Talking points from the Ipswich game
As we reflect on the Ipswich loss on Saturday, we take a look at the main talking points.
One step forward, two steps back - Despite our good form coming into the game, with just one loss in the last eight, we would have gone into this game with some optimism. However, it was quite the opposite as we endured another frustrating afternoon reminiscent of the earlier games of the season - lots of the ball but no cutting edge. We are in a much healthier position than we were a couple of months ago, but it was frustrating we couldn't build on that form in a winnable game.
Our inconsistent away form is confusing - We have picked up some good victories away from home of late, most namely Derby County and Leeds. Why we can't seem to keep this up against sides that may not be as strong, I'm not so sure. The home form is obviously the main concern, but it's a shame to not see us building on the away results.
The stats told the story of this season so far - We managed to have 72% of the ball on Saturday, yet just one shot on target. We had the ball for over an hour, yet we tested their keeper once - that's not good enough. It was the same issue earlier in the season when we had Yann missing and while he has improved us since returning, we shouldn't be pinning all our hopes on a 36-year old. We have the creativity in wide areas, but struggling down the middle for the cutting edge.
Set piece defending is becoming an issue - We were undone by yet another set piece on Saturday, following on from struggling to cope with Cardiff's long throws on Monday, as well as Bolton away conceding from two set pieces. We struggle to score goals as it is, let alone giving the other team a chance by struggling to do the basics. We're not the biggest side, it has to be said, but it's an area for concern at the moment.
We will need to be active in the January window - Following on from all of the above, it's clear we're in need for a striker and a left-back. Obita is still out for the season, Blackett is severely out of form and Richards possibly isn't ready yet. Up top we rely too heavily on Yann and with Jon Dadi struggling to make an impression under Stam, it seems a striker is a must. A big January is needed to get the season back on track.