‘If Brazilians did fist pumps’ — Ipswich Town column

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It may have been much more Carlos Edwards than Carlos Alberto, but Luke Chambers’ late goal could turn out to be one of those golden moments.

After seeing Tyrone Mings concede a penalty in the last 10 minutes on Saturday, my heart sank. That’s it, I thought. All over.

But then, like those roller-coaster play-off games under George Burley, it was gloriously back on again, underpinned by a fist pump that has never looked so good.

I have said before, one thing you cannot question about this side is its spirit.

It was on display in the supporters’ club’s Player of the Year awards, with the squad happy to join in far longer than I remember of last year’s group.

Christophe Berra’s commanding displays got the main gong, but I could not help thinking David McGoldrick’s third-place was more a result of the timing of the award.

Without him we certainly would not have been on the cusp of the play-offs.

Daryl Murphy was sandwhiched between the two and I could not argue with them as in the top three.

The Irishman’s 13th goal of the campaign in the 2-1 win over Doncaster is his best return in his career in a campaign where he has done far more than score.

His work-rate has been phenomenal and it is great to see him flourishing in his natural position.

So, four games to go and after Saturday my nerves are a little frayed around the edges. How are yours?

We can all argue if we will do it or not but you cannot argue we certainly have a real chance.

Weirdly, of the two Easter games, I’m more worried about the trip to Watford on Saturday (3pm) than top-six chasers Bournemouth visiting Monday (3pm). Beppe Sannino’s side must feel it is win-or-bust for their play-off hopes.