Ipswich Town fan Zach Ward says: Let’s cap a fine February with a derby day win
I was a teenager the last time Ipswich Town were able to get one over their East Anglian rivals, Norwich City.
It is something our previous two managers were unable to do — and, without sounding unambitious, a win in the derby can turn an ordinary season into a better one.
Would there be a better way to cap a fine February with a win in the derby? I don’t think so.
You have to go back to April 2009 for our last victory. It also proved to be Jim Magilton’s last game as manager.
We have had a mini-revival of our own in February, with six points from four games, including three draws against teams in the top five.
But it appeared to be Sod’s Law that the Canaries were seemingly over their poor run, and re-igniting their play-off push in recent weeks.
A defeat at struggling Burton Albion at the weekend, however, means this derby will be closer than perhaps we thought a month ago.
While many remain unhappy with owner Marcus Evans, and lots still feel Mick McCarthy will or perhaps should go in the summer, there is something of a feel-good factor back at Portman Road.
When we conceded against Leeds United at the weekend — their only shot on target, I would like to add — the instant reaction from fans in the Sir Bobby Robson stand was that of encouragement, of belief, and of faith in their team.
It was a far cry to the toxic atmosphere that has simmered and bubbled from the stands at times this season.
Our football is better, our defending has improved. The addition of Emyr Huws, coupled with Grant Ward being moved into the central position, has given us something we haven’t had in a long time — midfielders breaking into the box, breaking defensive lines.
And we’ve got a fully fit David McGoldrick. How we have missed him. The bloke oozes quality.
Would there be a better way to cap a fine February with a win in the derby?
I don’t think so. Come on you Blues!