Ipswich’s terrible start to the season looks to continue through October as they lost to Middlesbrough, who themselves now at joint top with Leeds United.
Ipswich let in two first-half goals from Mo Besic and Stewart Downing to extend their winless run to 11 games, leaving manager Paul Hurst still searching for his first competitive win at Ipswich.
The stats tell a different story, Ipswich maintained the majority of possession during the game and had five corners to Middlesbrough’s one, but the striking force at Town remains the same – seven shots compared to 14, and only one on target.
Hurst seemed to try and make an impact in the second-half with two half-time substitutes, Jordan Graham and Kayden Jackson were replaced by Gwion Edwards and Freddie Sears, respectively.
Town favourite Andre Dozzell was introduced 15 minutes from time as the Blues looked to not let any more goals in, the 2-0 defeat leaves them second bottom, just one point ahead of Preston North End who drew 3-3 with Aston Villa.
There are many questions surrounding Town’s current situation; should Hurst go? Did the club invest in too many lower league players? Where are the players’ heads at? Those questions may or may not be answered at the weekend when Ipswich travel to Wales to take on Swansea City who currently sit in the play-off places.
Perhaps October could be a turning point for the Tractor Boys, with two difficult fixtures against the aforementioned Swansea City, and a trip to Yorkshire to face title contenders Leeds United, they also have two relatively easy fixtures hosting QPR and Millwall.
Hopefully we will see a big change come from the club, and maybe we could see a win or two during October.
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