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Ipswich Town show no signs of slowing

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What a game it was last night under the lights at The Den, as Ipswich left London with the three points following a 4-3 win over hosts, Millwall.

In what was the second consecutive round of fixtures that had seen a 4-3 away win following Forest’s victory against Brentford at the weekend, manager Mick McCarthy will have been delighted to slip away from the capital with the points in the bag.

That is now three wins out of three for the Tractor Boys, and the club from Suffolk will look to continue their fine start to the season when they entertain the Bees at Portman Road on Saturday.

The hosts dominated possession and shots last night, but it was the clinical visitors who emerged victorious.

Fine performances across the field, including yet more goals from new signings Martyn Waghorn and Joe Garner, saw McCarthy’s men past their hosts and a man of the match performance from centre half Jordan Spence was further cause for celebration on the bus journey home.

McCarthy had a dilemma going into the game, as to which of his four striking options he should start against Millwall, with Waghorn, Garner, David McGoldrick and Freddie Sears all showing excellent start of season form.

The former Republic of Ireland manager went for all four of them, playing Sears and Waghorn on the wings, and although this attacking approach pay dividends in front of goal, it left them extremely exposed at the back.

Against stronger opposition, such a gung ho approach will cost the Tractor Boys points.

McCarthy is an experienced manager and will adapt to certain situations, but it will be hard to change a winning team, especially after a four goal performance.

Against Brentford at the weekend, who love a goal but cannot defend, if McCarthy adopts the same approach we could be in for another goal fest.

It is another maximum return for the former UEFA Cup champions, and two away wins from their opening three fixtures will install a real sense of excitement around the Suffolk town.

McCarthy has four quality strikers at his disposal, who could fire the club to a very unexpected top half finish.

Does McCarthy continue with four strikers on the pitch at the weekend or opt for a more conservative approach?


ScoopDragon Football News Network

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