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What Ipswich fans had to say about Newcastle match and weekend on Tyneside

4 years ago
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Ipswich fans were just catching their breath when the ball hit the back of the net down below them in the Leazes End goal.

A flowing move ending with an Ayoze Perez volley leaving the near three thousand travelling supporters wondering what the other 89 minutes held in store for them.

It took two late goals to put a more realistic edge on the scoreline but what did the Ipswich fans make of the match and indeed their day/weekend on Tyneside?

Some interesting views from the away fans, with focus on tactics, Mick McCarthy and especially the sheer injustice of trying to compete with parachute laden clubs from the Premier League.

Comments taken from top Ipswich fans message board TWTD.co.uk:

‘I’m genuinely surprised, though I guess I shouldn’t be, at the amount of people calling for Mick’s head or saying Rotherham is now a must win, following defeat away at by far the best team in the league.

What on earth were you expecting?! They brought on a sub that cost £14.5m.

How you expected Mick to deal with that I don’t know. He’s not Jesus. I predicted we’d get slaughtered during the week when a mate asked if I fancied going, and I’m no clairvoyant.’

‘We must not forget it was Newcastle and not Barcelona .

We should be able to compete with every team in the league.’

‘No one has forgotten Newcastle aren’t Barcelona, but they might as well be for the gulf in finances.

Being f***ed off with that is utterly pointless. It’s like being f***ed off that Paul Hollywood has a bigger house than you.’

‘They were Prem last year and have spent a fortune on players.

Don’t blame Mick for our defeat yesterday. Blame the fact that these teams come down with around £90m and can buy players that we would only dream of.’

‘Whilst I don’t disagree with what you’ve said it’s also worth pointing out that they made a net profit on transfer fees over the summer.’

‘It’s not worth pointing out at all. It’s utterly irrelevant to Town. They came down from the Prem with a lot of expensive players.

They’ve sold some and bought some others. They bought our best player to stick in their reserves for a rainy day.’

‘How can we compete with a team that has such a huge financial advantage over us? Thats not to say that we shouldn’t at least raise are game for these tough matches and at least go down with a fight.’

‘Just because Newcastle outclassed us dont go away thinking most other teams dont as well.’

‘But we did compete yesterday, we didn’t roll over, they took their chances very well. This wasn’t a Premier League vs Conference scenario.

They are the team at the top of the league playing at home, they played well and will probably win the league with ease.

I thought we played pretty well at times the main difference other than the finishing was that they played with more pace whilst we still look a little ponderous, however, we are developing a different style that is clear to see.’

‘So we might just as well give up because that gulf gets wider by the year.’

‘Newcastle are way above everyone. There’s another two places, one of which is via the play off lottery, that we should aim for each year.’

‘Don’t think many were expecting a better result, just perhaps a less limp performance. It was like a cup game.’

‘They’re a good side, with good players and an international class coach.

3-0 probably reflected the difference in class between the two sides right now (go figure – £126m turnover vs £16m) but felt unfair on the overall play.

We lost away at the best team in the division. Some of the kids who follow us need to suck it up and grow up.’

‘Yesterday was a witless performance; watching us defend a 1-0 deficit for an hour wasnt much fun at all.’

‘We’ve won once and only scored twice away from home all season. Anyone who thought we were going to go up there and not face a difficult afternoon is terminally dim.’

‘I wasn’t expecting anything and the result is probably about par for the course but the performance was pretty poor, Newcastle didn’t get out of second gear.’

‘Good friend of mine is a Newcastle season ticket holder and said we were without doubt the most negative side they’ve played this season and that Douglas is exactly the sort of player that makes you not want to watch professional football.

He also said that we took 3 times more away fans there than the budgies, and despite the pitiful embarrassment on the pitch the fans were a credit to their club.

I wonder how long it’ll be till I can once again be proud to tell people I’m an Ipswich Town supporter?

‘And I bet your friend is proud of supporting a small club like Newcastle who havent won anything since the 60s.’

‘Had a better night Friday than I did Saturday when it wasn’t as busy though.’

‘Last night was like the last days of Rome in Newcastle city centre.

Great weekend away.

 I do lots of away days but not sure why some feel the need to play the super fan card and undermine those who come on the big weekend.

More the merrier for me, there will be plenty of other opportunities to sit down tutting.’

‘Apparently the Newcastle team cost more to out together than Leicester’s PL winning team.’

‘Murph didn’t even make the bench, again. Its obvious we made a mistake, selling him without having a replacement in place, but I wonder of Murph is happy with the prospect of not playing for most of the season?’

‘On the pitch Newcastle are not on another level … they’ve already lost 3 league games this season.’

‘They’ve won 10 of their last 12 league games. They have internationals all over the pitch, of course they are on another level to us (and pretty much every other side at this level).’

‘Internationals all over the pitch …. oh yeah they’re just like Barcelona.

That’s why they ripped Rotherham apart one nil the other week.’

‘They took a couple of games to adjust to the Championship and bed in new players. Since then they’ve looked a class above everything else in this league – as well they should.’

‘Read elsewhere that with the players they sold, their present team exists with a surplus of £32m

If that’s true that’s good management.

If they go up, it’s great management.’

‘In January just gone, they were the second highest spenders in the country behind Man U 

I think we can safely say they are on another level.’

‘Sadly it is just the total injustice which football in the UK has become.

No club in the Championship has the financial clout of NUFC in particular but, more significantly and generally, that of any other club currently in receipt of parachute payments.

 That, in my opinion, is totally wrong as I believe they ( parachute payments ) were to assist relegated Premier League clubs who had players on mega bucks contracts and NOT to finance their acquisition of new players to jet them back into the PL.’

‘Maybe they did make a net transfer gain this summer, but over 2015/16 they had a net transfer spend of £75m (so a net transfer spend over the last two seasons of £43m). Hardly a case of putting a team together on peanuts…’

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