Date: 27th November 2015 at 4:36pm
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Manager Mick McCarthy must consider The Valley to be one of his favourite hunting grounds and with a record of three from three at Charlton over the last three seasons, most fans will expect the same from the game tomorrow but I have my doubts.

Of course our manager is wisely much more cautious. If we draw he will say that it is a useful point but deep down he will be looking for three.

He is only too aware though that The Addicts have found a rich vein of form, with two wins from two in the Sky bet Championship.

They achieved these victories both at home and on their travels.
Before the enforced international break they beat Sheffield Wednesday at home 3-1 and last Saturday defeated a high flying Birmingham City side 0-1 away – which was no mean feat.

Town are also showing signs of improvement of late but those time honoured ghosts of fragile defending continues to cost us dear.

At Portman Road last weekend we really should have taken all three points and we could have won the game comfortably but instead our old achilles heel of lapse marking, ensured that Wolves went home with something and meant that Town have now drawn five of our last six games at fortress Portman Road.

This is why McCarthy knows that he could really do with all three points tomorrow, when the game is once again featured live on Sky Sports One – as it was last season, when a last-gasp goal from Noel Hunt meant we went away with a win!

Since that victory though we have been on live television eleven more times and we have not managed to record a single victory.

It would be great if we could make it four in a row at The Valley tomorrow and end the live t.v. jinx in the process but I don’t believe this will happen.

The most likely outcome is probably a 1-1 draw in my view and although this will not be a devastating outcome, it will not help us make any further inroads into the play-off zone.

With two more live Sky games to come after this, it would be wonderful if we could get off to winning ways in front of a global audience but I suspect that our manager will air on the side of caution and if we take a lead, we will probably try to sit on it.

Time and time again this term we have seen how foolish this football philosophy can be because our defence is just not up to it and with no changes in that department tomorrow, we can expect more disappointment when the final whistle blows.

Frank Weston Editor of Vital Ipswich


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