North Stander: Ipswich Town are finally worth watching again
- Credit: Picture: Steve Waller
Leeds must be counting themselves very lucky to have left Portman Road with a point on Saturday. They certainly didn’t deserve it.
Town outplayed the high-flying visitors pretty much throughout the game, created virtually all the chances, but managed to concede a sloppy goal and just couldn’t get what would have been a match-winner.
Leeds, frankly, were pretty awful. I can’t remember a side giving the ball away in dangerous areas as much as they did, especially in the first half. What a shame Tom Lawrence wasn’t on the pitch to capitalise.
In the end, Town would have been irritated not to get the win. The excellent David McGoldrick was clearly frustrated that he wasn’t able to score the winner, which he thoroughly deserved. He was superb again on Saturday, demonstrating what a class act we’ve been missing for far too much of the last two years.
Emyr Huws has made a massive difference. Watch Freddie Sears’ goal again and see what a huge contribution the on-loan Welshman made to it. Whenever he gets on the ball – which is a lot – his first thought is always forward. Great to see – wouldn’t it good if we could sign him permanently?
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I think we’re in excellent shape heading into the local derby on Saturday. We’ve now produced four really good performances against strong teams, and there’s no reason to suggest we’ll do anything different at Carrow Road.
I don’t know what to make of the Canaries. Their fans must be tearing their hair (or feathers) out. Just when it looks like they’ve finally found consistency, they slip on a massive banana skin, the most recent at Burton. Their chances of making the play-offs look decidedly dodgy.
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For Town, the rest of the season is about two things, now that the fear of relegation has disappeared.
It’s about producing good, entertaining performances, which we are doing. It’s also about finding a blend which will work for next season, and that has to include using the youngsters.
If fans are going to renew their season tickets, they need to know the football will be worth watching. The last few games have provided hope that it will. Long may it continue.