Written by Nthsuffolkblue on Saturday, 31st Oct 2009 21:25
Ipswich finally laid aside the ghost of not winning this season in a real Halloween performance on Saturday afternoon.
It was the first home league victory on a Saturday afternoon since the same opposition were seen off nearly a year before. However, there are plenty of ghosts still haunting this Town side. Whilst the ghostly Robbie Savage found the referee difficult to convince and the non-appearance of Dickov's yellow card for persistent arguing might have been explained by the supernatural, the result owed more to Derby's ineptness and Asmir Begovic's solid display than any brilliance from the home side. The spectres that still need exorcising include the position of supporting the rest of the league and the horrific threat of relegation but this is at least a start.
It was such a shame that Tamas Priskin was unable to exorcise his own evil spirit when one-on-one with Bywater. He is far from the only striker at the club looking to change their spirit of goalscoring form. Delaney did manage to suggest that centre back is a far more comfortable position for him than left-back and the defence were not purely fortunate to earn their second clean sheet of the season. How many people see the potential in Priskin to be a Premiership quality striker? How many will now have changed their minds on Roy Keane as manager? Just as a poor run of form should be no reason for a knee-jerk reaction, neither should we go overboard about one win. However, to find the real answer to these questions and the spectres still haunting Portman Road only time will tell.
Other questions include whether the ghosts of Owen Garvan, Ben Thatcher and others will ever be seen gracing the pitch again. Did I imagine seeing Amir Karic after the final whistle?
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