Without sounding too harsh, what’s the best way to describe our previous two home games? Drab? Dull? Lifeless?
February was a good month. We took on some tricky opposition and got some good results. Performances and our style were also greatly improved.
But for all of the ability that David McGoldrick and Tom Lawrence have, they are not the answer for us in the current system
But the following draws at Portman Road to Brentford and Wolves was nothing to get the heart racing.
We lack intensity, quickness of thought, pace, and , most importantly, a focal point up top.
Loanee Emyr Huws was injured for Tuesday and has been a big plus midfield — he is good on the ball, he always looks forward, and he arrives late into the box.
But for all of the ability that David McGoldrick and Tom Lawrence have, they are not the answer for us in the current system.
Didsy is a player who likes to get on the ball from deep positions, and try to dictate the play. He is more of a 10 than a nine.
And all of Tom Lawrence’s best moments in a blue shirt have been when he has been able to take the ball on from deep, and run at defenders.
I’ve always been a big fan of Brett Pitman — and I think it’s time to have an out-and-out striker up top, sniffing around the box, and giving centre backs a torrid time. At one point on Tuesday Lawrence had the ball out wide — there wasn’t one Ipswich shirt in the box.
Losing Daryl Murphy three days before the transfer window closed in the summer was a blow. Serious questions should be asked of our board why we couldn’t sign a permanent replacement in January
With about 15 minutes to go on Tuesday, counting down the minutes before I could get back on the A14 to Bury, I turned to my brother and said: “We miss Huws badly, don’t we?”
“Do you know who we miss more?” he replied. “Daryl Murphy.”
It’s hard to disagree.