Blackburn v Ipswich: Luke Hyam left the Pennines with the belief that Ipswich should have taken a point from their visit to Blackburn Rovers.

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A scrappy goal on the hour, Jordan Rhodes’ toe-poke diverting off Stephen Henderson’s head and into the net, was the difference between the teams in a game that was dire for the majority.

Town were workmanlike, while Rovers were nervous and all too often elected to punt hopeful balls forward which were snaffled up by Blues’ defensive duo, Tommy Smith and Luke Chambers.

Even after the goal and the subsequent lift in morale, Blackburn still showed little invention and while Rhodes went close with a hat-trick of chances as the game opened up, the visitors were unfortunate not to grab an equaliser when Guirane N’Daw’s volley went just wide as the game entered the final minute.

“All the lads and staff are really disappointed to lose as we did not deserve it,” said Hyam.

“I don’t see why we couldn’t have won, we had the better of a close game and should have at least got an equaliser at the back stick, right at the end (Richard Stearman’s header wide).

“It was a typical Championship game and whoever scored the first goal, it was going to give them a lift.

“After the goal, we began playing longer balls to try and get an equaliser but it wasn’t to be.”

A typical striker, Rhodes tried claiming the home side’s winner and Hyam believes he may have had a genuine claim.

But that was of little interest to the midfielder as Town’s defence once again paid the price for the slightest of mistakes.

“Cressie (Aaron Cresswell) cleared the ball off the line and I think Jordan Rhodes got a touch on it in the six-yard box and did what he does best,” said Hyam.

“He ran away celebrating as though he had scored the goal and we were gutted, as nine times out of ten we would have cleared the ball.

“You won’t see Jordan for 89 minutes and then he goes and does that.

“That was their only half-chance up to that point which is really disappointing.”

Victories for Barnsley, Bristol City and Peterborough, below the Blues, means Mick McCarthy’s men are just a point and two places clear of safety.

Ahead of them are two crucial home games, against mid-table Blackpool, on Saturday and then play-off chasing Watford, next Tuesday.

Town will go in search of their first home win against the Hornets for nine years and only a second win, home or away, in 14 league games.

As for Blackpool, there is the small matter of banishing the memories of the 6-0 thumping the Tangerines dished out to the Blues back in August.

“We will learn from the Blackburn game and get ready to go again on Saturday and hopefully pick up three points,” said Hyam.

“Mick (McCarthy) and Terry Connor will get us going again.”

8 comments

  • "I don’t see why we couldn’t have won". How about having no shots on target in the entire game? i believe you can't win a football match without scoring a goal. Incredibly Moribund Mick and his men are 1 point off the dropzone when we would have actually been 4 points clear by simply keeping Jason Scotland and not even playing him!

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    Ted Maul

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • I just do not see the point in players making comments like hyams??? What are they going to say after a dismal display when they could not muster one shot on target? "We were great and Im ecstatic and so glad we lost 1-0" pathetic!!!

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    ged scott

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • True and blue. understand were you are comeing from but look at coventy city now fear the town might be in that as well if we went down We must at all costs stay up and build hopefully next season.. Think what players would want to stay or come here if we went down..

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    User Removed

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • Doesn't it make you sick hearing Ipswich players and the manager going on about us not deserving to lose and how well we played in defeat or just one mistake cost us the points. How can we have not deserved to lose when we didnt manage a shot on target in 90 minutes? All sides make the odd defensive error in games but the reason it so often results in us losing is that we have a massive lack of quality all over the pitch, we are the lowest scorers in the championship because we dont have any decent goalscorers either up front or from midfield. Prolific goalscorers cost a lot of cash and the club are not prepared to stump up for one so we will probably be relegated. Ipswich fans, players and management team are the only ones who think we dont deserve it, the stats confirm we are one of the bottom three sides in the championship so relegation is what we deserve !

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    gaz man gaz

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Not picking on Hyam here, but I wish players would stop saying “it wasn’t to be” as if they are helpless pawns in a pre-ordained show as decreed by some football deity. “No matter what we’d have done it wouldn’t have made a difference – it just wasn’t to be”. No. It didn’t happen because once again the players didn’t make it happen. No wonder we can’t battle our way out of a paper bag; no wonder we mess up easy crosses and passes to put people in on goal (Cressy on Saturday); no wonder we meekly concede after the restart and late in games, and no wonder when we have easy chances we blatt them wide.

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    Pete James

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • Finn Blue - yes I know what you mean - but then Coventry and others were probably already doomed to sink further? Beginning to wonder about the overall future given the latest 'non' news about the future of the club. What do we have left - great fanbase, good tradition, good pitch and stadium (though this doesn't compare with many now) - getting glummer by the minute and with several season tickets in our family we have a big decision to make very soon. This time another empty or undeliverable promise won't be enough. Several of my friends and family have long since stopped coming and given up their season tickets. What a very sad moment in the club's history!

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • Ted why should we keep a player who wanted to play football good for him and it wont be him who sends us down, he has scored 3 goals look at our goals against and goals for that is the problem. Saying that MM has closed up the defence so now we just need goals, I have seen hyam recently and the lad gives 100% but he does not create anything I havent seen one pass from him that has sent an attacker away that is our problem and with no competant wide players again problems if MM can sort that out then we may find goals coming and games being one and as for wanting to go down a league that is just rubbish we want to stay in this league consolidate then see what MM can do in two seasons time.

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    finchk702

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • I so hope that I am wrong but a part of me is feeling that a 'rousing' season in League One to rebuild our team, our confidence and our fan base - could be the best thing in the long run. I know many have counselled against such thoughts but I am thinking too of our young supporters and family supporters - what we really want is to cheer our team to victory and to enjoy a Saturday with family and friends at Portman Road and afterwards. Yes, I really think a season taking League One by storm would rejuvenate us all - oh how I long to see us high in the table - maybe in the top three all season, with 20,000 plus coming to Portman Road to watch a team doing what we did before in 6061 and 6162 after coming up from Division 3 South. Maybe this is too controversial - but like preparing for the death of a member of the family who has been sick for many years - this could be the best for all concerned?

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Monday, February 11, 2013

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