The Club website's reporter Jonathon Ogle looks back at the months of August, September and October in the first part of our season review
2012/13 proved to be an eventful season for Town, full of highs and lows, talking points and, of course, plenty of action at Portman Road. With the summer upon us and still a while to wait until Blues are next in action, the Club website’s reporter Jonathon Ogle looks back on the season in a three-part special. Part one looks at August-October.
Blues were boosted by the summer signings of Elliott Hewitt (Macclesfield, undisclosed), Luke Chambers (Nottingham Forest, free), Scott Loach (Watford, undisclosed) and Massimo Luongo (Tottenham, loan) ahead of the new season, which saw Town welcome Bristol Rovers to Portman Road in the opening round of the Capital One Cup.
Goals from Jason Scotland, Tommy Smith and Aaron Cresswell saw Paul Jewell’s side come from behind to beat the Pirates and book their place in the second round.
Four days later and the eagerly awaited first game of the season got underway at a sun-kissed Portman Road. Town held recently relegated Blackburn Rovers to a draw, with an own goal from Jason Lowe seeing Blues claim a share of the spoils.
The first win of the new season was just around the corner though, as Michael Chopra opened his account for the season as he fired home in the final minute at Vicarage Road to secure all three points for Town.
However the month ended disappointingly for Paul Jewell’s side as Blues suffered two defeats in a week. Town were comfortably beaten by Ian Holloway’s Blackpool, going down 6-0 to the Seasiders at Bloomfield Road, before being knocked out of the Capital One Cup to League One side Carlisle after Davd Symington’s goal saw the Cumbrians come from behind to win in extra time.
Manager Jewell did add to his squad before the month was out though, with Daryl Murphy and Guirane N’Daw joining the Club on season-long loans from Celtic and St Etienne respectively, whilst Paul Taylor moved to Portman Road from Peterborough United.
From the manager: “Some of the football we played was excellent. Watford are a bit of a bogey team for us so it’s nice to put that to bed with this win. I’m delighted for the fans and their backing was again superb tonight.” (Paul Jewell gives his reaction after seeing Blues beat Watford at Vicarage Road).
From the dressing-room: “A draw against Blackburn, on the face of it, is a good point and it gets us off the mark. The heat made it difficult for both sides but I thought we did well. It certainly gives us something to build on.” (Lee Martin gives his verdict on the opening day draw with Blackburn.)
Town player of the month: Massimo Luongo. The Australian midfielder certainly caught the eye in the opening few games of the season, impressing alongside Luke Hyam and showed some neat, intelligent football. Claimed the man of the match award against Watford in a classy display.
Town bounced back from the disappointing end to August with a home draw against Championship new boys Huddersfield, in an entertaining game at Portman Road.
Goals from Luke Chambers, his first for the Club, and Michael Chopra seemed to have given Blues all three points after cancelling out Adam Clayton’s opener but James Vaughan levelled the scores late on. The striker had a chance to win it for the visitors but he saw his penalty superbly kept out by Scott Loach.
Next up saw Town make the trip north to Middlesbrough, goals from Luke Williams and Mustapha Carayol saw Paul Jewell’s side return to Suffolk empty handed.
Two home games quickly followed but Blues would fail to record a point from them, losing to Wolves (2-0) and Charlton (2-1).
Town rounded off the month with a trip to Barnsley and managed to stop the losing run with a hard earned point at Oakwell. Aaron Cresswell drilled home a free-kick to fire Blues in front, before Stephen Dawson hit back for the Tykes.
From the manager: “Without a shadow of a doubt we deserved something from the game but again, we aren’t taking our chances. You can sense the nerves from the first whistle and we’ve got to get out of that mentality.” (Town boss Paul Jewell felt missed chances cost Blues after seeing his side defeated by Wolves).
From the dressing-room: “The game had everything really! You only have to look at the end, Chops has hit the post which would have put us 3-1 up and the next thing we are conceding a penalty. What a save by Loachy though.” (Luke Chambers give his assessment of the home draw with Huddersfield).
Town player of the month: Scott Loach. The ‘keeper came out of a difficult month with a lot of praise, most notably after making a superb penalty save against Huddersfield.
Town kicked off October with a midweek trip to the south coast, to take on Brighton. Daryl Murphy headed Blues in front following a pinpoint Carlos Edwards cross before the Seagulls hit back through Will Buckley with 11 minutes remaining.
Paul Jewell added to his squad ahead of the live televised game with League leaders Cardiff City, with DJ Campbell, Richie Wellens and Bilel Mohsni all joining the Club on loan. Danny Higginbotham had previously checked in from Stoke City the month previous.
Campbell got his Town career off to the perfect start as he netted on his debut, before the Bluebirds hit back to take all three points in a 2-1 win at Portman Road, Heidar Helguson netting a last minute winner for Malky Mackay’s side.
Things didn’t improve for Blues during October as consecutive defeats, again thanks to Town conceding last minute goals, saw Hull City and Derby County prove victorious and leave the Club at the foot of the Championship table.
The defeat to the Rams signalled the end of Paul Jewell’s time in charge at Portman Road, as he left his position of manager at Town by mutual consent.
Assistant manager Chris Hutchings was placed in temporary charge but he was unable to turn things around for Blues, as Town were beaten 3-0 at home to Sheffield Wednesday in his sole game as caretaker manager.
From the manager: “We’ve taken seven points from 11 games, there’s no hiding from that. Its relegation form. I have to do what I believe is right for Ipswich Town and I will be speaking to the owner.” (Paul Jewell spoke honestly to the press after seeing Town slip to defeat at Hull City).
From the dressing-room: “As soon as there was interest from Ipswich, I wanted to come here. Playing under Paul (Jewell) at this great Club is something that really appealed to me ahead of the other options I had.” (DJ Campbell explains why he joined Town on loan ahead of a number of other Championship clubs).
Town player of the month: DJ Campbell. The striker made an immediate impact at Portman Road in what was a difficult month for Town. The QPR loanee opened his account for the Club on his debut against Derby and followed that up with another strike against Derby.
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