North Stander: Come on Mick, I’m prepared to forgive and forget. Are you?
- Credit: Picture: Steve Waller
What a transformation. From the most boring side in the club’s history to a team bursting with goals and attacking intent - and thank goodness for that!
Along with thousands of others, I left Portman Road on Saturday feeling thoroughly entertained and believing the Blues have an outside chance of making the play-offs. Who would have thought it?
They pretty much played like the away side against Forest, with the visitors having the majority of possession and Town catching them on the break. It was great stuff to watch.
Stand-out performers included – yet again – Bart, with wonder saves in both halves. My heart sank on Saturday evening when Sky Sports showed his amazing double save. Will that get a Premier League manager or two showing an interest in January?
Waghorn was also excellent. Surely up top is his best position, isn’t it? Better than Garner, for my money. All being well, he’s on course for 20 goals this season. Bargain of the year.
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There was also another eye-catching display from Connolly. When McCarthy put him in midfield, it looked like another of those oh-so pragmatic moves from the manager. But, fair’s fair, the youngster has impressed – and he scores goals.
Now, the big negative from the weekend. I’ve delayed mentioning it until now because I believe the emphasis should be what’s happening on the pitch.
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- 4 Murder-suicide probe after couple found dead in Woodbridge
- 5 Serious crash closes road in Bury St Edmunds near A14
- 6 Woodbridge community 'saddened' after couple found dead by police
- 7 Paul Cook speaks about Ipswich Town takeover for first time
- 8 A14 closed after serious crash between van and car
- 9 How busy was Bury St Edmunds town centre as lockdown eased?
- 10 National Trust 'deeply saddened' at death of volunteers in Woodbridge incident
But...what on earth was McCarthy thinking about at the post-match press conference? When he has a chance of winning at least some of the fans round with some entertaining football, he chooses to once again have a go at supporters.
Why dredge up the abusive chants from past games? It’s so negative and divisive. Can he not move on? I wrote in this column earlier this year that McCarthy’s theme tune should be the Frank and Nancy Sinatra song which contains the line “then I go and spoil it all by saying something stupid.”
I wouldn’t say his daft comments spoiled my Saturday, but they certainly introduced a sour note into what was otherwise a happy day.
Come on, Mick. Let it go. Just as we fans are expected to move from the utter boredom of last season. I’m prepared to forgive and forget - are you?