AFTER ‘we were robbed’ at Cardiff on Saturday at least football karma prevailed at Portman Road on Tuesday night, with our chance to don the balaclavas and get away with three points.
As Ian Holloway famously described a win over Chesterfield during his time managing Queens Park Rangers: ‘To put it in gentleman’s terms if you’ve been out for a night and you’re looking for a young lady and you pull one, some weeks they’re good looking and some weeks they’re not the best.
‘Our performance today would have been not the best looking bird but at least we got her in the taxi. She weren’t the best looking lady we ended up taking home but she was very pleasant and very nice, so thanks very much, let’s have a coffee.’
In other words; winning ugly. It’s the next ingredient we needed to add to our promotion recipe and while there were wayward passes, sliced clearances and very few balls reaching our stranded frontline, the fact we managed to dig out the win is a very promising sign.
Since the Blackpool defeat we’ve shown we can play but showing character and an ability to grind out a result is just as pleasing in my eyes at the moment; there are no prizes at the end of the season for dominating games with pretty football but not scoring more goals than your opponents, just ask Arsenal fans.
The big difference is we wouldn’t have beaten Portsmouth 1-0 with a scrappy goal a month ago, or at any point last season. We should have had the three points at the Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday, but for an awful refereeing decision which gave the Bluebirds a get out of jail free card, but we’ll certainly take four points from those two games.
And I’ve managed to get this far in the column without mentioning the fact we’re now in the top six. But with just six points separating us from 16th position Paul Jewell is right to urge us not to get carried away yet.
What is cause for celebration though is the fact Tuesday’s win made it four home wins on the bounce with our form at Portman Road critical if we are to mount a run for the play-offs this season.
Fellow play-off occupiers Crystal Palace are next up at the fortress on Saturday, and though they’re in impressive form themselves, they sure won’t be rubbing their hands at the prospect of visiting IP1.