After a promising start to the 2012-13 campaign Ipswich Town were brought back to reality with a 6-0 defeat at Blackpool.
Whilst Blackpool are one of the best teams in the division the manor of the defeat is very frustrating from everyone’s point of view.
Paul Jewell was obviously disappointed with his sides display and he chose to talk a lot about how the team is prone to being caught on the counter-attack. It seems to be one problem after the other in terms of defensive issues for Jewell.
Last week he spoke about how the team are lacking the height needed to defend set pieces and now it is clear that the team are easily caught out on the break. This shouldn’t really be an issue considering Jewell now has some good defensive options but Blackpool managed to tear Ipswich apart on the break a number of times.
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Tommy Smith were pointed out as two players who were particularly poor in the match. A lot of fans recently have been critical of JET and it is true that he hasn’t played well in the opening games of this season.
However, it is far too early in the season to start getting on the players backs and criticising individuals. It is also fair to say that Tommy Smith looked out of his depth at centre back but again it is too early to start calling for players to be dropped. Both Smith and JET are still relatively inexperienced and should only get better as the season progresses.
It is important for everyone to not dwell on this result too much. In the same way that winning a match 6-0 doesn’t mean the team are ready for promotion, losing one 6-0 doesn’t mean the team are set for a bad season.
Blackpool are a very good side and one that are sure to make the top two this season. Although Ipswich got dominated, at least it wasn’t as bad as losing 7-1 to Peterborough. Blackpool were after all very good on the day especially in the second half where they scored most of their goals.
Blackpool manager Ian Holloway thought that his team were lucky to have their 2-0 lead at half time and he said if it wasn’t for Blackpool’s goalkeeper making a fantastic save then they could well have been behind. Holloway also went on to say that overall 6-0 did flatter his side so hopefully the result was a one off result and we won’t see it happen again this season.
The next two games are a cup tie against Carlisle and a league game against newly promoted Huddersfield Town which will see Jordon Rhodes return to Portman Road for the first time since leaving Ipswich.
They are both winnable games for Ipswich and it will be interesting to see how the side will react after such a heavy defeat. Being able to come back strongly after losing is a true sign of a team with the right mentality so the next two games will be very important.