Date: 15th January 2017 at 2:43pm
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Ipswich rewarded the 14,000 or so loyal fans who came to our match with Blackburn with an encouraging performance display, winning 3-2 and with a wonder goal to boot!

The manager and some team members have been under siege from some fans in the ground and on the social media, which led captain Luke Chambers to give some very honest answers at a recent press conference.

As a consequence of this criticism he has rightly felt undervalued and in this interview bravely defended teammate Jonathan Douglas, who has been booed recently by a section of fans.

His willingness to speak up showed his qualities as one of the best captains we have had and was a warning to fans to get behind him rather than push him away to Wolves.

The whole team played with great determination against Blackburn but it was the class of Tom Lawrence that shone through. He was at the centre of much of our best play and for one of the first times since the Jimmy Bullard days, we actually scored from a free kick!

The winning goal from Lawrence that put us 3-1 ahead was one of the best goals I have ever seen at Portman Road and it lifted the crowd and brought back the kind of atmosphere we had in the magnificent Bobby Robson era.

This was a good afternoon for Town fans, with the news of one new signing and more to come. With Daryl Murphy scoring the winner for Newcastle today too we know that we produce good players but that we are not big fish in the championship pond.

Our young players Andre Dozzell and Josh Emmanuel also had good games, as did Cole Skuse who ran the midfield. Christophe Berra and Adam Webster had mixed matches, making key errors but in the case of Berra, atoning for it with a vital goal. The modified shape of the team worked pretty well and was a bold and positive move by manager Mick McCarthy

Lawrence makes a massive difference but my award goes to the crowd for sticking with the team and creating an intense atmosphere, that lifted everyone and supported the players in an exciting spectacle on a cold day in January.

CMC.

 

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