Date: 22nd January 2015 at 4:00pm
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Our manager hit the nail on the head when he said that the players were in need of a breather.

Last Night at the AMEX stadium, Ipswich Town fell too a disappointing defeat in what was largely an entertaining game. Most of the entertainment however was provided by Brighton and they thoroughly deserved this victory.

I put my money where my mouth was and had a bet on a draw and when Freddy Sears pulled a goal back with around ten minutes remaining there was every hope but this was a game too far for Town.

Brighton started out the blocks with fire in their bellies and the blues seemed totally unprepared for the onslaught that was to follow.

Sam Baldock got the show on the road for the home side with a scintillating scorcher on 18 minutes and up until this fabulous strike the game was fairly evenly balanced.

From that moment on though Brighton never looked back and when Daryl Murphy scored his 18th league goal of the current campaign with a delightful volley at the near post, having been put in by Noel Hunt, this was nothing more than a short respite.

Mick McCarthy only made one change and as expected, it was Cole Skuse who came in for Stephen Hunt who had to be content with some bench warming which I think was a bit harsh on the fellow.

Noel Hunt kept his place in the side and this was justified because he not only set up Daryl Murphy for the equalizer but he came close to scoring himself early on with a powerful header that was tipped over acrobatically by David Stockdale.

Hunt used his head again to good effect when he headed the ball off the goal line as the relentless Brighton attack got into full gear as the game progressed.

In the end though this was an off day for the Tractor Boys and no one could deny a rejuvenated Brighton their victory.

The one bright spot was a late goal from substitute Freddy Sears. He is the real deal and I see a bright future for him in an Ipswich shirt. He finished clinically as the clock ticked down but Town were destined to lose this one.

Our manager said afterwards that it was time for the players to have a good rest. Put their feet up or see their family or just simply have a few beers.

This is sound advice from the pragmatist. He knows that we are still within spitting distance of those automatic promotion places and there are 19 games to go. That equates to another 57 points to be fought over and a breather is just what we all need just now!

Frank Weston – Editor of Vital Ipswich


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