Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 6°C

Search

Fuller Flavour: We’re not the finished article, but we’re getting there

PUBLISHED: 18:00 03 December 2017 | UPDATED: 19:11 03 December 2017

Town fans celebrate the 4-2 victory over Nottingham Forest.   Picture: STEVE WALLER

Town fans celebrate the 4-2 victory over Nottingham Forest. Picture: STEVE WALLER

© Copyright Stephen Waller

What a perfect week it has been for Town and one that I was totally wrong in predicting. But hey, I don’t mind being proved wrong. I’ll just put it down to reverse psychology!

In last week’s column, I feared for our trip to Derby but I also stated that we had an astonishingly good record at Pride Park and maybe, we’d pull something out of the hat again.

And so we did. I honestly believe that you will not find a better record for any other club outside the Premier League (or indeed, even within the Premier League) for a period of ten successive away games at a single club.

Derby fans must be sick of the sight of us at Pride Park. Even when putting us under intense pressure, we failed to cave in and then with our defences breached, there was Bart to pull off a world-class save.

MORE: Stu says: Talking points from Town’s win

After that last minute equaliser conceded to Sheffield Wednesday recently was followed up with a defeat at Aston Villa, such a result that was gained at Derby was a real boost to us all.

We finally proved that we could beat a top-six side and it was also our first clean sheet away from home since February. Was it really because of the fact that it was simply Derby?

Whilst Forest were not above us going into Saturday’s game, they still posed a strong threat and they did win at Portman Road last season.

- MORE: Player ratings from Town’s win over Forest

It remained to be seen if we could ultimately build on that win at Pride Park. At half-time, the game was in the balance but after the break, we just about shaded proceedings.

My football app on my phone will tell you a story of Forest domination and some statistics in their favour that if you were not at the game and did not know the score, would have you believing that it was the visitors that won 4-2.

In favour of Forest was possession (69.8%), shots on target (8 to our 5), corners (8 to our 1), accurate passes (545 to our 171) and further statistics weighed against us. Such statistics should ultimately lead to wins. But as we know, goals win games.

Looking at the ‘dirty’ statistics, most were in our favour. For example, duels won (43-41), Tackles attempted (12-7), tackles succeeded (5-2) and aerials won (16-8).

- MORE: Town proved they can cope without Chambers

Mick Mills once said that it’s not what you do with the ball, it’s what you do without it and so much of what Town do well is when we haven’t got the ball.

We saw how well this did for us in 2014/15 and throw in Daryl Murphy’s goals, we had the recipe to lead us into the play-offs.

We’re working hard and have discovered the knack of scoring goals this season again and whilst I’m not going to predict anything like a play-off place being obtained, we’re getting the type of performances and results that is all we have wanted over the last eighteen months.

As with the win at Derby, it’s testament to those in the squad that we can still win with so many players missing. In Luke Chambers, Joe Garner, David McGoldrick and Tom Adeyemi, you could argue that was our spine missing on Saturday.

- MORE: Match reaction from Mick

In among a good all-round performance, Bart again showed why he is one of the best in the league with two outstanding moments of quality, Emyr Huws brought that touch of quality to our midfield that we’ve not had all season and Martyn Waghorn just gets better with every game.

The move that led to Dominic Iorfa’s goal showed why you don’t need possession stats to win games. One quick move from one end of the pitch to the other with a decent cross was all that was needed.

We’re still not the finished article by any means, but for now, we’re heading in the right direction.

The countdown to an international cycling spectacular sweeping through the heart of Suffolk in June has stepped up a gear – as a high-profile dignitary swapped her civic chain for a bicycle one.

An Ipswich man allegedly confessed to a friend that he had stabbed father-of-five Dean Stansby but hadn’t meant to kill him, a court has heard.

Schools in Ipswich are among the most under-funded in Suffolk according to new figures obtained by a union-sponsored website.

In 2012 the Woodbridge teenager had just become an internet sensation.

Ipswich Town owner Marcus Evans has given his first-ever interview on camera - and revealed that he plans to appoint a new Blues boss ‘towards the end of May or early in June,’ plus admitted that raising season ticket prices last year was a mistake.

A black tie charity ball is taking place to collect cash for an Ipswich-based baby bereavement support group.

Rail conductor/guards working on Greater Anglia trains have called a second one-day strike in early May – but the company insists passengers will not be affected.

The harshest winter for years is set to cost Suffolk County Council millions of pounds according to a report by officials.

Politicians from across the political spectrum have joined together to recognise the achievements of Aldeburgh born suffragist Dame Millicent Fawcett as a new statue was unveiled in her memory.

If you are desperate for a three-day weekend you will be happy to hear that you don’t have long to wait.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24