Ipswich Town fan Zach Ward says: ‘First goal was proof of our unwavering team spirit’
Sorry Deano. Sorry Jonas. Sorry Chambo. I didn’t mean it, and I take it all back.
In last week’s column, I clamoured for changes to our back five. It was a sentiment that had been echoed by many a Blues fan in recent weeks.
That exchange of balls up in the air, 50/50 challenges and players putting their heads and bodies on the line was an exchange we won, and proves the spirit, determination and passion this current team displays
But not for the first time in his career, Mick McCarthy stuck to his guns, and had his loyalty repaid with a convincing 3-0 win over Charlton.
These yearly trips to The Valley are becoming an annual away-day to remember — that’s four straight wins on their turf.
At the back we were rarely troubled by The Addicks, who are a team in disarray. And late on, when our defence was breached, Dean Gerken produced two wonderful saves to ensure we left with a clean sheet.
I had seen on social media some criticism of our first goal, scored by the man-of-the-moment Daryl Murphy, probably the best example of head tennis you will ever see (I would describe it as Micka-Macca football, as opposed to tiki-taka).
But I thought it was pure class.
Why? That exchange of balls up in the air, 50/50 challenges and players putting their heads and bodies on the line was an exchange we won, and proves the spirit, determination and passion this current team displays.
These were all qualities severely lacking during the dark days of Roy Keane and Paul Jewell.
And besides, who cares how the ball ends up in the net?
While some criticize our style of play, we have played it much more on the floor this season. This was proved with our third goal — a contender for one of the best we have netted this season — an incisive move which carved open Charlton, and was finished calmly by Murphy.
Next up is another Sky game, taking on Middlesbrough at home on Friday (7.45pm).
After taking on struggling sides in recent weeks, it will be a good barometer of how we have progressed over the past month.