Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Jay's Fluid

It was a bit of a murky night on Tuesday and the pre-match atmosphere inside Portman Road was equally gloomy, following Saturday's 4-1 loss at  Middlesborough. There was definitely a lack of fans/pundits confidence in the Town defence, with many calling for a change at the back, but Mick McCarthy stood by his back four and they repaid his faith with a clean sheet against a Bolton side who didn't seem to want to score - they squandered one or two excellent chances before Jay Tabb netted the winning goal in the seventy-ninth minute. 

It's that time of the year already

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Strange Days Indeed

What happened to automatic promotion?

It was a family affair for us at Portman Road, Sam was back in the UK and attending his first home game for several seasons, having had to fly home from Vietnam for mum's funeral. Ironically enough it was against Brentford - whom he had seen away at Christmas on his last visit home!
Well at least the weather has warmed up a bit while I've been away

No four pub challenge for Sam before the game - just five pints!

Things haven't been going so well for Ipswich since my last game, way back in February. A win at Fulham on Valentine's day was followed by losing one-nil at home to Reading, beating Birmingham at home a few days later, before successive losses at, dare I say Narwich and then Leeds, which has left us in seventh place just behind Saturday's opponents Brentford.

Re-called Dean Gerken in goal

It was a really entertaining game and truthfully Town should have got all three points with the amount of chances that we failed to take, none so glaring as Daryl Murphy missing an open goal from less than six yards out - just a minute into the second half! You have to forgive him though as he had earlier scored his twenty second goal of the season. That goal in the ninth minute had given us just the start that we needed.
The Bee's equalised after twenty-five minutes with a rather fortunate goal, Recalled Town keeper Dean Gerken pulled off an excellent save from Stuart Dallas but Jonathan Douglas was on hand to head the loose ball into the net.
After the match we went to Degero's for a few drinks before heading accross the the road to The Clay Oven for an Indian. There was a misunderstanding over the bill which put a damper on the evening, perhaps it's time to revisit our post match entertainment?
We did have 'one for the road' at The Thomas Wolsey before getting a taxi back to Kesgrave - only to end up in The Bell until about midnight! I blame Sam!

Sunday, 8 March 2015

A Night On The Town

I needed cheering up after a few difficult days and fortunately Ipswich managed to put a smile back on my face, with a much needed home win.
We came from a goal behind to beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 on Tuesday night. The Owls had taken a one-nil lead into the interval following a mix up at the back between Bartosz BiaƂkowski and Christophe Berra, which allowed Kieron Lee in for a simple finish.
Once again Daryl Murphy found the net, scoring his nineteenth goal of the season, the way he's going he'll end up a modern day ITFC legend! Skipper Luke Chambers gave Town a deserved lead and the three points, when he met Kevin Bru's cross with his head at the far post, giving the Sheffield keeper Keiren Westwood no chance of saving it - cue the 'fist pump'!
This was a vital win following some disappointing results recently and will hopefully re-ignite our promotion push.

R.I.P. mum xx

Monday, 2 February 2015

What A Grey Day

No need for that today.

Ipswich 0-0 Wigan. That was the most boring game of football that I've been to in living memory, I could go on but I'd only add to the misery of a cold afternoon.

225 Wigan fans facing a long trip home.

Thanks Mick, you've just wrote my blog!

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Lime & Soda

Sharon & I took Tracey for a day out in London for her __th birthday, centred around Ipswich's game at the New Den. Millwall away - what a treat!
'Dry January' made the decision to drive to London, rather than catch a train, an easy one. We parked at Newbury Park Underground station, brought some travel cards and got a tube to London Bridge. Once there we had a wander around the nearby Borough Market where we spotted a cafe selling 'Bubble Baps' served with either sausage or bacon, lovely ol job!
Breakfast baps
After doing our 'tourist bit' we met up with Max, Ben, Arun & Josh at The Old Kings Head, which is down an alleyway off the main Borough High Street. When we arrived they were standing outside, as it was rammed inside and a nightmare to get served, so we walked around the corner to the Heeltap a little bit more upmarket, therefore a little bit quieter and a little bit more expensive, ask Max - '£5.35 for a pint of Peroni'.
I had my first pint of Lime & Soda of the day and Sharon had a coffee! Tracey had a large glass of white wine - she had stayed sober in October!

The lads were still in the bar when we left at about 2pm to catch the train to South Bermondsey.
Town got off to a brilliant start, Noel Hunt scored twice in the first fourteen minutes and Millwall, who had made eight changes to the side that had been knocked out of their midweek FA Cup replay at Bradford, looked awful, I thought that we were going to thrash them. Fair play to them, they gradually clawed themselves back into the match and got a goal back through Magaye Guyeye a minute before the half-time whistle.
The second half started with the home side on the front foot and they looked like a completely different side, an equaliser would have really put Town on the back foot. It was a quite a relief when Jonny Parr scored our third goal, which effectively killed the game off, with just thirteen minutes remaining.

Ipswich moved back up to second in the league following Derby losing to a last minute goal at home to Nottingham Forest in their lunchtime kick-off.
If it was a tight squeeze on the outward train to Millwall, then the return to London Bridge was even more claustrophobic, I just about got into the carriage as the doors closed behind me.
I had a couple more Lime & Sodas at the George Inn, which is across the courtyard from the Heeltap, before heading to Brick Lane for a curry with Sharon, Tracey Max & Ben.
The curry houses are really competitive in Brick Lane, they have people out in the street encouraging punters into their restaurants,  we got a really good deal from a guy outside Papadoms who offered us two free drinks each, free popadoms and twenty-five percent off our bill, so that's two pints of Cobra I passed up!
The meal was really good and our bill was just under sixty-eight pounds for five of us - a bargain!
We made it back to Ipswich just before midnight sealing another good away day.

What do women know about football? Sharon is up to 7th in the TWTD's prediction league!