Blues' fans rue missed opportunities

POINTLESS no doubt, agonising definitely - almost to the point of being masochistic - but many Blues fans will still be going over the past season in their heads wondering just where the vital points were dropped.

Derek Davis

POINTLESS no doubt, agonising definitely - almost to the point of being masochistic - but many Blues fans will still be going over the past season in their heads wondering just where the vital points were dropped.

Was it down to bad luck, the width of a goal post, poor decisions going against them or the team's inability to produce the goods when it mattered?

Certainly rattling the woodwork more than another other Championship team didn't help.

Town hit the frame of the goal an astonishing 26 times, with Pablo Counago and Tommy Miller hitting it an agonising six times.

Although it turned out not to matter Shefki Kuqi's disallowed goal against Hull was shown to be an incorrect decision, one of many Town feel they suffered during the season.

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Arguably the one that hurt the most came at Burnley when Pablo Counago was cruelly denied late in the Tuesday night game on October 2.

Our photographer Warren Page clearly captured the moment showing it was a legitimate goal. If it had been allowed as it should have been it would not just have meant three points instead of one at Turf Moor but changed the whole dynamics of Town's away form.

As we know the winless run on the road continued for another ten games and four months.

Of course that doesn't absolve the Blues. Their performance at Barnsley was shocking, the first half at Charlton dreadful and things weren't much better at Leicester and Coventry over the festive period.

Magilton's men had many chances to push into the automatic places but one win in eight just after the Marcus Evans' takeover saw them slip away.

Even so Town were well placed for a play-off place going into April and a draw instead of a loss at relegated Colchester, or a win at home over either QPR or Cardiff either side of the Layer Road trip, would have been enough.

In the end victory of play-off favourites Hull turned out to be not enough as Crystal Palace and Watford hung on.

It is no good dwelling on 'if-onlys' but like picking at a scab - it just can't be helped.

Teams that hit the woodwork the most:

Ipswich Town - 26

Blackpool - 25

West Brom - 24

QPR, Sheff Utd - 19

Charlton - 18

Norwich, Leicester - 17

Town players hitting the woodwork

Pablo Counago - 6 times

Tommy Miller - 6 times

Alan Lee - 4 times

Jon Walters, Danny Haynes, Billy Clarke - 2 times

Owen Garvan, Alan Quinn, Jason De Vos, Gary Roberts - once

Leading goalscorers:

Jon Walters - 13

Pablo Counago - 12

Alan Lee - 12

Danny Haynes - 7

Tommy Miller - 5

Leading assists:

Jon Walters - 9

Owen Garvan/ Alan Lee - 8

Owen Garvan - 6