Date: 7th September 2016 at 7:56pm
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In fact this game was also featured on Sky last season, which might be why they have returned in the hope of another goal feest!

Unfortunately for Town, most of the goals went into the back of the Ipswich net and any repeat performance is quite simply unthinkable!

Strangely, although the blues went a goal behind after just seven minutes, they were back on terms four minutes later, when Freddie Sears levelled things up in next to no time.

How nice it would be to see Freddie break his season duck here of all places and I personally fancy him to score. Strikers have this wonderful knack of remembering where they scored their goals so he will go into this one with a renewed sense of confidence!

When one analyses the game itself, the blues played some pretty football a times but they were far too exposed at the back and I recall that almost every shot that Reading had that night found its way into the Ipswich goal. That’s football though if you get the rub of the green and over a season these things tend to balance out as we all know.

In the end, it was a hat-trick by Carlos Braga de Sa that sealed our fate and we all travelled back to Ipswich hugely disappointed.

One season on and we are back at the Madejski in front of those dreaded Sky camera’s but after our brave showing against our greatest foes, there is some room for optimism.

Supporters from around the world will be watching and let us hope we can deliver a much better scoreline for a start! If there are bags of goals, we can only hope that we have our shooting boots on because this has always been a very testing away encounter.

The good news is that it looks as though Conor Grant will be in from the start again after a few weeks out with a groin strain and The Ipswich physio’s are hopeful that Leon Best can find a place on the bench, having taken an ankle knock in the under 23 side that defeated Millwall earlier in the week.

He scored again by the way so if he is fit then he will probably get some game time at some stage in proceedings.


Frank Weston Editor of Vital Ipswich




 

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