05/06: Preview: Ipswich Town
by Matt Rowson
How did they do?
"On the pitch, the blue tide continued to wash towards the Watford goal, but Ipswich couldn't turn their possession into clear-cut chances. Miller hilariously lashed so far wide that I swear I saw the corner flag duck, and Bent blasted another shot straight into Jones' midriff. Throughout this period, the one saving grace was Bent's strike partner Jamie Scowcroft, back with the Tractor Boys on loan. Fat and slow in his youth, Scowcroft is nudging thirty and, frankly, time is doing him few favours. So while Bent tested Neil Cox's legs time and again, Scowcroft disappeared into Jay DeMerit's pocket, only briefly appearing to aim a few elbows, deliberately handball the odd long pass and foul the American defender from behind a few times, while avoiding attention from the evening's referee.
How will they do?
Another summer of big-name departures from Portman Road. Whilst few academy production lines are as prolific as that at Ipswich, and despite the recruitment of Forster and Parkin (both, reportedly in the former case and evidently in the latter, slightly fanciful Watford targets) it's difficult to see Ipswich making any kind of challenge for automatic promotion in the face of what is likely to be stiffer opposition at the top of the table. Edge of the play-offs, at best.