It’s turning into a season of toil and torment for the Blues, Jon Stead’s 90th minute winner for Bristol City indicative of Town’s frustrating campaign.

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But it could have been so much better for Ipswich, who slumped to one place off the relegation zone after Saturday’s 2-1 reversal at Ashton Gate.

Stead’s finish was the EIGHTH goal this season that Town have conceded in the last five minutes of league games, while the encounter also represented the EIGHTH time the Blues have dropped points from a winning position.

Take away the late goals and the Blues would now be sat 14th in the Championship, on 38 points, and just 12 points away from the presumed 50-point safety mark.

More remarkably, Town have dropped 20 points from winning positions this season and victory in every one of those games would have seen the Blues occupy an automatic promotion spot!

Instead, home defeats against Cardiff and Derby, away setbacks at Hull and at Ashton Gate on Saturday, plus the previous week’s draw at home to Barnsley, have helped leave Town too close for comfort at the bottom.

They are six points clear of the drop but have a far inferior goal difference and have played one game more than Bristol City, Barnsley and Peterborough.

Town’s soft centre and inability to be strong at crucial periods in the game, also cost them progress into round two of the Capital Cup – at Carlisle – while a tendency to concede early at the start of either half, has often given them a mountain to climb.

The same problem reared its ugly head at the weekend with Town, comfortably leading at the break through Daryl Murphy’s opener, being pegged back within two minutes of the restart, thanks to Steve Davies’ equaliser.

Two early second-half goals gave Town a mountain to climb in the 2-1 home defeat to Charlton, earlier in the season, while Sheffield Wednesday, Crystal Palace and Aston Villa, in the FA Cup, all netted soon after the interval in victories against the Blues.

12 comments

  • The reason for this is quite simple, we have a very poor squad terribly lacking in any quality players. This is only to be expected when the squad consists of mainly players not doing it at their previous clubs, in other words other clubs rejects. Not one of the previous clubs of our players were sad to see them go !

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    gaz man gaz

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • Could be... 14th! Wow! Statistics obviously don't add up to much - that's only 6 points from 29 games... about 0.2 points per game! Hardly guarantees survival or pushes for promotion at this point in the season.

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    Bleeding Blue

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • Dear old Ged, what a rant, I think you've finally lost the plot. Get yourself back to carrot rood and have a lie down in a dark room........

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    Paul Breach

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • Firstly, am I the only one fed up with all the alleged comparisons between the east Anglian sides. All are struggling. Secondly, is the vexed issue of loan players. Five years ago we could, and in my view should, have developed a good youth squad. We might have had a decent team by now. Too many loan players never make a team just as short term strategies never provide a long term solution. Here's to the rest of this problematic season.

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    bigdave

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • You forgot to add Luton to that list, Ged.

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    Andrew Mehen

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • Personally I can't wait for this season to be over. And I've said that about the last three! Bring on the summer and an enormous clear out, rethink and new plan for getting out of this god forsaken division next term. Had I not just about managed to stop laughing at Norwich's result on saturday I might have taken ours a bit harder, but like most on here I've long given up being surprised by this squad's inability to nail a game down. MM is utterly blameless in all this, as far as I'm concerned, as he has simply taken over the reigns at a deeply troubled club. Evans needs to pop back into the country long enough to sack Clegg, agree a hard and fast budget with MM and hopefully get a grip on the club he was meant to take into the Premiership.

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    Andrew Mehen

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • John Burl S - Yeah, Robin did mention it the other day but is having trouble getting Fergie to see his point of view................

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    Mike Wyatt

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • Statistics don't ruin seasons, footballers who can't finish do that. And we seem to have plenty of those, although to be fair so do many Premiership teams. From which I exempt V. Persie! Any chance he'd like to try for star striker at ITFC?

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    JOHN BURLS

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • For some unfathomable reason you don't mention the key statistic that leads to Town's current uselessness... EIGHT loans by Jewell and SIX already by No Loans McCarthy. This is clearly not a recipe for coherent team building. To repeat the blindingly obvious...unless there is a sea change in the way the club is being run (or asset-stripped) No Loans can no more stop the rot than Jewell, Keane or any other gravy train rider popping in for 18 months and a guaranteed pay off.

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    Rob Steroo

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • The true stats are that all 4 of East Anglian clubs Ipswich, Norwich, Colchester and Peterborough are all struggling in their respective leagues. But the difference is Norwich are struggling in the PREMIER league against clubs like Man Utd, Chelsea and Luton. Whereas town are in the CHAMPIONSHIP against pathetic Peterborough, Bristol City, Barnsley and Sheff Wed. Colchester even lower in the 3rd Division agaist Hartlepool etc. There is a huge difference in the leagues and town are basically total rubbish in a league of total rubbish. Well they are at the moment soon be Crewe their struggling against.

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    ged scott

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • a) MM has NEVER said he wouldn't use the loan market; he said it "wasn't ideal". Big difference. He has little choice given the squad he took over and the time of year. b) Ged, can you re-post that in English, please?!

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    Andrew Mehen

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • Different manager, same old story. In fact McCarthy's record is worse than Jewell's in his first 16 games despite Jewell's reign being widely described as disastrous.

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    Ted Maul

    Monday, January 28, 2013

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