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Minus-25 goal difference means a bleak winter is ahead for the Blues

10:41 19 November 2012

Bradley Orr (left), Michael Chopra and Danny Higginbotham trudge off at the King Power Stadium

Bradley Orr (left), Michael Chopra and Danny Higginbotham trudge off at the King Power Stadium

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THIS can’t go on.

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Another shameful away day – as Ipswich shipped in six of the worst at Leicester City – plunged Town further into the relegation scrap and plummeted their goal difference to a shocking minus-25.

It was the second 6-0 reverse of the season, as well as a 5-0 at Crystal Palace just 10 days previous.

Mick McCarthy must quickly solve why the Blues capitulate so easily when the pressure is on – after conceding four first-half goals at the King Power Stadium.

A failure to do so will surely result in relegation.

Town’s goal difference is an utter embarrassment, the worst in English football and one of the worst in all of the top two divisions across Europe.

The manager refused to point the finger at his dire team after what was, overall, their worst performance of the season.

But he also didn’t hide behind a performance that he summed up as “abject, awful, humiliating and embarrassing”.

And experienced defender Danny Higginbotham conceded that staying in the Championship was now the only aim.

The on-loan centre-back said: “Without a doubt, we are concerned – this club needs to stay in this division by hook or by crook.

“People say when you go on loan at a football club, you don’t care. But for me, and I am sure for all the other lads that are on loan, we care – it matters as much to me as if I was here permanently.

“We know it is going to be a tough season. But it is a great club – the fans were fantastic on Saturday – and people need to appreciate and realise it.”

McCarthy’s four matches has seen a dozen goals conceded, but aside from two defensive horror shows, it should not be forgotten that six points have been gained from a possible 12.

If that kind of form is maintained in the months ahead, Ipswich Town will be safe.

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18 comments

  • These are worrying times. Tricky Mickie must get a handle on things otherwise some people will be calling for his head.

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    FRANK WESTON

    Monday, November 19, 2012

  • Ged Scott....you are definitely a Budgie!!!!! If you by some twisted way are not, then change, just drive the 45 miles (ground to ground) and cheer your heart out for them. Yes it's depressing at the moment but lighten up a bit and be patient. How can you possibly think 3 weeks is time to change how crap we are. BUT, we have 6 points from 12...if we'd got 4 draws and 4 points would you be happier??? If our goal difference sends us down then we deserve it but I'm not gonna worry about it...bit too late now anyhow. Points on the board Ged!!! So are you a Blue or are you gonna go celebrate the budgies best team in their history( yes, 'history' that word they all hate!) with Clever Canary...lower mid table premiership...Jerassic Park!

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    GorlestonBoy

    Monday, November 19, 2012

  • Interestingly, the music for the Christmas Carol to which the headline alludes, was composed by Holst.

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    Kevin Bailey

    Monday, November 19, 2012

  • Ged Scott the reason why the fans go to watch that rubbish is because we are true blue I would rather watch town play in the conference then watch that team 40 miles down the road,may I suggest you drive those 40 miles watch that team and comment on there site and do one from this site

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    stephen ellis

    Monday, November 19, 2012

  • Unfortunately, when we go 2 goals down we simply capitulate. But, I have to say please put Loach back in goal and give the lad a chance. He's a heck of a lot more capable than Henderson who is dire. COME ON TOWN!

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    Paul The Alien

    Monday, November 19, 2012

  • The 4 poor results is the reason why we have that unwanted stat but at 1.5pts per game I don't care if we finish on -60. With the window opening soon we can start building a permanent team. We will stay up and have a good crack after the summer.

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    redhotitfc

    Monday, November 19, 2012

  • GED Scott,you are a prize idiot and the rubbish that comes out of your mouth is pointless.Why do you waste your time posting on this site, or don't Norwich have one suitable for your dross comments.

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    brisie58

    Monday, November 19, 2012

  • Kevin, you should understand that CEO Clegg couldn't get his resignation letter prepared in time, at least judging him on his contracts performance!!!!

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    Brian Betts

    Monday, November 19, 2012

  • the league table is a good guide to how good a club is and we are the worst in the league and so therefor we are going down and until we get rid of the rubbish that is running our club we wont be coming back up very soon.

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    greeny

    Monday, November 19, 2012

  • Heya, feel for ya guys LOL, You've got the mighty Col Utd next season, tell ya what let us beat ya 7v1 and you can wave ya Season tickets at the dugouts like the Budgies did ...look what happened after that they never looked back.

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    Steve.PrisM

    Monday, November 19, 2012

  • Sadly the loan players seem to be no better than those we have on permanent contracts. Increasingly depressing is the form Jordan Rhodes is in, who was sold for peanuts. I think it will take a great deal of time and money to right the wrongs of the Keane, Jewell and Clegg era and probably done from league one. We really have a poor squad to suffer so many heavy defeats in such a short period of time.

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    Tim Bartlett

    Monday, November 19, 2012

  • They stand of opposition players when they're running at them and don't put tackles in. Why are they so afraid to tackle? This needs to be sorted out before anything else now.

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    The Poacher

    Monday, November 19, 2012

  • @Steve.PrisM - i think you need to concentrate on crawley and carlisle mate. they are both above you lol.

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    redhotitfc

    Monday, November 19, 2012

  • So when is Clegg going to accept responsibility and resign?

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    Kevin Bailey

    Monday, November 19, 2012

  • What an utter shambles it is at portman since evans took over control of the once great town. Season after season with quite useless managers at the helm they have struggled to stave off relegation. Its a wonder any fans go any more to watch complete rubbish being played by endless unwanted loaned players. Its a wonder any player in the town team knows who his team mates are going to be next. Just down the road only 40 miles away top class football can be watched and teams like Man Utd have been beaten by a team that is worth watching and supporting. The abyss is not far away with this latest clown as manager and Yeovil and Crewe etc can be looked forward to, to watch next season.

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    ged scott

    Monday, November 19, 2012

  • Memo to Dave Gooderham: the season ends in May, not this winter and goal difference is utterly irrelevant to Mick the Man's million pound bonus unless they start getting fewer points than their fellow dud teams between now and season's end.... which should be utterly impossible given the feebleness of the other teams, rather than any particular quality of Mick the Man or Town's abject team.

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    Rob Steroo

    Monday, November 19, 2012

  • All shareholders will have received their invitations to the AGM in the post today, and one of the items for voting is the re-election of Clegg as director. It is possible to vote online, so I would encourage all shareholders to please vote, whether you agree with me, and vote that he should not be re-eected, or whether you disagree with me and think he should be re-elected, please vote. It is vital that small shareholders make their views known.

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    Kevin Bailey

    Monday, November 19, 2012

  • I wish I had a vote Kevin because I would be supporting you completely on this. Clegg must go!

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    FRANK WESTON

    Monday, November 19, 2012

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