Date: 5th December 2016 at 4:12pm
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If we are serious about making the playoffs then we have to start stringing a few good results together. We were again found wanting at Bristol City on Saturday, going down by two goals to nil.

We were perhaps a little unlucky in conceding a penalty but luck has a habit of leveling out over a season and I guess we used up most of ours the week before against Queens Park Rangers!

Tonight the FA Cup third Round draw is made and the only thing that could brighten up our season is probably a home tie against one of the Premier League giants.

That said, could we really come to terms with the humiliation of getting a real stuffing because that would be the most likely scenario one would have thought? For the record when the draw is made, Ipswich Town are number 20.

I watched the Bournemouth vs Liverpool game yesterday afternoon. I had a bet on the home side but when they went 3-1 down, I assumed that I had lost my money and switched the television off.

I was astonished when I discovered later the Bournemouth won it 4-3 and when I watched the highlights later that evening, there was one man who stood out and turned the game on its head and that was our very own Ryan Fraser!

If only he was our very own and not a player on loan. And if only he could have avoided injury at a crucial time last season because he was playing brilliantly for the Blues too at the time and with him in the side, we may just sneaked into the top six?

Yesterday he was sensational and I just hope Gordon Strachan has taken note because his pace and close control steered The Cherries back into a game they had no right to get anything from.

Tom Lawrence has talent too but is a bit inconsistent whereas Ryan was everything it said on the tin. Jonny Williams is struggling to emulate the scintillating form his showed in his first loan spell – although injuries never seem to help his cause.

The Ipswich under 23 team take on Huddersfield this evening at Portman Road in the Premier League Cup. The format is identical to the Champions League but rest assured the quality won’t be!

The Tractor Boys are joint second in their group and Huddersfield our winless so there is a real chance of progression and Town include in their squad Brett Pitman, Jonny Williams and Kevin Bru so it looks as if they are taking things seriously.

As for the first team, manager Mick McCarthy is struggling and unless we can start to win regularly again, then we will remain nearer to the drop zone then any of us would have imagined.

Frank Weston Editor of Vital Ipswich


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