Teenage Town Match Report with Ethan Turner
Another report from Teenage Town supporter Ethan Turner, who shares his thoughts and report on the 1-1 draw with Brentford at Portman Road.
Lifeless and Lack of Creativity Leaves Town Lucky With A Draw
An uninspiring and insufficient amount of creativity left Ipswich lucky with a point. The result meant that Town continued their run to six unbeaten games. It was in fact Ipswich who took the lead, when on the 26th minute Tom Lawrence crossed the ball into the area and was brilliantly controlled by Huws, who sent a low shot from 10 yards past Brentford goalkeeper Bentley.
Lasse Vibe nearly hit back immediately, but his goal bound shot following Luke Chambers' mistake was blocked by Christophe Berra, before Romaine Sawyers fired a shot just wide. The Ipswich captain once again played well below par and unfortunately his performances are becoming a reoccurring pattern. After taking the lead Town were becoming very careless with possession. So it came as no surprise when the visitors grabbed an equaliser just before half-time. An extremely well worked goal, which was matched by the finish from Yennaris.
The second half began the same, neither team were able to dwell on the ball for long, and the game was becoming particularly scrappy. Unfortunately Brentford were steadily making their way closer to the Ipswich net. The visitors probably should have taken all three points, thankfully Myles Kenlock was on hand to hook the ball off the line after Canos' shot was partially blocked by Bartosz Bialkowski. It was a game Town fans haven’t been use to in recent weeks, and one they hope won’t become a reoccurring pattern.
After Match Thoughts
It was peculiar witnessing a Town side which lacked urgency, confidence and creativity. Perhaps getting the pressure of the East Anglian derby out of the way, meant that the side could settle down? Or was it just an off day? Due to our poor form all season, I think the players recognised that a result was certainly needed at Carrow Road and attempted, in the game’s leading up to it, to maintain some form. No Town player today had a decent game.
The Brentford defence efficiently man marked both Lawrence and McGoldrick, knowing that those two are the force of the team. I also recognised that Lawrence was becoming agitated and frustrated by this. Maybe Brentford have conquered a weakness in the ‘Welsh Magician’. Without him the team really does have non-existent creativity, which is a worry, and has been for a while now.
I certainly think that Tommy Smith should be starting ahead of Berra. The Scotsman doesn’t look comfortable at all. Grant Ward was also another one who didn’t have his best game in a while. Without any real fight from Lawrence or McGoldrick, it left no vibes for the players to bounce off. It was all a bit clueless.
What Next For Town?
Hopefully Town will be able to bounce back on Tuesday when they take on Wolves who are just placed outside the relegation zone. If today is anything to go by, then we should be slightly worried by the attack threat Wolves carry. A win is vital!