Teenage Town Match Report by Ethan Turner
Another report from Teenage Town supporter Ethan Turner, who shares his thoughts and report on Town's 3-1 win over Newcastle United on Sir Bobby Robson Day at Portman Road.
Robson Day Delight!
A fantastic result on a day which held so much for the past of the football club. The present certainly proved what they are capable of after beating Newcastle United 3-1.
A positive line-up led to a positive result, what a coincidence? Ipswich showed more fight and willingness throughout the whole game, and deservedly went ahead when Tom Lawrence picked up the ball and carried it into the opposition area before setting up Freddie Sears to fire in. There was no doubt Daryl Murphy would at some point have a chance, which he respectably took in the 62nd minute. From then on in it was a championship masterclass from the tractor boys. Sears was then involved in the second unselfishly squaring the ball for McGoldrick to tap in. A frantic game was superbly put to bed in stoppage time as Brett Pitman picked out the unmarked Huws to volley in sealing the game, and their Championship status.
After Match Thoughts
It was certainly, by far for me, the most exciting and hardworking game all season. The team was finely balanced, everyone understood their role, and there was no better day to put on a show like that. It was extremely fitting. Yet for some reason, despite a fabulous team performance and result, something still frustrated me. Why now? Why do we all of a sudden put in a blistering performance with only three games remaining? This leads me onto the issue that I’ve had, and I’m sure many others have, with Mick McCarthy all season.
It’s the issue with Mick not knowing his strongest team and what works well. Yes it is brilliant that we’ve beaten a club like Newcastle, but disappointing that it’s only taken place now. But take nothing away from the performance today because it was brilliant and something to build on perhaps for next season.
What Next For Town?
Next up for Town is the already relegated Rotherham. It would be hugely inadequate to go and loose to there. Although they did almost very surprisingly beat Reading, leading 1-0 at half-time.