Mike Bacon: Finish strong, or start strong and fade? I know which I prefer

Town fans celebrate.

Town fans celebrate. - Credit: Steve Waller - stephenwaller.com

Is it me or does every match this season feel like a 'massive game'?

The visit of Sheffield Wednesday this weekend is, for me, the next game to feel 'huge' as Town look to make it back-to-back wins.

There is little doubt the pressure, while having been lifted slightly after the Lincoln win, is still very much on Paul Cook's squad. Our start to the season has meant that is still the case.

Bersant Celina applauds fans chanting his name after the game.

Bersant Celina's last appearance for Ipswich Town at Portman Road was a 4-0 loss to Aston Villa in April 2018. - Credit: Steve Waller - www.stephenwaller

Fortunately, the Blues have a wonderful chance to get this season well and truly kick-started if they can overcome Wednesday on Saturday and then Doncaster at Portman Road on Tuesday night.

It's frantic stuff, but at least we are now up and running.

Just imagine how that League One table will look on Tuesday night if we have managed to pick up six points in the next two games?

It's a fickle old sport is football, but one where I've always said the cream invariably rises to the top and the Blues have plenty of very good League One players to make that happen.

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It seems bizarre to suggest that the signing of our final two players, Bersant Celina and Sam Morsy, could be the cherry on top of the cake after all the players we have signed before them, but I feel that really is the way.

This season still has the opportunity to be a huge one for everyone connected with the club.

Town players celebrate with Macauley Bonne after his first half goal.

Town players celebrate with Macauley Bonne after his first half goal. - Credit: Steve Waller - www.stephenwaller

I looked at the League One table yesterday and noted that, of Town's seven league opponents they have played so far, five are in the top 10! Who would have thought the likes of Bolton, Burton, AFC Wimbledon and MK Dons would be top half, while the likes of ourselves, Pompey and Charlton are in the bottom half?

There's such a long way to go and let's be honest you would always rather finish strong than start strong and fade. Goodness knows, we have been down that road enough times in recent years.

Ipswich Town fans celebrate with CEO Mark Ashton at the final whistle

Ipswich Town fans celebrate with CEO Mark Ashton at the final whistle

Our brilliant fans continue their super support and I'm expecting another 20K or so plus crowd at the weekend. It would be such a fillip to beat Wednesday, another huge club in League One who, like us, have found the early season difficult at times.

The Lincoln result should have buoyed us all. But momentum is now absolutely key. We have so many good players in our squad who have enjoyed being part of winning teams, a manager who knows what it takes to win and a fan base that can make as much noise as any in the division.

Win on Saturday and I have no idea how far things can suddenly snowball - at quite a rate of knots I imagine. We won't think defeat.

I'm going 1-0 Town, Donacien

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The new KOA magazine is now out - Credit: Archant


The new Kings of Anglia magazine is out now.

Issue 15 features a terrific exclusive interview with Joe Pigott. I never knew he was on first name terms with two of England Test cricket team! And I never knew he was such a fine cricketer himself.

Couple with that Lee Evans, Macauley Bonne, Bersant Celina, as well as remember 'Chaplow Day' and some great features with our top columnists, including Karl Fuller, Terry Hunt, Amy Downes and Steve Mellen.

If you want to obtain a copy pick one up at Planet Blue, or click here. £3.99.

And finally, I'm off to see 'Never Lost At Home' at the Wolsey tomorrow night. I've heard it's really good and as I was lucky enough to witness live much of that UEFA Cup-winning run, I can't wait.

Still plenty of time for you to get your tickets and remember that astonishing season.

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