Welcome back to the blog and we have a little bit of a problem with a number of our key players out injured for a few weeks which we could do without with some big games coming up. We have some tricky games coming up against teams struggling down the bottom but if we can win at least half of our next few games and try and keep top spot we will have done well. We have also lost Stam as he has joined Birmingham as their manager so we have brought in my right hand man Brede Hangeland from our old club Derby.
Bristol City – Away – League – 14th V 1st
We take the lead in the 12th minute when Onomah flicks the ball over the defence on the edge of the area to Olomola who calmly slots it past the keeper. Lewis Cook gets a second yellow just before half time for elbowing a player when jumping for the ball. Bristol pull level when a ball in to the area isn’t cleared and Jelovic is free to fire home.
Ipswich – Home – League – 1st V 15th
Ipswich make a great start and take the lead inside 30 seconds when an early ball in to Morris in the area from Willock and he taps it in at the near post after beating his defender. Ipswich get a second when Barker heads the ball goalwards and it goes an inch over the line before Walker-Peters could clear it. They get a third when Silvestri comes to punch a free kick away but misses the ball and leaves Chambers free to head in to an empty net.
Wycombe – Away – League – 19th V 3rd
We get the opener and it’s Onomah with his first goal for the club after Wood squares it to him and he drills it in to the bottom corner. We get a second a few minutes later when Onomah plays a short corner to Hendrick who fires it across the keeper and in to the far corner. We score a third and Onomah is involved again with a lovely curling effort in to the top corner from the edge of the area. We make it four before half time when Ponce pounces on a pass back to the keeper and curls it in to the corner.
Aston Villa – Home – League – 1st V 16th
A tight opening 45 minutes with only a handful of half chances created by both teams. A much better second half from us but we couldn’t get the ball across the line to get the three points. Our best chance didn’t come until late on when Gibson had a header cleared off the line and the follow up shot from Hendrick also gets cleared off the line.
MK Dons – Away – League – 23rd V 1st
We take the lead just past the midway point of the first half when Tymon puts a low ball across the six yard line and Ponce is there to poke it past the keeper. We get a second on the counter with Alexander-Arnold running down the right and beating two players before whipping the ball in for Ponce to head home. The Dons pull one back late on with a long ball towards the area and Thomas-Asante makes a late run to tap it past Silvestri.
Brighton – Home – League – 1st V 21st
Brighton take the lead when Gibson tries to head the ball back to Silvestri from 30 yards but Clough pounces on the ball and smashes it against the post before scoring at the second attempt. They go down to ten men when Stephens gets a second yellow for a foul from behind in the middle of the field. We get the equaliser early in the second half after Alexander-Arnold squares to Belhanda making a late run in to the area to calmly tuck it under the keeper. Brighton retake the lead when a free kick smashes against the wall and falls to Norwood to roll home. We pull level again when Tymon whips the ball in and Alexander-Arnold is at the back post to head in.
We are still top of the league but only just! Had we actually shown up at Ipswich and put in a decent performance then maybe we could be a point or two clear. We have some massive games coming up against the two teams below us back to back as well as Hull and QPR before our cup game against Norwich which isn’t the easiest but it is a winnable game. We are missing some of our players who will be back soon and some of the players who do play are not performing to the level we expect despite telling them they need to improve in training so they may be gone in the transfer window. The table is still so tight and should we have a bad couple of games we could be out of the play offs. Ponce has come in for the past few games and has done well and getting on the score sheet.
Thanks for reading.