IMAGINE the scene.

Less than 10 minutes in at the Riverside, Tommy Smith's international excursions catch up with him and he pulls up injured. Or Luke Chambers goes in for a tackle as the last man, gets it slightly wrong and is shown a red card.

I don't mean to be the harbinger of doom but these are simple scenarios that can happen in any football match, at any standard, up and down the country.

If that is inflicted on Paul Jewell's side at Middlesbrough tomorrow, he will currently call on Jack Ainsley or Guiraine N'Daw. A right-back (who has also played upfront) and a towering presence, but one Jewell admits he sees a central-midfielder. Hardly ideal.

Jewell's defence? Yesterday, he told his pre-match press conference: “I want another centre-back, we need another centre-back, but I’m not under a lot of pressure to get one. I’m only under the pressure I put myself under.

“I could have brought in 20 centre-halves between the back end of last season and now, but I’m trying to make sure the one I get is the right one. I’ve had three calls this morning with people offering me centre-halves and I don’t think they are better than what we’ve got."

The Blues boss is of course right in wanting to better his side. But his last comment - they have to be better than what we have got - is what grates me.

They don't necessarily have to be better than Smith and Chambers, just better than Ainsley, a rookie right-back, and N'Daw, a midfielder short on match fitness.

Are you telling me that Jewell could not find someone to be an adequate back-up? Someone to sit on the bench and be cover in case the grim scenario painted above occurs?

I can't believe that. There are three games coming up in the next eight days. Get someone in for a month's loan. Short-term is not ideal, but neither is the current, worrying, situation which places unnecessary pressure on Jewell, whether he likes it or not.

Away from any pre-match concerns, tomorrow represents a landmark moment for this website.

From 2pm tomorrow, the Green Un Match Centre will be launched - a live, interactive web-blog covering all the thrills and spills of Ipswich Town (not to forget Colchester United, Braintree Town and all our leading non-league sides).

The blog, hosted by my good self, will cover all the big moments from Town's 2012/13 season as well as fans' pics and top tweets from the world of Twitter.

It will run from 2pm until 6pm every Saturday afternoon and can be found at:

Please feel free to spread the word, check it out and email me on or contact me on Twitter (@davegoods) with any thoughts or ways of improving the blog.