Teenage Town Match Report with Ethan Turner
Another report from Teenage Town supporter Ethan Turner, who shares his thoughts and report on the 2-0 defeat against Fulham at Portman Road on boxing day.
Disappointing, Embarrassing, Outrages, the Worst Performance YET!
As I sit back in the car, attempting to summarise, and think about Ipswich’s performance, I seem to consistently stumble over the same old words… Boring, rubbish, boring, rubbish, boring, rubbish. You get the idea! Like most Town fans in the stadium today, we once again voiced our frustration, hoping that one day there’ll be a positive change to the club we all love.
Take nothing away from Fulham. A fantastic footballing side, extremely entertaining to watch. Something I’m yet to see from Ipswich. They dominated possession, and put pressure on an awful Ipswich performance. It was only right when Chris Martin curled a delightful free-kick into the bottom corner from 25 yards out.
Mick McCarthy responded to a woeful first-half performance by introducing David McGoldrick and Leon Best at half-time. McGoldrick certainly had the bigger impact, the only Town player who tried to create something. The second goal finally came when Johansen's corner was met by substitute Sigurdsson, who found the bottom corner with a strong header. The players were booed off again. The boo’s seem to be more consistent than Ipswich all season.
Bartosz Bialkowski, again, the stand out player. He made at least three brilliant saves. If it wasn’t for him, then it could have been at least four. No doubt scouts would have seen the tremendous talent that Bartosz has, and wouldn’t be a surprise if a team came searching for him in January.
Andre Dozzell started for the second time in a row, but was nowhere to be seen, in a difficult first half for him, and everyone else. Also to everyone’s delight Douglas got to play a full 90 minutes! None of the players looked like they wanted to be out on that pitch. There was a server lack of movement, meaning no creativity. We struggled to string five passes together. Looking back on the stats, I felt embarrassed. At home, to almost 20,000 people, and we only managed two shots, zero on target. A complete embarrassment. With plenty of games during the Christmas period, it’s the time where you want to pick up points. With three games in a week, nine points on offer, I struggle to see us getting three. One win, in the last five, it’s becoming daunting that we could be in for a relegation fight.
Personally, it’s time for Mick to get the sack. He’s clearly ran out of ideas, he has no clue what his best side is, and the fans clearly disapprove McCarthy and his style of football.
There’s two stand out managers who we could attempt to bring in. Alan Pardew, recently got sacked from Crystal Palace, and I reckon he could do a job for us. My favourite is Gary Rowett, who was shockingly sacked from Birmingham. A young manager, who made a team look good without having to spend millions of pounds, and feel he’d definitely bring something positive to a club which is struggling, when it shouldn’t be.
What Next For Town?
Next for Town is a crucial home game against Bristol City. A team we are capable of beating on our won soil, despite losing to them at their ground. If Mick isn’t sacked before Friday, anything other than a win, then I think it’s time for him to go!