Ipswich Town fan Russell Claydon says: Flying Scotsman Fraser has solved problem area
Decent wingers are something we have been starved of in recent years, but in Ryan Fraser we look to have acquired a real gem.
The young Scot, on a season-long loan from Bournemouth, has been the standout player in both of our opening games, with his introduction at Portman Road on Tuesday going a long way to overturning the deficit against Stevenage in the Captial One Cup.
The brand of exciting counter-attacking football he led at Brentford on Saturday should have earned us all three points.
At a wedding with no signal but hearing we were two goals up with 10 minutes to go, I couldn’t believe it when news came through that we had drawn 2-2.
A soft underbelly is not something you associate with Mick McCarthy’s teams and I’m sure there will have be stern words in the changing room.
It’s certainly not the first time Tommy Smith has been caught out by a long ball over the top, while Bartosz Białkowski had to claim that last-gasp corner.
A Brentford fan I work with who went said it was daylight robbery and if promotion is the target, we can’t be making a habit of conceding late goals.
But there were positives, especially the way 17-year-olds Josh Emmanuel and Ainsley Maitland-Niles handled the game.
Tuesday’s 2-1 cup win, with 10 changes, showed there is healthy competition in this squad with defender Josh Yorwerth showing he can provide cover at centre-half.
The game was also notable for referee Fred Graham pointing to the spot for a Stevenage penalty after his assistant signalled, only to overturn the decision after consulting with him. It was certainly refreshing to see a referee willing to re-consider.
It’s back to the league on Saturday with two games at Portman Road in four days with Sheffield Wednesday’s visit (3pm) followed by relegated Burnley on Tuesday (7.45pm). Let’s start at home as we mean to go on.