Ipswich Town sealed a superb 3-1 win over Newcastle United in front of their biggest crowd of the season this Easter Monday.
Goals from Freddie Sears, David McGoldrick and Emyr Huws helped the Tractor Boys to a deserved win over promotion chasing Newcastle.
Ex-blue Daryl Murphy managed to score on his first return to Portman Road, but it was not enough to prevent Town from recording their first back-to-back wins of the season.
Every supporter left the game wondering why the team have failed to produce this kind of performance in the 42 games prior to the Newcastle win.
The exciting game had an atmosphere to match, as fans of both teams turned out to show their respect on Sir Bobby Robson day, and to support their club.
Over 25,000 fans joined voices to sing ‘One Bobby Robson’ on a day dedicated to the football legend.
Ipswich performed all over the pitch, with masterful efforts from full backs Myles Kenlock and Jordan Spence further cementing their places in a new-look Town defence.
The midfield three of Cole Skuse, Grant Ward and Emyr Huws worked hard to win the battle in centre of the park against premier league quality including Jonjo Shelvey and Mohamed Diamé.
And the formidable front three of Freddie Sears, Tom Lawrence and David McGoldrick linked up to create some exciting attacking moves.
This performance might just cause some fans to reconsider cancelling their season tickets. It was the sort of game which is sure to make a young fan fall in love with the beautiful game, and help Mick McCarthy in his effort to win back the fans.
With Town’s championship status secured for next season, attentions already turn to recruitment for another season in the second division.
Fans who stayed to the final whistle showed their appreciating for loanee Emyr Huws, who later said he is hoping to be at Portman Road next season. The central midfielder has three goals and an assist in his 11 games for Town.
Jordan Spence is likely to extend his short-term contract after also impressing in his handful of games.
Goalkeeper and potential player of the season Bartosz Bialkowski will be on the radar of some teams, despite his poor distribution against Newcastle.
The biggest question for Mick McCarthy however, is how to replace top scorer Tom Lawrence. The Welsh forward will return to Leicester at the end of the season, and it is very unlikely that Town will be able to sign him.