Ipswich Town are perhaps the result of a failed experiment this season. Former manager Paul Hurst risked his reputation on players from League One and Two and they let him down.
Jordan Roberts is now on loan with Lincoln City and Janoi Donacien is out at Accrington Stanley. Ellis Harrison can’t get a game and Toto Nsiala hasn’t looked anywhere near as exciting as his Shrewsbury form suggested.
All over the squad, those lower league captures have let not only Hurst down, but also Paul Lambert. The Tractor Boys are paying the ultimate price as their tenure as a Championship club comes to an end.
It’s not all the manager’s fault, a restricted budget has come back to bite them hard and there’s other issues around the squad, such as aging players like Jon Walters being relied upon.
One of the lower league signings who has not let the side down is winger Gwion Edwards. He was a pre-season signing from Peterborough and has bagged five goals from 17 starts this season, one of which gave his side hope of a win this weekend.
Sadly, in the last minute of the game, struggling Reading levelled and ensured that the 26-year-old’s goal was worth a point, no more.
It must have been devastating on a personal note for Edwards. He’s seemingly set to drop back into the league he’d only just escaped, but a winning goal might have alerted a few scouts, grabbed a few headlines that kept his name in people’s minds.
The goal might mean he gets a few more minutes going into the final few matches of the season, a chance to put himself in the shop window, but even so losing all three points like that will hurt.
He’s not to blame for Ipswich’s plight, far from it and his talent deserves another go in the Championship with a more rounded, competitive squad.
It’s looking increasingly likely that he’ll be back in League One next season and having that possible winner cancelled out late on will sting on a personal level, as well as for the wider club.