Date: 9th January 2017 at 4:31pm
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What would we do without Tom Lawrence? He has been a revelation this season and perhaps the only real bright spark in a squad that is lacking confidence both at home and away.

When we went a goal down early against Lincoln at Portman Road, the writing was already on the wall but a wonderfully incisive jinking run by Tom Lawrence got us quickly back into the match, before we even had time to ponder the defensive ineptitude that lead to the first goal.

But it was Lincoln who looked set to reach the fourth round for the first time since 1976 before Ipswich’s fightback, as they went into the lead again with another goal from Theo Robinson after 65 minutes, after a poor attempted clearance by Christophe Berra.

It was yet another vital strike from our Leicester City loanee Tom Lawrence that clawed us back into the game, with only minutes to spare and his shot from around 25 yards left keeper Farman clutching at thin air.

In the end, The Tractor Boys were booed off the field but most of the anger was vented at manager Mick McCarthy and not the players.

To draw to a side that is three leagues below us is bad enough but the Lincoln City will feel they should have won this one and almost did, if it had not been for the genius of Lawrence after 86 minutes.

Tonight the draw for the fourth Round of the FA Cup is made and we can all see it live on the Beeb.

But who Town get in the next round will be meaningless, unless we can overcome The Imps a week tomorrow?

Unfortunately the omens look bad for the Blues. Ipswich have not reached the fourth round since 2010, with four draws and seven defeats in the past seven seasons.

In the last round, we were first out the hat and this time around we have ball number one to watch out for.

In the end though, Mick McCarthy was dealt a bad hand with a number of his first team squad members unavailable through injury.

Let us hope that he has most of them back for the replay because this is another potential banana skin waiting to happen and it may just be live on the BBC as well?

Frank Weston – Editor of Vital Ipswich


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