19-07-11: Cambridge United 2 Ipswich Town 2 (Friendly) Abbey Stadium, Cambridge
What do I go to football for? Well first and foremost I want to be entertained and the result, when I’m at a Town game is very much of secondary importance but of course I always hope for a Blues win.
Tonight we certainly got entertainment. Cambridge going two up in the first 3 minutes (cracking strikes from Ryan Charles and Ashley Carew), Town pulling one back through new man Michael Chopra in the fifth minute and then equalising, again through Chopra (his fourth in three pre-season outings). And this all inside the first 21 minutes.
Lots still to be done if we are to be in the mix come May of next year. The strike partnership of Chopra and Nathan Ellington is looking good, and we look reasonable in midfield (we should pick-up here once Lee Bowyer is up to speed), but at the back it’s pretty dire. Tommy Smith (one of NZ’s World Cup heroes last summer) and Damien Delaney as a centre back partnership are less than inspiring as are our two glovesman (Arran Lee-Barrett and Marton Fulop).
But no matter where we finish come the end of the season I suspect that we are more likely to see the return of the swashbuckling style of football played under Joe Royle (we may concede plenty but will more often than not out score the opposition) rather than the negative tripe served up by Paul Jewell’s predecessor RK.
Note: Pictures of the Abbey Stadium (plus some from last weeks ITFC games in FC Eindhoven and Den Bosch) to come once SE20Blue has dumped the contents of his camera.