Ipswich Town 3 Peterborough United 2
No surprise to see the net bulge a few times in this match – Paul Jewell said something afterwards about it featuring “two of the most attacking sides in the division”, but of course we all know the real cause was that the match featured two of the worst defences in the division. Truth be told, it was an uninspired performance from Town, and hardly the highest quality football, but there were chances galore at both ends and either side could have won. It continues a new year which has resulted in W6 D3 L4 for Town, which is playoff form, and that’s four home matches in a row where Town have scored three or more goals, the first time that’s happened since January 2003 under Joe Royle. It seems a long time since Roy Keane, whose sides only scored three goals at Portman Road on two occasions in 18 months.
Overall Town performance:
6/10 – A bit disjointed, and sorely lacking someone (Luke Hyam, Mr Jewell!) to break things up and get moves going.
6/10 – They just attacked and ran at Town the whole time, and certainly played their part in an entertaining (if not the highest quality) match.
7/10 – Very quiet afternoon, but nothing much to complain about.
8/10 – End to end stuff, plenty of comedy moments, goals and missed opportunities.
7/10 – Decent enough turnout, and made themselves heard.
Player ratings, as ever 1 to 5 for each of effort/achievement…
McCARTHY 5 (3/2) made a couple of decent saves, but was at fault for one of the goals and his distribution was average.
EDWARDS 5 (3/2) appears to have impressed a few people on TWTD with his performance, but I couldn’t see it – he worked his way forward well, but was a liability at the back, especially when it came to playing the opposition onside; SMITH 7 (4/3) kept his concentration and made only a couple of mistakes all match; DELANEY 5 (2/3) was imposing, but continually gave the ball away; and CRESSWELL 3 (3/3) as usual looked keen and put in a good shift at both ends.
MURPHY 5 (3/2) had a quiet game, with Town not involving him as much as usual; DRURY 5 (3/2) also seemed to be watching things happen all around him at times; LEADBITTER 6 (3/3) played a more influential and positive role than has been the case for much of the season, although he must take some share of the blame for a dismal central midfield performance; and EMMANUEL-THOMAS 4 (2/2) had one of his out-of-sorts afternoons where even the comedy moments were few and far between.
MARTIN 7 (4/3) worked hard again, and caused plenty of problems; and CHOPRA 6 (3/3) kept his head down, concentrated and did everything except score.
Substitutes: BOWYER showed what Town had been missing in the middle of the park all afternoon, with some real presence and solidity;
STEVENSON ran around a bit but doesn’t look that fit and was certainly off the pace; and SCOTLAND gave the match his usual boost once Chopra had run out of steam.