The Reaction: They think it’s all over, it is now!
We take a look at the reaction following Town’s damaging 2-1 defeat at Blackpool on Saturday afternoon.
An injury time winner from Joe Nuttall gave Blackpool the three points at Bloomfield Road, a defeat which all but confirms another season in the third tier of English football.
Town pretty much dominated the game but fell behind when Dewsbury-Hall curled in for the hosts after some shambolic defending by Town. After the break Freddie Sears equalised for Paul Lambert’s men who then looked the more likely to pick up the win.
In injury time, Freddie Sears rather fluffed his big chance to win the three points for his side and to rub salt into the wounds, Joe Nuttall then clinched the three points for the Seasiders.
Our Reaction: Time to think about next season, with or without Lambert.
We all thought that the season was over after last weeks damaging defeat to Oxford United at Portman Road, a side who now occupy the remaining play-off spot five points ahead of Town, well it is well and truly over now.
A season which promised so much, a start which saw Paul Lambert’s men start like a steam train, unfortunately a season which will ultimately end in failure.
While there will be many months of finger pointing of who’s to blame, and whilst I am are certainly not letting Evans ‘get away with it’ I can’t help but feel that’s an argument for another day, Lambert has to shoulder the blame for this.
The game itself at Blackpool pretty much summed up our season, a soft goal conceded, struggled to take our chances and then get hit by the sucker punch. Armando Dobra looked lively when introduced shortly after Town equalised, something that left me scratching my head with how he hasn’t been more involved.
With home games to come, surely now is the time for Town to demonstrate that we will no longer accept this mediocre mentality our club now has.
Lambert: Massive week ahead
Paul Lambert said he would have been disappointed to leave Blackpool with a point, let alone going down to a last minute Joe Nuttall goal which saw Town leave Bloomfield Road empty handed.
“I’m getting bored of saying the same thing, the chances we had in that game,” the Town boss told iFollow Ipswich.
“We were in control of the game for long spells, were dominating and then we lose it right at the end. That’s the way it’s going for us at the minute.
“We should have had a penalty in the first-half. Freddie was in front of the man and he’s gone down. It was a stonewaller.
“Freddie did great. He got a really good goal and then he looked like he would win it for us at the end and then we concede a really bad goal.
“The first one was very disappointing as well and we end up losing a game we should never have lost. I would have been disappointed to draw.
“We have to start taking our chances though. I’m saying that every week. We have to start putting the ball in the net and we can’t afford to give the goals away we did today. It has to stop.
“We’ve got a massive week ahead now with two home games and we’ve got to win them. It’s no good playing well, we need to win games however we do it.”
Dunn: Disappointing performance but fantastic result.
Blackpool caretaker boss, David Dunn, believes his side weren’t at their best against Ipswich, but was pleased to get the three points via Nuttall’s late header.
Speaking to The Gazette post-match, Dunn said: “It’s always great to score late on, just as we did on Tuesday – we’re making a bit of a habit of it!
“You could see for the last five or 10 minutes they were on their knees a little bit with Ipswich throwing everything at it to get that win.
“Let’s be honest, Ipswich were flying high at one point. I know they’ve had a bit of a dip in form in recent weeks but they’ve got some good players, which is why they were top of the league for a while.
“I’m delighted for the lads. We told them they would be quite direct and we told them they would press in large numbers.
“The lads didn’t see anything out there we hadn’t already told them but I have to say I was a little bit disappointed with our performance. I was disappointed at half time and I said we couldn’t get any worse.
“I thought their goal was so avoidable, I felt we took too long making decisions and we took too many touches. I was disappointed for large parts of the game, probably up until the second goal, because I knew we were better than that and everyone in the changing room knows they’re better than that.
“We can’t be too down because we’ve just got another three points and that’s what we want. Sometimes the difficult conditions are a factor in things but we’re just happy to get the win.”