The club promised the press that everything would be back to normal after the MK Dons match when Paul Cook would take questions on everything under the sun including the new takeover. So when Paul Cook handed over responsibilities to his first-team coach Matt Gill we were all gobsmacked! What was his excuse this time? Well, according to an awkward looking Gill said: I think hes chatting to a few players in there at the moment and he asked me to come and do it. Chatting? I hope it was a lot more than that! They all need a rocket up their backsides after this no show.
Hiding away from the media is not going to help Paul Cook, and he is seriously struggling to find a winning formula. Since he took on the job nine games ago, we have won just twice and accrued a miserably total of just ten points! This is not good, and there is no real sign of any improvement either. One bright spot is that we seem to have our defence sorted and have conceded just one goal in four games since Toto Nsiala and Luke Chambers resumed in those centre back positions.
The bad news is that we never look like scoring in a month of Sundays! Once again this afternoon, we were toothless going forward. James Norwood is greatly missed. Armando Dobra had arguably our best chance just before the interval when he slid in energetically, only to push his shot past the post.
In the second half, Freddie Sears was introduced and had two golden chances to put us in front. The first occurred within seconds of coming on when he found himself free in the box but somehow managed to fall over the ball. Then Downes played an intelligent ball into the path of Sears, who cut on to his right foot before hitting a shot that curled just past keeper Fishers left post. He was to blot his copybook again a few minutes later though when Woolfenden cleared upfield and right into the path of Sears who was in lots of space. Keeper Fisher was way out of position but what should have been a simple lob into the back of an empty net was guided instead wide of the post and to the obvious horror of the watching Paul Cook!
And talking of Cook, what on earth has he got to hide? He has had the backing of the new owners who said that he was their first choice to succeed Paul Lambert, so what is he afraid of? Maybe he feels that this display was so bad again that he cannot keep making the same excuses for collective ineptness? Marcus Evans used to be the Howard Hughes of Ipswich Town and we certainly dont need another one! As for the match itself, it was another highly forgettable performance. Cook will have many sleepless nights trying to get this squad up to scratch.
It was good to see Flynn Downes back on the field. He played the full 90 minutes and was excellent throughout. As for the rest, well only keeper Tomas Holy is worthy of a mention. He made a wonderful save from a free-kick and a double save late on to keep the visitors at bay.
Ipswich Town: Holy, Woolfenden, Nsiala, Chambers (captain), Edwards (Parrott 70), Dozzell (Nydam 62), Bishop (Judge 62), Downes, Ward, Dobra (Sears 62), Drinan (Hawkins 88). Unused substitutes: Cornell and McGuinness.
MK Dons: Fisher, Lewington (captain), Jules, McEachran (Kasumu 71), Darling, Grigg (Brown 71), Fraser, Laird, Surman, ORiley, Harvie (Sorinola 62). Unused substitutes: Nicholls, Sorensen, Mason and Houghton.
The referee was Tom Nield from West Yorkshire.