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Ipswich Town fan Russell Claydon says: Ambrose does it for the west side

It’s been a long while since us lot in the ‘wild west’ of Suffolk had one of our own in the team (Alan Lee’s emergency cameos aside).

But in Darren Ambrose — now settled in my home village of Thurston (near Bury, a great place with a great pub is how he summed it up when we spoke) — we now have someone to get behind in our professional team.

Of course, there were also 5,500 jumping for joy at St Mary’s as the 30-year-old marked his first start in his third spell with what was his first goal in nearly 12 years for his boyhood club.

That it was a header, as well as at Premier League high-flyers in Southampton, made it all the more special.

Hopefully it’s the start of a rise back to the peak of his powers for the 30-year-old married to a Bury girl.

Someone I work with suggested Christophe Berra was the reason we are facing a replay on home turf Wednesday (7.45pm).

While he meant he had cost us the game (if Gerken comes, he should have got it) I’d agree with the original wording — his usual bravery and decision-making in the closing stages kept us in the FA Cup.

A replay was something some were moaning about, but a full house for a second shot at toppling a Premier League side? I’ll certainly take that.

Let’s remember we made six changes, showing our strength in depth, so does the fatigue argument really stand up?

The games seem to get bigger and bigger now and third-placed Derby County at home on Sky on Saturday (12.15pm) takes things up another notch.

But the nerves of another big game where it could go wrong is what it’s all about — whether you’re Ambrose or a fellow wild westerner in the stands.

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