another sweater from the PJ casual range
Paul Jewell gave off the impression of a defeated man yesterday before a ball had been kicked. His rather unkempt and casual appearance did little to dispel that. He had shaved, put on a suit or even a tracksuit then his players might have felt that, he and they, meant business. It's almost as though he is resigned to his fate.
It was a good time to play the Tractor Boys when they're not performing too well with the Suffolk side, ironically, lacking punch up front. Their goal came courtesy of a deflection that no Addick could be blamed for and Nathan Ellington wasted a glorious chance late on..
I was pleased to see Sir Chris ring the changes and give starts to Kerkar and Fuller albeit that in the case of Ricardo his hand may have forced by the injury to Yann. I'd like to think that he was going to start Fuller whatever.
The boss was spot on in his post-match interview when he observed that scoring the first goal was all important. It gave us a boost whilst heaping pressure onto Ipswich.
Fuller showed his ability with the second goal and we must all pray that he stays fit. If so, we can look forward to plenty more of that and him making a major contribution to our season. His determination to win the ball and then composure and class with the finish was top drawer and it even drew an appreciative round of applause from an elderly Ipswich fan behind the goal. Well done madam !
Good to see skip score. He does need to play in central midfield if he is to play and it would seem that he had a good game or at least a better one than of late.
Green looked very effective again and it's pleasing to see him doing well. Clearly he's been working hard at his game and that is paying dividends. He also needs to stay fit.
Yesterday I adopted a policy of staying away from all media from 3pm until 4.50pm when I switched on Final Score but given the large amount of time added on had to endure a nervy 5 minutes or so until the final whistle was confirmed.
I failed in my attempts to stay awake for the highlights on the football league show. Having watched them this morning I was amused by Leroy Rosenior's observation that Portman Road is a difficult place to go as I wasn't sure that he didn't mean for the home team !
Next up we've two home games, starting with the arrival of Blackburn Rovers. Rovers lost on Friday night and didn't look particularly convincing. Steve Kean continues to suffer abuse from the home fans even having been top of the league. One assumes the away support is even more vocal in terms of expressing their displeasure so that may help us if we can get on top. It surely can't be great for the players.
A result then and again on the Tuesday would be a real boost. I hope it's not too much to hope for.