Date: 8th November 2014 at 6:37pm
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In what turned out to be an entertaining encounter at Portman Road, it was centre half Tommy Smith who was the blues hero when he slammed home the winner with just 7 minutes remaining.

What the game lacked in goals it made up for in quality and both formations were very attack-minded, which resulted in a pulsating game which ebbed and flowed.

In the first half it took a point blank save from Bartosz Bialkowski at the feet of Gianni Munari to keep The Hornets at bay and an even better save from Watford keeper Heurelho Gomez to deny Daryl Murphy, as his instinctive strike would have beaten most goalkeepers at this level and Murphy will wonder how he has not added to his goal tally.

Back in the Ipswich Starting line-up was Jonnie Williams. This meant that apart from the Welshman Town were unchanged and Teddy Bishop made it to the bench along with wing back Jonathan Parr.

Town edged possession in the first half but it became clear from the outset that Watford would always be dangerous on the break and their quick counter-attacking style meant that the blues defence had to be on their guard throughout.

This was always going to be a cagey affair and it was perhaps fitting that it was forgotten man Tommy Smith who got the goal, as he personifies everything that is good about the current Ipswich squad.

Stephen Hunt is now also bang in form and so too is Kevin Bur who seems to have adapted wonderfully well to life in the Championship after a relatively quiet start.

This win has taken Town to fourth place in the Championship and just two points off the top spot and with Norwich losing today to Nottingham Forest, the blues also have a four point lead on their arch rivals from Norfolk too!

This has been a good week to be a Town fan and with a two week break from domestic football to contend with, The Town players and coaching staff can enjoy a well-earned rest before facing Bournemouth away in a fortnight.


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