Better and Better!
• Andrews 56 • Emmanuel-Thomas 61
• Lambert 4, 11 • Connolly 42 • Lallana 76, 90+2
Tuesday, 16 August 2011
Match Report :
Where on earth do I start with this?
Saints were rampant. This was the Saints I remember from many years ago. Very much the "You score one and we will score two" attitude I used to love back then.
The team is picking itself at the moment, but there was no Chaplow on the bench, as he was serving the first of his three match ban for his sending off offence at Barnsley on Saturday last.
Saints were at Ipswich from the off, with crisp, short passing that was a joy to watch. Cork was pulling all the strings in midfield and Ipswich were on the rack. Saints fans didn't have to wait long. In the fourth minute Rickie Lambert played a lovely one, two with Connolly and the ball was duly buried in the net. The second came on 11 minutes when a beautifully weighted ball from Hammond found Lallana in space, who laid it off to Lambert, who curled a shot in off the post.
Ipswich were stunned, but they managed to play some decent football, while not really troubling Davis. The third Saints goal came in the 42nd minute when Cork found Guly with a nicely weighted pass. He found the goalie had narrowed the angle, but without panicking Guly took the ball to the byeline and pulled it back for Connolly to rifle a shot into the Ipswich goal.
So, there we were, half time and 3-0 up. Anyone think "Leeds" then?
What would the second half bring?
Ipswich made two substitutions and they almost immediately paid dividends. In the 56th minute Chopra's shot hit the post and cannoned out to Andrews who shot past Davis. Just five minutes later and amid scenes of panic in the Saints defence Emmanuel-Thomas managed to force his shot home through a crowd of players. 2-3 and we were worried. Things were looking very shaky.
Ten minutes later Adkins took off Guly and replaced him with Schneiderlin. Almost immediately the Frenchman played a wonderful ball over the heads of the Ipswich defence for the delighted Lallana to run onto and coolly slot past the hapless Stockdale in the Ipswich goal.
Effectively that was it, game over. Suddenly Saints looked comfortable again. Adkins then took off Connolly and Fox came on for his first game time in a Saints shirt.
Finally, deep into injury time, Rickie Lambert played a lovely through ball for Lallana to run onto and race between two defenders, shooting past the despairing dive of Stockdale.
Wonderful stuff. I know it is a long season and you only have to look at Cardiff blowing an almost impossibly big lead in the Championship to see the pitfalls, but it is nice to be a Saints fan at the moment. Bring on Millwall.
Attendance : 18,553
05 Delaney (yellow card)
39 Kennedy (Martin 46)
10 Chopra (yellow card)
14 Scotland (Emmanuel-Thomas 46)
02 Richardson (yellow card)
10 Guly (Schneiderlin 71)
20 Lallana (De Ridder 90+3)
22 Connolly (Fox 77)
33 De Ridder