Which way will Ipswich’s season go?
ANYTHING is possible.
That was Blues boss Paul Jewell’s honest assessment when asked how he thought the second half of the season would go.
Today’s game at in-form Reading (3pm) brings up the halfway stage of their Championship campaign and it’s impossible to predict just where an erratic Town might finish at present.
One minute an impressive six-game unbeaten run convinces fans they look capable of mounting a promotion charge, the next a miserable seven-game losing streak makes them look like genuine relegation candidates.
At present the Suffolk club are 19th – six points clear of the relegation zone and nine points adrift of the play-offs with a game in hand on many.
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“With 24 games to go anything is possible,” said Jewell, whose side host struggling Nottingham Forest on Monday.
“We could make the play-offs, but we’ll have to improve an awful lot in the second half of the season to get up the table.
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“I think we’ve shown at times that we have the ability to play, but we’ve also got that inability to kill teams off too. That’s why we are where we are.
“We’d certainly like to think we can improve as a group.”
Today’s opponents Reading are proof that teams can make a late run into the top six. The Royals lost just four games in the second half of last season before losing in the play-off final to Swansea.
And now, following another indifferent start to the campaign, Brian McDermott’s side are coming to the boil once again.
– See today’s EADT for a full match preview.