Date: 13th July 2015 at 4:01pm
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Our win away at Shelbourne last Saturday may seem meaningless to some but I see this as an important stepping stone to what might turn out to be a very eventful season!

We play them every year and win so the victory ought not come as any great surprise but the way in which we did the business was!

Brett Pitman getting off the mark with a pair was encouraging and so too were the performances of Alex Henshall and Ryan Fraser down the flanks. It looks like we have finally got some pace in the team and maybe at long last Mick McCarthy has found what he is looking for? Certainly 0-6 away is a great start!

There were other reasons to be cheerful too in Ireland. Young Adam McDonnell excelled in his midfield role and there were stand out displays from Cole Skuse, Jay Tabb and Ainsley Maitland-Niles who looks a real prospect at just 17!

Dylan Connolly is another exciting player and he put in a good second half shift apparently.

The only blot on the landscape was another set back for local lad Luke Hyam, who has been forced to have an operation on his dodgy knee and could be out for up to four months sadly.

That aside, Town look in fine fettle and the new incumbents seem to have settled in nicely.

The next game in Germany on Friday will be a much more testing affair. Fortuna Dusseldorf may not be in the top flight of German football anymore but they do possess some real quality throughout their squad so this match might tell us a little more about how far we have progressed since last season?

I am really looking forward to it and I will be able to see at first hand what the new boys have brought to the team.

Brett Pitman will get us goals of this I am quite certain and perhaps the only question mark hangs over where he will fit into the team?

When he signed a three year contract with the blues I am sure it was with the view to playing lots of first team football so will this mean that Freddy Sears will now be consigned to the bench?

After his performances of last season and the wealth of goals he scored, this seems an unlikely scenario but perhaps much too will depend on whether we still have David McGoldrick and Daryl Murphy when the new season kicks off in earnest away to Brentford?


Frank Weston – Editor of Vital Ipswich

 

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