19-02-2011: Ipswich Town 1 Hull City 1 (NPower Championship) Portman Road, Ipswich, Suffolk
While it was disappointing not to have taken all three points from this game Town fans can take heart from a first half performance that was as good as any that we have seen at Portman Road for several years. While we are by no means Barcelona yet we certainly played the ball around with great confidence and in a manner that would never have been dreamt of under Roy Keane.
Paul Jewell has instilled a new belief and confidence in the players and the standard of the football played at times was of the highest order. New boy Andy Drury, whose last senior start was with Luton Town in the Conference earlier in the year slotted nicely into midfield and not once did he look out of place, while Lee Martin and Colin Healy (consigned to loan spells elsewhere under the previous regime) continue to put in revelatory performances.
Only downside was that we didn’t score from any of the dozen or so chances that were created in the first half. Jason Scotland took his goal extremely well in the second period and that looked to have secured Jewell’s third successive home win until Jay Simpson well taken goal in the closing stages levelled it up for Hull. “I’m gutted we’ve drawn the game, but I’m really pleased with the progress that the team is making,“ said Town’s boss post match, which probably echoed the sentiments of the majority of Ipswich fans heading away from the ground at 5pm.