Five things we’ve learned after Ipswich Town’s first two matches
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Ipswich began their 2015/16 campaign away at Brentford on Saturday (let’s not talk about extra time) before hosting Stevenage in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday, but what have we learned after the first two matches? Here’s five things which ALEX MITCHELL has noted.
1) Ipswich are going to play better football this year.
The additions of Ryan Fraser and Ainsley Maitland-Niles have added pace, skill, and all-round talent to the Ipswich squad, and there’s no way Town will be playing long ball football with these two players on the pitch. Fraser hit the post, and scored at Brentford, and for me he was the man of the match. On Tuesday, he also transformed the game with his direct running and great service into the box. The Scot is producing what Ipswich have been crying out for, for so many seasons.
2) Town have a number of promising youngsters on the fringes
Josh Emmanuel’s debut at Brentford showed that he is not just in the team to fill the numbers, he was fantastic. Brentford clearly knew that the 17-year-old was going to be nervous to begin with, and quickly tested out our young right-side. But after initially looking a bit shaky, Emmanuel grew into the game and had a very good second half. On Tuesday night, the same can be said for Myles Kenlock. The young left-back grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck and looked impressive going forward, and was also confident enough to take players on in the oppositions half. Add that to Josh Yorwerth’s debut goal and Ipswich have a strong looking U21’s defence.
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3) Mick McCarthy is going to have a constant selection headache up front
Daryl Murphy and Freddie Sears flourished as a partnership at the end of last season, scoring nine goals in seven games before the play-offs, but with David McGoldrick back from injury and the arrival of Brett Pitman, Mick is going to do well to keep all four strikers happy this year. Sears looked sharp at Brentford, and did well in the lead up to the second goal, whereas Murphy looked a bit quiet, but it will be hard to drop a man who scored 27 goals last season. McGoldrick looked back to his best against Stevenage, dropping deep to make things happen and was unlucky not to score in the game, and Pitman’s record for Bournemouth speaks for itself, scoring over 100 goals for the club. One thing is for certain, if Mick can keep all four happy and scoring goals, Ipswich should be at the right end of the table.
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4) Town’s new Dane will have fans on the edges of their seats
Jonas Knudsen has an absolute monster of a throw. At Brentford he started an attack from deep in our half, launching his throw over the defence for Freddie Sears to run onto.
And any throw Town win in the oppositions half is practically as good as a corner kick. As well as his weapon of a throw, he also looked defensively assured at Griffin Park.
He had a tough task in facing The Bees’ Jota on his Championship debut, but it was a task he passed well, blocking shots and stopping the tricky Spaniard’s mazy runs. The Dane already has over 100 professional appearances at only 22-years-old, and he looks like a great buy so far.
5) It’s going to be a crazy season
I think Saturday proved that it’s going to be very entertaining viewing for Town fans this season. We’re going to score a lot of goals, but the problem is keeping them out at the back.
At Brentford the victory looked in the bag after 90 minutes, but one hoof ball over the top left our defence shaking in their boots, eventually capitulating to surrender the three points. Even against Stevenage on Tuesday we were saved with five minutes to go thanks to the referee having the wherewithal to overturn the linesman’s wrong penalty decision.
But nonetheless, be excited Town fans, it could be our year!
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