The View From Churchmans

Ipswich Town home match reports from just another season-ticket holder

MATCH REPORT

Ipswich Town 3 Portsmouth 0

Just a brief one: some good individual performances against a weak and
fairly disorganised Pompey. Alan Ball played all three subs at half time
and he’d probably have played eleven if he could. Portsmouth won the toss
and elected to kick against a very strong wind in the first half, the
thinking being that if they could hold their own for 45 minutes, with the
wind at their backs in the second half they’d stand a great chance of
winning. But it was all over well before half time. Three super goals,
but even more glaring misses (from just about everyone: Holland, Abou,
Naylor, Petta, Dyer, Clapham…). Really should have been six by half
time, not three. Against the wind in the second half, we were content to
just play it around a bit, and although we should have had two or three
more, there didn’t seem to be too much desire to go for the kill. Naylor
missed two glorious chances for his hat-trick. Then, in the most
predictable substitution of the season, we got Johnson for Abou with
about 15 minutes to go, to a standing ovation (for Johnson of course!).
He looked lively, and probably contributed more in 15 minutes than Abou
had in 75 (and this was probably Abou’s least awful performance). But
MotM to Naylor, not just for the two goals, but for his tireless
enthusiasm, which we’re beginning to take for granted. Perhaps with a few
matches now to build up an understanding with Johnson, he might, just
might, do enough to keep his place when Scowie’s fit again – and give us
similar selection “problems” to Mathie/Scowie last year? I wouldn’t bet
against it. Do try to see the goals on TV if you weren’t there, they were
all terrific.
Some ratings:
Wright 7 (nothing to do!)
Clapham 8 Thetis 7 Mowbray 7 Venus 7 Kennedy 7
Petta 8 Holland 7 Dyer 8
Abou 6 Naylor 8
(subs: Holster for Petta, no idea why, Johnson for Abou, predictable, and
Bramble for Dyer, slight knock)

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