Teenage Town Match Report with Ethan Turner
Another report from Teenage Town supporter Ethan Turner, who shares his thoughts and report on Town's 3-2 win at home to struggling side Blackburn Rovers in the League.
Portman Road is Rocking Again
Ipswich Town managed to win their first game in 2017. A change in formation seemed to have a very positive impact, despite a nervy climax towards the end.
In a bright start by Town, Freddie Sears twice called Rovers goalkeeper Jason Steele into action, while at the other end Sam Gallagher was menacing with Bartosz Bialkowski denying the forward in a one-on-one.
Once again it was time for The Leicester loanee, Tom Lawrence, to step up and perform his magic with a crafty and cunning free-kick, which was placed hard and low under the wall beating Steele. But within four minutes, Blackburn were level after Feeney took advantage of a poor clearance by Berra. The winger's cross was laid back by Graham to Akpan who calmly found the corner of the net from just inside the area.
Despite going into the break level, it was recognizable that Town’s first half performance was a lot more positive than in recent weeks. The proceedings of the second half were dominated by Ipswich and were reawarded when Cole Skuse flicked on Lawrence's corner and Berra was on hand to slide in from close range at the far post, providing the Scotsman his first goal since March last year. Lawrence was then able to add another screamer to his overwhelming amount after finding the top corner from 30 yards out. If it wasn’t for the Welsh magician, where would we be now?
In the end Ipswich comfortably held on for the victory, to put the seal on an entertaining and encouraging home performance. Following the match, Town boss Mick McCarthy also revealed that the Championship club had signed striker Kieffer Moore from National League side Forest Green on an 18-month deal. Hopefully he’ll bring a positive impact to a club in need of a striker.
It was a thoroughly enjoyable game to watch. It was somewhat a highly open match where both teams had pockets of strong attacking spells. It was a precious victory, which will hopefully dampen the sorrows of the fans which have witnessed numerous tedious performances from the Tractor Boys this season.
What Next For Town?
We’re still without back to back wins all season, which should be expected to come to an end against non-league opposition Lincoln, on Tuesday. The prospect of humiliation is looming with the game being televised. The players have proven to themselves that they can win a game, let’s build on this and hustle our way up the league table.