Date: 19th February 2018 at 4:21pm
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Life can be very cruel at times and we have all experienced that. George Elliot once remarked that ‘cruelty, like every other vice, requires no motive outside of itself; it only requires opportunity.’ Norwich took theirs and how very late it was!

And as that song by Neneh Cherry serves to remind us, we were just seven seconds away from a memorable victory at Carrow Road, when a series of unforced errors led to an unlikely Norwich equalizer.

It is hard to point the finger at Bartosz Bialkowski as he was arguably Town’s best player until he was forced off his line when an errant header by Jonas Knudsen sent the ball across the goalmouth and into the path of Grant Hanley who chased a seemingly lost cause to keep the ball in at the byline and deliver the perfect cross for Klose to nod home, with Bialkowski still trying to recover lost ground.

Town’s travelling faithful were less than impressed with the fact that manager Mick McCarthy had decided to leave flair player Bersant Celina on the bench but he generally excels mainly at home so there was some method in his madness.

But when he decided to bring on McGoldrick, Spence and Hyam as his second half sub,s the blue and white army were understandably disgruntled. McCarthy had decided at that stage that a point would do and yet he almost ended up with all three, when captain Luke Chambers rose to head home emphatically from a Martyn Waghorn corner to the delight of Ipswich supporters everywhere.

The last few seconds were heartbreaking for all of us and having thought I was quids in on a win, I also lost a lot of dosh in the process too but that was far less painful than the actual result.

But this game might be remembered most for the Mick McCarthy outburst when Ipswich scored with just moments to spare. Whatever he said and whichever way he expressed it, was a clear example of the pressure-pot environment he is trapped in these days.

He has apologized to fans for those expletives but still maintains that his words and actions were not directed at the away support. If this is indeed the case, then it begs the question who then was it directed to? Was owner Marcus Evans somewhere in the crowd?

Club Captain Luke Chambers was not impressed with the opposition though and said,’They are running around like they`ve won the cup in the 95th minute, when they`ve spent £200m in the last five years. They had a lot possession, a lot of tippy tappy stuff but they`re not the team they were three years ago when we played them. They are nowhere near that level, hence their league position.’

And Luke I guess that explains ours as well…

Frank Weston – Editor of Vital Ipswich


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