The View From Churchmans

Ipswich Town home match reports from just another season-ticket holder

MATCH REPORT

Wolves 2 Ipswich Town 0

Just when we really didn’t need one of those nondescript, clueless
performances we seem to produce with irritating regularity, along comes a
completely inept 45 minutes which even a second-half rally couldn’t
overcome. Wolves apparently played one of their best halves of the season
(yes, I was sitting with a load of Wolves-supporting mates), but even so, at
our best we’d have coped with that easily. We started with a 3-5-2 which was
dragged all over the place by some confident Wolves passing, went to 4-4-2
to try to cope, then at half-time ripped the plan up completely and started
again with two significant substitutions.

The damage was done by then though, and in the end the difference between
the two sides was that in the half they dominated we left gaping holes at
the back, and in the half we had the upper hand the Wolves defence stood
firm (Lescott is still the best defender in the Championship).

A two-nil defeat where the keeper was our man of the match sounds like it
was a potential massacre, but that wasn’t the case: we hit the woodwork
twice in the first half, and if Benty’s early-second-half chip had been a
few inches lower it might have been a different game. Now we’re surely going
to have to get something against Sunderland, and it might even have to be a
win.

Some ratings:

DAVIS 8 (4/4): Three or four cracking saves had the Wolves fans shaking
their heads in amazement, but Kelvin was confident throughout. A rare gem in
a pile of dung.

WILNIS 5 (3/2), NAYLOR 5 (3/2), DE VOS 5 (3/2), UNSWORTH 4 (2/2): Costly
errors from Unsworth proved to be our undoing, but the wide acres of space
beyond him for the winger to exploit were the fault of a central defence
which looked as if it had been thrown together fot the first time that
morning. Again.

MILLER 6 (3/3), MAGILTON 4 (2/2), WESTLAKE 7 (4/3), RICHARDS 4 (2/2): Matt
really looked as if he didn’t know what his role was supposed to be – was
that his fault? I don’t know. Only Westy seemed really up for it, and why he
had to be sacrificed for the increasingly immobile Jim at the end, I don’t
know either.

BENT 6 (3/3), KUQI 4 (2/2): A curiously absent display from Shefki,
admittedly with no service. Dazza tried hard throughout, but it wasn’t his
night.

Subs:
CURRIE 7 (4/3), SCOWCROFT 5 (3/2): the best which can be said for Jamie was
that he tried, and he gave us more presence than Shefki had provided. But
the free-kicks he continues to give away are a liability we can’t afford,
and he won little of substance in the air. Darren was the real difference in
the second half, I think, really putting in the miles and dropping the balls
over the top which Jim had been trying (and failing) to do all night.
COUNAGO got a cameo turn at the end, but made no discernible impact.

The REFEREE gave some poor decisions against both sides, but at least he was
sensible with the cards: the second half was tough but rarely dirty. The
AWAY SUPPORT sounded pretty good, especially as the Molineux Moaners started
to get the upper hand later on.

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