So a fresh year and everything changes. A win and goals with it to boot. 2012 is already a revolution.
Considering that we had just lot, although perhaps unfairly to Cardiff, morale must have been down. So to come out and hit Ipswich early and take a two goal lead with two very well taken goals.
Tudgays first was as good a goal as I have seen him score. McCleary when he scored, well we have seen him building up to it. A few times lately he has put the ball on his inside and strikes the ball. A couple have been tipped around the post, so he finally got his shot that went in past the keeper. A great goal and we know he has it in his locker from last season against Leeds.
I am pleased for G-Mac in that regard that he is getting his chances he's always been a player I have liked. Admittedly frail in the defensive part of his game, his attacking exploits are usually explosive and exciting. And he is putting in a good shout for himself to be first team ahead of Anderson, who has been the exact opposite.
Of course we couldn’t keep a clean sheet, that would be too much to ask, and the penalty looked perhaps predictable but also that he went down easily. We had of course been riding our luck. Thomas especially with wonderful long range effort bouncing off the bar onto the line and back out. Literally a margin of error of an inch between wonder goal and something forgotten by next month.
At that point I was worried. It sounded ominous especially with our form, but lo and behold Marcus Tudgay saved the day with a good looping header past the keeper from a Reid cross and the 3 points at that stage were never in doubt.
2 days previously it had been different. We again played well but just couldn’t finish. Whether in those intervening days someone recalibrated the strikers to be able to find the target I don't know, but something changed for the better. Against Cardiff we huffed and we puffed but we were never going blow the house down.
Cardiff for their part didn’t have as many chances either, but when they did they were clearer cut and they looked more dangerous. That said Miller had a great chance before he did score somehow missing from right in front of goal close in, his shot was shanked wide.
So all in all frustrating in hindsight that we clearly can score, but that it all came rather late. Had we got a few goals in that run of games and got some confidence back we might have had a lot more points and been a lot higher up the league. But that’s football. If's and Buts.