Monday, 24 September 2012

Pray for Steve Keane

We prospered at Portman Road on Saturday, due partly to Ipswich's poor start and partly to the disquiet surrounding manager Paul Jewell. You get these games during a season and, if we all press our hands firmly together and think hard enough, we may get another on Saturday.

If we are lucky, the indecision or misplaced loyalty of the fabulous Venky family (India's Bernard Matthews) may mean Steve Keane-Out hangs on until Saturday's Valley visit. If that's the case, then I am confident we will beat Rovers. Their players will know that he won't survive another defeat and they would be only 90 minutes away from having Eric Black takeover as the boss. If, however, the Venky's manage to appoint Black before then, we could face a rejuvenated Blackburn side with enough quality to give us a real game.

Blackburn have made a decent start in spite of Keane-Out although they have probably had a slightly easier start than we have. Like us they overcame Leicester 2-1 at home and they managed a winner at home to Hull that we didn't. They hit five at Bristol City but conceded three that day and have drawn at Ipswich and Leeds. Other than that, they beat Barnsley 2-1 at Ewood Park and lost at home last Friday evening to Middlesbrough.

I have just watched Huddersfield win 3-1 at Blackpool. Another "anyone can beat anyone" result and one which our players should take heart from. It was a bold Huddersfield performance against a capable Blackpool side and I hope Chris Powell was watching because they got their reward for being prepared to 
attack as much as defend. Town are now up to level second with Rovers on fourteen points. They don't look like they are missing Jordan Rhodes. Where did he end up again?

1 comment:

Dave said...

Oh yes! Vote of confidence today.