Ipswich Town columnist Nick Keeble has to face his Leicester-supporting boss

No. You can’t have Monday off!

The not-unexpected text came through from my Leicester-supporting boss at just after 5pm following the dreadful and embarrassing (Mick McCarthy’s words) defeat on Saturday.

The good news was that the stats showed that our much-maligned defence had restricted Leicester to just five shots on target in the whole game.

The bad news was that we lost 6-0.

McCarthy must be wondering what on earth he has come into as his new team are playing football like they are in some sort of crazy, obscure, extreme knitting pattern.


Having patched up the defence by shifting Chambers across to right-back in the game against Burnley, he was put back in his failing central position on Saturday while new loanee Bradley Orr experienced a reportedly torrid and unimpressive debut.

Chambers and goalkeeper Henderson have probably been the biggest disappointments for Town and I, like many, would prefer to see Loach and Smith in the team on Saturday.

One player who unfortunately won’t be is the umpteenth new arrival Tyrone Barnett, who we tried to sign a couple of seasons ago from Crawley.

Strong, tall and athletic, he will add a new dimension to the attack when he gets into the side.

We now have two home games to get us back on track. First up Posh.

Having tried a ploy of buying or loaning their best players, we succeeded in getting two, but maybe the third, George Boyd, was the one that we really wanted and needed. He is their top scorer on six goals.

They are rock bottom of the league, but have scored six more goals than us and let in nine less.

Nottingham Forest are the visitors on Tuesday night and are having a middling sort of season, but they have Billy Sharp, who, like David Nugent, enjoys scoring against Town.

I didn’t take Monday off. I braved the situation and chose to focus on my other colleague, a Spurs supporter whose team lost 5-2 to Arsenal.

How could the Spurs defence possibly allow the Gunners 13 shots on target.

They must be really rubbish!