Date: 1st April 2017 at 5:11pm
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Ipswich Town 1-1 Blues

Another game, another draw. And while Blues’ recent record at Portman Road suggests that a draw is a decent result, the inability to take their chances means Blues are just six points above the bottom three with games against Brighton and Derby on the horizon.

After leading from a Jonathan Grounds goal, Blues wasted a hatful of chances, conceded the equaliser, then wasted a hatful more.

Blues may be unbeaten in three games yet the grim reality is that Gianfranco Zola has won two of his 20 games in charge. This afternoon was a prime example of his tactical naivety.

At 1-1, Blues were on top and were chasing the winner. Kerim Frei, Che Adams and Chieck Keita would have been viable options from the bench as Zola went in search of a winner. But introducing Stephen Gleeson instead suggested that he was intent on holding on to the point. You could argue to the contrary after Clayton Donaldson’s introduction – but the Italian refused to take the shackles off three players raring to make a difference – the game really was there for the taking.

Going into Tuesday night’s clash at Brighton, Zola really has nothing to lose. The Seagulls are marching towards a place in the Premier League and will present the toughest of challenges. If Blues go to the Amex playing for a point, they’ll get annihilated. There’s no option but to go and have a good go.

It’s getting to the nerve jangling stage now and Blues could desperately do with a win.

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3 Replies to “Feeble Blues chuck two points away”

  • On average the teams must get above a point a game for survival …One more point Rob and then we can go for it ….KRO

  • If we go gung ho versus Brighton we will get annihilated. Agree with your comments about a certain lack of balls by Zola today. I don’t think playing Gardner at the top of the diamond really helps us. I’d rather he plays Adams or Frei there. Gardner provides very little creativity and should play deeper. In fact even Davis would do a better job than Gardner there as he would harry their defenders creating space for Jutkiewicz. It could get very scary if we lose the next two. Not sure if we could be in bottom 3 by Saturday evening. The ghost of Gary Rowett coming back to haunt TTA and putting us in the bottom 3 would be the ultimate one finger salute.

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