Ipswich Town fan Russell Claydon says: Berra’s steel, and another wise move?

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Man-of-the-match awards are often contentious decisions.

Do you give it to the Johnny on the spot who turned in a cross to settle a dull game?

Or the silky-skilled winger (substitute Frank Nouble here) who put in that very (fortuitous) cross?

Or the slippery ‘number 10’ who had a hand in the goal and took an opportunity presented by injury with both hands, but was denied the goal he deserved?

But what about the defender who had the conviction to execute two perfect sliding challenges in his own area, as well as dominate a giant in the air?

In the words of Alan Hansen, Christophe Berra was unbelievable.

For me, he was the best player on the park.

After Saturday’s 1-0 win over Birmingham City, it was put to Mick McCarthy that he must be the division’s best free transfer.

David McGoldrick may have something to say about that, but our gaffer was able to reflect on a bit of managerial magic, after he had been criticised for breaking up the solid Luke Chambers/Tommy Smith partnership.

But it has not backfired, with Chambers earning the right to call the right-back berth his own (he didn’t like it at all when the matchday programme referred to him as having ‘filled in’ there).

The disappointing thing about Saturday was not getting to see Jonny ‘Joniesta’ Williams make his debut.

The pint-sized Welsh midfielder, on a month’s loan from Crystal Palace, seems to be exactly the visionary midfielder we have craved.

Ahead of long trips to Middlesbrough on Saturday (3pm) and Yeovil Town on Tuesday (7.45pm), could it prove to be another masterstroke by McCarthy?

A minimum return of four points from those four days will keep the ‘p’-word dream very much alive...