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Ipswich Town 2 Preston North End 1

30-04-2011: Ipswich Town 2 Preston North End 1 (NPower Championship) Portman Road, Ipswich, Suffolk

Words to follow.

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Ipswich Town 1 Norwich City 5

21-04-2011: Ipswich Town 1 Norwich City 5 (NPower Championship) Portman Road, Ipswich, Suffolk

Words to follow.

Ipswich Town 3 Middlesbrough 3

12-04-2011: Ipswich Town 3 Middlesbrough 3 (NPower Championship) Portman Road, Ipswich, Suffolk

A hugely entertaining game that was a mix of decent football and comedy defending. Having taken the lead through Grant Leadbitter (aided by a huge deflection) we looked very comfortable against a very average Boro side and then, just before the end of the half, and out of nowhere, we were 2-1 down. Damien Delaney’s sliced clearance bounced off the cross bar and fortuitously for Boro into the path of Andy Halliday, and Delaney was at fault again a few minutes later leaving Scott McDonald completely unmarked to score the visitors second. A third for Boro after the break from Andrew Taylor and it looked all over but you can’t fault the Town players for spirit and in the blink of an eye (or what seemed like it given the frenetic pace of the game) we were level at three a piece. Connor Wickham headed firmly home from Jimmy Bullard’s cross on 64 and Leadbitter scored his second of the night, from the spot, with fifteen minutes left. Either side could have won it in the closing stages but the draw was a more than fair result.

Ipswich Town 2 Crystal Palace 1

An article in FourFourTwo magazine last summer put Ipswich in the top four in a table of the most expensive season tickets in the country. Some way behind a £1,825 premium seat at the Emirates but £1,001 for a seat in the Cobbold Stand on the halfway line seems a little steep to say the least. This season I paid a few quid shy of £480 for my seat behind the goal in the upper tier of the Sir Bobby Robson Stand which works at £20 a game so no complaints there. But the same seat were you to show up on spec on the day would set you back £34.50! Combine exorbitant ticket prices with some of the poorest football played at Ipswich in two decades and is it any surprise that average league attendances at Portman Road have dropped from 25,651 in 2004-05 to 19,212 this season and that crowds for the last few home encounters have dipped below the 18,000 mark. For today’s visit of Palace a ticket promotion – whereby season ticket holders could buy additional seats for a tenner – and a pretty decent turn out of away fans – pushed the attendance up to 24,378, a healthy five thousand above the season’s average. There is clearly a link between attendance and cost that only the powers that be at the club are failing to see.

Ipswich Town 2 Scunthorpe United 0

19-03-2011: Ipswich Town 0 Watford 3 (NPower Championship) Portman Road, Ipswich, Suffolk

Scunthorpe were very poor, and Town weren’t that much better, but a win is a win and the three points pretty much guarantee another season of Championship football at Portman Road.

A very dull game enlivened by two superb goals that would have Lineker, Hanson, et al salivating on MOTD later tonight had they been scored in the Premiership.

Carlos Edwards opened the scoring, hitting a 35-yard effort into the back of the Iron net on 27 and Jimmy Bullard doubled the lead with a terrific 53rd minute free-kick.

The rest of the game is deserving of no further mention.

Ipswich Town 0 Watford 3

15-03-2011: Ipswich Town 0 Watford 3 (NPower Championship) Portman Road, Ipswich, Suffolk

While this was another home performance that fell way short of expectations – expectation levels that have been set considerably higher since the arrival of Paul Jewell – and the third loss in a row at Portman Road, there were still brief moments during the game when you could see the direction that the new manager is trying to take us in, enough encouraging signs for me to not come away from the ground completely disheartened.

A comedy of errors led to Town gifting Watford the lead inside three minutes but the Blues had enough chances to level, and even take the lead as the first half progressed. Gareth McAuley had an attempt cleared off the line, penalty appeals after Adrian Mariappa handled in the area were waved away, Jimmy Bullard’s free-kick whizzed inches over the bar, McAuley headed against an upright, and on and on.

Kieron Dyer joined the fray ten minutes into the second period, to make his first home appearance in a Blue and White since May 1999, but that was about all we had to cheer after half-time as Watford added a further two goals.

For me the honeymoon period is still very much on for Jewell but this was another performance that illustrated the magnitude of the task that he faces in turning this squad into one that can seriously challenge for promotion next season. He can only work with what the previous incumbent left behind after all.

Ipswich Town 1 Reading 3

08-02-2011: Ipswich Town 1 Reading 3 (NPower Championship)
Portman Road, Ipswich, Suffolk

Proper report here.