After losing 5-0 in their last game you would expect everyone at Ipswich to be a bit down in the dumps. It doesn’t look like Mick McCarthy allowed his team any time to get down about the result though and the Burnley win was pleasing for a number of reasons.
First of all, it was great to see Carlos Edwards back in midfield. In my eyes he has never been a defender and never will be, his place should always be on the right side of midfield. When Paul Jewell used him at right back he worked hard and did the best he could but the former Wigan boss was clearly not getting the best out of him in that position.
McCarthy obviously felt the same and made full use of Edwards on the right wing. The decision paid off too as the Trinidad and Tobago man set up the late winning goal for DJ Campbell.
Obviously by moving Edwards further up field McCarthy had to rearrange the Ipswich defence. Luke Chambers moved to right back, Tommy Smith was recalled at centre back, leaving Danny Higginbotham to partner him with Aaron Cresswell retaining his place at left back.
In ways this defensive line-up was a gamble but it was one that the Ipswich manager had to take. Against Palace the Tractor Boys defenders were all over the place so something needed changing and in fairness they could not really get any worse after that game.
However, the main change was of course in the team’s mentality. It is something that myself and many other fans had pin pointed as a factor that needed to be worked on if we wanted to stay up. The tell-tail sign of a team destined for relegation is one that crumbles after conceding one goal and that was happening to Ipswich all to often in previous weeks.
After Burnley equalised I think every Ipswich fan inside Portman Road must have thought it was going to be one of those typical performances where the team fall apart in the later stages of the game. What actually happened was the complete opposite as the team remained upbeat and eventually found the winner.
That was what made the victory so important for the home fans. Not only was it the teams first home win in many months but it signaled that there may be hope for Ipswich in dark times. It showed that the players can shake off the negative mentality that they had before. We may see it return every now and again but for the most part we will see the team playing with a much better attitude than before.
Finally I thought I would take some time to discuss the situation surrounding the winning goal scorer, which was on loan striker DJ Campbell. It is a scenario that a lot of teams find themselves in when they take a player out on loan. If the player does well, chances are his club will want him back and if he does badly nobody wants him. There is no doubt that Campbell is doing well and I am afraid to say he is doing too well.
His goalscoring form will have caught the eye of his parent club who will now be relishing the opportunity to have him back very soon. QPR have only scored eight goals this season, have yet to win and sit bottom of the Premier League table with just four points from 11 games.
Given Campbell’s current form he could walk into QPR’s starting line up and I can’t imagine he would turn that down to play for Ipswich. Either he needs to stop playing so well or QPR’s other strikers need to start scoring. Fingers crossed we will keep him but it saddens me to say that we probably won’t.