What made you support Ipswich mate?
I caught the bug – I went with my local team when I was a kid and I think we won something like 5 or 6 nil an loved it. Despite all of our failures (dreaded play-offs!) I still consider us as a sleeping giant that will wake soon – I hope!
Jim ‘scummer’ Magilton seems to be doing a fantastic job with you lot, is that how thing are portrayed at your end?
Many people slated his predecessor, Big Fat Joe (Royle) with his hoof-ball tactics that nearly got us back where we belong on a shoestring budget while having to sell our best youngsters to keep the club afloat. Magic has turned it around and now we play attractive passing football that has turned Portman Road into a fortress.
He didn’t have the best of starts and soon found ourselves bottom but since brought in players like Jon Walters from Chester after playing them in the FA Cup last year and he has been our best player with a lot of Premiership clubs sniffing.
On the other hand, people want him out because of our dreadful away form, which has seen us pick up only two wins throughout 2007. Absolutely ludicrous if you ask me! He will turn it around.
How do you rate how your season is going – can he get you back into the top flight?
Jekyll and Hyde – I think our fans could be forgiven for thinking we have been watching two different teams. Unbeatable in nearly twenty home games but haven’t won away in eighteen. We are sniffing around the play-offs because of our home form and if we can get a couple wins away from the fortress then I see no reason why we can’t get to those dreaded play-offs.
What about Pompey, have you seen much of us this season – if so how well do think we can do?
Yeah I always watch you on MOTD and I am impressed with what Harry has achieved there in both spells. Got you promoted which was a good achievement but in this spell, he has brought in the right players and they could come close to breaking the top four next season if you carry on heading in the right direction. And that is with the Herminator in your side! We used to love him at PR, but we are unfortunately one of the number of clubs he got relegated with!
Who is the Ipswich danger man that Pompey should watch?
Oooh, a toughie. Jon Walters or Pablo Counago. Walters (according to the Actim Index thing) is the best player in the Championship and is always creating goals for other players as well as himself (he is on nine for the season). On the other hand, Pablo is one of those players you don’t quite know how to deal with and scores all types of goals – did you see that back heel goal in the style of Thierry Henry against Charlton a month ago!? Super Jim has played a masterstroke in bringing him back.
If you could take any Pompey player from our squad and put him in yours, who would it be and why?
Can’t I take nine?
Well we need someone on the left – Matt Taylor or Niko Kranjcar would do very nicely.
Last year I would have laughed myself to death if I had considered Benjani, but he has been fantastic for you this season from what I have seen, so I wouldn’t mind him.
Your home form is fantastic this season, but your away form is not that great. We have a similar problem whereas we cannot win at home – we do not lose that often though – but we cannot stop winning away? What is the secret to the home success?
A bit of luck? Being consistent in team selection?
To be honest I haven’t a clue but I don’t think ours is down to our fans in some of the games because despite being a fortress, our atmosphere is non-existent at times.
Are Pompey are side you would have wanted to draw in the cup given a choice, or does it not matter to you who you played?
I think some of our fans wanted an away trip to a Premiership club, but I am happy enough with Pompey. After all, we will be getting to go to Premiership grounds on a regular basis next year!
Go on – who is going to win and carry on the quest for FA cup glory, Ipswich or Pompey?
I think it depends on what Pompey side plays. I presume they will rest their African players, but still, Dave Nugent always scores against us! However, I could see us winning it. If not, I could certainly see us head to Fratton Park in a few weeks time!
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What made you support Ipswich mate?