Karl Fuller column: A win is a win for Ipswich Town but it papers over the cracks

Bersant Celina celebrates his match winning goal at Burton Albion on Saturday by throwing his shirt

Bersant Celina celebrates his match winning goal at Burton Albion on Saturday by throwing his shirt into the Ipswich fans. Photo: Pagepix - Credit: Pagepix Ltd

A win at Burton is a win and we should be happy.

Mick McCarthy greets match-winner Bersant Celina after the final whistle at Burton Albion. Photo: Pa

Mick McCarthy greets match-winner Bersant Celina after the final whistle at Burton Albion. Photo: Pagepix - Credit: Pagepix Ltd

But feelings are far deeper than that. I’d say a crack papered over, yet those against what I am championing would say we’re top ten, and a point outside the top six. If only everything was as rosy as that painted picture.

No Flavour last week simply because of not being able to get home after the Norwich game in time to meet the print deadline.

However, that was probably a good thing as there was very little that I wanted to put into print last Sunday.

To be fair, a week later, I’m still struggling to conjure up anything other than annoyance, frustration and a sense of really trying to hang on to life as a Town fan. Yes, it really is that depressing!

Bartosz Bialkowski gives match winner Bersant Celina a hug after the final whistle at Burton Albion.

Bartosz Bialkowski gives match winner Bersant Celina a hug after the final whistle at Burton Albion. Picture PAGEPIX - Credit: Pagepix Ltd


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If losing to Norwich wasn’t bad enough (this stretched my personal period to 19 years of not seeing us beat them), the defeat was compounded by the fact that nobody from the club appeared to offer support to us fans between Mick McCarthy’s press conference after the game to Thursday and his pre-Burton conference.

The players took part in the battle on Sunday but for the following few days, it was us fans in the trenches defending our name in the war of words being shot at us from enemy lines.

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It was the fans that had to face more gloating form Norwich fans on Monday morning in offices and such like across East Anglia and beyond.

We’re the ones to pick up the pieces while the players and Mick were back on the training pitch at Playford Road.

In my opinion, Russell Osman was spot on in his piece in the East Anglian last week when he questioned the passion and desire of our players.

And as for Mick being happy with the performance against City, in my opinion, we might as well give up now and not bother with the rest of the season if we are all happy with that performance.

Our winless run against Norwich has now stretched to nine games. Thirty-four players have played at some point in those nine games and are no longer with the club.

Before the game and like it does before any derby game these days, a war of words takes place between the two sets of fans on social media and we often cite our trophy success to overcome anything that the Budgies throw at us.

And while nobody can ever take that those trophies and years of being one of the best in Europe away from us, this does exacerbate the problem of the here and now as, well as our future.

Sometimes I really do wonder what the point of the next few seasons are.

Is it to flirt with 15th place in the Championship forever and a day or is it to offer our long-suffering fans a glimmer of hope at some point?

Debut scorers #12….Jon Stead

September 13, 2008…Town 2 Reading 0

Boss Jim Magilton was feeling the pressure going into this game following successive home defeats.

On loan from Sheffield United, Jon Stead got his Town career off to a dream start when he scored the first goal of the game on 63 minutes.

His perfectly placed left-foot shot was right out of the top drawer and the striker made himself an instant favourite. Jon Walters wrapped up the win with a late headed goal despite having stitches in a head injury picked up earlier in the game. Stead went on to enjoy a relatively successful career with Town scoring 20 goals in 42 starts and a further 25 substitute appearances. After an initial one-month loan period he signed permanently in September 2008 for £600,000. Following a loan move to Coventry for three months in 2010, Stead left Town for Bristol City in August 2010 for a fee of £225,000.

When Mick McCarthy was first appointed as Town boss, I was as happy as anyone.

For the first three seasons, for me, he proved to be the right choice. Even since reaching the play-offs when I’ve sat and listened to him and really wanted him to succeed.

But every time that the sleeping dog should be left to lie, he cannot help himself.

Saturday was the latest example of his display of disaffection towards us. Those fans that travelled to Burton at one point saw us being dominated and subsequently behind to a Burton side that have struggled of late. Fans were within their right to chant for Bersant Celina to come on. The very definition of the word ‘club’ is ‘an organisation of people with a common purpose or interest’.

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