October 5, 2015

  • Definitely time to change things and drop some of the old guard. Its not just the results but the performances over the last few games that have been disappointing. The great start to the season will be totally thrown away if MM doesn't make changes soon. Its not a question of pressing the panic button, its a matter of seeing who isn't performing and taking decisive action. The evidence was there following the Brighton and Reading defeats. Too many early goals conceded. Berra and Chambers both very culpable. Maitland Niles will be a very good player but Oar could be the better option at the moment and we need Bru and McGoldrick back in the starting lineup.

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    Tim Bartlett

    Monday, October 5, 2015

  • Startling to see how deluded 'supporters' and the EADT scribes are. Town are a poor mid-table team. They got in the play offs by default owing to Derby's collapse and Wolves slipping up. Their form has been poor since the last quarter of last season. All that has changed is Murph has reverted to type, Mings cashed in and a rash of dud signings and pointless loans. Nobody in their right mind would say the starting eleven is any better than last season and the manager is stuck in the same predictable rut. Never mind mid table mediocrity is 'in touch with the play offs'.

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    Pundit

    Monday, October 5, 2015

  • I watched the highlights of the Blackburn game, if you can call them that. I thought that Toure was unlucky with the penalty, the Blackburn player dived and the ref fell for it. However, it was a different situation with Rhodes second goal. He drifted in, in front of Chambers and executed the Finish very well. Chambers was at fault, he simply wasn't watching his man (Rhodes). Time for a change Mick, be brave, drop Chambers and Berra. Replace them with Emmanuel and Malarczyk. To be even stronger in the central defensive area, it would be nice to be able to replace Tommy Smith, he's definitely a trier, but lacks the quality to accurately despatch the ball quickly and effectively. He's also prone to the odd gaff here and there, which has been expensive at times. Yorwerth isn't ready yet, but I think that he will be a good player. Knudson is a good buy, he will improve.

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    Ithadtobe

    Sunday, October 4, 2015

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