Dave Gooderham: A salute to the super Town fans, and a chance for fringe players to step up in the FA Cup
In an ideal world, the 906 incredible souls who travelled 230 miles to Rochdale and back would be treated to a festival of football. After all, they equated for almost a third of the crowd at the Crown Oil Arena, writes Dave Gooderham.
And, as we know, this sign of commitment from the Blue Army isn't a one-off. The size of away following, especially in comparison with the rest of League One, has arguably been the biggest highlight of the season - even more so than the table-topping stars they are cheering on.
Ipswich Town fans, home and away, I salute you. Like the men in blue on the pitch, you have taken to life in the third tier admirably. One day soon, I hope, you will have a big score to cheer on. But right now, it continues to be '1-0 to the Ipswich'.
Five away days, and two on the bounce, have seen just a narrow one-goal victory on each occasion. But I guess who cares as long as the three points return to Suffolk.
Rochdale on Tuesday night mirrored what we have seen before. Ipswich not exactly performing at full pelt, but not needing to. Riding a storm, grabbing a goal and then showing commendable game management.
It is hard to argue against that, especially when the table looks so healthy. The gap between first and third is growing all the time - with consistency a big problem for divisional rivals. We should know even more, and hopefully feel even more confident, at the end of this month after facing up to Oxford United, if that game's not postponed, and Blackpool.