Town win in their own style
WONDERFULLY entertaining, a terrific result and a glimpse of £250,000 well spent.But why oh why do Ipswich insist on letting themselves take unnecessary punishment?It's almost as bad as those awful programmes of celebrities putting themselves through misery with contrived dramatic moments.
WONDERFULLY entertaining, a terrific result and a glimpse of £250,000 well spent.
But why oh why do Ipswich insist on letting themselves take unnecessary punishment?
It's almost as bad as those awful programmes of celebrities putting themselves through misery with contrived dramatic moments.
'Just get on with it,' is what you want to scream at the telly when watching is unavoidable.
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It is the same with Town, who were clearly much better than QPR, even though there were periods when you could understand why they are in the top six.
The drama of a Blues comeback has lost its appeal now, with them doing it on an almost weekly basis.
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Lapses of concentration and players being pulled out of position to cover for others, appears to be the main cause for concern.
Just as at Crewe the two goals conceded were against a defence that had lost its shape and not being supported as it should from midfield.
While there may be worries in that department, the midfield are providing enough chances to win a couple of games by half-time.
Skipper Jim Magilton, in particular, is a master puppeteer controlling the tempo of the game, changing the point of attack, providing excellent through balls and swinging in corner after dangerous corner.
Four times Town could have gone ahead, although great credit has to go to Chris Day in the Rangers goal.
First he made a brilliant one-handed save low to his right from a crisp Tommy Miller drive.
Day then pushed a Richard Naylor header from a Jim Magilton corner over the bar and followed that by pushing a Darren Bent effort away to safety.
The keeper was also well-placed to take a Bent shot after he beat off a Dan Shittu challenge.
Town may be way ahead on the goal scoring stakes but they are also high in the wasting chances chart too.
But when the forwards misfire others are prepared to weigh in and it was giant defender Jason De Vos who cracked the stubborn Londoners.
Another good Magilton corner was flicked on, Bent hooked the ball back and Shefki Kuqi headed the ball back across goal.
De Vos was unmarked and the lanky defender stooped to nod the ball delicately past the despairing Day's dive in the 25th minute.
The joy was to be short-lived as QPR hit back two minutes later with the most direct of goals. A long clearance from Day found Paul Furlong and the veteran forward turned Naylor before striding on and hitting a fabulous drive low past Kelvin Davis.
Weak defending cost dear again three minutes later when Kevin Gallen got the better of Naylor to square for an unmarked Furlong, who struck a fierce shot from 25 yards before the back line could step up to deal with it and the midfield nowhere to be seen.
Although playing no part in either goal, Drissa Diallo was taken off at half time to allow the more attack-minded Matt Richards to go to left-back with Fabian Wilnis moving across to right back to put a halt to the impressive Adam Miller.
The former Ipswich Town apprentice enjoyed a marvellous home debut, testing Davis from distance and winning his fair share of midfield challenges.
But his day was overshadowed in the how-to-make-an-impact-on-your-debut stakes by Darren Currie.
The half-time substitutions were not having the same impact as the previous week at Crewe, although Town were exerting pressure with Miller and Bent again trying their luck.
But Kevin Horlock's inevitable booking, finally awarded for a trip on the lively Gareth Ainsworth, proved the catalyst for change.
Almost immediately after the caution he was replaced by Currie, who took just four minutes to announce his arrival big style.
The blond-haired winger cut inside, delivered a ball in to Kuqi, who was strong enough to hold off a challenge before slipping the ball back for Bent.
The England Under-21 striker will hit shots more cleanly but it skipped up and deceived Day for the equaliser.
The new signing from Brighton showed he has the tricks to go with the showman look and played a neat flick inside for Westlake.
He then scored his second goal of the season against the R's with a wonderfully-struck shot which deflected past a wrong-footed Day and gave Town the lead again.
The celebrations in front of the 3,500 Town fans in the School End Stand were understandably delirious with Tommy Miller leading a stomping hand-clapping move.
They were at it again four minutes later when a long throw from Wilnis was flicked on by De Vos and met by Kuqi, who showed excellent technique in swivelling to shoot past Day.
More goals could have followed with De Vos having a good header saved and Currie having a 30-yard effort tipped over the bar.
Westlake almost got on the scoresheet but could not reach a low cross after good work from Bent.
Even before Jamie Cureton went on, to be booed by the Town fans for his Norwich connection although at least he no longer has green hair, Rangers had their moments.
Miller went close, Gallen turned a shot just wide and then chipped over the bar after being set up by Georges Santos.
Wilnis dealt with Ainsworth as he surged into the area and was on hand to head a rebound clear when the Rangers winger surged into the area and forced an excellent stop from Davis.
The Blues deserved the win but it is unlikely that they will get away with conceding sloppy goals as they have against Rangers and Crewe the week before, when they come up against the likes of Wigan, Millwall, Stoke and West Ham over the next few weeks.