Date: 5th November 2015 at 3:58pm
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The more I analyse that game on Tuesday night, the more convinced I am that Ipswich Town have found some form of old.

The points were obviously the most important aspect of the game at Portman Road but we cannot deny that the blues thoroughly deserved this victory and it could have been a whole lot more!

Brett Pitman might have had a hat-trick but he was not to blame for profligacy in front of goal but just found a keeper in Amos that was on his game and of course, we will never know whether another of his chances crossed the line or not but his celebrations afterwards suggested as much!

Then we had Freddie Sears coming close on a couple of occasions and even Jonathan Douglas letting fly from distance, which could easily have ended up in the net instead of hitting the bar.

Daryl Murphy too seemed to rekindle some of his form of old. He may not be on the score sheet yet but he is certainly getting nearer and don’t be surprised if it all changes on Saturday!


I think away to The Millers, he has to pick Brett Pitman again because he was outstanding against Bolton and deserves his place in the side without a shadow of a doubt.

I have a little inkling that if he plays regularly he could light up our attack in the same way as Freddie Sears last term and together they seem to gel so very very well!

I also hope that he sticks with Jonas Knudsen as a wing back because it is only through playing regularly that he will come to terms with this crazy league that sees Town once again just four points off those play-off places.

The month of November has started promisingly for the blues and they must sustain this momentum away to a side who are struggling even more than Bolton at the moment and seem destined for a quick return to the first division unless there is a rapid change in their fortunes – or a change of personnel?

Of course the Tractor Boys have an annoying tendency to play well against the fancied teams and then under-perform against the relegation fodder. We cannot afford to take our foot of the gas away on Saturday and even if Mick McCarthy suggest that a draw away is always a good result, he will be disappointed if this is all that we end up with.

We have dropped far too many points in October to make the above statement a good one. Another three points would go some way to repairing the damage done and against a very average team, who concede regularly and are bottom of the Sky Bet Championship, we really must go for the jugular!

There was more good news today when McCarthy told the press that he expected both Ainsley Maitland-Niles and David McGoldrick to be fit and this should further strengthen his hand yet further.

I am predicting another away win for Town and that Daryl Murphy will finally get a goal – or maybe two!


Frank Weston – Editor of Vital Ipswich

 

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