After Brentford bore draw, how is your Ipswich Town glass looking?
- Credit: Picture: Steve Waller
Four draws in a row, five draws in the last six.
We’re unbeaten in six but with only one win. How’s your glass right now? Half-empty or half-full?
For me personally, the last five Ipswich games I’ve attended have all ended in draws, that’s something that has never happened before in my 38-plus years of watching the Blues.
Such statistics sum up Mick McCarthy’s managerial reign at Ipswich perfectly. His sides are always happy for at least point, are never quite good enough to get more wins, but are often resolute and hard to beat. I’ll also add at times, damn boring to watch too.
I wouldn’t say that Saturday was as bad as some of the drivel we’ve had to endure over the last year but it certainly wasn’t up to the standard of the recent home performances against promotion-chasers, Leeds United or Reading.
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Maybe I’m being too harsh and perhaps such a run of tough fixtures last month really took a lot out of the side, and that’s why we could not maintain that level of performance.
Maybe Brentford were too good for us at times, they certainly started and finished the better side or maybe, it was just one of those days.
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Thanks to my daughter being a member of the Junior Blues, we were able to make use of four free tickets that such members get for one game during the season.
But with two season tickets in hand as well, it was a damning indictment of what the fans have had to put up with over the last year or so that I struggled to use five of the said six tickets.
Even then it was a real assignment to give two of them away. One such ticket went to my old friend Antony Humphries who was often a travelling companion of mine to games back in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
We spent much time catching up on the good old days to get us through the 90 minutes. Antony had been to watch Barcelona beat Sporting Gijon 6-1 three days prior to the game and after Messi, Suarez and Neymar, I wondered how on earth he would cope with McGoldrick, Lawrence and Huws et al.
But Ipswich is in our blood and like community service I’d imagine, being there for the Town is something that has to be done whether you like it or not.
We mulled over who would still be playing for us next season or at least, who should be, and it’s frightening really as to how much of our current side we deemed not good enough to really compete in a promotion-chasing side.
A new manager with fresh ideas would hopefully lead to fresh players who would have the same impact as say Emyr Huws or Toumani Diagouraga had when joining at the end of January.
Saturday also saw, once again, the knock-on effect of a poor 18 months, as the atmosphere was as quiet as it has been at any low point in recent times.
We had taken up an unusual position in the middle tier of the Co-Op stand, very near to the Sir Bobby Robson stand, a position that was about as far away from the away fans as one could get and yet, as Brentford made one last run down their left, I could hear one Bees fan shout ‘keep going’.
Let’s hope that we’re back in our February performance mode tomorrow night when Wolverhampton Wanderers visit, as a victory over them would put some real daylight between us both to quash any lingering worries of relegation.
Going back to those free tickets, it’s all very well having them, given that football is an expensive hobby, but on the back of such a game, whoever invented the phrase that ‘You only get what you pay for’ certainly had occasions like Saturday’s match in mind.