Last month I wrote optimistically and in hopeful expectation, that our beloved Rangers would shake off the unconvincing performances that they had served up to date and hit peak form, resulting in a run of magical displays that would see us romp home to achieve promotion in fantastic style. Well, cue the reality check, and look where we find ourselves this short month later. The R’s just managed to scrape wins against Huddersfield and Bolton but true to form failed miserably when faced with better quality opposition, i.e. top six sides. Having managed just one point from the last twelve,drawing with Burnley and losing successive games to Derby, Reading and Charlton, the R’s surrendered an automatic promotion place and now sit in fourth position seven points behind second (with a game in hand) but with an inferior goal difference.
|Doyle’s debut goal in front of the delighted Irish R’s
gathered in the School End v Burnley
From the Stands
This week I headed to Leicester for Ipswich’s game at the King Power. I was expecting us to get nothing from the game and that proved to be correct. We had failed to pick up the amount of points we needed in the past two games before heading to the King Power and February has been a poor month. The line up was odd again I think. I was disappointed to see Gerken back in goal, what Loach has to do to start is beyond me. The back four was as usual but the midfield was where the surprises were. Why oh why have we loaned in Paul Green a centre midfielder and put him on the right wing, and what has Anderson done of late to be dropped just as he was hitting some sort of form. Put Green in the centre instead of Tabb, who I don’t know what is doing to merit a start, he’s been very poor all season. Up front Nouble was the expected starter but it’s a weak strike force without McGoldrick that’s for sure.
It was another abysmal game I’m afraid. From the start we didn’t look interested and to be honest I would rather we declared pre game and saved fans travelling, their time and money. Continue reading
From the Stands
This week I was back at Portman Road for the first time in a while and I was thoroughly looking forward to being back to see Ipswich play. The game against Blackpool was the last of the three ‘easier’ fixtures I have been highlighting for a while that we needed to take advantage from before Leicester away. It was a must win really unless we are going to take anything from the Foxes next week. A home game against a side in freefall, there’s no better game really. I was delighted to see Loach back in goal but I couldn’t understand the midfield line up, why have we loaned in a centre midfielder to play on the right? And what has Anderson done wrong recently, he gives us some much needed width at least. Either way the team was still good enough to win.
What a dreadful game it turned out to be, devoid of any quality at all, and it was boring to be honest. We had one chance in the first half when McGoldrick headed wide, but Blackpool had the better chances and Loach saved well to deny them. Hyam went off injured early on and I thought it might have been a risk starting him straight away. I thought we would come out on the front foot in the second half but that never happened either, we didn’t have a shot on target all game as far as I can remember which is awful at home, apart from Tabb’s pea roller from a few yards out. We gave it a go for about the last two minutes which was it, and Loach made a good save at the other end and it ended 0-0. Nowhere near good enough. Continue reading