IPSWICH COLUMN + HIGHLIGHTS: ‘Animosity should be aimed at our owner’

editorial image
  • The week at Town: The Blues went down 2-1 at Bristol City on Saturday in what was Lee Johnson’s first game in charge, with two Adam Flint first-half headers only being replied to by a strike by substitute Brett Pitman against his former club
  • A Town Under-21s team featuring Luke Varney, Larsen Touré, Jay Tabb and Paul Digby lost 1-0 at Colchester United on Monday, ending with 10 men after skipper Joe Robinson was sent off
  • Town target Lloyd Dyer has joined Burnley until the end of the season, while fellow winger Jerome Thomas, who also trained at Portman Road, has joined Championship strugglers Rotherham
  • Ipswich have submitted a planning application for a “UEFA standard 2* 3G artificial surface pitch” at their Playford Road training ground
  • Former Blue Johnny Miller, who played for Town from 1969-1974 died on Thursday, aged 65
  • Goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski earned a second successive man-of-the-match award since his return to the team following Dean Gerken’s injury and signed a new contract on Friday, tying him to the club until at least the summer of 2018

Keep calm and carry on will have been the mantra at Playford Road, following back-to-back away defeats.

But among the fans, it has been anything but that.

It has been like witnessing an inquest into our play-off chances dying.

It was hugely frustrating to see us miss out on the chance to pull level with sixth spot, but let’s get perspective, all is far from lost.

The sacking of Paul Clement at Derby has helped perpetuate a debate about style over results that, to be fair, has been threatening to boil over at Town for some time.

Fans want to be entertained, and despite the last minute goals and run of home Tuesday night wins - 16 ahead of hosting Hull in our next fixture on Tuesday (7.45pm) - they feel Mick’s team is not doing enough.

For the majority of the games I’ve seen this season, I do have sympathy. I largely get the privilege of not having to pay to watch us (though working them is not the jolly it appears), but perhaps I’m able to be more emotionally detached from the argument.

As someone who grew up bursting with pride at the football we played under George Burley, for today’s younger generation it is very different.

But perspective is needed and the tools Mick has had to work with and the job he is asked to do requires further inspection.

If, like Clement, he had been told to implement ‘an Ipswich way’ passing style and had been given the funds to do it, I could understand the animosity.

Mick’s the man to take us back to the Premier League in my book, whereas Marcus Evans is the man fans should be questioning

Leicester City have the worst pass success rate in the Premier League, by the way, so how do you define stylish?

But Mick’s the man to take us back to the Premier League in my book, whereas Marcus Evans is the man fans should be questioning.

* Full highlights of Ipswich games are available to Ipswich Player subscribers via the club’s official website: www.itfc.co.uk