Teenage Town Match Report with Ethan Turner
Another report from Teenage Town supporter Ethan Turner, who shares his thoughts and report on Town's 2-1 defeat at QPR to start 2017 on a unhappy note.
NEW YEAR, NO CHANGE!!!
McCarthy’s negative substitutions let him down once again. A game where Town seemed to dominate possession, yet failed to finish the chances being created.
A close fitting Loftus Road, compared to Ipswich, like going from a house to a bungalow. It was pleasant, to have a change in scenery, hoping for, positive football. One day that will come true. Despite the tightness of the ground, it was only the sweet singing tunes of the Town fans, which could be heard ringing around the stadium.
Starting with five at the back, it looked like another one of Mick’s genius tactical masterminds. Kenlock and Emmanuel playing as the wing-backs. Bru managed to maintain his place in the starting 11. The first half, like most of the game, was dominated by Ipswich, but struggled to create chances. Lawrence wasn’t involved in the game enough, and Pitman was having trouble winning balls played forward to him.
In true Ipswich style, after having the upper hand over our opponents, Idrissa Sylla volleyed the hosts ahead when he reacted quickest to Christophe Berra's poor defensive header. Again a defensive error!
At half-time Mick acquired an attacking change, switching to a 4-4-2, swapping Josh Emmanuel for Grant Ward. The change definitely seemed to have an impact in the correct manor. Three minutes after half-time, Tom Lawrence spectacularly equalised as he blasted into the top corner from 25 yards, the scenes were unreal. We sung with pride and belief, urging our beloved team to go and score a second goal.
So to aid us to getting that second goal, McCarthy unleashed Jonathan Douglas, much to our disappointment and frustration. After being bold with his substitutions against Bristol City, it also came as a surprise when Jonas Knudsen entered the field, for again a strong performance by Myles Kenlock. With these two discouraging substitutions, the R’s went on to win their second consecutive game after Adam Webster misjudged the flight of a ball over the top and Wszolek took advantage, controlling well before taking it around fellow Pole Bartosz Bialkowski and slotting home. One step forward, two steps back. My frustration after the game was more powerful than it had been all season.
We can’t even win two consecutive games. Some of the stats have been embarrassing. The problem, during transfer windows for Ipswich, is that big players aren’t going to be attracted, to what used to also be a big club. After beating this side comfortably, it was the first time I walked into the stadium and thought, ‘We’re going to beat these’. How wrong was I. Despite our pitiful form this season, we still travel in our numbers. But I fear soon that’ll change. Unless we bring in any decent players during the transfer window, the club is only going to descend. With the chance of us getting relegated or, pushing for play-offs, being extremely diminutive, then I wouldn’t mind a cup run. Get the results and who knows how far we could go into the competition.
What Next For Town?
Speaking of the FA Cup, Town play Lincoln at Portman Road, with more than 4,000 of the away side attending the game. No doubt all the noise will be coming from the away fans, and after today’s result, I estimate that the attendance figure will be pretty low for the home fans.