Monday, 14 January 2008

Bright spark on the field

Danny Haynes showed the Portman Road crowd why he has made eight starts in the last nine games.

The youngster has previously impressed Ipswich Town fans, and indeed many others around the country but has found it hard to shake the 'Super - sub' label.

He told the website that he believes this is down to the tactics he has had to learn from his new playing position.

Along with Jonnie Walters and Billy Clarke, Danny has moved from up front to the wing - a job that entails much more defensive work.

I have always liked Danny - if for nothing else but his pure desire to score goals.

He has been increasingly impressive during recent games, and more notably for setting up chances on goal and doing his bit for the defence.

He is growing up and I have a feeling he will prove the doubters that he can make it as a first team regular.

(Sorry Daddy - I know you are one of them!)

His performance was rewarded with a special mention by the man who has held of giving him that place.

Jim Magilton called him our most dangerous player - and on a day when Alan Lee was in surprisingly good form that is a compliment!

When you draw 0:0 with an unglamorous team like Stoke its easy to feel a little hard done by - but I have to keep reminding myself Stoke are fourth.

Had the game lasted thirty minutes we would have secured a victory to be proud of.

We were fantastic - strong chances up front, solid defence and some good looking passes across the field.

But their goal from Ricardo Fuller (what is it with Ex-Ipswich players scoring against us) seemed to wash away our superiority and the rest of the game was much tougher.

Jim told the EADT the scoreline was'about right' for both teams.

But Stoke boss, Tony Pulis, felt the visitors deserved a penalty courtesy of Neil Alexander.

The popular keeper did appear to catch the boy but I think Pulis' accusation that Alexander 'took his legs away' was an exaggeration and a grab for an excuse for Fuller not converting more chances.

BBC Radio Suffolk again provided me with the best summary of the game saying that it was a hard fought point.

Well deserved, for both sides.

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