Date: 25th September 2008 at 10:23am
Written by: Baskerville

The scoreline would imply a confortable victory but in truth this does Ipswich an injustice and in all honesty it could have easily been another cup upset.

Steve Bruce showed he meant business by naming a virtual full strength side with only Figueroa and Melchiot missing from Sunday’s team.

This meant that there was a new captain for the evening and in recognition of his service for his hometown club Ipswich, Titus Bramble was given that honour. Titus responded with another superb performance.

Home fans were saying before the kick off that Jim Magilton was under pressure but the way Ipswich tore into Latics belied that rumour. With Latics’ old adversary Ivan Campo orchestrating matters in midfield and willing runners such as the outstanding Jon Walters, a previous subject of Latics interest it was hard to tell which side was a Premier League team and which wasn’t.

Latics look strangely disjointed and Ipswich on several occasions seemed to pour through midfield and shoot at will, the best chance early on falling to Norris who forced Kirkland into a good save.

Wigan responded and Heskey was denied by a brilliant save by Richard Wright.Latics best outfield player was Olivier Kapo who time and again stretched the Town defence on the left but Latics couldn’t finish his good work.

Ipswich continued to dominate play and once again the debate on goal line technology will be raised as Cattermole appeared to be behind the Latics line when he headed an Ipswich chance clear. Referee Mike Dean looked to his assistant but when no indiction of a goal came he waved play on.

Ipswich also appeared to have a valid shout for handball in the penalty are when Scharner dove to almost pitch level to head clear.

This didn’t deter Ipswich who poured forward and could have gone into half time four goals to the good had their finishing been better. Time and again they narrowly shot wide.

Ipswich were almost made to pay for this right on the stroke of half time when a Zaki free kick was tipped onto the bar and cleared. Zaki a surprise starter for the game didn’t look to be moving freely and it is a concern that we may be forced to play players who aren’t fully fit due to the squad size.

The second half started with Latics looking more purposeful but there was still little to choose between the two teams.

When the opening goal came there was a touch of luck about it. A superb free kick from Palacios was well saved by Wright, however he couldn’t hold onto the shot and the ball bounced out and appeared to hit Cattermole on the chest and went into the back of the net.

This goal only seemed to spur Ipswich on and Walters finished off a lovely move with a blasted shot which left the in form Kirkland with no chance.

Latics poured forward and when the second goal came there was an element of farce about it. A flicked on header from Heskey fell to Zaki who tried a spectacular kick, he completely missed the ball but Kapo didn’t and buried it in the net.

Still Ipswich poured forward and Kirkland once again earned the chants of England’s number one saving well from an Ipswich onslaught.

Latics counter attacked with effect and latching on from a Zaki pass, Scharner fired home to his obvious delight.

Latics wrapped up the game in injury time with a third goal of the season for Camara giving the scoreline an injust slant and masking the torrid time Wigan had been given by Ipswich.

Player Ratings

England’s number one!!!!

Was made to work hard by a spirited and skillful Ipswich attack

Didn’t stand out

Some crucial blocks. Back to his best

Took his goal well, took a knock early on and seemed to not be fully fit

One of his quieter games

Didn’t have his best game,was up against a wily campaigner in Ivan Campo

Lee Cattermole…7.5/10
Is becoming a crucial player for the Latics. Growing with confidence with every game

Olivier Kapo…8,5/10
Our best creative outlet on the night

Emile Heskey…7/10
Worked hard, was unlucky not to score in the first half

Amr Zaki…6.5/10
Tried hard but didn’t look fit. Missed a sitter in the second half

Jason Koumas…6/10
A couple of nice touches

Henri Camara…7/10
Looks to have lost some pace but had a good shot well saved and took his goal well
Saw very little of the ball

Manager Rating
Steve Bruce…9/10 for putting out a strong side unlike some other Premier League clubs

Opponent Rating
Jim Magilton…9/10 has his side playing good passing football

Ipswich Town
A very friendly club ranging from fans, stewards and even the police. A pleasure to spend an evening with them