Ipswich Town must continue to show the traits that earned win against Shrewsbury Town during trip to Cambridge United
Well, that’s more like it. A week on from writing about our manager’s lack of in-game adjustments I can write this week’s column fresh off a 2-1 home victory against League One battlers Shrewsbury.
Was it a pretty affair with convincing football being played? No. In fact if you did not know which team was which then at times you would have struggled to think one team had a far superior budget to the other. However, football isn’t decided by budgets, it’s decided by desire and work rate.
Regardless of how ugly it may have been, Paul Cook and his coaches managed to find the answers and the team a resolve to grind out a 2-1 win. Too often this season we have rolled over and let teams back into the game.
Saturday was no different, however, this time we found a way to manage the game and win ugly. That is a huge step for this new-look team.
It is now 10 points from 15 and another battling team in Cambridge awaits this weekend and another game in which we will have to display the same guts and courage and find a way to win ugly. Cambridge in front of a sold out Abbey will not make it easy. But make no mistake about it, we simply must win.
Already this season we have allowed too many points to slip away.
I could highlight a number of players this week but the biggest headache the manager may have is whether to stick with Connor Chpalin, who came in for Bersant Celina.
Chaplin was aggressive when he had the ball and nearly everything good found its way through him.
He really unlocked Shrewsbury with his directness, pace and an energy that at times felt missing last Saturday. However, we all know what Celina can do and against Doncaster we saw glimpses of what he is about.
Does Cook stick with Chaplin or bring back the returning Celina? Oh what a headache of riches to have in League One.