Ipswich Town Victorious Again in Derbyshire
Ipswich Town continued their amazing story at the Pride Park Stadium last night with a third 0-1 victory in a row at the Pride Park Stadium, to the delight of Town's travelling army.
Referee Scott Duncan must have researched his family tree before this one, as he denied former Blue Tom Lawrence a penalty just before the interval and yellow carded him in the process!
In fairness to the ref, he also turned down two other penalty appeals and one, which seemed much more obvious, when Martyn Waghorn was clearly felled in the area midway through the second half - although Town players did not protest too much.
But let us not take anything away from this magnificent performance by the Blues against all the odds.
Remember that The Rams had just defeated Middlesborough at their place 0-3 at the weekend and Matej Vydra scored all three! Then there was Town's nemesis David Nugent to contend with; along of course with former Town loanee Mr.Lawrence!
Manager Mick McCarthy said afterwards that this place was a very happy hunting ground. 'They should have given me the manager's job here a long time ago, I've got a better record here than I have at Portman Road!' He is probably right and we must not take anything away from his masterful plan last night to stifle to opposition.
The thing that perhaps impressed me most was watching Town keeping the ball on the floor so much and in fact to some extent playing Derby County at their own game! It proved to me that this team can in fact play in different ways and have the all-round ability to do it efficiently.
Admittedly, the home side had the bulk of the possession but when they did get attacks moving, they were quite often lethargic in nature and therefore rather predictable. It was only in the last half hour or so that the home side began to really threaten and when they did, they found Town's Polish keeper Bartosz Bialkowski in unstoppable form.
Let us not forget though that this was a complete team performance and every single player played their part - not least Everton loanee Callum Connelly who got the ball rolling with a headed goal with just five minutes on the clock!
Thank goodness for goal line technology though, because at first there was some doubt about whether his header had crossed the line as it came down off the bar.
I was particularly impressed Grant Ward and Martyn Waghorn up front and slowly but surely Emyr Huws is finding his way back into form but this was a great team performance and arguably the best so far this season away from home.
I lost some dosh on the outcome but I have never been so happy about losing a bet in my life, and it serves me right for losing the faith a little I suppose.
Frank Weston - Editor of Vital Ipswich