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Ipswich Town 1 Northampton Town 2

09-08-2011: Ipswich Town 1 Northampton Town 2 (Carling Cup 1st Round) Portman Road, Ipswich, Suffolk

One of seven new arrivals already this summer the signing of the enigmatic Arsenal youngster Jay Emmanuel-Thomas for £1m seems like good business to me provided Paul Jewell can convert this huge talent into a consistent performer on the pitch. Gunners boss Arsene Wegner had spoken often about JET’s undoubted ability but left a question mark hanging over his work ethic.

JET had an impressive spell on loan at Doncaster at the beginning of last season followed by an equally unimpressive one at Cardiff (although in fairness the latter was hampered by injury). Reading through comments by Gunners fans on an Arsenal message board it seems they are disappointed that he hadn’t made the type of progress that someone like Jack Wilshere had, by backing up talent with real effort.

But initial signs for his Portman Road career are encouraging. A good performance at Bristol City at the weekend, where he laid on a superb pass for Town’s second goal, and tonight he opened his Town goal account in the 11th minute, receiving the ball on the left hand edge of the penalty area and sending a powerful strike over the Cobbler’s ‘keeper and into far corner of the net.

JET was easily the best performer for me tonight in a Blue’s side containing nine changes from the side that won 3-0 at Ashton Gate at the weekend. With that number of changes an upset was always likely. The Cobblers went 2-1 up ten minutes after the break leaving Ipswich plenty of time to force extra time (JET almost did so from a free-kick) or even to have won it but, as was so often the case last season, they just couldn’t convert numerous chances into goals.


Ipswich Town 1 Arsenal 0

12-01-2011: Ipswich Town 1 Arsenal 0 (Carling Cup Semi-Final 1st Leg)
Portman Road, Ipswich, Suffolk

Blimey, didn’t see that one coming.

Just confirms what many Town fans I spoken to over the past months have been saying. Roy Keane had built a decent squad of players during his twenty months at Portman Road but just had no idea how to mould them into a team. Tonight they really applied themselves, and played constructive, attractive football. If they can continue to do this we must surely pull clear of the relegation zone.

Let’s hope new incumbent Paul Jewell can build on what was achieved tonight. It would be great to get to Wembley again – it’s a really big ask to go to Emirates and get a result – but what is more important is that effort, pride and direction look to have returned to the team.

Caretaker Ian McParland may not be an ITFC employee come tomorrow but he got everything spot on tonight with tactics and team selection and had really motivated the players. He obviously knows his stuff. Good luck to you him were ever he ends up.

Ipswich Town 1 West Bromwich Albion 0

01-12-2010: Ipswich Town 1 West Bromwich Albion 0 (Carling Cup 5th Round)
Portman Road, Ipswich, Suffolk

Millwall, West Bromwich Albion, Arsenal. Hmm, that sequence rings a bell or two. The omens are looking very good indeed. The Carling Cup is ours!