GALLERY & MATCH REPORT: Ipswich Town 2 Derby County 1

Christophe Berra celebrates after scoring Ipswich Town's dramatic late winner against Derby County. PHOTO: Sarah Lucy Brown Christophe Berra celebrates after scoring Ipswich Town's dramatic late winner against Derby County. PHOTO: Sarah Lucy Brown

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
11:20 PM

Ipswich v Derby: Christophe Berra headed home a dramatic stoppage-time winner as Ipswich Town secured a gutsy 2-1 come-from-behind win against high-flying Derby County at Portman Road.

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Patrick Bamford had put the Rams ahead after just 33 seconds, but the Blues produced a gutsy performance. Johnny Williams – who was kicked from pillar to post throughout – rifled home a superb leveller in the 68th minute.

Then Berra, moments after a crunching saving tackle at one end, rose majestically to head home a dramatic late winner from Aaron Cresswell’s corner.

With top six rivals Wigan, Brighton, Reading and Nottingham Forest all losing, the Blues moved up to eighth-place in the Championship table and are just two points adrift of the play-off places ahead of Saturday’s visit of a Forest side in free-fall.

Blues boss Mick McCarthy unsurprisingly named an unchanged starting XI line-up – and bench – following his side’s 2-0 win at Brighton three days’ earlier.

Berra celebrates with Town fansBerra celebrates with Town fans

There was a real buzz in Portman Road ahead of kick-off with Blues fans who hadn’t made it to the Amex Stadium last weekend keen to see if their side could produce a repeat performance and really ignite a push for the play-off places.

Less than a minute later and all that sense of anticipation had been blown out of the water.

Ipswich surged forwards from kick-off and had the crowd on their feet as Stephen Hunt burst to the by-line and pulled back a cross which hit a defender on the torso. Half-hearted penalty appeals had barely died down as Derby quickly counter-attacked, left-back Craig Forsyth pulling the ball back for Chelsea forward Bamford to convert for the sixth goal of a productive loan spell.

Portman Road was stunned.

Christophe Berra (left) wheels away after scoring Ipswich Town's late winner against Derby County. Photo: Sarah Lucy BrownChristophe Berra (left) wheels away after scoring Ipswich Town's late winner against Derby County. Photo: Sarah Lucy Brown

At that stage it looked as though a repeat of the goalfest from the reverse fixture – Derby coming back from 4-1 down to draw 4-4 at Pride Park last October – was on the cards.

However, instead of bursting into life, the match went rather flat thanks, in part, to the visiting side’s spoiling tactics.

With goalscoring chances at a premium, a ding-dong duel between Rams striker Chris Martin and Blues centre-back Berra became more interesting than the game itself.

Martin twice went down easily under pressure from Berra. The latter had a word and Martin reacted with a shove. Yellow card.

Tommy Smith and Christophe Berra undertake post-match fist-pump celebration duties due to the fact that Luke Chambers had gone off injured. Photo: Sarah Lucy BrownTommy Smith and Christophe Berra undertake post-match fist-pump celebration duties due to the fact that Luke Chambers had gone off injured. Photo: Sarah Lucy Brown

The Derby front man could then count himself lucky to stay on the field in the 30th minute after leaving a leg in on Berra as the defender cleared the ball up the line.

Ipswich passed the ball about nicely at times, with the lively duo of Paul Anderson and Williams popping up all over the place.

Derby had clearly marked Williams as a threat who had to be stopped at all costs though and they continually kicked lumps out of the tricky advanced midfielder.

Craig Bryson was booked for one late challenge which left the Crystal Palace loanee writhing in pain and limping for a few minutes. Moments later, Jeff Hendrick escaped with just a telling off after Williams took another kick.

Blues boss McCarthy let referee Fred Graham know what he thought as the teams came off at the break. Tempers were soon flaring after the restart after Aaron Cresswell’s lunge on George Thorne in front of the dug-outs.

Moments later, Thorne became the third Derby player to be booked after petulantly preventing Williams taking a quick free-kick.

A football match finally started to break out as the hour mark approached, Gerken quick off his line to block from Bamford while at the other end Luke Chambers couldn’t get enough on his back post header following Williams’ fine run and cross.

Town finally produced their first shot on target in the 60th minute, Murphy latching onto Anderson’s flick and producing a fine angled right-foot shot which forced Lee Grant into an acrobatic stop.

The introduction of strikers Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Frank Nouble off the bench lifted the home crowd further.

The roof was then lifted as the Blues drew level in the 68th minute. After Murphy was fouled, Cresswell tapped the free-kick to his right and Williams arrowed a 25-yard shot beyond the despairing dive of Grant. It was a cracking goal from a cracking player. Town fans should enjoy him while they can, Palace boss Tony Pulis watching from the stands as a guest of Blues owner Marcus Evans.

Williams’ loan spell is due to expire after Saturday’s visit of Nottingham Forest, though Town could extend the deal until the end of the season if that could be agreed before Thursday’s deadline.

Derby responded and twice came close to getting their noses back in front. First, Bamford’s left-footed volley went inches past the post following Martin’s cross, while moments later Forsyth hit the outside of the post from outside the box.

Five minutes later, Ipswich hit the woodwork themselves. The energetic Nouble provided the run and cross, with fellow sub Ebanks-Blake rising highest in the centre of the goal to head against the base of the left upright.

With Ipswich going all-out for the win and Derby a threat on the counter it always felt as though one side would win it.

And after Berra had made a superb crunching tackle on Martin at one end, the Blues countered and won a corner through Nouble’s run and shot. Cresswell swung in the set-piece and Berra rose majestically to power home a header.

With skipper Luke Chambers having gone off injured, Berra and Tommy Smith undertook the captain’s traditional fist-pump celebrations at the end. Town’s top six hopes are very much alive and well.

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IPSWICH TOWN (4-4-1-1): Gerken; Chambers (cpt) (Richardson 79), Berra, Smith, Cresswell; Anderson (Nouble. 60), Hyam, Wordsworth, Hunt (Ebanks-Blake 60); Williams; Murphy.

Subs: Loach, Mings, Green, Tabb.

Booked: Williams (66), Nouble (78)

DERBY COUNTY (4-3-3): Grant; Wisdom, Keogh (cpt), Buston, Forsyth; Hendrick, Thorne (Naylor 90+), Bryson; Bamford (Sammon 75), Martin, Russell.

Subs: Legzdins, O’Brien, Whitbread, Bailey, Thomas.

Booked: Martin (15), Bryson (45+), Thorne (51), Forsyth (84)

Attendance: 17,399 (611 away)

Referee: Fred Graham.

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55 comments

  • same question to you redhotitfc

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    Ray Bidwolf

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Staidtastics attendance is confirmed for saturday, been given the green light from the missus. COYB!! Cyril see you in there mate, i'll buy you a pint at half time!!

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    Staidtastic

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • What a difference a few months makes! I took my twin boys to Portman road for the first time on new years day with tales of epic clashes and fiery encounters. That turned out to be a soaking, freezing sombre affair with little to chear about and not much of a memory for them. With the cheap ticket prices last night (£16 for the three of us) I thought I'd chance it and take them back, and I'm so glad I did! Either side could have scored in the first 30 seconds with Derby just catching town napping. The rest of the first half was a hard fought affair with neither team really getting a hold on the game due to lots of breaks play. I'd resigned myself to a slim loss or 1-1 draw by half time, like most of the ground it seemed, but straight away in the second half, you could see the change in the team and the crowd fed off it instantly. The second half took me back to a 3-2 win over Sheffield UTD with 10 men many years ago, such was the level of shear guts and determination to win. Big Frank was an insparation when he came on and SEB started to show signs of his class with his movement and positioning. Williams was outstanding considering the treatment he was getting. I'm now left with two very exited boys who want to go back on Saturday (now £56!) and who finally have something to shout about. SEB might just find his fitness at the right time for us and with what should be easier games to come, it's going to be a nail biting end to the season! Great to see and feel PM rocking again, COYB!!

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    Leeroy

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • So much for all the support you reckon you get Cyril. People are seeing you for who you are and that's why you get so many comments now.

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    redhotitfc

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • Someone will have a sleepless night while rocking wit their Pot Noodle. At least winning means we'll be less likely for the Archant Troll to make an appearance

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    Blue Exile

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • Great hard working performance from the boys. MM made some important changes on the hour mark and that made the difference. Looking forward to see what the boo boys write to bring another smile to my face. The other results went perfectly for us as well.

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    redhotitfc

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • WOW! What a game and what a game now awaits v N.Forest! Amazing stuff from Mick and the Team and this comes after we lose our top scorer and a key midfielder?!?! Not many teams managers could have dealt with that never mind made a push forward-awesome!COYB!!

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    DeLorean

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • That should have read "The oddest was when a Derby player got fouled and the ref rightly played the advantage"

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    Public Purson

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • Fantastic result!!....Back in it. Looking forward to the Forest game. (unlucky Bidwolf!)

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    Staidtastic

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • And you can support your view how then Cyril?? Looking on here you don't have any. It's time to admit it, you want to see Ipswich fail just so you can say 'I told you so'. Ipswich may not make the play-offs this season but either way all your predictions are wrong. And if you don't believe that you really are in denial.

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    redhotitfc

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • Richard Gardiner I suspect no Town fans wants to see Town get promotion - as it allows the unknown owners to take out circa £90million (and counting) on top of what they have already asset-stripped. Anyway you can rest easy as Town will finish 6 points off the play-offs as has been apparent from day 1. However, how do you hysterical 'we must have a 20 goal a season striker fantasists' feel now that the team is clearly better off without one?

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    Ray Bidwolf

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • 2 points. One season in charge and right in the hunt at the business end of the season. Only the truly deluded would claim that's not improvement. Pie and eggs again Cyril. YUM YUM.

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    TrueBlue

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • well done lads great 3 points COYB

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    david peters

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • To Cyril's last entry I say Hallelujah.

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    Retired and Happy!

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • 17000 pretty good for a tuesday night. Can we get back up to 20,000 for saturday???

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    Staidtastic

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • Great result but amusing how some so-called fans manage to extract negatives from our growing resurgence this year. I am not referring to Norwich fans by the way as they will obviously wind us up when they can. COYB

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    Richard Gardiner

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • Redhotitfc, you are doing it once again, making statements you cannot support, and whilst I accept Mcgoldric looked as though he may do so, that is not a fact, and as for Murphy getting 20 goals I dont think so, but you know I have said to you iwas wrong about him, what do you want blood. I make lots of entries on here, some just to wind the like of you up, and others more serious but I will never be right all the time, and quite frankly it does not concern me.

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    Cyril Baker

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Redhootitfc, its all supposition, it is possible I will become of fan of MM and ME by the end of the season butlike your comments very unlikely. I think we have killied this one now so will not be making further entries on this mail.

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    Cyril Baker

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Here's something for the moaners, take it on board! Here is a little song I wrote, You might want to sing it note for note. Don't worry be happy, In every life we have some trouble, When you worry you make it double, Don't worry, be happy...... From the wonderful Bobby McFerrin

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    redhotitfc

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Public Purson No wonder you only attend when it's £10 a ticket. The point you made about the throw in & booking, you got that all wrong. Derby failed to make the the advantage pay, for which they lost possession, the fault not the ref's(for once) or town's & the yellow card for Nouble was correct as he did catch him late. Check the rule book fella, they HAD the advantage. And no, he didn't know what he was doing, sounds like you somehow!

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    Blue and true

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • bismark - try READING my comment u mug. I actually hope for a derby game so we might repeat the 1-5 do you remember that night???? muppet

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    clever budgie

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • Not so clever budgie with his meaninless post on here again. Sad,Boring, Pathetic, words fail me for this petty little man( or woman perhaps) who puts these silly remarks on here. Come on Luton.

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    bismark

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • Town are no longer nearer the bottom of the league than the top after that result. #justsaying.

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    Staidtastic

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • What happened to Tommy Smith in your man of the match poll?

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    Retired and Happy!

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Russell Mariner - I go to live football regularly, just not Portman Road. My views were as a neutral, yours are clearly written with bias as a home team fan.

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    Public Purson

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • Bidwolf "6 points off the play-offs as has been apparent from day 1" was no where near what you predicted so how is that apparent and being better without a 20 goal a season player, well we were in the play-off positions when he was in the team so that's a fallacy. Short memory dear sir. So is it better that we don't get promotion and still owe the money without a means to pay it back??? Get real, wake up and smell the coffee. Your world is falling apart with your predictions such as is Cyril's. It's about time you hung up your troll keyboard.

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    redhotitfc

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Has anyone ever seen Cyril Baker and Robray Steroopidwolf in the same room?

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    Ken Hairy

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • I went to the game last night as a neutral (invited by a friend for first time this season). Can't say I agree with this match report at all. Derby played some good football and I felt sorry for them as it seemed that whenever one of their players got fouled, the ref played on but when an Ipswich player got fouled, they got a free kick. Certainly not a dirty game at all but the referee made some dubious decisions. The oddest was when a Derby player got fouled by the ref who rightly played the advantage. Ball then came off a Derby player for a Town throw in but the ref booked the Town player for the earlier foul. Why then did he award a Town throw in and not a Derby free kick? Bizarre! As the away fans chanted all evening 'you don’t know what you’re doing' and he clearly didn’t.

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    Public Purson

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • Cyril, you may love the attention that your entries get. It's just a shame you don't check the contents before pushing the send button!

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    Retired and Happy!

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • 2 points. One season in charge and right in the hunt at the business end of the season. Only the truly deluded would claim that's not improvement. Pie and eggs again Cyril. YUM YUM.

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    TrueBlue

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • congrats to young cressie coming 9th in championship player of the year.

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    david peters

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • Neither of us said Murphy would be a 20 goaler, but you did hugely underestimate his worth to the team. The perfect foil for DM. It's a shame DM is out as with him a top six would probably have come true, it may yet but it's going to be very hard with the number of wins we still need and the teams left to play. Even if we do make the play-offs it's going to be one of the hardest play-offs for years. You never know though, we might do a Blackpool. The league next season should be slightly easier and the team are young enough and gelled together nicely for a good go at it next season.

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    redhotitfc

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Not at all clever budgie. Judging by your fool hardy support for an almost anonymous club like the little budgies, I doubt YOU could see a London bus coming.

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    NB

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • Cyril, you say you love the attention your comments receive. It's such a shame you don't check your submissions before pushing the 'send' button, if you did you wouldn't make so many errors. You may even notice the ridiculous contents!

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    Retired and Happy!

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Redhotitfc, I made two prdictions at the begining of the season and you and two others have challenged me on them every week. I said with the squad we had we would not get promotionl, and I also said our owner would invest no money in the transfer market. I could argue that the team I was commenting on at the begining of the season has been changed considerably, but I dont want to make that excuse as my predictions still stand. Now perhaps you can tell me the predictions you claim I have made that are wrong. It gives me no pleasure to be right but that was the only realistic situation.

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    Cyril Baker

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • Fantastic work rate from the whole team.Williams,once again outstanding.Derby could not get near him,lets just hope we can keep hold of him until the end of the season.Berra is proving to be an outstanding player contrary to some posters on this site.!,Roll on Saturday.COYB.

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    Daniel James

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • Public Purson............ You clearly don't watch very much football if you thought Derby were on the wrong end of most decisions. You need to watch a few more matches in person to be able to pass judgement if that was your honest view. It has been a very long time since I've seen a team come to Portman road with a game plan to systematically foul a player (Williams). Their striker Martin was very lucky indeed to stay in the pitch after assaulting Berra and if the Ref had any kind of assistance from the linesman then he would have been sent off along with another one of their players who put in some absolutely appalling challenges. It also has to be said that most of the Derby appeals for fouls came from Martin backing into our centre-backs and then throwing himself to ground. I thought other than the silly stuff he was quite a decent player but an utter disgrace as professional footballer. With regards to Ssschteve Dutchman McClaren's comments, the match stats I've seen don't seem to backup his opinion that they dominated possession and their keeper had nothing to do: Possession: ITFC 51% DCFC 49% Shots on target: ITFC 4 DCFC 4 In summary Derby were a very dirty team and extremely lucky to keep 11 players on the pitch. It's lucky we have such a good and strong minded manager. McCarthy did well to keep his head at half-time after the pathetic attempts to either injure our players or get them booked for no reason. He was well within his rights to blast both barrels at the referee. Derby can have no complaints whatsoever.

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    russell mariner

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • What a fantastic win, reminded me of the good old days. Superb performance.

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    NB

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • What happened to Tommy Smith in your man of the match poll?

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    Retired and Happy!

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Great Win ..need to repeat this for sat -game.Hopefully the team can keep this going ...Nice to see over 17,000 last night ...Season not dead team showing some guts... Fingers crossed for the play offs i remember the last time fondley.

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    User Removed

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • Redhotitfc, you are doing it once again, making statements you cannot support, and whilst I accept Mcgoldric looked as though he may do so, that is not a fact, and as for Murphy getting 20 goals I dont think so, but you know I have said to you iwas wrong about him, what do you want blood. I make lots of entries on here, some just to wind the like of you up, and others more serious but I will never be right all the time, and quite frankly it does not concern me.

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    Cyril Baker

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Did anyone notice that Town are no longer nearer the bottom of the league than the top of the league? I just wondered because some plebs like to mention that quite a bit. Also that no matter how you look at this season and last, its been an improvement whether you compare the first half with the first, the second half with the second, the first with the second the second with the first or whatever other statistic you need to use to add flimsy basis to your stupid negative arguments.

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    Staidtastic

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Retired and Happy, whatever makes you think it is my last entry or was that just terminology.

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    Cyril Baker

    Friday, March 28, 2014

  • Cyril. Well would you believe it, Yeovil get a point at Leicester. You know, that 1 0 win we had at Yeovil looks better every day.

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    NB

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • Fantastic result!!....Back in it. Looking forward to the Forest game. (unlucky Bidwolf!)

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    Staidtastic

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • Credit where credit is due. Williams needs to be kept. I feel this is crucial if we are to stay in the mix. I for one couldn't see us getting into the playoffs and still believe we are 4 or 5 players short of being good enough to survive should the impossible happen. Unfortunately still can't see myself turning up at PR any day soon as it's too expensive. Still, I will listen to local radio, hoping and willing the team I have followed since the 50's can keep the run going. And congratulations to MM and his team.

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    whymarkmariner

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • He would be Richard. He is in denial about his wrong predictions.How about Murphy being no good and not having anyone capable of scoring 20 goals which DM is very capable of doing if it wasn't for the injury. Just two of many.

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    redhotitfc

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • So not that much of a dead rubber after all was it bidiot, Reading, Forest, Wigan and Brighton all lost so only 2 points off the top 6. Can't wait to read your negative post on this win.

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    felixblue

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • no1 saw that result coming. Maybe the 1p5wich fans will now get behind their team and push for a play off place? maybe the east anglian derby will re-unite?? we can only hope....

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    clever budgie

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • Redhot you are going on again about things you cannot support, if your believe the majority of itfc supporters want to see the style of play we have now, and support the lack of investment in the team by the owner you are a fool.

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    Cyril Baker

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • I love the attention my engtries are getting anyone would think I was the only supporter that has no time for our owner and hates the style of play that MM coaches. I dont mind the knockers as I know who will have the last laugh, but it is getting tighter than I believed it would.

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    Cyril Baker

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • Cyril, I get the distinct impression that you would be far happier being proved right than seeing us gain promotion.

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    Richard Gardiner

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • If you had been there last night, or anytime at all Cyril, you would not speak as the supposed voice of the majority. You speak for yourself which is fair enough, but dont kid yourself that you speak for the majority. The style of play tends to be bye the bye, because believe it or not its a results driven business. We did go a bit longer later in the game and hey we forced them back and deservedly won because of it. You believe you want to see a certain type of football and if we played it you still wouldnt be able to go. In summary speak for yourself and dont keep pretending you speak for the majority, YOU DONT.

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    bristan

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • That by far far the best performance from the lads last night this season & the best since the coventy match when we scored in the last min again! We didn't drop our performance levels once. We were lazy with the passing in the first 20 mins, but then Mr Martin decide to show up! &then the rest was history! The half time team talk was made for MM without saying anything. We simply wanted it more! The ref was shocking! But we dealt with it in the Old Style Ipswich way! Bring on Saturday! COYB!!!

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    Blue and true

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • NB I have to agree the win at Yeovil looks pretty good now.

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    Cyril Baker

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

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