Date: 18th January 2015 at 4:18pm
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Lucky omen Noel Hunt was at it again at The Den. Within just four minutes he had scored his first goal since he returned to the blues and on fourteen minutes, he had found the net yet again!

He has now scored three goals for Town in just three appearances and this was his first start!

No one will ever forget his first appearance for Town, when he came on as a sub in the dying embers of the game to strike the winner and the only goal at Charlton. It his first contact with the ball, which turned out to be the last kick of the game and earned Town all three points!

The only other contact he made that day was with a Charlton player and he went off with a bloody nose. But he played just five minutes of football in a blues shirt and his next appearance; when he had re-signed for Town until the season’s end was against Derby after 68 minutes and came the closest to scoring for the blues that day in the disappointing 0-1 home loss.

Yesterday ‘Noel of the Rovers’ was at it again with two opportunist strikes that should have wrapped up the points for Town early in the game but our old habit of sitting on leads almost cost us dearly.

We should have gone in at half time with a three or four goal lead but instead we were eventually pegged back by being profligate up front and nonchalant in defence and our backs were to the wall for long periods in the second half on account of our inability to kill games off and as we saw against Huddersfield to our cost, this is cause for some concern.

In the end it was a set of inspired substitutions from Mick McCarthy that ensured we were back in those automatic promotion places, thanks to the introduction of new signing Freddy Sears and defender Jonathan Parr who was found in space by the former West Ham starlet and the Norwegian finished the move with aplomb!

This was an important win for Town and not just because it comes on the back of two defeats.

The blues were in danger of losing that automatic place for good if they had not got something from this game and it also meant we took full advantage of a bad day at the office for Derby County who lost to their fiercest rivals 1-2 earlier that afternoon.

Freddy Sears is a player I have always admired and this is a great signing for the Town. He is only 25 so his best years are still ahead of him and let us hope they are with us!

I think it is unlikely we will get Billy Sharp now but maybe we don’t need him? With Noel Hunt and Freddy Sears we may already have the back up we need to keep us scoring and winning games.

Leeds United must be gobsmacked having seen the way reject Noel Hunt has performed with the blues and they will be loath to part with another misfit who might go on to better things with the Tractor Boys in the near future!

Frank Weston – Editor of Vital Ipswich

 

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