Fuller Flavour: Beating Leeds United almost as good as beating Norwich!
- Credit: Picture: Steve Waller
Saturday was a much-needed day for Town fans, writes Karl Fuller.
Beating Leeds United at any point in time is always marvellous. Second only to beating Norwich as far as our current division goes – and given that we don’t beat Norwich, then beating Leeds is some consolation.
The preceding week saw us fans totally fed up with things as much as ever, on the back of losing to Sheffield United Reserves in the FA Cup with Mick saying how he happy he was with our performance after no shots on target, followed by many being angered at the announcement of our new shirt sponsorship deal with an online gaming company.
Personally, I don’t like it, but maybe that’s as much to do with the logo as it is the ethics behind having a betting firm as a sponsor.
I don’t buy a shirt these days and haven’t done so for many years so I’m not overly bothered. But I can understand why those who do buy shirts are not happy. What about the kids? Their shirts will no longer be entirely replicas.
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Back to the Leeds game though and the result brought about another bit of good news. I have finally worked out the crux of our problems this season or at least for our home games I have – me!
Yep, yours truly is without a shadow of any doubt an absolute menace to the prospects of us avoiding defeat when present at Portman Road.
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I should be ringing the club up to cancel my season ticket and then that might do us all a favour as Town march on – together in the words of Leeds fans – picking up points galore in my absence.
This season, I missed the opening day victory over Birmingham City, I was not present when we drew 2-2 with Sheffield Wednesday and as we all know, but for a 95th minute equaliser, we’d have won that game too and then there was Saturday.
I’m not sure at this stage, but I’d almost go as far as saying that if my absence yielded more wins, I’d almost take that for the rest of the season.
On the flipside, it’s annoying not being there to see a win after the dross of the last three games - c’est la vie.
When I heard that Leeds went down to ten-men through a needless sending-off, I thought that maybe this would be our chance to improve the goal difference after what happened at Fulham, when we collapsed.
No such luck and in the end, on a day when fans paid tribute to the wonderful Ted Phillips who sadly passed away recently, it was a Phillips-like strike that won the game from Bersant Celina – a special strike indeed worthy of winning any game.
One other talking point from the game is the decision by the club to allow more Leeds fans into the ground.
I hear all the reasoning connected to making sound business sense and even with a heavy policing bill, I’m sure the club will be counting the profits from those extra ticket sales.
But when I heard of items being thrown by Leeds fans after their player was rightly sent-off, I can’t say that I was overly surprised. Some Leeds fans on Twitter were even moaning about the allocation we afforded them – that’s appreciation for you!
We’ll never know how the game might have panned out had Leeds retained 11 men on the pitch but with so many injuries and with the likes of Bart, Spence, Smith and Webster missing, it’s a minor miracle that we also secured a clean sheet.
All smiles on the day but we need consistency for this one game to really mean anything in the long run. Three of our next four games present a good chance of achieving this.
As for yours truly, I will have a think about the next home game and whether I really do need to stay away!