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  1. Also Ipswich. Long-time season ticket holder (whatever that means these days - got to see one game live last season although IPlayer meant I watched all the games). I think we'll go up - there's been something rotten at Ipswich for absolutely ages. For a long time we've been really bad at playing football - the standard of play and just basic things like passing and moving have been beyond us. I'm hoping that Paul Cook's purge of the squad and the takeover and everything else will be the change we need to actually be fun to watch again. Player to watch - merman isn't exaggerating above when he said "Dumping most of last season's squad", we've got rid or are trying to get rid of about 90% of the squad. However, the one player who came out and said he'd fight for his place in the team and has just been promoted to train with the first team squad is Armando Dobra. I love him to bits - he's the perfect blend of skill and short fuse. If he gets fouled then you know that a short while later he will be seeking retribution in a none-too-subtle way. We were bloody awful last season and Dobra is the only player that I'd want to keep so I'm very pleased it looks like he'll be here. We'll probably sell him next week. RE: James Wilson - solid defender, no nonsense, low risk, put it into touch style player. He will not be playing it around at the back. Last season he was injured a bit, only played 18 games and somehow got Player of the Year. I think there was an element of his reputation rising through absence - as he didn't play that much he wasn't as awful as most of the rest of them. If he can stay injury-free then he's a handy player to have in the squad but I wouldn't get too excited about him.
  2. Some sort of platforming element that takes everyone a different amount of time to complete, allowing those that have already got through to try and push each other to their deaths. Other raid groups put most of their time and effort into killing each other too right?
  3. Bit of a schooling today - was surprised that we played the same team as against Brentford; you can't keep getting away with it and today we didn't. There's no getting away from the fact that our squad is paper thin at the moment, but it really showed up Mick's lack of flexibility and tactical nous today. Basically Fulham had watched a video of the Brentford game and set up to exploit our weaknesses. We're basically playing four strikers, but not in an all-out-attack formation, Waghorn and Sears are sort of playing midfield, and sort of tracking back. So Fulham doubled up on their left, and had someone hug the touchline. This was obvious within five minutes. We didn't come up with a way to counter this all game and basically they ran riot. We could have swapped Waghorn and Sears (as Sears will absolutely run his legs off all game and man mark people if he's told to), we could have pushed someone up on our right and exploit the space, we could have swapped to five in midfield, we could have done anything - we did nothing. And yet ... it could have been so different (and in keeping with our season so far). Fulham hit the post and had all the possession, but we had a couple of good chances but whereas we've scored from pretty much every half chance up till now, today we didn't and once Fulham scored we had no ideas. Still, can't grumble from four wins from five. I hope Mick doesn't resort to type and has faith in the team and we continue to try and play football. It's probably a forlorn hope, but I'd love us to be more flexible tactically. I know we've basically only really got 13 fit first team players at the moment, but Fulham knew what we were going to play and could set up accordingly - it shouldn't be that easy to play against us.
  4. Played well again and suited the game as he's good at getting foot in / stepping in when someone tries to go past him. Also had a couple of good marauding runs forward. Again, not really sure what Wolves' motivation was in sending him out on loan; have you got someone really good as your right back?
  5. Brentford is a good day out - good pubs and good stewards. Based on today, they play too much football - just checking the stats they had 65% possession but didn't really do anything with it. Given our make-shift defence they should really have just ran at us, played it behind the back-four, anything really other than nice neat intricate passing, which we just stood back from and then just tackled / blocked when they actually got anywhere near the goal. It really was an immense performance by every single player - such a change from last year's half-arsed crap. Crystal Palace on Tuesday - God only knows what sort of team we'll put out; youth team I assume as we can't afford to play any first teamers given how threadbare the squad is.
  6. Great game today - absolutely immense performance from Ipswich. Our squad is paper thin with injuries and illness; our starting 11 included four full backs and four strikers. Still, got to enjoy it whilst it lasts.
  7. WE'RE GOING TO WIN THE RUDDY LEAGUE!!! Wolves can come second.
  8. Join us Dennis! Search your soul, you know blue is a much more sensible colour for a football shirt than yellow!
  9. Three wins out of three for Uber Mick and his team of bastards. I hope he sticks to his guns and doesn't bottle it when the inevitable loss comes - we haven't really been the stereotypical 'McCarthy Team' for the last three seasons and, should this be his last year at Ipswich (and I hope it is) then I hope he really goes for it and goes out on a high. The new strikers are total bastard, Robert Fleck types (showing my age there) and it could be a good mix of the likes of them, players like McGoldrick who can actually pass the ball and then, hopefully, some of our youth team coming through - who are actually good players but in previous seasons haven't had a chance to play.
  10. We've signed a striker!!! What the shitting hell is going on? I can only assume that, whist walking to the game last Saturday I was hit by a car and the subsequent good game, win and now signing are all some weird fevered dream brought on by the copious drugs required to keep me alive. None of this can be real! https://www.twtd.co.uk/ipswich-town-news/32007/town-confirm-waghorn-signing
  11. Most importantly, with the closure of the Robert Ransome - where was I going to drink before the match? As my old man is suspicious of anything that isn't a Wetherspoons we moved over the road to the Cricketers. First signs were terrible - drastically understaffed, but as the crowds lessened (probably with people getting bored of waiting to get served going some where else) it settled down and my Dad was happy with his burger and beer deal and I got stuck into drinking away my heart ache over there being no Pitman (he scored two for Portsmouth against Rochdale). Onto the game, I thought we played pretty well - it was a good game. It was very much back to the style of two seasons ago - right up until we got absolutely shat upon at Reading away, McCarthy completely lost his nerve and we played dour, shit defensive football for the next one and a half seasons. Dozzell looked bloody good in the 40 minutes or so - real pity that it seems so serious an injury and I hope it turns out to be something lesser and he's back relatively soon, or if not it doesn't impede his progress as he looks to be a proper player. Birmingham can probably feel themselves pretty hard done by - we should have probably won 2-0 (Sears missed an open goal when it seemed easier to put it in) but around that Birmingham had some good chances and the best of the first half and were probably good value for a draw. I don't think either team are really any good and won't be challenging the top 6 which is one of the reasons I'm so pleased we won as I'm already seeing these sort of games as six pointers. Iorfa is bloody good - like him a lot. Whilst I'm annoyed that we sent Emmanuel out on loan (as I'm not sure Iorfa is that much better, and at least Emmanuel is ours) I think this will work out well for both clubs as he slotted in really well, and from Wolves' perspective he will get the chance to play himself back into form / work out some kinks or whatever your motivation was (you must have a really good right back for him not to play for you). Bart was as good as ever, Garner looked sharp and took his goal well (and is clearly a feisty fucker, so he'll either become a cult hero or get frequently sent off for stupid things, or why not both?) and even Knudsen had a good game (set up the goal and did another good cross that eventually led to it coming back in for Sears to make a mess off when he should have scored). Luke Chambers did a few nice fist pumps so well done him. All in all, a good day back at Portman Road and we've still got some of our better players to come back in.
  12. You cheerful, optimistic bastards. Buying players - who do you think you are? Melchester Rovers? The main Ipswich fan forum is Those Were The Days - there's a guy on there (HarryfromBath) who before each game does a 'View from the opposing fans' kind of thing where he goes on opposition teams' forums and collates a report on what they think about their team, the season and their chances against Ipswich (they usually think we're shit and that they're going to win). They're very good. He's just done a pre-season report for all the various teams - here's the Wolves one: https://www.twtd.co.uk/ipswich-town-news/31970/turning-portuguese-i-think-i’m-turning-portuguese…--wolves-pre-season-report Feel free to also read the bitter comments at the bottom from sour Ipswich fans.
  13. Quality coverage of the shit leagues in the Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jul/24/football-league-club-season-championship-league-one-league-two "Who are these teams ... Ipswich ... Town? Fuck that, source some below the line quotes and that'll do".
  14. I started a couple of months back on PS4. I really liked it up until level 50 (the cap in the base game) - and bought Heavensward. I'd been warned that you needed to finish the main story quest line before you could go onto the expansion, but hadn't been prepared for what a boring grind it would be. I should stress that obviously if you were playing it at the time then it was probably quite cool - new content being released in each end game patch and a lot to do in each, but for someone like me trying to catch up it was dull and they don't even try and hide the grind. An average evening saw me talking to someone, being sent all the way across the map to somewhere with no teleport to talk to some else, then having to go back to the original person to pass on their answer, then going somewhere else with no teleport to talk to someone, then back again, then sat in a queue for 20 minutes for a trial. For which, you'd get next to no experience so I wasn't even getting a head start on the grind to 60. And that basically soured me on the whole game - I moved onto the expansion, played up to the third area, level 54 but the shit quest design which purposefully wastes your time in pointless travel time and grinds (keep getting quests to kill the same bloody mobs in that Chocobo forest) got on my nerves so I stopped. Whilst still pre-ordering the latest expansion and keeping a running subscription. That'll show them.
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