Date: 8th November 2016 at 4:04pm
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It would be nice to think that maybe this season we do things in reverse. Instead of starting well and then falling away after Christmas, we might find some belated form later in our campaign and then we can we seriously consider our promotion opportunities?

Looking at the latest opinion poll on this site however, about where Town might be on Christmas day, the cynics are out in force!

An alarming 60% of us think that we will find ourselves either in mid-table – or worse still in the bottom six and if you add to that those of us who think we might end up in the relegation zone, then that amounts to 77% of the votes cast to date.

You still have a chance to influence the final result however because this poll will stay up for some time yet and if we can continue to carve out good results both home and away then expect it to change dramatically.

The next question then has to be, was our win at Wednesday a one-off or a change in our fortunes? Tom Lawrence scored his first goal for the club and it could turn out to be our goal of the season because that’s how good it was!

Defender and captain Luke Chambers scored his second goal in four Sky Bet Championship matches which is also encouraging and at long last, it seems that it is no longer our central strikers that are having an eye on finding the net.

Further room for optimism is the return of David McGoldrick.
Today he made the cut of 28 in the Republic of Ireland squad to face Austria in Vienna on Saturday (downsized from 31) in what is considered to be a crucial World Cup qualifier that the Irish will be desperate to get some points from.

They jointly lead Group D with 7 points from 3 games to date; along with Serbia but a loss in Austria could seriously jeopardize their qualification hopes, as the Austrians would be level on points with them.

Town have a breather thanks to the international break but when they return, three of the next four games are at Portman Road so there is every chance that it really could be a case of onwards and upwards.

If we can start to convert those home draws into notable victories and against Nottingham Forest, Queens Park Rangers and then later Cardiff City, it really is possible, then it would see us rise up the table more quickly than anyone could have anticipated and those play-off places would be back in sight!

Frank Weston – Editor of Vital Ipswich


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