Stuart Watson’s Sunday Verdict: Banner containing The Smiths lyrics rather fitting as Town end season of angst on a defiant note

A show of support from Town fans ahead of the Ipswich Town v Leeds United game. Picture: STEVE WA

A show of support from Town fans ahead of the Ipswich Town v Leeds United game. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Ipswich Town’s torturous season ended with an uplifting 3-2 home win against Leeds United yesterday afternoon. STUART WATSON gives his thoughts.

Flynn Downes celebrates his goal with team-mate Collin Quaner after giving Town the lead in the firs

Flynn Downes celebrates his goal with team-mate Collin Quaner after giving Town the lead in the first half. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Before the game a long banner which read; ‘There is a light that never goes out’ was unfurled at the base of the North Stand.

It’s a line which the morose Morrissey repeats at the end of The Smith’s 1986 classic. A song full of hopeless angst that ends with a defiant, joyous refrain. How fitting.

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Ninety minutes later an utterly disastrous campaign ended with the semblance of a smile.

Town fans singing late in the Ipswich Town v Leeds United game. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STE

Town fans singing late in the Ipswich Town v Leeds United game. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Beating Leeds United on the final day goes nowhere near undoing all the hurt and embarrassment of the past few months.


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It does, however, enable us all – supporters and players – to head off into the summer in a more positive and optimistic frame of mind.

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It brings those spirited draws against Derby, Stoke, West Brom and Bristol City back to the forefront of the mind and prevents us dwelling too much on the post-relegation hangover displays against Preston, Swansea and Sheffield United.

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It was a reminder that watching the Blues under Paul Lambert’s management has, in the most part, been fun.

It was a reminder of how fine the margins have been at times.

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This could easily have been another 3-2 home defeat from a winning position, as was the case against both Bristol City and Millwall (the two most damaging results of the campaign).

Collin Quaner is hugged by Callum Elder and Cole Skuse after scoring late in the 3-2 victory over Le

Collin Quaner is hugged by Callum Elder and Cole Skuse after scoring late in the 3-2 victory over Leeds United. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Instead, Kemar Roofe blazed an 81st minute penalty over and 10-man Town were gifted a 90th minute as a calamitous defensive mix-up allowed Collin Quaner to roll the ball into an empty net.

It was about time the Blues got some breaks.

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How fitting that the winner came in front of the North Stand. The Blue Action group down that end have played a huge role in this perverse feelgood factor that has developed in the face of adversity. Town fans, in all areas of the ground, have been supporters in the true sense of the word.

Luke Chambers (left) is shown the red card by referee Gavin Ward. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.S

Luke Chambers (left) is shown the red card by referee Gavin Ward. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

The Blues have finished 13 points adrift of safety. They even managed to finish below basket case Bolton. Most other teams would be facing proverbial rotten tomatoes, not a shower of roses.

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This season should not be swept under the carpet. Some major lessons need to be learned.

Forget injuries, forget bad luck and forget budget constraints – the bottom line is it has not been good enough. It’s a travesty this grand old club is heading for the third-tier for the first time 1957.

Flynn Downes in the centre of his Town team-mates after scoring to give the home side a 1-0 lead.

Flynn Downes in the centre of his Town team-mates after scoring to give the home side a 1-0 lead. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

But we are where we are. The only choice is to look forwards not back. Maybe, just maybe, a sped-up demise has done the club a favour. Maybe true pain was needed to achieve meaningful gain.

Luke Chambers congratulates Andre Dozzell after he had scored early in the second half to put Town i

Luke Chambers congratulates Andre Dozzell after he had scored early in the second half to put Town into a 2-1 lead. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Flynn Downes fires Town into an early lead in the Ipswich Town v Leeds United match. Picture: STE

Flynn Downes fires Town into an early lead in the Ipswich Town v Leeds United match. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Collin Quaner fires in the winner for Town after Leeds keeper Francisco Casilla and Luke Ayling made

Collin Quaner fires in the winner for Town after Leeds keeper Francisco Casilla and Luke Ayling made a defensive mix-up, to allow the German to pounce late in the game. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert and his assistant Stuart Taylor soak up the atmosphere on the pitc

Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert and his assistant Stuart Taylor soak up the atmosphere on the pitch after their sides 3-2 victory over the Leeds United. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Town fans singing late in the Ipswich Town v Leeds United match. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.ST

Town fans singing late in the Ipswich Town v Leeds United match. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Town manager Paul Lambert pictures during his post match press conference following his sides 3-2 vi

Town manager Paul Lambert pictures during his post match press conference following his sides 3-2 victory in over Leeds. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Skipper Luke Chambers congratulates Andre Dozzell after his goal to put Town 2-1 up. Picture: STE

Skipper Luke Chambers congratulates Andre Dozzell after his goal to put Town 2-1 up. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

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