What I Learnt From Ipswich Town's Week Of Hell

Paul Jewell's Ipswich Town were tipped as early favourites, but this week has proved that they are still a few players short and need to gel quickly...
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Paul Jewell's Ipswich Town were tipped as early favourites, but this week has proved that they are still a few players short and need to gel quickly...

Paul Jewell's Ipswich Town were tipped as early favourites, but this week has proved that they are still a few players short and need to gel quickly...

Writing on Sabotage Times can come back and really bite you on the a***

As with any football fan, I started this season with a blissfully ignorant, blinkered sense of hope and expectation. Unlike most football fans, my feelings weren’t expressed after eight beers at the pub; they were written down and shared with the world. To make matters worse, I also turned my - albeit slightly tongue-in-cheek - smugness into words on this very site after our perfect start to the season. And I don’t have access to the delete button.

Whereas after one game I was cautiously eyeing up the race for the title and readying a petition for Paul Jewell to receive the keys to Ipswich, I now find myself with two laughable articles under my belt, following a team that’s hemorrhaging goals at an alarming rate and has already been dumped out of the Carling Cup by a League Two team. This, dear readers, is the lows and lows of supporting everybody’s favourite nearly-team.

You can’t win the league with youngsters.

I don’t care what Alex Ferguson says, I’m with Hansen on this one. With a full-strength squad on the opening day of the season Ipswich turned in a decent result. Take a couple of senior players out of the equation and we’re suddenly looking at replacements who need to be yanked away from their mother’s bosoms to take to the field. Ipswich has a fine tradition of producing some of the best young talents around, but this year looks like being one of the strongest in recent memory for the Championship, and whoever takes the title will undoubtedly boast a healthy amount of experience in their ranks.

Sure, we have a non-existent defence, but we could be like the Championship version of Kevin Keegan’s Newcastle.

The Championship is still the most exciting league around.

We might not have the £30m signings, 60,000 seater stadiums or the pleasure of Gary Lineker picking apart our defensive tactics every Saturday night, but there’s very little doubt that the Championship will deliver more twists, turns and shocks than the Premiership this year. While Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool offered the biggest surprise of the opening day of the season - picking up one point rather than their expected three - there are few who couldn’t predict the top four come the end of the season.

The Championship, meanwhile, is a pig-ugly bun-fight that’ll keep on scrapping until the final day, with Southampton the only pre-season ‘favourite’ yet to drop points after just three games.

In short, there’s no need to panic. It’s a long season.

We really need to stick all the new boys in at once.

Screw tactics, don’t worry about fitness. The evidence is there for all to see. Chopra: 2 goals. Keith Andrews: 1 goal. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas: 1 goal. It’s these new fellas who are scoring goals, so fling ‘em all on and hope for the best. Sure, we have a non-existent defence, but we could be like the Championship version of Kevin Keegan’s Newcastle. It’d be exciting, if nothing else.

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