Date: 13th February 2017 at 6:58pm
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Mick McCarthy may have little planning in all of this but the loss of Cole Skuse especially, has given the team renewed energy and impetus as could be seen in our 0-1 victory at Villa.

Against Villa our midfield looked good again and even when we lost defensive duo Steven Taylor and Christophe Berra to injury, we had more than able replacements in Myles Kenlock and Jordan Spence.

But it was our midfield that really excelled again and Emyr Huws and Toumani Diagouraga have been outstanding since they came into the side and we are now playing with a greater sense of positivity and purpose, which was certainly not the case when Skuse and Jonathan Douglas occupied the middle.

David McGoldrick too seemed to have found some form and there is a good attacking partnership currently being formed between him and Tom Lawrence – who for the first time in a long time, did not find the net.

That was left to another Welsh maestro in the form of Emyr Huws and it was Didz who saw the pass that let him through to score and Ipswich have now climbed above Villa to 13th, after their first league victory over the hosts since 1994!

At long last our long suffering supporters have something to smile about but whether Brighton tomorrow evening brings us back down to earth remains to be seen?

One thing is certain though and that is the last two games have proved that we have some quality players in our squad and the new incumbents appear to have sparked us into life!

Still out injured for the match tomorrow night are Skuse, Taylor and Berra but given the way Myles Kenlock and Jordan Spence played on Saturday, we should not be too concerned.

That said, Brighton are looking like Premiership material and getting anything from this game will be a really big ask.

Manager Chris Hughton has no new injury worries following Saturday’s 4-1 win over Burton Albion.

Brighton have conceded the fewest home Championship goals this season and they are free scoring at home as well so it will be quite an achievement if we get anything from our travels tomorrow.


Frank Weston – Editor of Vital Ipswich

 

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