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 Cardiff City at Portman Road.
Portman Road VS McCarthy… Sol Bamba VS Warnock
Once again, a home game where Town fans voiced their frustration to the manager and owner, in a game where Cardiff’s Sol Bamba lost his head.
Mick named the same starting eleven for the third time in a row, with the mighty pairing of Skuse and Douglas in midfield. The first half was fairly quiet with Town creating the more likely chances. But with seven minutes to go until half-time, Cardiff’s Aron Gunnarsson gave them the lead, pouncing when Bartosz Bialkowski dropped the ball from a corner. A very rare mistake from the Town keeper. But it was just seven minutes after the break when Varney scored for a second successive game at Portman Road.
Then came the madness… Sol Bamba went down after a Douglas challenge, Bamba was clearly annoyed with Douglas, and pushed over the physio, so he could then go confront him. He then made his way to the side line, where he then decided to have a go at the fourth official and his own manager, in which he was then sent off. Some say it was the most entertaining thing at Portman Road all season.
So with a team in the bottom three and down to ten men with twenty minutes to go, it was disappointing not to see many chances created from the tractor boys. Leaving Ipswich 17th, five points outside the relegation zone.
Still NO Jonny Williams???
Again, we seemed to struggle at home to teams below us. I’m still confused to why Jonny Williams isn’t starting. I think most championship managers would want him in their team. I thought it was the perfect opportunity to bring him on yesterday.
The game was heading nowhere, and Williams would have bought that extra spark, he’d create chances and try beat defenders. Cardiff were beginning to look tired, but then so where we, and I think that’s why he should of at least of come onto the pitch in the second half. A welsh international, who was one of their stand out players in the Euro’s, is having to be placed on the bench, because Douglas is in the starting 11?
What was the point in loaning a premier league player, if he isn’t going to be starting ahead of a 35 year old, who’s well past his best! But it was great to see Pittman back. A striker who will be there right place at the right time. I don’t think he’s one who’ll create chances, and I think that’s where maybe there needs to be investment in January. A striker who will get the ball down, try beat the defender and look for his strike partner, and it worked for Pittman when we had Murphy, because they’d both feed off each other.
But I doubt Evans will invest money for Mick, and even if he did knowing Micks stubbornness, Mick would probably say he’s happy with his team. Instantly the fans are going to begin to dislike you even more, and he’s got a big task ahead if he’s going to want to try win them back.
What Next For Town?
Two extremely important away games. Birmingham on Tuesday, a team who’s struggling at the minute, but certainly will be looking to bounce back. Then Wigan away on the Saturday. We must pick up points there. They’re in a relegation battle, struggling for form, and a loss against them would definitely mean a lot of unhappy Town fans, ahead of the two home games after Christmas, Fulham and Bristol City.
Back to square one for Mick, the QPR match was an inspiring performance, and one which hasn’t been reconstructed since.