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Ipswich Town 3 Charlton Athletic 0

Zonal Marking. What is it, and what an earth does it mean, and why does every ex-professional centre-half over the age of 40 decree it’s futility?

And lastly if we can’t defend corners, then why do we give so many away?

We actually, unusually, had the most possession tonight, but from the radio we never sounded like scoring, and when Ipswich wanted to move up a gear, there wasn’t much we could do about it.

Andre Bikey and Tal Ben Haim have I think been excellent since the beginning of the season. A few errors aside, which is going to happen if we insist on a build from the back game, individually and collectively they have more than exceeded my expectations.

However, they like the team as a whole, is getting found out and maybe one or both of them could do with a rest. But what options does Bob have? Onyewu pulling a hammy in the warm-up was unfortunate as I’d like to have heard how he played for 90 minutes.

Peeters is exhausting his deck of players, formations and formula’s and a passing game without threat won’t get you much in this or any other league, admirable that it is.

Ipswich are a good side, and as I wrote the other day, it is hard to see past them, Bournemouth and Derby but we have lost the element of surprise and are not good enough to give the better sides a game.

Without just one win in twelve, we have literally limped to the transfer deadline window.

Addick Bloggers at Portman Road: Chris Powell’s Flat Cap.

Around the League: Wigan lost at home to Sheffield Wednesday to leave them 2nd from bottom and Derby beat Leeds 2-0 to stay 3rd.

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  1. Martin Cowan #

    Don’t get too excited about the window – I can’t see RD wanting to do anything more ambitious than consolidating mid table safety, for something more ambitious next season – maybe – at the right price.

    December 30, 2014
    • I hope you’re wrong Martin, because this squad desperately needs some reinforcements.

      December 30, 2014
  2. I agree…there’s too much Pussy foot passing in midfield…that often results us in loosing the ball, we lack the dare devil runs down the wing of Wagstaff or Johnie Robinson who were prepared to take on all comers and take the ball into the danger areas or at least win an all important corner…we still lack players that will take on a commitment to run forward…and would prefer to pass backwards….rather than Commit to a forward run….and apart from that stupendous finish against Cardiff… we haven’t got the finishing touches of Mendonca or Hayles in our squad at the moment…..Lets see what Bob the Builder can do in the new year? Can he fix it?

    December 30, 2014
  3. ken from bexley #

    So the slide down to ‘mid table mediocre’ continues, and despite playing a team that will be in the play offs, the lack on investment in the squad in 2-3 players seems by all accounts no more than an aspiration, and probably be within the ‘network’.
    Of course in football nothing is certain, except that goals win games.
    Something so basic that this owner will have to address. I think every fan, can see this but this owner has his ‘vision’. Speaking to a former employe at the club 24 hours ago he claimed the network was irrelevant, as only CAFC and SL would be any use. I could not comment as I do not have any knowledge of those clubs, managing 1 professional club to me seems a near impossible job, ask Liverpool, title challengers this time last year, there key player leaves and the striker get’s injured and even a place in Europe next season seems a big ask, as we say.
    Question is will Bob survive after this season?

    December 31, 2014

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