And so we continue, three wins in three, top the league and a goal difference of nine already. Ollie rewarded the started 11 from Tuesday’s win over Leeds with another start and despite looking a little tired they did the job easing us into a two nil league before the break.
The first a not so unfortunate own goal came from a poor header from the Ipswich centre half allowing Thomas to cross in to the area where the young Cresswell put into his own net. I think the young centre half was preoccupied with the lurking KP behind him and made a real hash of an attempted clearance.
Ince was back down the left wing before the end of the half and crossed to the ever impressive, ever reliable Gary Taylor Fletcher who smashed the ball home into the roof of the net with a side footed volley.
The first half wasn’t all plain sailing, ex-Seasider Jay Emmanuel-Thomas threatened on both wings and forced Gilks into save at his near post after out jumping Crainey while it was still 0-0. The Tractor boys did look lively in the first half, being first to the ball often and a having a good amount of possession.
After break we really moved up a gear and in truth the away side weren’t able to get near us as we went onto add another 4. Ince twisted and turned in the box to grab his first of the afternoon slotting into the far corned.
10 minutes later the 3rd came, Ince again placed the ball in the far corner of the goal from the corner of the box after some nice play down the wing and in the box from GTF.
For the fifth Ince was involved again taking a short corner and crossing to Craig Cathcart who headed in for his second goal at the club, he nearly grabbed another later heading onto the post.
For the last goal Tom Ince wasn’t involved, Matt Phillips who come on as a sub raced onto a ball over the top, lobbed the ball past the on rushing Scott Loach, another sub Nouha Dicko then tapped in to round off a pretty good day and first week of the season.
Gomes and Osbourne impressed in the middle of the park again, forever pressing and winning the ball back high up the pitch. We had a quick chance to see Alberto Noguera who came on a sub later one. Cathcart played well too, it’s hard to see how either Evatt, Fergerson, Grandin or Matt Phillips will get into the starting lineup.
Overall a great week and good to see us taking more chances, 6 goals from 7 shots on target today compared to only grabbing 2 goals from 8 chances against Leeds on Tuesday. We now are now in the unknown position of behind ahead of competition, we’ve generally been the underdogs picking up form later in the season it will be interesting to see how we handle the pressure, but lets not get ahead of ourselves it’s only a week one, lets just enjoy the performances of the past week!