Not the first time it's been said the last few years, but man, if these two keep fit we are pretty good. Huws was rubbish yesterday but we know he can be better as the enforcer there. Downes out (ffs) but Nolan also does a job here if/when he's fit again. It is all about Bish and Dozzers though. Teams can't press or man mark both all game cos there are others who will punish them. IF these two stay fit and are played we will be promoted. There.
Very pleased for each of Bish, Dozzers and Nolan. Long may this continue.
A few of us said after Downes' debut at Loftus Road that a midfield trio of him Bish and Doz was an enticing prospect, if it ever had a chance, and with some luck etc. Nolan fills the gap pretty well and I'm over the moon he has got off to a cracking start, even though I think Downes would be even better in that trio. One can have both thoughts simultaneously, which brings me to Lambert.
Long long long may he continue with a settled side, injuries notwithstanding. You CAN be cautiously optimistic, even excited at the start, and still skeptical or even cynical about our management team. Time will tell. I don't give a fook if we storm the league by complete fluke with the stars aligning and forcing Lambert's hand, or if he has a coherent plan after all and becomes a tactical genius, or whatever. We need to get promoted this season and who cares how it happens.
On the same point, this league is dog sh1t. Arguing about the relative strengths or weaknesses of the oppo is fun and part and parcel of the debate, but let's not get all bitchy over it. We are Ipswich Town ffs. What the holy fook are we doing in this fooking league. Yeh yeh I know Sunderland and others in the recent past have all said the same. So what? They are right, as well as us. History and tradition and whatever is important in sport, especially football in England. And there's no point playing the game or supporting a team if you have no ambition.
Yeh I know I know, I support England... but lol :)
Posted at 12:5912:59 Post update The players are out in the middle.
Jason Roy has just taken a leg stump guard and he'll no doubt be targeting the short leg side boundary. It's where the huge temporary stand normally is at Emirates Old Trafford.
Mitchell Starc will get us going with the ball.
0.1 overs WICKET Roy c Maxwell b Starc 0 (Eng 0-1)
What a torrid summer it has been for Jason Roy...
It's full and wide from Mitchell Starc so Jason Roy, as he's done successfully on so many occasions for England, throws his hands at it but only succeeds in slicing it to Glenn Maxwell at backward point.
He's fuming. He lets out an expletive as he makes his way back on the stairs to the changing room.