barnsley 1-2 ipswich
Super Subs save The Day for Town
A gritty and lion-hearted second half performance meant Town we’re able to leave Barnsley, with once again, three points. Goals from substitutes Waghorn and McGoldrick meant the 7 hour round journey was well worth it.
by ethan turner
After a bitterly disappointing 3-1 loss to Bristol City on the opening day, the hosts were looking to bounce back against the unbeaten Tractor boys. Their intentions were evidently shown from the beginning, George Moncur and Tom Bradshaw both testing Bialkowski.
The pressure paid off in the 15th minute when Ryan Hedges' cross from inside the area was met at the far post by the unmarked Bradshaw, who found the net with a neat header. Paul Heckingbottom’s side we’re unlucky to have not doubled their advantage before the break. Garner’s goal line clearance showed the efforts the striker has going forward and defensively.
Two half-time substitutions and a rejuvenated Ipswich side. A change of formation and the introduction of two strikers brought opportunities and a first shot on target. McGoldrick, was soon involved in the action, making a driving run into the area to force goalkeeper Adam Davies to get down bravely and block his route to goal. Visiting fans eventually had something to cheer about.
53 minutes into the match and Town had their goal. Knudsen was able to pick the perfect ball which enabled McGoldrick to volley past the keeper. There was more to come… The comeback was complete in the 71st minute when Garner slipped a superb through ball to Waghorn, who produced an equally impressive finish. Ipswich achieved back-to-back wins in their first two games for the first time since George Burley was manager in 2002-03.
It’s still extremely early days, but there’s many positives. The players seem to want it more and Chambers looks like a leader again. Despite having unfortunate injuries, we’ve still managed to win two games in a row. Some would arguably say that both those games weren’t our strongest side. The only weakness at the moment is our ‘make-shift’ defence, which is to be expected. Although playing four at the back seems to work better with our current situation.
next up for town
There’s no reason why the run shouldn’t continue. An away fixture this Tuesday to recently promoted Milwall gives Town the chance to claim all three points. Tough games are on the horizon though. Two testing home games to Brentford and Fulham, will show fans what Town are really about this season, and maybe give a glimpse of our optimistic ambitions.