Date: 23rd March 2015 at 6:49pm
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It was not just the victory that impressed me but also the manner of it. Uncharacteristically perhaps Mick McCarthy was very brave.

Although he says that a point away is always a good result and especially against the league leaders, he was also aware of the amount of points the blues have lost of late and that is why he began with three up front. He wanted this win badly.

After ten minutes he sensed that things were not going to plan and reverted to a more familiar 4-4-2 system but thanks to some inspired substitutions Town still came away with maximum points!

Before the game against The Hornets our manager had said that although the automatic play-off places had now become more of a remote possibility, he made the proviso if the blues were to win against Watford and then again against Bournemouth then things might change once again in this topsy turvy division.

“If we win our next two games – there`s no reason why that couldn’t be the case but we’ve got to beat Watford away and Bournemouth at home. It`s kind of a big ask,’ he told a local journalist.

Thanks to another set of bizarre results over the weekend Ipswich are just 5 points off the second automatic promotion place again!

It all began if you recall on Friday when Wolves rode their luck a bit before defeating Derby County 2-0 at home.

The next surprise was on Saturday morning when Brentford found themselves trailing 0-2 to relegation threatened Millwall with just five minutes left on the clock. In the end they grabbed a late draw but that was another two home points lost.

Saturday got better and better with the news that Bournemouth had beaten Middlesbrough 3-0 as we scored with virtually the last kick of the game against leaders Watford four minutes into injury time.

Mick McCarthy has warned his players that they must stay focused on the job in hand. At this late stage of the season nerves can play their part but as he points out, it is the same for all clubs in the promotion chase and its who hold the nerve best that will succeed in the end.

That magnificent away win at Watford on Saturday has rekindled belief and set the fires of desire alight again.

And after a barren spell that seemed as if it might just derail us completely, we are now back on track for an exciting run-in which promises to deliver more thrills and spills like never before!

Frank Weston – Editor of Vital Ipswich


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