Mike Bacon: 'I have an awful confession.... I've begun to study the League Two table!'
- Credit: Archant
SO, here we go then.
Fourteen games between now and the end of March - 42 points up for grabs, loan signings in, excuses out.
Quite why we continue to hope, I have no idea, but hope is what we must do. Hope that somehow most of what we have witnessed with this Ipswich Town team in the past two or three years, isn't real and it's all going to come good with a long run of victories, a play-off place and ultimately promotion back to the Championship.
The 'green shoots' that Marcus sees, but very few others, are there and we just haven't been looking hard enough. Oh, how I would love those 'green shoots' to prove they exist.
I was sad in one way, but glad in another, for Brett McGavin to move on to Ayr for the rest of the season. Hopefully the experience, along with team-mate Corrie Ndaba at Somerset Park, the latter having made two appearances for the Honest Men since joining on loan earlier this month, will do them both good.
I notice Ayr are at home to Hearts on Friday night... I might see if I can find it and take a watch on TV.
Back at base, it seems a long, long, long time ago Town played Blackpool earlier this season (it was actually October 2020, but feels more like October 2012), and won 4-1.
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I hereby cut and paste the intro from that game from the BBC Sport website... "A Gwion Edwards double fired Ipswich to the top of League One as they secured an impressive win at Blackpool. Luke Chambers and Teddy Bishop were also on the scoresheet as Paul Lambert's team extended their unbeaten start to the season."
Wow! Was that really this season? Yep, it was, five games in.
Now, 18 games later, we're 11th and trying to convince anyone who will listen we are very much still in the promotion race.
I hope our new loan signings settle down, get a chance to play where they enjoy playing and are most productive. I hope we pick up all the points against Blackpool on Saturday, but I say that every week and I'm starting to lose heart.
Should the next six weeks not go well, I dread to think where we could be in the table. You can easily slip down at a rate of knots, even if there are 'green shoots' all round.
I've got a confession to make.
I've begun to study the League Two table where I see Southend are bottom. Bolton, Scunthorpe, Oldham, Walsall, all there. I can't believe I'm doing it. When I was growing up as an Ipswich Town fan in the '70s, in Division One, anything from Division Two downwards was almost non-league to us - now it's our reality. And for how long? Years I reckon unless something drastically changes.
I know many of you have given up already. Can't say I blame you.
I hope you don't mind if my cup continues to be a bit full - it certainly isn't half full! Just a sprinkle - a sort of splash!
Because things can change, football can change, results are where it's at. And you never know!
As the great Brian Clough used to say... 'It only takes a second to score a goal' - problem for Town is, Cloughie always played two up top!
The only time we get a mention when pundits are talking about the Premier League these days is when someone gets tonked 9-0. Which let's be honest, isn't very often.
I thank Southampton Football Club for not only coming to our rescue against Leicester in 2019 when they equalled our 0-9 debacle at Man U in 1995, but taking it a step further last night and becoming the first team in Premier League history to lose 0-9, twice! Man U again the joyous victors.
It doesn't take away our shame of that Man U 0-9 result. And at least then we were in the Premiership - albeit for not much longer.
It just sort of makes us feel a tad better.... just a tad!
Because these days, we'll cling to anything.