22-01-2011: Ipswich Town 3 Doncaster Rovers 2 (NPower Championship)
Portman Road, Ipswich, Suffolk
Yes, football can be fun after all.
After the excitement of the Carling Cup Semi-Final win against Arsenal a week-and-a-bit a go could Town recreate anything remotely like that performance in Paul Jewell’s first home league game in charge.
There was some promise and no lack of effort in the first half but some appalling defending could have seen the Blues go in at the break more that the one goal down (the lively but somewhat arrogant Billy Sharp having scored inside five minutes).
The second half veritably burst into life. David Norris curled in to equalise just after the restart, young Connor Wickham headed Town ahead on the hour (his first of the season), Sharp nodded in an equaliser for the visitors a minute later and a frenzied few minutes were complete when Carlos Edwards struck home – veteran ‘keeper Neil Sullivan deceived by a wicked deflection.
Jewell obviously said the right things at half-time. I can’t imagine his predecessor finding the words to turn things around the way they were this afternoon. There was a real belief in the team in the second period almost reminiscent of the Joe Royle days.
Some air between us and the bottom three clubs now and it’s still very early doors but I’m sure I’m not the only Town fan who walked away from FPR with a spring in their step.