The Club Website's Jonathon Ogle rounds up his season review by looking back at the months of March, April and May
2012/13 proved to be an eventful season for Town, full of highs and lows and 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 three looks at March-May.
Blues kicked off the month in winning fashion, beating high-flying Leicester City in dramatic style after David McGoldrick struck late to fire home the only goal of the game and to hand Town all three points.
The games were coming thick and fast this month and just three days later Town were again facing East Midlands opposition, this time travelling to the City Ground to take on Nottingham Forest on a misty night on the banks of the River Trent.
Despite a spirited performance from Blues, who had been reduced to nine men following the dismissals of Lee Martin and Richard Stearman, we eventually went down to a late Lewis McGugan strike, with the midfielder seeing his effort deflect past ‘keeper Stephen Henderson and into the bottom corner.
Next up saw the lads make the relatively short journey to Peterborough, taking on Darren Ferguson’s side at London Road. A solid performance, which included a first Town start for Elliott Hewitt, saw Blues come away with a point although could have been all three but for Frank Nouble seeing an effort come back off the post.
However Town finished the month strongly, with a home win either side of the international break. First up saw Bolton leave Portman Road with nothing to show, as skipper Carlos Edwards netted a last minute winner for Blues.
Then Neil Warnock’s Leeds were brushed aside by Town by three goals to nil, with a brace from David McGoldrick setting the tone after Tom Lees’ early red card for the visitors, before Jay Emmanuel-Thomas came off the bench to wrap up the win late on.
From the manager: “I’m delighted with the players. They were resilient, professional and organised, which are the key ingredients to being a good side.” (Mick McCarthy praises his players following the home win over Leicester City).
From the dressing-room: “This win over Bolton is massive for us going into the international break, and you could see from the celebrations just how much it meant to everybody connected to the Club.” (Skipper Carlos Edwards gives his verdict of the win over Bolton at Portman Road).
Town player of the month: David McGoldrick. The on-loan striker really looked the part during month, not only did he net three important goals for Town but his link up play and classy touches helped create plenty of chances for his teammates.
Blues kicked off the month with a trip to the Capital on Easter Monday to take on Millwall, leaving the New Den with a hard earned goalless draw.
Town were on the road again five days later to face Derby County at Pride Park. Despite the hosts dominating the early exchanges, with Connor Sammon hitting a post and Jamie Ward seeing a first-half penalty expertly kept out by stopper Scott Loach, it was Blues who had the last laugh.
As the game crept into injury time, Carlos Edwards ran with the ball from inside his own area before the skipper unleashed a 25-yard strike beyond the reach of the ‘keeper to win all three points for Town.
However Blues were brought down to earth at Portman Road in the next game, after suffering defeat to promotion-chasing Hull. Robbie Brady opened the scoring for the Tigers from the penalty spot, before Anthony Wordsworth headed Town level with his first goal for the Club. However the visitors won it late on through Robert Koren.
Town had the chance to put that defeat to bed three days later though, as Blues welcomed Crystal Palace to Portman Road.
Mick McCarthy’s side put in arguably the performance of the season, winning 3-0 with all the goals coming in the first half. A brace from Frank Nouble and a screamer from Aaron Cresswell- that would eventually win Town’s goal of the season- sealed the win.
This was followed up by a draw away at Sheffield Wednesday which all but guaranteed Town’s Championship survival, Jay Tabb opened the scoring for Blues before Leroy Lita hit back for the Owls.
Town hosted Birmingham in the final home game of the season and got off to the perfect start, as Carlos Edwards netted yet another screamer to set Blues on the way to a 3-1 win. Luke Chambers and Daryl Murphy also netted in the convincing win, whilst Chris Burke notched a last minute consolation for Lee Clark’s side.
The season was wrapped up on May 4th, with Town travelling to Turf Moor to take on Burnley. Despite slipping to a 2-0 defeat, there were positives to take from the game, such as Tyrone Mings and Jack Marriott both impressing in their first-team debuts.
From the manager: “It was daylight robbery if we are being honest. They’ve missed a penalty, had a goal disallowed, hit the post and then Carlos has pulled a rabbit out of the hat to win it in the last minute. But am I bothered? Of course I’m not!” (Mick expresses his delight at ‘snatching’ the win over Derby at Pride Park).
From the dressing-room: “The fans here deserve success. We were walking around the pitch after the game and the place was rocking, and we are midtable, imagine what it would be like if we were at the top? There’s a good buzz around the place and we want to give it a real go next year.” (Luke Chambers outlines his plans for next season after signing off at home with a win).
Town player of the month: Carlos Edwards. This award could quite easily have gone to Aaron Cresswell, Frank Nouble or Jay Tabb but the skipper just gets the nod after a string of fine performances capped off with two stunning strikes against Derby and Birmingham.