Ipswich Town improve against Brentford, but there's more work to be done

Mick McCarthy made changes for the game against Brentford, but there are still problems to address.

Ipswich Town have now gone three games without a win and remain seventh in the Championship.

Their performance against Brentford was much improved from the loss at Leeds with some of the key issues being addressed by Mick McCarthy.

The Ipswich boss was right to be happy with the performance and is correct in his assessment that Ipswich had enough chances to win the game.

Bartosz Bialkowski was replaced by Dean Gerken in goal and put in a strong display, producing a fantastic save to prevent a goal and was helpless as Jonathan Douglas headed over him.

In front of him, the Town defence still don’t look back to their confident best, despite putting in an improved performance. A mix-up between Tommy Smith and Christophe Berra that saw them challenging for the same header highlighting the lack of communication.

Luke Chambers was guilty of being too narrow in the build-up for the goal, leaving his man spare at the back post to fire the initial shot at Gerken.

At the other end Daryl Murphy scored his first goal in four games from a corner, two of the areas that Ipswich have been so strong in throughout the season looked to be back, but they failed to make any chances from the other three.

Minutes into the second half Murphy had the chance to score a potential match winner when he stretched to meet the ball with his left foot at the back post with an open goal to aim for, but he sent the ball high over the bar.

Surprise substitute Chris Wood – who came on to replace Freddie Sears to a chorus of boos considering Sears’ current form – headed wide of the right post with another good chance as Ipswich had the better of the second half chances.

Had Ipswich drawn against any other team in the league it may have been considered a bad result, but given it was against their closest rivals in the position above them it is a result that keeps them within touching distance of the top six.

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