Date: 27th February 2017 at 4:09pm
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Manager Mick McCarthy explained to Radio Suffolk’s Brenner Wholley that he was hopeful that the last few matches and particularly yesterday’s well earned derby draw, will go some way to mending bridges between himself and the fans.

‘I would hope that performance and result goes a long way to repairing our relationship with the fans and over the last five games I think they’ve seen us play really well and I would think helping stop Norwich in their tracks during a promotion push will endear us to our fans a little bit more.’

It may have made a difference but how much? The trouble for McCarthy is that although the team are now picking up points they are still sliding down the table and Town are now in 15th after four draws out of the last five encounters.

If we could convert draws into wins and create more goalscoring opportunities, then his wish might just come true.

What is encouraging however, is that Ipswich Town are playing with their hearts and you can see this in the way they defend as a unit. Our attacking options still seem rather limited though but the change in system has improved our collective decision making I believe and this is especially apparent at the back.

Jonas Knudsen seems to be enjoying himself in his new found role and captain Luke Chambers is back playing where he belongs.

This of course applies to Freddie Sears too but I think he will probably find himself bench warming next time, as Town Lawrence has served his suspension and is bound to be selected at home to Brentford on Saturday afternoon.

But there are encouraging signs of rejuvenation. Few of us would have expected us to get much from Reading, Aston Villa, Brighton, Leeds United and Norwich City.

The Canaries promotion dream now looks in tatters and the chances are we’ll have more of the same next term and maybe we can turn two draws into a couple of wins?!

We almost got one yesterday in fact, when Knudsen gave us the lead after 63 minutes but a rare error by Bartosz Bialkowski cost us all three points – although in truth, if it had not been for our Polish keeper, we would surely have lost anyway.

Frank Weston – Editor of Vital Ipswich


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