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Ipswich 1 Brentford 1. A good point for Bees but should have been three . Some good signs for next season


Being fortunate enough to photograph the game one gets fairly close to the action and able to see some of the little things that might get missed. Let me start with the highly supportive nature of Dean Smith to all his players after the game, and also the embrace between Toumani and himself.

A fairly wet night and a fairly boggy pitch certainly not of the Griffin Park standard. Ipswich is a very friendly club and when arriving to collect press pass one is greeted by a serious of smiling and mischievous souls in the ticket office, all wearing smart clean blazers and ties. In fact I cannot fault the Ipswich club at all. Nice people, who deserve a good and decent football team. Whether they deserve mick McCarthy as a manger is a separate question. The fans I spoke to were mixed in their views.  Inconsistency of the team was a common theme. As a negative though the entrance price of 35£ for adults is excessive, 25.50£ for concessions, and 24.50£ for under 20. There is no need to charge these prices.

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There are plenty of good match reports online so no need for me to repeat much. This game was not a classic but was fully competitive until the last kick of the game. Although both sides are truly mid-table and arguably satisfied with a point, even in the 4 added minutes both pressed for a winner.

The goal was a nice pass from Romain Sawyers and a neat finish from Yennaris.

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Nico Yennaris scores

Brentford played the better football. Ipswich did a lot of shirt pulling and pushing and a few dubious tackles and manoeuvres . Maybe someone in the FA or the Referees select committee can explain to me how this “rugby league” tackle ( illegal even there and seriously punishable in the NFL in USA) was not given as a foul. The role of assistants talking to the referees arises weekly. How this was not given as a foul against Vibe I am unsure.

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An interesting style of tackling from Ipswich 

Brentford looked well set up with Woods looking more solid and winning more than his share of the 50-50 balls. The full backs looking better with every game. Maxime Colin has improved enormously this season.

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Maxime Colin demonstrating an interesting style of tackling

00007689 Bjelland went off injured, without having an inspiring game, and Barbet came on, who still looks suspect to me. 0000767300007763

Justin Shaibu had 20 minutes and as against Rotherham caused all manner of problems to the Ipswich defence and was unlucky not to score. The days of Hoffmann are truly over and he needs to move on. 000077610000774400007746

So I take away a lot of positivity in this team and performance. The sort of game a while agao that Brentford would not have drawn. The worry remains over the number of goals conceded. This will improve.

Sergi Canos is such an exciting talent and could be a truly great player.

0000770200007703Rico Henry looks a class player and fast coming forward.

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Rico Henry

Thoughts on Brentford team for Ipswich? 


The old rhetoric is do not change a winning side. And certainly do not disrupt a winning formation. Dean Smith however has a few things to consider before deciding his team

  1. Justin Shaibu looked strong and certainly troubled the Rotherham defence in his 20 minute debut. Should he start upfront? If he does then does Romaine Sawyers drop to the bench or takes a midfield role in place of KK? 
  2. Vibe is only back in light training and there seems no need to start him however a place on the bench looks likely 
  3. The defence looks settled although Tom Field can consider himself unlucky to lose his place. 

For me I would send the same team out and consider if needed giving Shaibu more than the seemingly obligatory 15 minutes. 

Ipswich are a side it seems fairly bereft on confidence with many of their fans clamouring for the tenure of Mick McCarthy to end. This is essentially what they were saying last year before the infamous Hyams game. 


The game however could be tougher than one might think and who knows the mind set or motivation of Jonathon Douglas. A draw might be a good point for the Bees. Mostly however I would like to see consistency and evidence of clear building for next season. Personally I still harbour doubts over Yennaris. There is no doubt he has some talent but his general workrate and contributions remain too variable. If he ups his game he could be a good player. Too often this season he has been locked in mediocrity. I hope to be proved wrong . 

Brentford Defending as a Team


There were many positives from the Rotherham game and a few question marks remain over the defence, however what might have gone unnoticed was that Brentford as a team defended from the front.

Photographs during the game show Jota and Sawyers often in central defensive positions. Sawyers in fact seemingly outjumping the excellent John Egan. Sawyers work rate was excellent throughout as was his positional sense. 0000731800007325

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