It’s safe to say it has been some time since an Ipswich striker hit the back of the net on an international weekend.
But while it wasn’t for his country, Blues fans were delighted to see Jack Marriott grab the headlines at the Kingfield Stadium (which no less hosted an England C match on Tuesday) again on Saturday.
A second successive man-of-the-match display for Skrill Conference Premier loan club Woking saw the 19-year-old show his range of prowess around the penalty box with two very different goals.
More important than Cards’ manager Garry Hill waxing lyrical about his ability, has been his willingness to describe his character as ‘level-headed’ and his attitude as being ‘focused’ and ‘hard-working’ — unfortunately not the most common descriptions of emerging English talent nowadays.
Plenty of talented teens will not live up to the hyperbole (Dean Bowditch, Danny Haynes and Billy Clarke spring to mind).
I’m hopeful Yorkshireman Marriott will be different, but I’m certain a spell in the Conference will only do him good as he looks to adapt to the physicality of the men’s game too often missing from those cocooned in their academies.
Non-League was to be the making of striker Jamie Vardy, whose second-place Leicester City side travel to Portman Road on Saturday (3pm), after his release from Sheffield Wednesday.
After the change from 4-4-2 to an attacking 4-2-3-1 bagged us three points at Blackpool, it will be interesting to see which set-up, and when, Mick McCarthy deploys for what looks set to be our sternest home test so far.
Independent fans’ group Spirit of ‘78 are hosting an all-ticket evening with Fabian Wilnis and Soccer AM’s Franky Fryer at the Drum and Monkey pub from 6pm after Saturday’s game in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation with some terrific auction items. I hope to see some of you there off the back of a home win.