Vital Football

Latest Ipswich Town News

Grinding Out A Defeat

Grinding Out A Defeat

Promotion chasing Ipswich Town against relegation threatened Rotherham United should have been an easy win on paper at least.

But that is not what happened.
Free-flowing passing? - No. Waves of attacks? - No. Passion - No. (except perhaps Luke Chambers on the pitch and a livid Mick on the touchline).

This was yet another terrible game in which Ipswich did not play football but again tried this new approach in which you try to see time out by heading the ball as high as you can in the air, hoof the ball as far as you can up the field and as in rugby, pass backwards repetitively.

It was very unattractive to watch and very ineffective at the same time.

What puzzles me is why almost the same set of players as last year are not trying to play football as they did last season?

We aren't doing as well this time around so surely it's clear that this primitive hacking style and aimless high heading strategy isn't as good as playing proper football.

So today we tried to grind out a narrow win against one of the weakest teams in the division. But why? Why do we not believe we can't deservedly win a game on merit by playing football? This lack of belief is a serious problem. Or is it just bad tactics?

Mick was understandably upset today after the boos at the end of each half but he also took the blame for the manner of the game.

I like his honesty and respect his experience and am sure his hands have been tied financially since he took over but the question is why?

Some fans want Mick to go now but I don't agree with that approach. Mick really cares and you couldn't miss his absolute passion today!

Look at what happened to Newcastle after they sacked Sir Bobby after three top 6 finishes in the Premiership. They still haven't matched what he achieved!

We must be careful what we wish for as Mick really is one of the best managers and he has said he is reflecting on things and planning to make changes.

We should get behind him and the team right to the finish line because in this league you just never really know?


Date:Sunday March 20 2016
Time: 12:31AM

Best of Vital Network

Login to post a comment

Recent Ipswich Town Articles

Could Steven Gerrard Be The New Town Boss?

A few days ago I would have said that the chances of Steven Gerrard becoming the new Town manager was small but now I am not so sure?

Is Steven Gerrard The Answer To Town Prayers?

The general consensus of opinion is that giving the job to Steven Gerrard would be a huge gamble but haven't we played it for too safe for far too long?

New Look Ipswich Town Are Aiming High

Interim manager Bryan Klug aims to get his players all pulling in the same direction, with a new set of coaches and a different system.

Mick Makes Quick Exit Ahead Of Schedule

We knew he was not entirely happy with his new role but his grand exit took all of us by surprise, except those of us in the know...

Ipswich Town Archived Articles

Vital Ipswich articles from

Site Journalists

Frank Weston
Editor email

Current Poll (see more polls)

Which non Ipswich man should take charge of the Blues?
Suggested By: Frank Weston
Danny Cowley10%
Steve McClaren2%
Alan Pardew2%
Mark Warburton0%
Nigel Pearson5%
Martin O'Neill2%
Paul Cook5%
Jack Ross2%
Maurice Steijn48%
Frank Lampard11%
Steven Gerrard11%
Somebody else2%
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Ipswich Town Results (view all)

Ipswich Town Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

The Vital Football Members League