Now that the monkey’s off our back perhaps it is time to move on, and a win at home to QPR on Saturday would be a wonderful confidence boost for everyone!
That said, belief should already be considerably improved after that wonderful performance in Wales but whether this enforced two-week break is what we really needed just now, is still very much open to debate. Under normal circumstances, it would probably have done the lads a favour but now they have been hit by a flu bug which threatens to undo all that recovery time!
Before illness hit the squad, I was feeling very upbeat about this game at Portman Road but manager Paul Hurst already indicated in his Thursday press conference today that captain Luke Chambers has gone down with it and is doubtful, and he is keeping an eye on a number of other players who could be vulnerable, as it has already impacted upon the under 23 squad.
I can only hope that things are not as bad as they seem right now because let’s face it, our manager has not been blessed with the best of luck since he inherited the post from old warhorse Mick McCarthy.
There are at least three midfield players who have not kicked a ball in earnest since he took on the job and we discovered this afternoon that Tom Adeyemi will have to undergo surgery on his Achilles and this will probably mean he won’t be back until the end of the season at the earliest. As for Teddy Bishop and Emyr Huws, they are both doing some light training again but remain a long way off the first team.
Assuming this flu bug does not become an epidemic then I would guess that Paul Hurst will stick with much the same team that did so well against Swansea and that would mean a place in the starting line-up for both Freddie Sears and Andre Dozzell. He waxed lyrical today about the pair of them and I would be very surprised if they do not start on Saturday afternoon. Another win and our depressing start to the season might be quickly overlooked.
F.W. – Editor of Vital Ipswich