Date: 19th December 2016 at 4:56pm
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I am guessing you feel much the same as me at this moment. Christmas is approaching with ever increasing rapidity and that win at Wigan was a small crumb of comfort, as the festivities begin to unfold.

If there is still the slightest hope of a place in the play-off zone come the end of the season, then the Blues will have to get their skates on in the second half of the season that’s for sure!

The reality of course is that it probably won’t happen. We would have to play out of our skins after Christmas for this to occur and it is unlikely that we have either the consistency or the quality at our disposal to transform our season so dramatically.

Much will depend on who we bring in during the January transfer window I suspect and whether some of our squad can vastly improve their overall game?

David McGoldrick is showing signs of significant improvement and if Jonny Williams could rekindle the energy and enthusiasm he has in his locker then I guess anything is possible.

We must not forget too that almost every season, some club in the lower reaches of the Championship, comes with an incredible late run and we can only hope that it is us. Certainly, we seem generally to improve into the New Year and our next two matches are at home.

On Boxing Day, we take on Fulham at Portman Road and it is hard to predict how this one will finish? They have undoubted talent but like ourselves lack consistency and if anyone is to go on a sustained run then this is what you need most of all.

Our home form has been disappointing this season but if we could beat The Cottagers, then we can look forward to another home game against Bristol City on the Friday the 30th December and it is an evening kick-off, which always makes for a better atmosphere.

One solitary away win against the side that is currently in 23rd place in the division is hardly anything to get excited about – especially as we rode our luck at times before we stole the points.

It was good however to see Brett Pitman firing on all cylinders again and if he can stay fit then there is every reason to believe we can expect plenty more goals from our leading scorer.

Frank Weston – Editor of Vital Ipswich


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