Ipswich 3-0 U’s: Waiting For A Star To Fall

Wembley 1966. Lisbon 1967. Barcelona 1999. Istanbul 2005. The British game only has a handful of legendary, era-defining moments that will truly go down in history and be remembered through the ages. You can now add Portman Road (October) 2022 to that list, as at the fifth time of trying the mighty Ipswich Town finally beat Cambridge United in a League game.

Across the country, probably across the world, fans were glued to their TV sets to see if the plucky underdogs of Ipswich could pull off an incredible victory against an injury-depleted Cambridge side, and they were treated to an unforgettable match as the expensively assembled Blues won 3-0 aided by an unlucky deflection, a mis-hit cross, and some lacklustre defending. The inevitable comparisons to Brazil’s 1970 side, or Pep’s late 00’s Barca filled the back pages this morning. Scintillating stuff…

Bonner made four changes to the side that lost at the Abbey on Saturday, recalling Okedina, Brophy, O’Neil and Captain Greg Taylor to the side, at the expense of Dunk, Ironside, Tracey and Ibsen Rossi, some of whom were carrying knocks after a physical encounter at the weekend.

On the latest UTAS Podcast it was said that we need to get back to ‘Little Old Cambridge-ing’ games against the bigger sides, as we did so well last season. For seventy minutes we did that ably, soaking up the pressure from – let’s face it, an impressive Ipswich side that will probably go up this season.

United had a few breakthroughs, on another day the ball would have fallen better, or we’d have had that bit of luck and been able to at least get a shot on target, but mostly we were backs to the walls, defending solidly.

Ipswich’s breakthrough came on 72 minutes, Arsenal loanee, and nephew of Red Dwarf’s The Cat, Tyreece John-Jules finding himself in the right place to take advantage of an unfortunate deflection from Greg Taylor and put the ball past Mitov. Minutes later Kyle Edwards looped a cross over Mitov and into the back of the net. 2-0 down in three minutes, and whilst we didn’t deserve to be ahead, we certainly didn’t deserve to be behind in that manner.

Edwards added a third as United’s defence switched off, Kieran McKenna using his five subs and quality bench to great effect.

It’s hard to look at this game as anything other than what it was, probably the biggest, richest club in the division against one of the smallest, poorest ones. The fact we’re even competing with the likes of Ipswich, Derby, Sheffield Wednesday on this stage is incredible enough – but make no mistake, when Town fans start crowing on Twitter about how good they are, they should really be embarrassed at spending at utter fucking fortune and being stuck in this League for so long. Poor Ed Sheeran has had to dip his hand in his pocket to the tune of two million quid this summer just for them to sit second in the league, and rely on luck to break down a Cambridge side that spent that kind of money on purchasing their entire ground back. Us, along with roughly half the clubs in the League simply don’t have that kind of money to spend on players.

But enough about them, lest their idiot fans tweet me accusing us of letting them live rent free in our heads. United played well. Deflection aside Taylor played brilliantly, Okedina looks to have put his mistakes behind him in a high-pressure game. O’Neil & Digby tried hard, and competed well against a strong, well-drilled Town midfield, Knibbs, Brophy, May and Smith ran and ran and never gave up against a solid defence. Some people bemoan Bonner for making changes too late, but on 70 minutes what would you have changed? Honestly? You’re not going to bring Janneh or Tracey on when you’re up against it like we were, and the defence was holding up well until they broke through. We just don’t have the finances to have the kind of strength in depth other teams have, and you know what? That’s alright. We don’t need to. We’re not going to win every game, and as Bonner said – Ipswich away is the kind of place you win once every ten times and we used up our luck last season. That’s not an admission of defeat, that’s the reality of this game.

At the end of the day, who should be more proud of their side? Us U’s fans watching their side, managed by one of the hottest prospects in the EFL, with a fan as the owner and stability we’ve not had at any point in the past, competing in League One against the kind of sides who can spend a million pounds plus on one player, or Ipswich fans, who haven’t played in the Premier League since Tony Blair was Prime Minister and are commonly a punchline to a variety of footballing jokes, not least for having three stars sewn onto their shirts to celebrate winning two competitions that no longer exist, and one that hasn’t been taken seriously by anyone in a decade. Maybe they can add a fourth star for finally beating Cambridge.

Man of the Match: Jubril Okedina – welcome back.

Soundtrack of the Match: New Order – Blue Monday

13 thoughts on “Ipswich 3-0 U’s: Waiting For A Star To Fall

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    1. WOW Classy Journalism.Trash a quality team from the same league just because they beat beat you.Sounds like sour grapes to me.
      You can cover loads of sparkly sprinkles on your performance but at the end of the day you got your trousers pulled down and soundly spanked.


  1. Did you watch the same game? Totally outplayed Cambridge all game just a matter of time till we scored. Even when you were losing it was still sit back and keep the score down!!! Hope you enjoyed your big day out.


  2. Enjoyed reading this,a lot of tongue in cheek stuff but at the end of the day we do have more resources and in my opinion we should be challenging for promotion. Good luck to cambridge for the rest of the season.


  3. I loved the way that Cambridge continued the time wasting even at 1-0 down in a miserable attempt to keep the score down 😂


  4. “Poor Ed Sheeran” only sponsors our kit, not that facts seem to matter to you. Also, when you can get 28000 fans to your home games instead of half a dozen, then perhaps you’ll be able to afford “expensive” players as well….


  5. Cambridge population is similar to Ipswich, yet we average 25k you under 7k,ipswich regularly sell out away tickets, merchandise, replica kits etc. Maybe if Cambridge had the same backing you’d be able to compete?


  6. Funniest thing I’ve read in years. So the top flight in English football is no longer a thing? how far have you got in the fa cup? And how many times have you competed in Europe let alone won a European trophy?


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