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Town Are Now Just Five Points From The Drop

Town Are Now Just Five Points From The Drop

This is a far from satisfactory end of season scenario. I suggested in one of my columns recently that the only real excitement left to us, in what has become one of the most banal seasons in memory, is if Town became embroiled in a relegation dog-fight.

The reality is that we are almost there, as we are now only five points off the degradation zone after our humiliating 3-1 defeat at the hands of Neil Warnock's Cardiff City.

It was a comfortable win for the Welsh side - even though we took the lead against the run of play with a well taken goal by captain Luke Chambers, who ghosted in at the far post from a cross by Tom Lawrence after 23 minutes, to guide the ball home with his head.

That however was a false dawn and Cardiff dominated proceedings before and after and two clinical strikes by Kenneth Zohore and then later, a delightfully contrived move that lead to Bennett being in the right place at the right time, to side-foot the ball past Bartosz Bialkowski after 63 minutes, meant that from that moment on, the Blues were a beaten side.

In truth, it was never going to be Ipswich Town's day. Once manager Mick McCarthy decided to start with a draw induced line-up, leaving Pitman, Sears and the unlucky Kenlock on bench warming duties again, the writing was already on the wall.

Ipswich Town's sixty year presence, in the top two divisions in English football, is now seriously under threat and our next two games at Portman Road against struggling Birmingham City and Wigan Athletic could decide, once and for all, in which direction we are heading next season?

The management team now have two weeks to construct a strategy that will get us back into the winning habit and it is a cause of major concern to the fans, the players and the coaching staff alike as the clock begins to tick.

I wonder what Marcus Evans is thinking right now as the big season ticket sell is introduced once more?

Town are in dire straights and he must take some of the blame for expecting manager Mick McCarthy to start juggling the pack when his hands are tied behind his back.

Ian Milne is the representative of the new Howard Hughes and his sound bites fall a bit flat when we see what is actually occurring to the club we love.

I am very disappointed with the going-on at Portman Road these days and we are paying the price for failing to spend from a position of strength at the back end of 2014.

Mick McCarthy has not helped himself either, with his arrogance and obsessive belief that a point is always worth having.

Well, not any more it ain't!


Frank Weston - Editor of Vital Ipswich



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Writer:Frank Weston
Date:Sunday March 19 2017
Time: 7:26PM

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