Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 25°C

min temp: 19°C

Search
Kings of Anglia Issue 7 Magazine Offer With Jimmy Bullard and Tristan Nydam

North Stander: Come on Mick, I’m prepared to forgive and forget. Are you?

PUBLISHED: 15:48 05 December 2017 | UPDATED: 15:48 05 December 2017

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy smiles after his side's 4-2 victory over Nottingham Forest. But he couldn't resist having a pop at fans in the post-match press conference! Picture: STEVE WALLER

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy smiles after his side's 4-2 victory over Nottingham Forest. But he couldn't resist having a pop at fans in the post-match press conference! Picture: STEVE WALLER

© Copyright Stephen Waller

What a transformation. From the most boring side in the club’s history to a team bursting with goals and attacking intent - and thank goodness for that!

Along with thousands of others, I left Portman Road on Saturday feeling thoroughly entertained and believing the Blues have an outside chance of making the play-offs. Who would have thought it?

They pretty much played like the away side against Forest, with the visitors having the majority of possession and Town catching them on the break. It was great stuff to watch.

- MORE: Talking points from Town’s win

Stand-out performers included – yet again – Bart, with wonder saves in both halves. My heart sank on Saturday evening when Sky Sports showed his amazing double save. Will that get a Premier League manager or two showing an interest in January?

Waghorn was also excellent. Surely up top is his best position, isn’t it? Better than Garner, for my money. All being well, he’s on course for 20 goals this season. Bargain of the year.

- MORE: Mick hails star Waghorn, recalls fan criticism

There was also another eye-catching display from Connolly. When McCarthy put him in midfield, it looked like another of those oh-so pragmatic moves from the manager. But, fair’s fair, the youngster has impressed – and he scores goals.

Now, the big negative from the weekend. I’ve delayed mentioning it until now because I believe the emphasis should be what’s happening on the pitch.

- MORE: Waghorn loving life at Portman Road

But...what on earth was McCarthy thinking about at the post-match press conference? When he has a chance of winning at least some of the fans round with some entertaining football, he chooses to once again have a go at supporters.

Why dredge up the abusive chants from past games? It’s so negative and divisive. Can he not move on? I wrote in this column earlier this year that McCarthy’s theme tune should be the Frank and Nancy Sinatra song which contains the line “then I go and spoil it all by saying something stupid.”

- MORE: Town proved they can cope without Chambers

I wouldn’t say his daft comments spoiled my Saturday, but they certainly introduced a sour note into what was otherwise a happy day.

Come on, Mick. Let it go. Just as we fans are expected to move from the utter boredom of last season. I’m prepared to forgive and forget - are you?

Have you been feeling the heat in Suffolk and north Essex? Experts are warning the warm spell is far from over – with weeks of dry weather still to come.

It was a trip down the rabbit hole for visitors at Maidenhall Allotments – as guests took tea with the Mad Hatter and Cheshire Cat.

The latest crime figures from the Office of National Statistics are deeply worrying.

A moped rider was stopped in Ipswich because he forgot to wear a helmet, police said - even though it was inside his top box.

This is our last call to readers to help us choose 100 Suffolk women making great and positive differences to our lives.

Jimmy’s Festival kicked off with a day of novelty and nostalgia, as a host of families came together to watch both new talent and familiar faces take to the stage.

A motorcycle rider was arrested for drug driving after being found with no driving licence, no MOT and no insurance.

How do you Enjoy Woodbridge More? That was the question we asked our iWitness community last week.

Don’t be alarmed if the first thing you see when you arrive at Kidzfest today is a queue. It is not a sign of things to come.

An 87-year-old German-speaking man reported missing from Ipswich earlier today has been found safe and well, police have confirmed.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Ipswich Star daily newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24