Date: 15th February 2017 at 5:06pm
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I am still of the view that if it were not for enforced changes, we would not be seeing the kind of attacking football that was on display again last night, against Premiership bound Brighton.

Town have a very depleted squad and this is why we are enjoying watching them so much! It was what supporters had begged for since the start of the campaign and now finally, the players that were on the fringes of the team are getting regular football.

Take Myles Kenlock and Josh Emmanuel in the wingback berths and Jordan Spence slotted in with Jonas Knudsen and Luke Chambers as the three backs and what a delight it is to see at long last, our captain in his favoured position!

Emyr Huws was in the wars in the first half and had to go off for six stitches to a wound on the side of his head. In the meantime, Luke Chambers headed home the Town goal from another great cross from Tom Lawrence and then it was Chambers who needed extensive treatment, as he collided with former blue keeper David Stockdale, who was in goal for the Seagulls.

The whole Ipswich team played well though and when the equalizer came for the home side, it was a dubious penalty that lead to it, when Emyr Huws was adjudged to have fouled Bruno as the Albion skipper got in front of him but it seemed like a very harsh decision at the time and still does!

Yet Town battled on with the kind of resilience and verve that has been their trademark in the last three games.

They have become forceful and hard to break down and referee Mr. East booked six Blues players last night; including sadly Tom Lawrence, who will now miss the next two matches against Leeds United and Norwich City.

Danny Rowe would be the obvious choice to replace him, if he can recover in time from his current injury that is?

Any fears that Town might get into a relegation fight will have surely eased considerably after culling five points from their last three matches and the only worry now is legs on the ground?

Referee Roger East was very card happy last night and booked in total ten players but the one we will perhaps regret the most is that yellow shown to Lawrence for verbals, which manager Mick McCarthy said afterwards was totally avoidable.

The enforced 3-5-2 formation has made the world of difference to the way Town have played of late and our manager would be loathe to change it in a hurry – even if he could do!

Frank Weston – Editor of Vital Ipswich


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