‘I have the power to shoot from anywhere’ says full-force JET
JUST what the doctor ordered – a perfect storm.
The black clouds that circled Portman Road, after a day of transfer frustration were quickly blown away by an unstoppable force as a five-star Town tornado blew apart the Hammers.
Indeed no one inside the ground last night would have predicted a 5-1 home victory over the league leaders.
But it was fully deserved, as Jay Emmanuel-Thomas showed his undeniable talent with a brace – including a contender for Town’s goal of the season – after Michael Chopra, Daryl Murphy and a Lee Martin penalty had seen the Blues race into a 3-1 half-time lead.
That turned into five on a memorable night for Blues fans, who were finally given something to sing about after the disappointment of not seeing new faces brought in on transfer deadline day.
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Two of Paul Jewell’s three targets from Portsmouth – believed to be Joel Ward and Stephen Henderson – ruled themselves out of a move due to their high wage demands, while a bid for fans’ number one choice, centre-back Jason Pearce, was flatly turned down.
The failure to land any one of the trio, or have a Plan B before last night’s deadline, can be debated on another day following the demolition of West Ham in front of more than 22,000 fans who braved the freezing temperatures.
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And hero Emmanuel-Thomas was left to reflect on a performance that helped win over some doubters and a goal for everyone to savour – after his shot from 30 yards, and at an angle, bewildered ex-Norwich keeper Rob Green.
The 21-year-old said: “I have the power to shoot from anywhere in the opposition’s half. I know I can hit the target more than often, so I just go for it. That was one of my better ones I have ever scored.
“It was great to see the fans happy and on their feet – it was great to have that noise behind us.”