When David Sheepshanks was pushing us shareholders to support Marcus Evans,he said that having his backing would remove the necessity to have to sell players. This has largely been the case with notable exceptions (players currently in Championship or higher) during ROY KEANES reign of Jordan Rhodes when Keane fell out with his dad who was our GK coach and Jonathan Walters.Dan Harding and Alex Bruce also left whilst Keane was at Ipswich. PAUL jEWELL lost Leadbitter and McCauley under BOsman and Connor Wickham who went to Sunderland and this season is their leading goalscorer.The price of £8.1 m was obviously factor here.Luciano Civelli was the only other good player who went then and is now a top player in South America;however to be fair he was injury prone whilst here. Only top player to go is Aaron Cresswell during MICK MCCARTHY'S time the price of 3.75m + add ons being a factor plus a good replacement available in Tyrone Mings. it also a fact that MM has taken on a lot of his loanees unlike previous managers who had several top players here but couldn't keep them. So for the first time since the Cobbolds era we are able to hang on to our good players,which is not only a credit to Mr Evans but also his manager.
I think we saw with some games yesterday even teams with little or nothing to play for games can see saw I fully expect afew goals next week - last games of season can be really crazy affairs I am sure we will feel abit of pressure whereas Blackburn have freedom to go out and play Rhodes, Gestede etc will be well up for it I want to see Bru Bishop Skuse feature in starting line up I am sure Tabb wil start - as he generally does No Vardy is a challenge but we should have enough BUT I do not want to see us dropping deeper and deeper - I think Blackburn wil concede I am also hoping Rotherham lose in week so the other games become must win affairs for Wigan etc I think we will do it but do not expect a nice easy ride - as ever ! Oh and Campo - All about opinions but an odd comment ? How many goals has 'your' leading scorer got ?
Well done everyone from the top down yesterday, superb atmosphere with the flags, minutes silence impeccable, pitch immaculate if a tad overwatered, the fantastic applause followed immediately by a goal could not have been dreamt of! Every player was immense at one point or another.The subs were perfectly timed and worked a treat, got lucky at the right time with a cheeky deflection and topped it off with Marcus Evans jumping up and down and punching the air! Bring on Blackburn
The difference Bru and Varney made. The former has energy, bite and class on the ball and if he improves as much next season as he has this will be a player of real quality for us next year. Varney really looked up for it, won everything in the air and made them look shaky whenever he was on or near the ball. Deserves a contract if he play like this. Shame he cant start next week (assume thats the terms of the loan). Would love us to go for it at Blackburn with Bish Bru and Skuse and Anderson starting and with these we could play 442 or 433. Would give us composure, drive, tenacity and creativity, all of which will be needed for this match and the point or more that will almost certainly be required. But imagine MM will want Tabbs tenacity. Regardless, COYB!
I've got a really bad feeling about next Saturday, God I hope I'm wrong! Will we become reliant on the Brentford and Derby results? Hoping nerves upset their games, are there many on here that believe we will get the result at Ewood? Sorry if I'm coming over negative people!