Date: 17th February 2018 at 4:51pm
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Derby matches are great levelers so they say, and tomorrow at Carrow Road, Ipswich Town will be hoping that there is some truth in it because another defeat away to our fiercest rivals would be totally unpalatable, given the season we are having.

And to think, it all started so well with four wins on the bounce and optimism was at its highest level for some years. That fantastic start seems a long time ago now, and after last weeks dire 0-0 draw at home to bottom club Burton Albion and in front of a lifeless 13,000 supporters, surely we have reached to bottom of the barrel by now?

The hope is that we cannot play any worse and the fact that Norwich are level on points with us, suggests that in terms of equality there is not much to choose from in terms of consistency.

Manager Mick McCarthy remains fairly upbeat, which is perhaps surprising given our inept display at Portman Road but he thinks that because of the toxic atmosphere when we play at home these days, it is just as well we are forced to travel.

‘Well, if this game was at home I think it probably would be a full house as well but the atmosphere`s somewhat different and this is why playing away is not such a bad idea.’

McCarthy also believes that this game may have come at a good time for the Blues who are desperate to please their fans.

‘I want to win this game, I want to win it for me personally, for the lads and for the fans because I keep hearing the stats, that we haven`t won one for so long and I know how much it means to the home fans.’

It has to be noted in those remarks that ‘I want to win it for me personally’ takes precedence to what happens to the fans sadly.

Former Canary Tom Adeyemi is closing in on a return after a long spell out injured but David McGoldrick is back for Town.

And I will leave the last word to the gaffer on what may or may not occur tomorrow afternoon in Norfolk.

‘We narrowly lost this one here this season, I`d like to redress that for everybody concerned.’

Frank Weston Editor of Vital Ipswich


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