Blues rolled over by Tractor Boys

Andy Munro is realistic as Blues are beaten by Ipswich Town.

If this had been a boxing match, the referee would have undoubtedly stepped in at half-time. Blues were better after the break but not that much – when the opposition have more than twice as many shots, twice as many on target and almost twice the amount of possession there can be no real argument.

This was a disappointing result to say the least, and all the more so when teams around us won. This grim picture is not helped by the forthcoming fixtures – a difficult home game against Southampton and then two away games against a buoyant Hull and a desperate team in Millwall.

As for the match, maybe it’s time to switch Ethan Laird (who in fairness didn’t do too much wrong) to his natural right back position and bring in Lee Buchanan to tighten the defence. Perhaps it is also time to bring back Krystian Bielik at centre half alongside Dion Sanderson because Marc Roberts, who is supposed to be peerless in the air, still found it difficult against Keiffer Moore. Midfield, at least, should give us the most options with Jordan James and the two Koreans shoe-ins, possibly alongside Andre Dozzell. Alex Pritchard if fit also seems worthy of urgent consideration.

However, it’s up front where the concern lies, up there in concert with our defensive frailties. Jay Stansfield runs himself into the ground with little support and our inability to get a forward in could return to haunt us, hence my plea to at least put the prolific youngster Junior Dixon on the bench.

Let’s hope we can survive without Captain Mowbray at the helm and the question has to be asked – is Mark Venus on another managerial planet?