Ipswich took around 5,000 supporters to Southampton.
And with a bit of luck we might have come away victorious. The BBC said this, when describing Mick McCarthy’s reaction.
“I just said to the lads, ‘well done, it’s the last thing we really wanted’ – but that was tongue-in-cheek.
“I didn’t want to lose, that’s for sure. Why can’t we have a cup run as well? I came down here and watched Arsenal play and Southampton were worthy winners.
It will hopefully be an interesting replay at Portman Road on the 14th.
I’d never been to Brentford for a match before and I suspect it’ll be unlikely again I’ll go to Griffin Park again, unless it’s for the play-offs this year, as Brentford are trying to build a new ground nearby.
The picture shows the narrow streets around the ground which is unique in having a pub on each corner.
It’s not much bigger inside either and we had to stand.
At least in a couple of weeks, we’ll be playing Millwall at the Den, which has one of the best Away areas in the country.
As we left the ground, Ipswich were top, but by the end of the day we’d been overtaken by Bournemouth.
I think that Mick McCarthy is going to have an interesting transfer window in January. At least by the end of month given another couple of wins, I would suspect that Ipswich will be safe from any relegation.
This interview in the East Anglian Daily Times with Luke Chambers gives a deep insight into the team and its dynamics.
Reading this, I do sometimes wonder that Mick McCarthy’s biggest skill is finding players that will get on with the others.
I think this season, I’ve hardly seen a difference of opinion on the field between players, even when they’ve given away a silly goal or even lost!
I believe that if this spirit stays they might even be able to at least draw at Carrow Road! To many fans a result against Norwich City is more important than promotion.
Not my idea, but in this report on the BBC, Ipswich legend; Mick Mills compares Teddy Bishop to Ray Wilkins.
“He’s like a quarterback,” Mills told BBC Radio Suffolk.
“He’s so young to be doing that sort of thing. I remember playing with Ray and that is all he would do – never going beyond the ball but always supporting.”
I never saw Wilkins play so I can’t judge Mills’s statement.
However, the build-up to the second goal against Middlesbrough, where Bishop exchanged several close passes with David McGoldrick amongst others, and then the pinpoint curving and teasing cross was exactly what you might have expected from a certain David Beckham in his prime. But then so many of today’s young players have grown up watching Beckham, so how many have decided to follow his example?
One of the most important parts of football is the taking of corners and free-kicks, as properly taken they can lead to a goal and if taken badly they just give the ball away.
This season, Ipswich have improved in this area, with several players now taking corners that have led to quite a few goals. But the biggest surprise was one match, where Bishop was assigned to take the corners. In all my years of watching football, I’ve never seen the baby in a team given that job. Did Beckham and Gerrard take the corners, when they broke through into the first team?
The taking of corners, says that he has already earned that most rare of accolades from his team-mates; trust!
He’s certainly one of the best eighteen-year-olds, who’s come through the youth system at Ipswich.
How far he’ll go only time will tell!
At one point, I thought I might miss this match.
But as luck would have it, I was on the 13:00 rather than the 13:30 train out of London, so the delay induced by signalling problems in the Shenfield area only meant I missed the first ten minutes or so of the match.
I’ll put in this quote from the Middlesbrough manager; Aitor Karanka, as it sums up what happened well.
Ipswich wanted it more than us. Murphy was first to the rebound for their first goal, Teddy Bishop at 18 years old was the best player on the pitch and Jay Tabb, at 5ft 5ins, scored with his head.
With a bit of luck, we’d have had a third, but a two-nil victory keeps us near the top of the Championship.
It’s good to have read music and this brass band were in Spitalfields.
It reminds me of the time a few years ago, when Ipswich played in Luxembourg and fans were playing musical chairs with a brass band in the main square. Hilarious!
Every few years or so, a footballer breaks through, who is at a totally different level to all his peers, both on the field and off.
In my sixty years of watching football, both live or on the television, I’ve seen just a few players like this; Franz Beckenbauer, Danny Blanchflower, Bobby Charlton, Johann Cruyf, Emlyn Hughes, Kevin Keegan and Jurgen Klinsmann. In a few years time some others like David Beckham, Lucas Radebe and Sol Campbell might be added to this list.
Of the players I’ve named, some like Beckham and Keegan would never be in the same class as the others, but they both possess an intelligence that enables them to make best use of what they’ve got.
Tyrone Mings is an unusual footballer, in that after being discarded by Southampton, he got a football scholarship at Millfield School. Here’s the first two paragraphs from the report in the Wiltshire Gazette and Herald.
Tyrone Mings, son of Bluebirds boss Adie Mings, has begun a football scholarship at the prestigious Millfield School and is still dreaming of becoming a professional player.
The former Sheldon School pupil, 16, had been on the books at Southampton FC but was released the financially-troubled club in December after their youth budget was slashed.
Then by way of unfashionable clubs like Yate Town and Chippenham Town, he got transferred to Ipswich for the sum of £10,000, to realise his dream.
So just like Beckham and Keegan, he probably has this will to get to the top.
On the BBC web site today, Mick McCarthy talks about a possible bid for Mings from Arsenal. The article says this.
Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has said he is pleased that Arsenal are keeping tabs on defender Tyrone Mings.
It then goes on to say this under a heading of The Generosity Of Mings.
1. In March 2013, Mings provided two tickets to a supporter who had said on Twitter that he was too “skint” to go to a game.
2. Last year he spent part of Christmas Day feeding homeless people. “We spent a couple of hours helping to prepare the food and talking to the people there.”
3. After his squad number changed from 15 to three in the summer, he arranged for two fans with the old number to receive new shirts.
So he’s certainly got the intelligence and character, so let’s hope he doesn’t waste it.
But has he got the football skills? He reminds me in a way of Cyril Knowles, who I saw many times playing for Spurs in the 1960s and 1970s. He’s also certainly got speed to rival most players and the instinct of turning up in the opponent’s penalty area like Liverpool favourite Chris Lawler. Only in a couple of years time, will we know how good Mings really is.
As we did in those two matches, we threw away a good start and were in some ways lucky to get a point.
There were two plus points to the match though. It was played in glorious sunshine for a lot of the time.
And there was two black managers on the benches.
I saw Mick McCarthy greet his old friend and member of the hard-done Managers Club, Chris Powell, extremely warmly.
Those who don’t want to give black managers a chance or at least an interview are dinosaurs.
This was very much the case of the unlucky thirteen.
We played well to get a first goal and then probably threw it away.
Mick McCarthy wasn’t pleased.
This was very much two points lost, rather than a point won.
I think it illustrates how important Daryl Murphy is to the team, as he was injured today.
But it has been a lot worse in recent seasons at this time of the year!