Just when it seemed things couldn’t get much better in September, along comes the news of Jonny Williams re-signing.
For all the good results this past month, I still had a nagging doubt that David McGoldrick was the only one who really possessed the quality needed to turn a game when things weren’t happening.
The biggest regret about ‘Joniesta’s’ wonderful stint with us at the back of last season was that we never got to see him in tandem with our injured talisman.
Let me tell you, there isn’t a defence in this division that will want to face Williams and McGoldrick.
I believe loanee Williams can be the missing piece to take us from top-half play-off hopefuls to top six mainstays.
While some second spells don’t work out (see Jimmy Bullard and Kieron Dyer) his certainly hit off on the right note at Hillsborough on Tuesday, coming on in the second half to turn the game back in our favour with a classy equaliser that got us a very decent point in a 1-1 draw with a much-improved Sheffield Wednesday.
It followed McGoldrick and Murphy’s early work being enough to see off Rotherham at Portman Road on Saturday as a potential banana skin was avoided (how many Town sides would have slipped on that in years gone by?).
Add in the signing of another gifted midfielder, in former West Ham man Jack Collison, and our previous weakness now has real depth.
We’ve only played 10 games, and if there is a worry it is that we look vulnerable from set pieces, but to be sitting in fifth unbeaten in six sure feels good.
Nottingham Forest away on Sunday (3pm) will be a real tough test, but one we can go into with plenty of confidence.
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