MONDAY VERDICT: Ipswich’s warriors prove they will fight to the bitter end

Daryl Murphy scores his first goal at Craven Cottage on Saturday, breaking his nose in the process

Daryl Murphy scores his first goal at Craven Cottage on Saturday, breaking his nose in the process

Ipswich Town’s warriors have fought back off the ropes to prove they are not all punched out.

A mid-season knee tremble had many fearing that a spirited, hard-working but sometimes technically limited outfit had given all they had to give in the opening rounds of a season that had far exceeded expectations.

Try telling these players that graft can only take you so far though.

Instead of feeling sorry for themselves following a flat start to 2015 they just went back to their corner, received some calm instructions from wily corner man Mick McCarthy, then used their collective know-how to get back on the front foot.

Saturday’s 2-1 win at Fulham was every bit as convincing as last Tuesday’s 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Sheffield Wednesday at Portman Road.

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The scoreline may have suggested a close match, but once again Town dominated the shooting statistics.

Daryl Murphy landed the telling blows, heading home in the fifth minute and then curling home a sublime second just before the break to become the club’s first player since David Johnson in 1999/00 to net 20 league goals in a campaign.

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It rendered Ross McCormack’s 75th minute reply a mere consolation. Around that there was plenty of roll-up-your-sleeves, ugly stuff which sent away the 4,000 army of travelling fans puffed up with pride.

Murphy suffered a broken nose in scoring the opener but carried on after having it crudely clicked back into place. Jay Tabb was left seeing stars after a clash of heads, continued and then eventually limped off after executing a firm but fair slide tackle.

Kevin Bru covered so much ground he was running on fumes at the end, while Noel Hunt’s bravery in stoppage-time meant he was stretchered off after falling awkwardly.

The message was clear – with just 15 games now left go, this group is determined to see the job through to the bitter end.

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