The View From Churchmans

Ipswich Town home match reports from just another season-ticket holder

MATCH REPORTS BY SEASON

Ipswich Town 2 Wigan 1

One of those glory, glory nights which will be a highlight of the season's memories. An end-to-end game with plenty of commitment and incident, more exciting than beautiful to watch, but at the end the good guys won. That'll do for me. We lined up in pretty standard formation, and it was great to see Matt back and Fab playing on the right side once more. Darren Currie played wide left allowing Westy to ... More...

Ipswich Town 1 Brighton 0

Let me see. A home win. A clean sheet. The best home record in all four divisions. The first team in all four divisions to forty goals. To criticise would be churlish, and I shan't, but I can't help feeling (a) that we can do even better than this, and (b) we've been better in previous seasons. Goodness knows where it'll all end up. Let's put the game in context. ... More...

Ipswich Town 1 Leeds Utd 0

A game of two halves: in the first, we were relatively uninspired and Leeds looked to be perhaps the strongest team we've seen at Portman Road this season. In the second, we came alive, possibly due to an enforced change in formation (or possibly due to whatever was said at half-time), and Leeds couldn't cope. It was perhaps fortunate that they were hampered by having the completely static Brian Deane up front, which ... More...

Ipswich Town 5 Sheffield Utd 1

Not quite the slaughter which the scoreline suggests, with Sheffield actually in top for short periods at the start of each half, but a terrific performance nevertheless, right through the team. At times we played some sparkling football, although it could be said that it was one of those nights where almost everything went in. Although we were good, it was a bonus that Sheffield went to pieces in ... More...

Ipswich Town 3 Preston NE 0

A satisfying overall performance against a team who epitomised the term "there for the taking". Plenty of chances, a scoreline distorted by a dreadful linesman, but a fair result, on balance. We started off with what may be Joe's first-choice lineup (the keeper apart) but ended the afternoon with a looming injury crisis, such is the shallowness of the squad. Matt Richards was left on the bench and Wilnis restored to the team on ... More...

Ipswich Town 1 Burnley 1

Whether we deserved it or not, even neutrals would have been willing an injury-time winner for Ipswich to ensure Burnley got what they deserved this afternoon, which was nothing. With four nil-nils under their belts already this season, we should have known what to expect, but the reality was worse than most of us could have feared. Without doubt Burnley were the most boring, defensive outfit I can remember seeing in recent years, ... More...

Ipswich Town 1 Reading 1

A lively game, if ultimately rather an unmemorable one, with two sides who largely cancelled each other out. Town were reasonable throughout, although a way off promotion quality, and the balance of the game was determined more by the way in which Reading rather lost the plot in the second half. They've got one or two useful players, but I hope for the division's sake they're not the best it's got to offer ... More...

Ipswich Town 3 Plymouth Argyle 2

Well, anyone just reading a 100-word Ceefax report must be thinking this was another Sheffield United - the similarities with that game from 18 months ago seem enormous - but in reality it wasn't anything like that. I checked the report. We were great that day after going behind in terms of goals and players. Today we were patchy in the first half and a shambles in the second. ... More...

Ipswich Town 2 Millwall 0

Not the most exciting game, but one we'd have struggled to finish off last year, and all the more satisfying for that. Millwall were a hard side, and only just stayed the right side of being unfairly so (apart from that git Wise, who becomes more of an obnoxious cheating ******* every season). That said, their defence was really solid, and it was an achievement to break it down ...almost nobody else has ... More...

Ipswich Town 2 Wolves 1

Ooh, it's good to be back. Probably the best home performance I've seen since Sunderland last April, a match which also produced a scoreline which wasn't nearly as convincing as we deserved. Although we fell away in the last half-hour, we pinged it around like champions for most of the first half, and the all-round commitment left nothing to complain about. Only Shirley's inability to deflect even the easiest of the endless succession ... More...

Nottingham Forest 1 Ipswich Town 1

Whilst a point wasn't the daylight robbery some of Forest's supporters are claiming, we were certainly lucky to get it, in a game dominated by the opposition from the 20th minute to the 80th. We came out 4-4-2 with new loanee Tony Dinning in midfield, but never really did much more going forward than playing hopeful longish balls forward to Dazza and Shirley. Although we could have nicked it right at the end, ... More...

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