Debating creative shortfalls shows just how far Ipswich Town have come

Daryl Murphy scrambles home Ipswich Town's equaliser against Yeovil. PHOTO: Andy Abbott

Daryl Murphy scrambles home Ipswich Town's equaliser against Yeovil. PHOTO: Andy Abbott - Credit: Archant

It’s time to reflect on just how far Ipswich Town have come in such a short period of time.

So says striker Daryl Murphy after the Blues made it two comeback home wins in the space of four days, Tuesday night’s 2-1 victory over Yeovil following hot-on-the-heels of a 3-1 victory over Middlesbrough.

Manager Mick McCarthy says he was ‘livid’ with his side for not showing enough quality in the final third during the first half against the newly-promoted Glovers, with plenty of supporters still concerned that a well-organised and hard-working side lacks natural creativity and flair.

The fact of the matter is that the Blues have already scored 11 goals in their opening seven league games – already almost a quarter of the way to the paltry 48 they ended last season with.

It took them until McCarthy’s first game in charge – the 1-0 win at Birmingham on November 3 – to reach that landmark in 2012/13.

And it took them nine home games to score nine home goals last season, with that feat having been achieved in just four home matches this time around.

Murphy marked his 100th appearance for the club by opening his own goalscoring account on Tuesday night.

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And while he accepts that there is still plenty of room for improvement, he says that it shouldn’t be forgotten that this is less than a year on from the dire conclusion to Paul Jewell’s managerial tenure.

“I thought we made hard work of it,” said the Irishman, reflecting on the hard-fought Yeovil win.

“To go a goal down was not great because we created a lot of chances and probably should have been ahead.

“At half-time the manager told us to be better in the final third; whether it’s a pass or cross.

“There are things we can work on, but I think the lads have shown a lot of character to win back-to-back games having fallen behind.

“It shows what we’re about. We don’t let our heads drop when we go behind whereas before we would maybe have buckled under pressure. Now we’ve got the belief we can win games if we go behind.”

Supporters continue to debate whether a workmanlike midfield four requires more creativity and flair, and whether the rotated strike trio of Murphy, David McGoldrick and Frank Nouble – for all their qualities – will score enough goals between them.

“My goal was a bit of a scrappy one, but you take them all,” said Murphy, who scored seven goals last season.

“It’s always nice to get your first goal out of the season out the way.

“David (McGoldrick) is on fire at the moment and I think we complement each other. He’s a very clever player that makes good runs. He comes short and takes it to feet and he plays off my flick-ons too.”

Town travel to newly-relegated Wigan on Sunday – the game having been moved back 24 hours due to the newly-relegated FA Cup holders’ participation in the Europa League.