Ipswich Town sank to their third successive defeat last night, further damaging their hopes of an immediate return to the second tier.
Paul Lambert’s side faced Fleetwood Town at Portman Road and despite several changes to the first team, including Andre Dozzell’s return to action, they failed to get the better of the Cod Army.
The game wasn’t exactly a thriller, the best chance came on the half-hour mark when Luke Chambers deflected a cross by Barrie McKay against his own post. That changed just before half time, Ched Evans playing a one-two with the impressive McKay before slotting home past Tomas Holy to give Fleetwood the lead, and ultimately the win.
Ipswich substitute Freddie Sears saw an effort deflected over the bar and later Jon Nolan’s shot was blocked, but Fleetwood held on for their tenth game unbeaten.
The mood was not comfortable at full time, with Dozzell rushing straight off the field and not acknowledging the angry home fans. That’s led to some calling him out on social media but much of the Blues support is divided and opinionated right now.
It’s not a good time to be an Ipswich Town fan, as these messages show.
Disgrace Dozzell walking straight down the tunnel after the final whistle. Should of jogged him onto Norwich in the summer when we had the chance #itfc
— Michael ?? (@Stanners_1996) March 3, 2020
Can you blame him? . Hasn’t played a minute the gets thrown in for a must win game in a midfield that has never played together. Was no where near our worst performer. If I were him I would be royally pissed off and I would wanna leave to. Seeing Nolan play every week in his role
— PaulM (@Paulmlegend) March 3, 2020
Took me 35 minutes to realise dozzell was actually on the pitch. Bloke offers nothing, overhyped. Too light weight. Get him gone in the summer.
— Sean Taylor (@Sean_9_Taylor) March 3, 2020
I am seeing so much negativity regrading Dozzell.. Why?
He was at the heart of every chance we had. Tried to play the ball forward and with purpose..
'He walks off at the end'…the bloke was clearly injured from the 50/50 with Whelen (I think) moments before the end…#itfc
— TOTT (@tott_online) March 3, 2020
Dozzell for me was one of our better players who kept the ball well and played it on the deck. He spots a pass and executes it quickly. I don’t think too many understand the game ??
— neill rumsey (@neillrumsey) March 3, 2020
Can someone tell me what Dozzell actually does? He lives off that name, if he was Andre smith he’d get booed out of the ground #Itfc
— Maxi Lopez ??⚽️? (@MaxiWardley) March 3, 2020
Andre Dozzell impressive again? He hasn’t featured before today at all in 2020? He can pick a pass but offers nothing else. Alan Judge does work as a number 10, his performance against Burton showed that. He (and not him alone) has no link up with Keane which is the problem.
— Tom Block (@TomBlock13) March 4, 2020