30-10-2010: Ipswich Town 2 Millwall 0 (NPower Championship)
Portman Road, Ipswich, Suffolk
This was quite easily the most entertaining home game that I seen in the last 12 months (having missed the Cardiff and Leeds games) which some would say doesn’t take an awful lot. Having started the Coventry game (a 2-1 defeat) with Jason Scotland as a lone striker the announcement that he would be partnered up front with Tamas Priskin (the latter yet to win the hearts of the long suffering home fans) certainly lifted the crowd. Within five minutes of the KO the two had combined to put Town one up. Good work on the left by Priskin and a low cross into the box from the Hungarian was struck home by the predatorial Trinidadian. The first time the Blues had found the back of the net in the first half of any league fixture so far this season.
Oddly from that moment on the rest of the half belonged, for the most part, to Millwall. They will wonder how they failed to convert possession into goals or indeed why referee Kevin Friend failed to award them a penalty when the ball bounced of the foot of Grant Leadbitter and hit his outstretched arm. It was with some relief that the half-time whistle blew.
A different home side emerged after the break and a penalty converted by the very same Leadbitter, after Priskin was tripped by Millwall’s Shittu, put the Blue’s two up ten minutes in, and they could have won by a much larger margin with several chances (a guilt edged one for Spurs loanee Jake Livermore) all going begging. Even at two-down Millwall were looking to get back into the game, and while the Ipswich defence was certainly under pressure, there was none of the panic last minute defending (several goaline clearances apart) that was the Blue’s downfall last campaign, and in the end it was a comfortable win.
So two victories on the bounce after three straight defeats has certainly gone some way to lift the gloom at FPR.