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Ipswich Town
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Bolton Wanderers

nPower Championship

Portman Road

16 March 2013

Attendance: 17,034

Referee: Attwell

Ipswich TownBolton Wanderers
Edwards (88)
Henderson     Lonergan    
Cresswell     Alonso    
Chambers     Knight    
Stearman     Dawson     89
Smith     Ricketts    
Edwards     Eagles    
Drury     Spearing    
Tabb     78 Pratley    
Hyam     Lee    
McGoldrick     76 Ngog    
Murphy     C Davies     66
Loach     Bogdan    
Kisnorbo     Wheater    
Mings     Holden    
Emmanuel-Thomas     76 Medo    
Lawrence     K Davies     66
Chopra     78 Sordell     89
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Date:Sunday March 17 2013
Time: 7:38PM


the problems evident in our attack reflect on the clubs past management decisions, we invested over £6 million in transfer fees alone in N'Gog and Sordell, one can only find the net every Preston Guild and the other cannot even make the team. Halfway through this season with our 3 main forwards goalscoring feats as rare as rocking horse *****e and the relegations spots looming, £300,000 was spent on a potential solution C.Davies. How does our management figure out the most important problem facing our team could be solved by spending little more than what players spend on a car. If the logic was bring in CD to fire up SKD,N'Gog, Sordell, it hasn't worked, we have ended up with a group of impotent forwards unable to do the job or we have a management team who train them in the art of not scoring. Given the stakes I suggest our attack needs major surgery during the summer and Gartside should be banned from ever signing another club cheque.
aussie mike
17/03/2013 22:41:00
Trained in the art of not scoring! Brilliant! I cannot watch the pre-game shooting practice it is so woeful and embarrassing and I mean for many years, which also tallies with my theory that all goals are flukes. Normal shots miss by miles, flukes are on target!!
18/03/2013 01:16:00
To continue from above - Carlos Edwards who scored the only goal yesterday had not scored for two years! Just watched the highlights and Eagles had two good attempts that could have changed it for us - then how would we have seen the game?
18/03/2013 01:20:00
Pedro - you sum up the pitfalls of football, had Eagles buried both shots in the net for another priceless victory, no dissapointment or critisism would be expressed. Alas that did not happen, the reason we did not beat a team ripe for taking -given the importance of victory to our chances of grabbing a play off spot - comes down to our inability to make chances and score goals with any regularity, which has blighted our entire season. We put 4 past Hull, 3 past Barnsley, then struggle in the next three games. Pre Christmas I lost count of the points missed due to our struggle to get more than one goal a game - it all comes down to our weak attack and our failure to have any forward in the team worth 15 goals + a season. The sole purpose of any game is putting that ball in the net, our management appear to ignore this fundamental fact, whatever they teach the players in training scoring must be way down the list, after tax avoidance and polishing the porsche
aussie mike
18/03/2013 09:42:00
We're lucky that Leicester lost again or I would have said it was all but over. As you guys say, our inability to score is costing us, we should be able to concede in games like that and still be winning 3-1. I do think Sordell has goals in him if the chances are there for him, a return of Stu Holden or even Vela in tha attacking midfielder role is a must for Charlton in my opinion. I love Pratleys work rate, but its proven it just isnt enough.
18/03/2013 09:50:00
It's not the end of the world. That's our first defeat for TEN games. A quarter of a season. That's not half bad. Only Notts Forest have a better last 8 record than we do this morning. Our form is still ridiculously good and I'm not even mildly concerned beyond the fact that we've left things a bit late so it's going to be a little tight.
18/03/2013 10:16:00
Just read this on Vital Ipswich! Quote: "Carlos Edwards banged in his first goal in two years but wife Denille missed out. The Ipswich skipper was so chuffed to score he promptly banned his missus form going to watch him play. Edwards told the Daily Star: "This was the first game my wife has missed in ages and now I have managed to score. "She was not well, she was down with the flu, but I will make sure stays away all the time now - however, I mean that in a nice way. "I knew I was going to score. My agent texted me the night before the game and said I had not scored in two years and I replied 'Today`s the day bro`. And I have done it." If it means he scores in every game then I'm all for it."
18/03/2013 12:25:00
Robmoss - your optimism is inspiring, just hope you can still see through those rose tints. My cynisism runs like an on off tap, I concede that transformation takes time and has its highs and lows, my frustration is directed at our persistant failure to score. With a full strength squad available, failure by DF to change the team, the apparent reluctance to start with our best players is baffling and why does SKD even warrant squad selection ? is it his prowess in front of goal, his killer instinct, his speed afoot , or his ability to foul the opponents at every opportunity, facts suggest the latter - great, we can leave the goalscoring to our other centre forward, but then again we only have one centre forward on the pitch at any one time, okay lets leave the scoring to our midfield and defence, after all by the time SKD has controlled the ball and passed it back, allowing him to creep slowly forward, our defenders will have had the time to join him in the box together with the entire opposing team. Something should be done about that - it cannot be right that opponents are allowed to defend in depth, how do they expect our geriatric attack to suceed otherwise ?
aussie mike
18/03/2013 18:46:00
Just to let everyone know, AlParklar is not very well tonight so normal service shall resume tomorrow. Thanks!
18/03/2013 20:24:00
I think a big part of the goal scoring problem rests in the fact that our midfield is too defensively focused. Also we don't move the ball fast or accurately enough except in short bursts. Then, the forwards themselves are not mobile enough. All this adds up to very slow build up where we're trying to pass our way through defences who've already marshalled themselves behind the ball. On Saturday Ipswich were happy to let us pass the ball in front of them and closed off any gaps to get through fairly effectively. Our few chances came from wide via Eagles or CLY, and Alonso a bit but often the delivery was poor and spoilt the opportunity. There were also a lot of passes astray all over our game. I can see how they're trying to play but it often doesn't cause the opposition that many problems due to the slow build up. It's quite telling that a lot of our goals seem to come early or late in games, when we often start at a high tempo or pick up the pace late on when chasing games. Few clear cut chances = few goals. Having said that our strikers scoring ratios are dreadful and although I think there are goals in both Sordell and CD, Ngog has never shown signs of being prolific and SKD is obviously in the autumn of his career. I think in the next transfer window DF must find some more consistent goalscorers and in the meantime work on the coaching to play our passing game with more movement and pace to give the guys up front something to work with.
Skopelos Chris
18/03/2013 21:38:00
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