Stuart Watson’s Sunday Verdict: Town always find a way to prevent pot boiling over

Bersant Celina does a flying kick celebration after his match-winning goal against Leeds. The Man Ci

Bersant Celina does a flying kick celebration after his match-winning goal against Leeds. The Man City loanee has star quality. Picture: STEVE WALLER - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

And so the heat is once again turned down on the bubbling pot of discontent.

Bersant Celina celebrates his super strike in Ipswich Town's 1-0 home win against Leeds United. Phot

Bersant Celina celebrates his super strike in Ipswich Town's 1-0 home win against Leeds United. Photo: Steve Waller - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Say what you like about Mick McCarthy and his Ipswich Town teams, but they do have an uncanny knack of pulling a result out of the bag just when they need it.

Bersant Celina’s wonder strike proved the difference against 10-man Leeds United in what was an always engaging match full of incident, atmosphere and needle at Portman Road on Saturday.

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It may not have been the most convincing of performances, but it was undoubtedly a job well done in pressurised circumstances.

Luke Chambers’ charged up fist-pump celebrations at the end were born out of relief as much as pure unadulterated joy.

The Blues could have ended the day nearer the drop zone than the top-six and below rivals Norwich City. Instead, they remain in the top-half and have closed the gap to the play-off places back to four ahead of Saturday’s trip to lowly Bolton.

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We’ve been here before of course. There was growing vexation, disillusionment and weariness among Blues fans following a turgid 2016/17 campaign, but improved entertainment value and results during the opening five months of the campaign calmed the mood.

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A poor Christmas period and annual early FA Cup exit saw the aforementioned pot of discontent start to simmer again, but Town always find a way to prevent things boiling over though.

The technical limitations – which ultimately stem from a tight financial budget and lengthy injury list – are clear to see.

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The strengths – a spirit and togetherness fostered by good man-management, careful character recruitment and an inspirational captain, plus a sprinkling of star quality thanks to repeated clever loan recruitment – go a very long way to counter-acting that though.

These columns are beginning to get a little cyclical in nature: Latching onto the merest hint of positivity and optimism, hoping against hope that true momentum can build, but ultimately returning to the deep-rooted belief that mid-table mediocrity beckons.

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Town will win a few, draw a few and lose a few between now and end of season. McCarthy’s record in charge – W101 D73 L90 – acts as neat shorthand for the current state of inertia.

It could be a lot better, it could be a hell of a lot worse. That statement applies to so many aspects of the club.