Date: 4th January 2016 at 4:55pm
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Even the most cynical of Tractor Boys and girls would have to admit that our away form has been outstanding throughout the course of the season.

In our very first fixture away at Brentford when Kevin Bru and Ryan Fraser looked to have given us an unassailable lead, we were already making life difficult for our hosts and it is still quite remarkable to think we did not get all three points in that game.

I know that Mick McCarthy was dumbfounded for some time afterwards. If you recall the game ended 2-2 with two very late injury time goals for the home side when we all thought we had three points in the bag.

Not the best of starts perhaps but this did not deter the blues and on our next outing we won at Preston and this became the pattern for the first half of the season.

Of course we cannot forget that game at Reading when we suffered a devastating 5-1 defeat but in fairness the home side had six shots that evening and five went in.

It was not as much of a hammering as the score suggests therefore but with the game being televised on Sky, it certainly did not do us any favours either!

Since that demoralizing away defeat however, we have conquered many on our travels and at grounds that have often presented us with a few problems in the past.

Here to date is the list of our away victories to date this term and they make for very pleasant reading.

(A) Preston 2-1 Brett Pitman & Ryan Fraser
(A) Leeds 1-0 Tommy Smith
(A) Rotherham 5-2 Daryl Murphy(3)Jonathan Douglas & Brett Pitman
(A) Charlton 3-0 Daryl Murphy (2) Freddie Sears
(A) MK Dons 1-0 Brett Pitman
(A) Fulham 2-1 Brett Pitman and Cole Skuse
(A) Brighton 1-0 Freddie Sears

So then, we are just over half way through the season and we have already won seven games on our travels and we have also drawn at Brentford, Burnley and Nottingham Forest which is impressive too.

This is why I am now more convinced than ever that Town can at the very least take a play-off place and if our home form finally starts to improve discernibly, then I would not consider those automatic places to be completely out of reach.

Mick McCarthy is understandably playing down this possibility and for good reason but there are a lot of points still to play for and we seem to be gaining week on week on the leading pack!

We have lost just six of the twenty five matches we have played so far and we still have another twenty one to complete and surely Middlesbrough, Derby and Hull will struggle at some stage in this season because it stands to reason that they surely must, given the competitive nature of this league.

We may not have the flair of some teams in this division but our never-say-die attitude is testimony to what can be achieved when everyone is pulling together in the right direction.

Our defence is much more solid than earlier in the season and the squad is playing with confidence and belief. Add to that the players that are coming back from injury and the horizon is decidedly rosy just now.

And with a batch of home games to look forward to both in the league and the FA Cup, let us home we can start to replicate our away form at home at last because if we do, the sky’s the limit!

Frank Weston


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