Date: 28th November 2016 at 4:22pm
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There was a double dose of good news for Ipswich Town on Saturday and that was a commanding victory for the Blues and a fifth defeat in a row for our neighbours down the road and irony of ironies, it was former Canary, Bradley Johnson who got the winning goal!

So Town can thank their lucky stars because this was the kick start everybody needed and let us hope that our confidence levels are back on the rise, as we attempt to climb up the table again.

It is quite amazing to think we are now only three points adrift of Norwich City in eighth and extraordinarily just five points off Huddersfield in sixth! The bad news is that we are still only six points off the drop zone, such is the crazy nature of this league.

Well, I suppose manager Mick McCarthy can tell us all he told us so once again because he played both Cole Skuse and Jonathan Douglas to tighten up the midfield and it appeared to work.

There are still many more questions than answers with regard to the shape of the team though but if we continue to get the right results then I don’t think too many of us will be complaining.

Luke Varney proved his worth as well on Saturday which was nice and he believes that this win will set the tone for the rest of the season. Let hope he is right because there have been far too many false dawns under the Mick McCarthy regime.

Varney explained to Ipswich Player that everybody hurts when the team puts in poor performances and has the crowd on their backs.

‘It was good to come off to a positive vibe. I know it is a football cliché but it does hurt us all, we live in the Town – we know what it is like. We are strong and solid away, so we need to make it hard here too. We could have had six or seven different scorers if it wasn’t for their keeper.’

Ironically however, it was QPR keeper Alex Smithies who got the show on the road as he was at fault for the first and gifted us the second, which Luke Varney dispatched with aplomb.

Even the third goal was more down to good luck than football incisiveness, when a weak Cole Skuse shot was intercepted by Tom Lawrence, who fired home from the edge of the box.

Lady Luck served us well on Saturday afternoon at Portman Road but we all know that we cannot rely on it every week to get us the points.

Frank Weston – Editor of Vital Ipswich


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