Poll: Still plenty of reasons to be positive for Ipswich Town fans

Mick McCarthy before the clash with Brentford

Mick McCarthy before the clash with Brentford - Credit: Lucy taylor

Ten games left, it’s still all to play for – is your Ipswich Town glass half full or half empty?

Come the final reckoning we will know whether Saturday’s 1-1 home draw with Brentford was a valuable point or a missed opportunity.

The Blues’ profligacy in front of goal was undoubtedly frustrating. Daryl Murphy may have taken his goal tally for the campaign to 22, but he also produced a contender for miss of the season.

And yet the attitude and performance levels, at the end of a difficult week, were equally encouraging.

It’s important to remember that Brentford eased to a 4-1 home win over Huddersfield last Tuesday night, while Town’s players didn’t get back to Suffolk until 3.30am on Thursday following their 2-1 loss at Leeds on Wednesday evening.

Instead of feeling sorry for themselves after back-to-back defeats, Town had a high-pressing side on the back foot for long periods.

Failure to win means the Blues remain outside the play-off places. Avoiding defeat means they remain very much in the promotion mix.

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Seventh in the Championship table, five points behind the top four (Bournemouth, Derby, Watford and Middlesbrough all incredibly locked on 66) and just a point adrift of sixth spot with 30 points still to play for – that’s a situation every Blues fan would have taken before a ball was kicked.

Expectations have risen, as they should, but realism – an outlook McCarthy specialises in – is also important at this juncture.

The big question is, will the spirit and togetherness in Town’s close-knit group overcome their technical limitations?

With all of the leading teams dropping points, mental toughness could well be the most important quality of all in this nail-biting finish.

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