Monday, 26 November 2007
Good Night Southampton
Attending evening matches has got to be my favourite past time, the atmosphere is something truly special.
Like going on a school trip or waking up on Christmas morning, you know its not something you get to do every day and so you treasure it.
Saturday's attract a much larger crowd and so on a Tuesday you get the feeling that those who have made it have made an extra special effort. Like at away matches you feel like you are an extra specially committed to the boys for attending.
Two years ago Ipswich faced Southampton in an evening game that ended 2:2, a result which just won't be enough tonight according to Alan Lee.
He told the EADT that the failure to pick up more points away means that we MUST continue to achieve maximum points when playing at home: 'By seeing of Southampton and then Barnsley on Saturday we will be right back up there again'.
Winning at home makes us real contenders for promotion, without that we might be closer to our friends in Naaaaaarwich. I fear that the pressure from this may have become as huge as the desire to start winning away.
Can we handle the pressure?
The return of Gavin Williams on Saturday was very welcome but he is unlikely to be playing tomorrow. He feels that two games in four days may be too much at the moment and Jim doesn't want to risk aggravating the injury.
My man Jonnie Walters looks set to miss the game aswell due to a groin injury.
Other than that the squad looks good, which is more than can be said for Southampton.
Former Town manager George Burley is without seven of his main players, meaning they will field a 'make-shift' defence.
Town have scored the most goals at home, Southampton have conceded the most away from home and with the added bonus of putting a few past ex-tractor boy Kelvin Davis, surely the players can't miss...