Just when Bluenoses were starting to mention Lee Clark in the same breath as Sir Alex and talking about the new Blue Soap Powder washing away the early season doldrums, Blues’ progress to football redemption was blocked by a large tractor driven by Mad Farmer Mick.
According to Lee Clark, most of the Blues squad were sunning themselves on the beach in a proverbial sense. Clark himself described himself as ‘really angry’ at the performance – perhaps not half as angry as the army of Blues fans who made the not unsubstantial journey to Fen Country, this time more in anticipation than hope. Of course, they should have known better.
Right from the first whistle, Ipswich seemed far hungrier. If Blues set out any sort of stall, it was the sort that would have even disgraced a car boot sale. Quite frankly, we were dismal, although one of the few who could be justifiably be excluded from that criticism was Nathan Redmond. Let’s hope that he was thinking about next season down at St. Andrews rather than seeing the game as a showpiece for his undoubted talents. Equally if not more talented than the aforementioned Nathan Redmond, Ravel Morrison also impressed – albeit in flickering spells. As for the rest, even the committed Paul Robinson looked off the pace. Without a sterling performance put in by Curtis Davies, this could have potentially been another Barnsley debacle.
One must give credit to Mick McCarthy, who undoubtedly had a raw deal at Wolverhampton Wanderers and nobody would blame him for a wry smile with Wolves seemingly in freefall. Mick calls a spade a spade which must come in useful down in Tractor Boy country and he’s certainly been impressive in turning Ipswich thanks to his no nonsense approach.
Let’s hope that Lee and his henchmen get the boys fired up for the visit of Dann, Dunne and De Rest. Our loyal home fans deserve a performance that will bring hope to pervade the close season.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
– Would you revert to 4-4-2 against Blackburn?
– If a club is willing to take Nikola Zigic off our hands on condition that we pay half his wages, would you off load him?
– Would you give Lee Cark more than 5 out of 10 rating for the season overall?
Vice Chairman, Blues Trust