Teenage Town Match Report by Ethan Turner
Another report from Teenage Town supporter Ethan Turner, who shares his thoughts and report on the 1-1 draw with Birmingham City at Portman Road.
Lack of Confidence and No Belief… Enough Is Enough
It really is unimaginable how a football club with such vast history has ended up where the football is tedious, and the atmosphere is toxic. Two seasons ago every proud supporter of the club would have laughed if you’d told them we would turn out to be in the state which we are in. The fans have had enough and rightly so. The owner got us in this mess, so he has to get us out of it.
With just four league wins between them in 2017, and with both nervously looking over their shoulders at the relegation zone, this was a tight and tense 90 minutes at Portman Road. Both sides had plenty of the ball, during the first half, but struggled to create anything with it. The second half posed a bigger threat for both sides, knowing three points was crucial. However, three minutes after the restart, Jonathan Grounds fired into the roof of the net to put Blues ahead after Bartosz Bialkowski saved Lukas Jutkiewicz's initial shot.
Jutkiewicz almost doubled the lead when put through by Craig Gardner's reverse pass, but Bialkowski saved well, like he has done all season. It wasn’t all gloom and doom, a huge amount of fortune fell Town’s way when Grant Ward’s cross somehow went over a bewildered Tomasz Kuszczak and into the net. The Tractor Boys' fifth successive home draw keeps them 17th, a place above Birmingham on goal difference, with both sides’ six points above the relegation zone. It was certainly a nervy affair, which still leaves Town fans irritated.
After Match Thoughts
Unfortunately these match reports are becoming a struggle. I often find myself repeating the same ludicrous stuff. Although there is a positive that Bart is always a mention, with his heroic saves.
Having had two weeks to sit down and prepare for this immensely important contest, come the 90th minute I was still puzzled to actually observe any groundwork made by McCarthy and his troops. Although should I be surprised when all season Mick has struggled to find his best side. Perhaps he had found it but hadn’t recognised it. Dinosaur. Anyway, today we certainly made our voices heard. Whether that be to McCarthy, Evans or Milne. We sung loud and proudly. Loud to obviously make our voices heard, but proud for the love of our club. We have to be careful though.
Players will not be wanting to turn up and play at Portman Road anymore. As horrible and miserable the scenario is at the moment, we can’t let that be voiced in the 60th minute. There’s still a match to be played, a match still to be won in certain circumstances, but much to our annoyance we have to protect those voices until the conclusion of the final outcome of the game. We paid to back the team, not dismantle them. As I mentioned earlier, I definitely think our voices need to be heard, but there is a time to do so.
Due to a dismal performance, it leaves more pressure on the players that a win is much needed.
What Next For Town?
Wigan will undoubtedly be wanting to take away the three points. Dark lonely times at Portman Road, a reality check at the end of the season is defiantly required by both manager and owner, had the damage not already been done.