Written by Will Neller
Not the position we wanted nor expected. A statement echoed amongst all quarters of everything to do with Ipswich Town.
The 2-0 loss to Hull City, further deepened concerns that a long and hard season is ahead for the Blues.
I along with many Town fans, went to the KCom Stadium yesterday believing that we could well be leaving with 3 points. 90 minutes later and my hopes were crushed by an appalling display from the travelling team.
The first goal was an abomination. I should know, it was directly Infront of me. A total dereliction of duty from all involved defensively.
A corner kick was absolutely fluffed about in the area and eventually prodded home by Jarred Bowen. Town looked much more organised defending it, but there was an issue much more severe that was at fault.
No leadership, no communication, these are things you cannot coach and Town were completely devoid of it.
And that was that. The rest of the first half was a dull and miserable affair, not including the final 5 minutes where some vague half chances were the only highlights.
Things didn't improve after the break. A smattering of half chances for both sides culminated in very little until the 89th minute.
The less said about the defending here, the better. After singing his praises last weekend, Jordan Spence put in a performance that, for me is the nail in the coffin on his Town career. He doesn't deserve another outing after this piece of abhorrent, elementary defending.
I've seen eight year olds defend more comprehensively than that. He lets Jackson Irvine demolish him, he makes him look like an absolute fool and pokes home in the dying minutes for a comfortable 2-0 for the Tigers.
An appalling display and another loss in a season which seems to be alienating more and more fans every week.
It's not a position anyone wanted to be in, let's get this straight. But anyone throwing any criticism the way of the management is well and truly wrong.
Paul Hurst overhauled the team, quite rightly in my eyes. Inheriting a team that, at the end of last season, had 3 fit centre halves and only two of them we actually ours.
One fit senior forward and a misfiring Freddie Sears. A midfield that was more at home in Holby City, and even then we had a Right Back Loanee playing in Midfield. It was a complete mess. Not to mention, no real wide players.
The problem areas have been resolved. There are still players to come into the fold. The football as a whole is much improved. We are, despite our position, in a much better place.
The problem lies in the sheer impatience to actually build a team, and the inability of the board and owners to actually invest in the club without us having to sell our best players.
Anyone expecting instant success was very much wrong in this justification. Yesterday's result would've been exactly the same under the old regime. We need to support now instead of pick flaws. It will come, but it's all a matter of time.