World News – GB – Stu says: Five sightings after Ipswich Town 1-0 loss to Lincoln City


Stuart watson

Paul Lambert’s post-match assessment of this performance was both disturbing and delusional As a follow-up to the 4-1 error-strewn midweek loss to Doncaster, that was at best way

We’ll tackle the winning penalty, late red cards and the referee in due course. Let’s put that aside and objectively break down this Ipswich Town effort

First half; lots of possession but still in deep, non-dangerous positions Lincoln was more than happy to allow this to happen

Oli Hawkins saw an excellent header in a clear corner from the line, but the Blues created next to nothing in open play So many times, after hitting the ball from the back, the final pass attempt has been over-hit or intercepted

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The Imps, on the other hand, had four good chances Jorge Grant fired from close range and saw a deflected volley come back from the post in the first 10 minutes Harry Anderson shot a wide shot from inside the box and saw a similar attempt spin around the post through Tomas Holy’s back leg

Town, who has repeatedly failed to stop the crosses on his left, was fortunate enough to be level at the break

The second half was an improvement Ipswich played with more energy, higher up the pitch and Lincoln’s goal threat disappeared Again, no chance created by the Blues’ open play

Gwion Edwards could and should have stepped towards Jack Lankester’s free kick at close range If it happens after 56 minutes it could have been a different story

We’ve been here with ifs, buts and maybes. Possession without a punch is, unfortunately, a familiar story

Ipswich may rightly feel aggrieved that two foul attempts on Teddy Bishop were not penalized in the seconds leading up to the game’s decisive moment

Once Brennan Johnson put the objective side in the box, Nsiala had to engage in risk management mode

He had to accept that any attempt to win the ball was fraught with danger and instead focus on just channeling the front away from the goal

The first nibbles and nudges had done this job Johnson was running out of ground and Town had men covering Nsiala couldn’t help but apply one last push This gave Johnson the chance to get off and gave the referee a decision to make

Unfortunately, awkward kicking isn’t out of place for Town’s no-frills defender It’s two games in two now He’s done exactly the same in successive games against Accrington and Lincoln this season. last

Any credit he racked up at the start of the season may just have run out with Luke Woolfenden and Mark McGuinness patiently waiting in reserve

What was also not out of place was Jon Nolan’s poor challenge for his red card to stop

Frustrated that a foul hadn’t been inflicted on him moments earlier, the midfielder missed Anderson in flight with a horrific, late lunge

Much like his compatriot Paul Scholes, he always seems to have one or two of those moments in him per season. Remember the tackle that started the Carrow Road crash?

The game has been lost And now Nolan finds himself suspended for three games at a time when Town is desperately short of central midfielders Silly Boy

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Yet instead of giving Nolan coldness as he stepped off the pitch, Lambert went out of his way to give him a sympathetic pat on the back.

The Blues boss then received a red card himself after the final whistle following strong protests on the pitch with the officials Time will tell what punishment accompanies this

It’s important to say that referee Kevin Johnson undoubtedly made some bizarre decisions in this game He failed to control a drop ball Lincoln refused to return to Ipswich following a head And at one point he appeared to give an offside against an Ipswich player in his own half

He was only one in this game, waiting until the 81st minute to replace Jack Lankester with Keanan Bennetts

Lankester, who made his first competitive start since January 2019, has done his best drifting off the right and may well be a contender for a central role at some point in the next few days

It would also have been handy if the Ipswich players had agreed on the direct shooter from the free kick before kick-off In the first half, Edwards and Andre Dozzell argued over who would aim 30 yards before Edwards finally slammed a weak effort into the wall

Last season, after an unbeaten 11 game start to the league, Town lost back-to-back games They responded with back-to-back wins at Southend and Rochdale, but it was pretty much all downhill from there

The teams they have won points for so far are currently 23rd, 18th, 17th, 15th, 11th and 10th The teams they have lost against are 1st and 7th

After years of false dawn and disappointment, you can’t blame the Blues fans who currently feel a horrible sense of déjà vu

The next 10 days are, as much as anything, a huge psychological test for the players

The first home games against Gillingham (Tuesday) and Crewe (Saturday), followed by a midweek trip to Sunderland

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World News – GB – Stu says: Five sightings after loss 1- 0 from Ipswich Town to Lincoln City



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