The Verdict: The performance and win we all wanted, now we need to push on
We take a look at the talking points from Saturday’s 4-1 win against Accrington Stanley.
That’s more like it!
The performance and result we’ve all been waiting for. The cynics will say it was just another 45 minute performance, but in truth Town earned the right to take their foot off the gas after the break.
It was a rampant opening half by Town, free-flowing fast attacking football. Town blew Accrington away on their first ever visit on Suffolk soil. Lambert named his first ever unchanged side (from the last league game) and stuck with the side that drew at Wycombe Wanderers on New Year’s Day.
Lambert said post-match that they’ve been working on the system, and it showed. Luke Woolfenden had another excellent game at the back, his calmness and quality on the ball created two of the four goals for Town. Luke Chambers role back the years and continued to gallop up the pitch and superbly flicked the ball into Alan Judge’s path for the killer and game clinching third just before half-time.
Emyr Huws had his best game in a Town shirt, often picking the ball up after his midfield partner, Flynn Downes had won the ball back. Huws has the ability to be a real top midfielder and can really dictate the game as shown on Saturday.
It was the Welshman who zipped the ball out to Luke Garbutt who then found the under lapping Luke Woolfenden to assist the Jackson opener. Huws was then pivotal in the second goal with a delicious lofted pass which tempted the keeper leaving Norwood with the chance to lob the keeper, which he did with aplomb.
Another player who possibly had his best outing in a Town shirt was Alan Judge. Playing in his preferred role just behind the strikers, Judge drifted all over the Portman Road pitch and caused havoc for the Accrington defenders.
He finally opened his Town league account just before the break, after missing several chances at Adams Park he would have been relieved to finally find the net. Both players left the field with 15 minutes remaining to standing ovations. Let’s up they’re both fit and ready to go again on Tuesday night.
It seems rather fitting that whilst watching Town’s dominant display, my phone would buzz with TWTD linking Sheffield United with a move for Luke Woolfenden.
The way Town and Woolfenden played was very similar to the way the Premier League surprise package operates. Wing-backs hugging the width and the wide central defenders bombing on and providing plenty of attacking threat.
While we all agree that Woolfenden is destined to play at a higher level, let’s hope we can secure promotion and not cash-in on one our of best players.
Back up to Third
At the end of the day, Town now find themselves back in third place. Other results mean that Town only sit three points behind Wycombe Wanderers and new leaders Rotherham United, with a game in hand on both (Tuesday night at Oxford).
While the top of the table is congested, one thing is for sure, if Ipswich Town play with the same tempo and purpose that they did on Saturday, promotion come May will be ours.