Losing Ipswich continue to lack confidence

Portman Road - Ipswich Town

Ipswich Town suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time this season, losing 2-1 at Elland Road.

This was Ipswich’s chance to bounce back from their defeat against Norwich and regain their place in the top six.

Whilst they offered a better performance than the one on display at Carrow Road on Sunday, they were still let down by individual errors whilst the aspects of their game that have got them this far were nowhere to be seen.

Ipswich had eight corners in the game and at least one of these would have resulted in a goal earlier in the season, but the Leeds goal remained untroubled on every occasion.

The defence no longer look like the solid foundations the promotion push was built on, instead the same back four are beginning to make errors which are putting them under pressure.

The first goal sums up a lot of Town’s issues at the back. Bartosz Bialkowski hastily threw the ball to Tyrone Mings putting him under immediate pressure, resulting in a loss of possessions and conceding a free kick.

Bialkowski was at fault again seconds later, misjudging the flight of the ball and allowing Alex Mowatt’s effort to go in at his near post.

It only took three minutes for substitute, Freddie Sears, to level the scores courtesy of some poor goalkeeping by Marco Silvestri, who let the ball squirm through his hands.

Ipswich looked vulnerable on the counter attack and Leeds made them pay three minutes after drawing level, as Billy Sharp applied a good finish to complete the 77th minute move.

The Tractor Boys had one last chance to draw level and finish the night in the top six after Sol Bamba clearly handled the ball in the area.

Daryl Murphy – who started the game on the bench – stepped up to take the spot-kick but the Championship’s leading goal scorer saw his effort pushed onto Silvestri’s right post.

The pressure is on Mick McCarthy’s side to get back to winning ways against fellow promotion rivals Brentford on Saturday before travelling to the Riverside to play league leaders Middlesbrough.

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