Changes in store
THE gentle revolution is about to get a whole lot more explosive.So far, Jim Magilton and Bryan Klug have worked steadily to improve the side and have showed a lot of faith in the old guard and those tender of age who have had a lot of game time.
By Derek Davis
THE gentle revolution is about to get a whole lot more explosive.
So far, Jim Magilton and Bryan Klug have worked steadily to improve the side and have showed a lot of faith in the old guard and those tender of age who have had a lot of game time.
But the velvet gloves are about to come off because there comes a time when enough silly goals have been given away. Both the goals Sheffield Wednesday scored stemmed from Ipswich mistakes and it just can't be allowed to continue game after game.
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The first came when a Matt Richards' corner played to the edge of the box was too easily stolen and the Owls broke quickly.
Deon Burton, an original member of the Reggae Boyz, danced through the middle before playing a ball wide for Wade Small. He in turn had space to deliver a low cross for Marcus Tudgay, who was running clear of his marker Alex Bruce, to beat Shane Supple with a good finish.
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The second, and clincher late in the game, came from a bog standard corner from Kenny Lunt and Madjid Bougherra, who had never previously scored for Wednesday, gave Fabian Wilnis the slip and was free to head in from 10 yards.
It would be harsh to say they were schoolboy errors because schoolboys generally learn from their mistakes.
The amount of times Ipswich collectively have allowed an opponent a free header in their area from a set play this season alone is getting into double figures.
Little wonder Magilton has said that changes in personnel is the only answer and Matthew Bates will get his debut against Norwich on Sunday, along with another loanee if the deal can be completed.
The second new man is also likely to be a defender as Town continue to ship goals.
The Blues have midfielder Tommy Miller also waiting in the wings at Sunderland but Magilton is waiting to see how Owen Garvan and Gavin Williams get on this week in training.
Garvan is the nearest to being fit and is expected to get a full run-out in the reserves at Northampton on Wednesday, while Williams is also pencilled in to play depending on how he gets on in full training this week.
Even more changes can be expected in the January window, as a number of players will be allowed to leave to make way for new blood.
The Blues defence might have got away with their shortcomings if the attack had done its job.
Alan Lee and Matt Richards were guilty of glaring misses in the first half, while Jon Macken might have done better with a couple of second-half efforts.
But, despite some decent service from Gary Roberts and bright Ipswich play down the flanks, it was not until the 65th minute that they tested new signing Mark Crossley.
That was when substitute Darren Currie delivered a deep cross for Jason De Vos to meet powerfully and, although the keeper could not hold on at first, he recovered before Sylvain Legwinski could react.
The closest Ipswich actually came to scoring was when Wednesday skipper Lee Bullen headed a Roberts cross against one of his one posts but again the ball fell kindly for Crossley.
The Blues had a couple of calls for penalties but the referee was not convinced, and with some justification.
The chorus of boos at the end from Ipswich fans were borne of frustration and the manager showed his in the post-match interviews.
He was unimpressed with the lack of desire shown by his players and the failure of too many to stand up and be counted.
They know who they are and, come the revolution proper, they will either be fighting on the front line or be discarded. Although, by now, the choice may no longer be theirs to make.