It’s been a very busy couple of days for me.
The missus had a hip replacement, which, coupled with work, took up all my time: Hence my not posting about the game beforehand.
Cutting to the important stuff, I thought that was a very decent win today.
I think we need to look at Mick McCarthy’s verdict, where I believe he gives a very honest assessment;
McCarthy said. “Prior to the goal I thought it was a foul on our goalkeeper equally as much as it was, if it was, on theirs when we scored. But sadly both incidents were treated differently.
“But it was appalling defending after that. We ran out under the ball and didn’t defend it properly and playing against good players, you get punished. And they don’t need any help.
“I thought we were the best team up until the first goal. And then the game changes. If my auntie had you know what, you’d know what she’d be, she’d be my uncle.
“If we had scored the first goal the place would have been very quiet, it was actually up until that goal.
“But they are if anything efficient and certainly when they got in front, they made it very difficult to play against them.”
While I might disagree that Ipswich were the better side, there certainly wasn’t much in it at a pretty subdued Villa Park.
But without doubt, I agree that the first goal was most important, as it would shape the game either way.
If we’d conceded first, I doubt we’d have pulled it back.
Fortunately we got the first one, which meant they had to chase us, which they never really threatened to do.
And once Adomah got the second, you just knew it was all over.
He’s on some roll isn’t he, Adomah? Good job too, but we can’t rely on him. If he gets injured, we’re in trouble.
It’ll be interesting to see how Bruce plays this, come the transfer window.
Still, it is what it is and the plain fact is that we won again, in what’s been a good week.
Yes, when we have as many injuries as we have, I can’t disagree that things are progressing well.
We currently look very well set up to mount a challenge for second place, although I don’t believe we’ll achieve it.
Then again, I have a friendly bet that we’ll finish above Wolves, so if that pays off, we’ll be doing better than i thought.
Leeds away next, isn’t it?
That’s a serious test and much more realistic of where our chances lie.