This blog was written by regular contributor CMC
A big crowd on Bank Holiday Weekend enjoyed a day out in the sunshine and a few moments of excitement, as Ipswich scored twice and managed to hold mighty Middlesbrough to a creditable 2-2 draw.
Although most of the game was pretty much like our play during the rest of the season, it was the adrenalin rush engineered by few patches of exciting pressure from the Blues, that will encourage supporters to return next season. Freddie Sears put us ahead and had a really good game with his renewed sense of confidence, having now scored two in two, after not managing to score throughout the whole campaign before.
Middlesbrough equalised seven minutes into added on time in the second half, after dominating most of the game from the first goal onwards. Fans were delighted when hardworking Martyn Waghorn put Ipswich ahead again from the penalty spot after substitute McLoughlin, had been felled in the box. And as we left the ground, deep into stoppage time, we heard a loud cheer and realised that not so much had changed after all, as we had yet again, conceded with virtually the last kick of the game once more.
But it had been a good day overall, with Ipswich matching an expensive premiership outfit – in terms of the score at any rate. The difference in quality was there for all to see and the issue of finance remains the major hurdle in terms of bridging the gap bridging the divisions.
The excitement of a new managerial appointment will I am sure to bring renewed interest and hopefully a more generous approach from Marcus Evans.
Of all the names being mentioned here, I have been drawn to the irresistible combination of George Burley and Terry Butcher. What a team they would make!
Have a good break everyone and thanks to the players and coaching staff both past and present for your efforts, both on and off the field.