Karl Fuller: “The tide is turning. It’s a new Ipswich’

Published:
12:45 8 August 2022



Updated:
01:11 PM August 8, 2022

After last season’s failure to beat any of the four sides that made it to Ligue 1 at the end of 2020/21, it was another tick in the positivity box to win at Forest Green.

After starting six games without a win last season, it’s great to get a first win in just two games this time around.

For the first 45 minutes on Saturday we were great to watch. There was also a lot to like in the second half. Still, there were worried fans during a ten-minute spell in which the hosts scored, and many of us feared the worst when nine minutes of added time was announced.

But the tide is turning. It’s a new Ipswich.

When life gives us a hard time, we naturally create defensive mechanisms. For Ipswich fans, years of disappointment and heartbreak have left hard times to forget. But the shackles have to break at some point and Saturday’s result should be a good start.




Ipswich celebrate Sam Morsy’s goal at Forest Green Rovers.
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We’ll never know for sure, but would Ipswich from a year ago and further have won on Saturday? The stage was set for a classic failure. Just as we saw at newly promoted Cheltenham Town a year ago.

No disrespect to them or Forest Green, but a small club elevated to the third tier and with Ipswich home early, it’s like any early-season cup final for these clubs in front of packed crowds. Indeed, for Forest Green it was of course their first home game at this level.

A banana peel of a game if I ever saw one for Town in the modern age.

But a half of total dominance saw us enter the two-goal interval in an away game for the first time since Gillingham in Kieran McKenna’s first away game in charge in January.

Rovers couldn’t get near us, despite a good chance to score moments before Marcus Harness opened his account for the club. Sam Morsy’s goal was utterly brilliant and on the break I’m sure McKenna would have asked for the same.


Relief for Ipswich fans as they watch their side claim first win of the new season at Forest Green R

Relief for Ipswich fans as they watch their side claim the first win of the new season at Forest Green Rovers.
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But it’s rare to dominate an away game for a full 90 minutes, and at some point Ian Burchnall’s side were going to get a foothold in the game. They did, they scored, and for a while it looked like they had equalized.

Christian Walton was then called upon to make some great saves and with that we negated any other notable threats. How good is Walton anyway? His mastery of his region has gone up a level this season and he oozes and spreads confidence in equal measure.

The new five changes replacement rule benefits us enormously and bringing in the caliber of players we can continues to give us power on offense. We saw those extra minutes with minimal hassle. I like this new Ipswich.

Yes, I maintain that we need another striker, a thought shared by many of you too. Another condition associated with the perils of our recent past is lack of belief. Some have canceled our chances of finding another leader. Some suggest that not having an extra striker will cost us a promotion.


Kieran McKenna is interviewed after the away win at Forest Green Rovers.

Kieran McKenna is interviewed after the away win at Forest Green Rovers.
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Belief must be instilled and a reminder to those who have such thoughts that the transfer window still has more than three weeks to run. Have a little patience and see what happens at 11 p.m. on the deadline day.

No review next week as I go on vacation. I will miss both home games against Colchester and MK Dons. I now feel drained of being absent. Don’t worry, I’ll keep a close eye on things.

My last word this week is for Leif Davis. Give the boy a chance. He will improve as he plays. Mauricio Taricco is the latest left-sided defender to make his debut against Bolton and struggle for a bit.

It went well, didn’t it? I’m sure Davis will too.

Karl Fuller: “The tide is turning. It’s a new Ipswich’

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