Date: 5th September 2016 at 9:06pm
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It is on night’s like this that our far flung supporters from around the globe get a chance to take a closer look at The Tractor Boys.

On Friday night on Sky Sports One, expats everywhere will be glued to their screens for a rare chance to see how the blues are progressing – or otherwise, whatever the case may be?

Season ticket holders are the most discontented when the Sky camera’s come knocking because it tends to reduce attendances and their intrusive nature is largely deemed to be a necessary evil at best.

But there is a plus side for all those stay away fans who might just be persuaded to return to Portman Road if the blues perform well.

Then of course we have Town supporters from around the world who get a rare glimpse of the blues in action and it is a source of much merriment in bars from as far afield as Christchurch in New Zealand to Nairobi in Africa to meet up everywhere and cheer on the blues!

Now one ingredient that has been sorely missing watching the Town on Sky television over the last few seasons and that is entertainment value but in our last televised game against Norwich City, there were signs that even this might be changing for the better.

Town performed rather well and deserved their point but we know that going to Reading will not be an easy encounter – not that any game is in this league of course.

Yet since our last live television showing we have recruited a few new players and I do hope that the injury that goalscorer Leon Best incurred in the under 23 victory over Millwall today will not damage his chances of getting some game time on Friday night?

Conor Grant has been passed fit to play and so too has Tom Lawrence and we will have to just hope that he does not get too much game time tonight when Wales take on Moldova because we are already without Jonny Williams so we could do with some extra energy out there.

I think manager Mick McCarthy will play Brett Pitman up front again alongside Freddie Sears who is in desperate need of a goal.

And after our clean sheet against Preston I would hope he would persevere with Tommy Smith at the back at the expense of Adam Webster, who is still very much on a learning curve.

Frank Weston – Editor of Vital Ipswich


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