Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Daryl Fixed It For Me

How's about that then guys and gals?
Town came from behind (no bum intended) and wiped 'Dirty Leeds' away with our biggest victory of the season so far.
It was the sort of afternoon that we haven't witnessed for a few years at Portman Road, a great game, great result, all mixed in with some daring to dream, plenty of banter and an exchange of insults between both sets of supporters. My season ticket is proving to be good value this season.
As usual there was the strong vocal following from Yorkshire - eighteen hundred and thirty-five of them. We had the usual 'We all hate Leeds' song, along with the non pc 'He's one of your own, he's one of your own, Jimmy Saville, he's one of your own' and 'He could your dad...' don't know where that came from? Goodness gracious
As it 'appens, Sharon missed Mirco Antenucci's fourth minute goal which gave the visitors a shock early lead (she was still in Planet Blue buying Christmas presents!) It was a sloppy goal to concede, from what has become a real solid defence of late. Just for a little while there I wondered if the blue bubble had burst - stupid boy!
Fear not, Daryl Murphy levelled things up with a towering header just eight minutes later. David McGoldrick then put us ahead from the penalty spot in the twenty-sixth minute, that after Stephen Warnock's clumsy challenge on Paul Anderson in the box.
Murphy sent the fans into the half-time break even more happy after he scored his second goal of the afternoon, which makes him the leagues top marksman on thirteen for the season so far. What a turnaround that half was.
The second half started as the first half had ended -  with Ipswich scoring, Christophe Berra this time, tapping in Tommy Smiths goal bound header, just to make sure!
From then on it was all Ipswich, truth be told we probably should have scored a couple more goals, our football certainly deserved it. There were plenty of 'ole's' from the crowd as Town passed the ball around with ease, at times taking the piss out of Leeds with fancy flicks and tricks.
The win keeps us in second place and we're now six points above seventh spot in the league, which is probably the more realistic way to look at things, or is it? Now then, now then!

The teams lining up for the #FootballRemembers photo


Fourth goal celebrations

Another 'Fist pump' from Luke Chambers

Whose Christmas presents are in the bag?

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Noel Noel... Tis The Season To Be Jolly?

Things like this just don't happen to us! Mick McCarthy signs a player on Thursday, puts him on the bench Saturday, brings him on after eighty-four minutes, he then scores the winning goal in the ninety-fifth minute - all of this live on Sky TV! Take a bow Noel Hunt.
It certainly made our lunchtime drinks in Degeros flow!
We got home just in time to learn results elsewhere had gone our way and that we are now in second place, just one point below leaders Derby.

Friday, 28 November 2014

The Bishop Pops His Cherry

This was my first away game of the season. A sell out crowd at Dean Court in a second versus fourth place encounter, so all the ingredients for a good match.
Will I see a better game this season? I wonder?
Bournemouth are a very good football team, as in they play really good football and they got at us right from the start, Matt Richie hit the bar within a minute or so and Yann Kermorgant gave them the lead almost immediately afterwards with a spectacular overhead kick.
Everytime I hear Kermorgant's name I think about the YouTube video posted on there by a Leicester fan, well worth a watch, I've posted a link to it at the bottom of this post. 
Town were really up against it and had to dig in and concentrate. It probably took us half an hour or so to get into the match and stifle the Cherries fast flowing and pleasing on the eye brand of football.
Bartosz Bialkowski was a busy man in the Ipswich goal and pulled off several decent saves, to go in at half-time just a goal down was no mean feat.
Having said all of that we did create one or two chances of our own, particularly from set pieces. Paul Anderson, recalled to the team, had a very good game especially with his dead ball deliveries.
It was the visitors who looked the sharper after the break and got an equaliser through Teddy Bishop (who had replaced the injured Kevin Bru after just seventeen minutes). It was eighteen year old Bishop's first senior goal for Ipswich.
For the first time during the afternoon the home crowd were quiet and I could sense a little nervousness. However this only lasted for about four minutes before Richie put Bournemouth back in front.
The most controversial moment of the match came just after Tokelo Rantie had replaced Callum Wilson. Within seconds of his entry onto the pitch he was caught in a Tommy Smith & Luke Chambers sandwich, inside the Town box, which had the home crowd & players screaming for a penalty. It was waved away by referee Michael Bull (correctly according to Mick McCarthy!)
After receiving treatment for what seemed like ages, he was stretchered off, his afternoon's work complete, Rantie over!
Ipswich levelled the match again with fifteen minutes remaining. Anderson delivered a perfect free kick from the left wing which, that man, Daryl Murphy headed past Cherries keeper Artur Boruc, sending the travelling support delirious!
Sharon & I had travelled down to Bournemouth in the morning and had tied the game in with her friend Dawn's 50th birthday party in Reigate that evening. We parked the car strategically so that after the match we could make a hasty getaway, which was great until the fourth official held up the board for injury time. TWELVE minutes. "Bloody marvellous" said Sharon "The only time we really need to get away as well!" I don't think that I've ever been to a match with that much extra time added on before. They'd be no Tokelo Sunrises for her that night!
Luckily my exit strategy worked a treat getting away from Bournemouth and we had a good run up to Reigate, arriving just before seven o'clock. Does life get any better?

A Song For Yann Kermorgant - well worth a watch

Sad news earlier in the week. RIP Gino

Wednesday, 12 November 2014


The 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery

Football paid it's respects to those, who were killed in conflicts since the start of World War 1, throughout the Remembrance weekend.
At Ipswich on Saturday afternoon the 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery joined the players of both Town and visitors, Watford, in the centre circle for a minutes silence prior to kick-off.
The Ipswich team wore, one off edition 'Football Remembers' poppy shirts, as did the rest of the Championship clubs. I'm sure that Town have never ever done this before?

His prayers are being answered - two clean sheets in three games

After the match the shirts were signed before being auctioned off on ebay, with the proceeds going to the 2014 Poppy Appeal.
For the second time in a week, we were up against the team occupying, third place in the league table and as against Wolves on Tuesday we came away with the three points. A healthy crowd of 22,490 - no doubt buoyed up by the £10 a ticket promotion offer available through season ticket holders, can only have enjoyed the match.

Watford, who have become our bogey side over the last few years, looked a very good side and must be a good bet for a top six finish, so victory over them was even sweeter.
I remember saying to Sharon after sixty-four minutes 'If you're a good team, you win games like these'. It could have gone either way and at that moment I'd have taken a nil-nil draw.
It was Tommy Smith who got Town's winner seven minutes from time, following a low free-kick routine between Stephen Hunt and David McGoldrick. Smith reacted first, to a rebounded shot from Kevin Bru and slotted the ball past the Hornet's keeper Heurelho Gomes.

Fist pump!
This match reminded me of when we use to be good - at least ten seasons ago and I came away from Portman Road thinking perhaps we are again! Mick McCarthy has definitely got something good going on here, plus he's got the 'know-how' to keep us in the hunt and then... who knows?
Next stop Bournemouth away in two weeks time, my first away game of the season.

In other news - Norwich lost!