Teenage Town Match Report by Ethan Turner
Another report from Teenage Town supporter Ethan Turner, who shares his thoughts and report on the 3-1 defeat away to Fulham at Craven Cottage.
Non-Existent Midfield and Sloppy Defending Cost Town!
A dismal first half performance set Town on their way to a once again a disappointing defeat. Careless defending and dreadful shooting certainly assisted an entertaining, footballing, Fulham side.
It was Fulham who took the lead when Floyd Ayite scored his third goal in four days after Town goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski could only parry Chris Martin's effort.
Ipswich struggled to get into the game, their first effort being a 28th-minute shot from Freddie Sears which hit the side netting. Unfortunately Fulham doubled the lead two minutes later, when Malone was left unchallenged in the area to curl his effort home past Bialkowski. Embarrassing for both fans and players.
Half time came as a much needed pound. Town came out fighting, with two glorious opportunities. The first falling again to Freddie Sears who somehow placed his shot straight at the keeper from point-blank range. McGoldrick then came close after dangling a leg out at the far post. But it wasn’t to be Towns day when eventually, just after the hour mark, Johansen found space in the box, before turning inside and slotting home.
Bialkowski had to hold another curling effort from Ayite on 65 minutes, although the game was to settle into a pattern where the hosts were more than comfortable. However, despite a Berra header in injury time for Ipswich, the west London side ran out deserved winners, keeping their play-off hopes alive.
After Match Thoughts
After what was such a promising mid-week performance, it was quite a surprise the manner on how we lost the game. Realistically we weren’t going to salvage a decent result, but a more determined, strong and confident 90 minutes could have left Town fans leaving Craven Cottage with a positive to take away from the game.
Fans were becoming embittered very quickly, leading to a group form at the bottom of the stand, voicing their frustration with some force. Which then led to a pathetic scrap between some fans, which is something nobody wants to see. It’s embarrassing witnessing your own fans shove one another in an angry nature. It ultimately ruins everyone’s day out, they become disconnected to what’s happening on the pitch, and in some cases means fans move elsewhere to watch a game they’ve travelled and paid for.
Another thing that caught many attention was the insubstantial midfield. It seemed as if they’d never played together. Fulham players were having more than enough freedom to pass the ball in and around a crucial area of the pitch. Which unfortunately seemed to have an effect on the defence. It was amateurish and drowsy at times, which cost us. Thankfully it looks like Town are in a safe position and may well just scrape staying in the championship.
What Next For Town?
Once again a vital game for Ipswich on Good Friday. Burton away is going to be no means easy. It will no doubt be scrappy, but a point at least will be much appreciated. Ending the season on a high could bring back the buzz around Portman Road… I certainly hope so!