The View From Churchmans

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


Ipswich Town 1 Crystal Palace 0

Now it’s beginning to look like a very useful start to the season. Despite
the score, this may have been an even better performance than against
Wednesday, and suggests that the real Town this season may be the one we saw
on the opening day, rather than the one which made itself look foolish at
Milton Keynes. Let’s hope so.

We didn’t make a hatful of openings, but that was because Palace were a more
than half decent side. The defence, to its credit, gave Palace even fewer
chances. The midfield stepped up its game, mainly due to an imperious
display from Owen Garvan, and the strikers worked hard once more. Garvan
seems to have stepped his game up even further, adding a real presence to
his already undisputed workrate, and to me is now the most exciting young
prospect we’ve had since Kieron Dyer.

Left wing remains a problem, as does cover in defence, but this is really
encouraging stuff, and if Jim can keep these players together and playing
like this consistently, we might well be there or thereabouts this season.

Overall Town performance:
7/10 – nice movement, great effort and barely slackened off all match.

Opposition quality:
7/10 – useful; if they can get the best out of Shefki they’ll be dangerous.

5/10 – I’ve seen worse performances from D’Urso, but that’s not saying much.

Match excitement:
7/10 – the pace and the commitment deserved more goals.

Opposition supporters:
5/10 – disappointing numbers and noise.

Player ratings as ever out of 5 for each of effort/achievement…

ALEXANDER 7 (4/3) looked very comfortable, communicating well with De Vos
and Bruce, and appearing to be in command of his box. Promising!

WRIGHT 6 (3/3) had a steady game; BRUCE 7 (3/4) showed some good
anticipation and timing; DE VOS 7 (4/3) is looking more at ease and in
control than I can ever remember; and HARDING 6 (3/3) also turned in a solid
performance. Whilst the defence was made to work hard for most of the 90
minutes, comedy moments and heart-stopping howlers were conspicuous by their
absence, which is not something I’ve been able to say often over the past
five years.

WALTERS 8 (4/4) turned in another cracking display, great in the air, but
neat on the ground too, and never letting up; MILLER 6 (3/3) was steady
although didn’t make a lot of impact; GARVAN 9 (5/4) just bossed the
midfield in perhaps the best first-team performance I’ve seen him in yet;
but ROBERTS 5 (2/3) again failed to impress, although – once more – he made
a telling contribution when it counted, with the goal assist.

LEE 6 (3/3) put in another pretty decent display, without really finding a
way through; and COUNAGO 7 (4/3) also tried hard, showed some lovely touches
which often perplexed the Palace defence. Despite not scoring, both of the
strikers impressed me for the second game running.

As for the subs, HAYNES seemed a little detached, and didn’t really make the
impact we always seem to expect him to; LEGWINSKI was fine, but I don’t
think the reshuffles which accompanied his (and the other subs’)
introduction really helped; and CLARKE looked hungry, without having the
class of Lee and Counago.

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