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High-profile reporter picks out the Ipswich Town flaw that could prove costly in promotion push



Journalist Andy Warren has admitted that Ipswich Town’s lack of cutting edge in the final third could cost them in their quest for promotion from League One this term.

The Tractor Boys’ hopes of a play-off finish are in doubt, with Paul Lambert’s side sitting eighth in the table, two points off the top-six with the two sides above them having a couple of games in hand.

Ipswich have lost four of their last six games in League One, winning only once in that period of time, and have struggled for any real consistency since the turn of the year.

Barring a 4-1 home win over Burton Albion less than two weeks ago, Ipswich have failed to find the net in five of their last six matches, and were narrowly defeated 1-0 by Oxford United at the weekend.

Lambert’s men dominated the ball and created plenty of chances in the first-half, but Matty Taylor’s strike on the stroke of half-time proved to be the difference in the end.

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Speaking on the East Anglian Daily Times’ ‘Kings of Anglia Podcast‘, Warren has admitted that their lack of ruthlessness in the final third could cost the Suffolk club as they look to make an immediate return to the Championship.

He said: “I think you’ve summed it up really well. It’s a story we’ve seen, read about, talked about heard about so many times before about playing good football and dominating – probably not taking chances, conceding a goal and then running out of steam.

“It’s a familiar tale and it’s one that if things don’t turn around this season, that’s what we’ll look back on again. It’s probably like last season, actually, very similar.

“There’s lots of games where that’s happened and yeah, it’s going to cost them.”

Up next for Ipswich is a trip to Bloomfield Road to face struggling Blackpool this weekend, and three points is a must if they are to keep their promotion dream alive.

The Verdict

It’s hard to put a finger on why Ipswich are struggling to put their chances away in the final third.

Their recruitment in the summer looked to be really impress, but the likes of James Norwood have somewhat failed to live up to expectations.

They have so many creative players on their books, they just need their strikers to step up to the plate and start taking those chances when they come their way.

Nottingham-based journalist who regularly covers Nottingham Forest home and away.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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