The brief revival of last week came to an end on Saturday afternoon after Roy Keane’s men put a dreadful month in the league behind them and put away Millwall in a professional manner.
I personally believed it was a good time to go to Suffolk after Ipswich were on a bad run of three league defeats in a row, the worst Keane has endured since he joined the club. The sides had already met this season in the Carling Cup, when Ipswich won 2-1, and you felt maybe the Irishman’s men had the edge coming into this game.
After the lively Theo Robinson had an early shot drift wide, it could have been another tough afternoon for Ipswich. Unfortunately for Kenny Jackett’s men, a slack defensive error made sure that didn’t happen, after Jason Scotland tucked away after five minutes after an air shot from Paul Robinson allowed Scotland the time and space to finish.
As the half went on, Millwall got into the game and star men James Henry and Steve Morison started worrying the Ipswich back line, but unluckily their efforts didn’t prevail.
With the half drawing to a close, I’m sure Jackett felt his men were definitely in with a chance of at least a point, capping off a better month then last, and again the frontline of the Lions still threatened Fulop’s goal in the early stages.
David Forde kept the experienced strike force of Priskin and Scotland at bay, until new boy Danny Shittu brought down Tamas Priskin eleven minutes into the second half. Grant Leadbitter, Keane’s steady eddy, tucked the penalty away to basically kill off the game just before the hour.
Even though it was a relatively even game with possession, it goes to show that you have to take the chances you get in the Championship, no matter how good the chance is in such a tight league. Kenny Jackett underlined that fact too, stating that he felt his side definitely held their own in the middle third of the pitch, but just couldn’t hit the back of the net.
Along with that, it could also prove Jackett right in the fact that Steve Morison needs that second striker to take some of the goals off his shoulders, especially seeing as Liam Trotter’s goals have dried up in recent weeks after such a prolific start to the season for the energetic midfielder.
But next week the South Londoners make the trip north to the Keepmoat to take on Doncaster Rovers, who were extremely unlucky at the weekend against Reading at the Madejski, losing to an 88th minute winner, even though they did squander a 3-1 lead.
With one place separating the sides and with identical results in the month of October, you could see a possible draw if we went down the form route form, but with Wayne Thomas and James Chambers nearing full fitness, that defensive boost could bolster the Lions.
Millwall will have to show spirit and guts to prove their worth in this division. Expect some fireworks next week when the Lions travel to the Yorkshire town.
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