Ipswich Town starting to play with freedom as relegation to League One draws closer
It may not be mathematically confirmed, but you’d have to be extremely optimistic to bet on Ipswich Town surviving the drop this season. In-fact, you’d probably have had more chance of winning on the horses at Cheltenham this week.
However, since that devastating 2-1 home defeat to fellow struggler Reading all but relegating our very own Suffolk Punch on the crest, The Tractor Boys have picked up two very impressive points at grounds where nobody gave them a chance.
Last weekend’s visit to The Hawthorns was one I was particularly wary of. So you can imagine not only my but all Town fans’ surprise to pretty much outplay the baggies in their own backyard.
We were unfortunate not to come away with all three points and it subsequently led to West Bromwich Albion manager Darren Moore getting sacked that same evening – which begs the question, is drawing to Ipswich really considered that bad now? There were so many positives to take and I found myself going into Tuesday night’s trip to Bristol City strangely confident.
It was pleasing to see so many young faces introduced into Lambert’s line up against The Robins, with six academy products making his eighteen. And, after another set back saw the Blues go behind for the third consecutive game, the second half was excellent, with some lovely stuff on show.
Yes, I know it was an own goal, but the move for the equaliser was superb and really gave an insight into what we can expect from Lambert’s men next campaign.
So much was said about Mick McCarthy’s reign and of course, we never wanted to find ourselves in the third tier after he left. But free flowing, attractive, attacking football with youngsters getting a chance and a manager who loves the club as much as we do, isn’t that all we’ve ever wanted?
League One it may be next season, but I can’t help but feel excited for what the future could bring for the 1981 UEFA Cup winners.