Five talking points from Ipswich Town’s 1-0 defeat to Cardiff City
We take a look at the talking points coming out of Ipswich Town’s 1-0 loss away at Cardiff City.
A taste of their own medicine
This wasn’t a game which will live long in the memory, but is a loss which could have a major impact on the rest of Ipswich Town’s season.
Neither side every truly got going, neither goalkeeper was overly tested, and the two sides were only separated by a headed goal from a corner.
The Blues forced six corners of their own in the first half but weren’t able to make anything from them, while they also struggled to string many meaningful phases together from open play.
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After the game, Bluebirds boss Russell Slade declared Ipswich as the league’s best side at grinding out victories, but admitted he was happy to see his side grind out one of their own.
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At one stage on Tuesday night the Blues were firmly inside the play-off places with a game in hand, but now find themselves four points behind Sheffield Wednesday.
They still hold that game in hand of course, which comes on Tuesday night against Blackburn, and looks to be one the Blues simply have to win as time runs out.
Another kit clash
Ipswich Town aren’t having an awful lot of luck with kits this season.
They were again in their orange change strip for this clash against the Bluebirds but, due to a clash of goalkeeper strips, Bartosz Bialkowski had to change out of his green shirt just seconds prior to kick-off.
He ended up wearing a yellow shirt with green shorts. Sound familiar?
Credit to the Ipswich Town fans
You have to give the Ipswich Town fans a bit of credit.
Many will have clocked up 1,000 miles watching their side play at Bolton and then Cardiff this week, with more than 800 a part of the 15,000-strong crowd in south Wales yesterday.
In contrast, the Welsh side took 222 fans to Portman Road when they visited on a Saturday afternoon in October.
Sears through the middle
If there were any real positives to take in Cardiff, it was Freddie Sears back in a more central position.
Without starring, the forward was the Blues’ most dangerous attacking threat as he linked up with Daryl Murphy at times and used the ball in the channels well.
He also had Town’s most dangerous chance, as he fired a low shot in after five minutes which Moore held at the second attempt.
Sadly that was as good as it got and he remains goalless in 16 games.