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MONDAY VERDICT: Mick tries to play down significance of Fulham win, but perfect start could provide real momentum

PUBLISHED: 11:23 11 August 2014 | UPDATED: 11:23 11 August 2014

Sky Bet Championship
Ipswich Town v Fulham - Portman Road, Ipswich - 9 August 2014

Ipswich Town players form a huddle at the start of the match

Sky Bet Championship Ipswich Town v Fulham - Portman Road, Ipswich - 9 August 2014 Ipswich Town players form a huddle at the start of the match

Copyright Ashley Pickering

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy tried to downplay his side’s super start to the season – a fully-deserved 2-1 home win over newly-relegated Fulham – as 
nothing more than ‘just three points’.

You’d expect nothing less from the ever pragmatic and grounded Yorkshireman, but his fixed smile and stream of jokes betrayed his sentiment.

There was a real significance to this result because it makes everyone believe that little bit more – both inside and outside the club – that the Blues truly can upset the odds and take another giant leap forwards this season.

This time last year, Town faced all three of the sides who had dropped down from the Premier League inside the opening few weeks of the season.

They performed superbly at Reading, QPR and Wigan, arguably the better side on all three occasions, but ended up coming away with nothing (or zippidy doo daa as McCarthy would say) thanks to fine margin defeats. Already they have proved – with Reading, Norwich and Derby all to come in the next few weeks – that they can now get the job done against the leading contenders.

The fear was that this squad has not been improved enough over the summer to really challenge for a top six spot following last season’s ninth-place finish – especially as the division looks stronger.

The hope was that the qualities of togetherness, spirit, stability, 
consistency, hard-work and organisation could overcome ‘star names’ and 
big-spending.

While Fulham’s £11m striker Ross McCormack was subbed in the 57th minute to chants of ‘what a waste of money’ on Saturday, Town’s David McGoldrick made a triumphant return from a long-term injury, stepping off the bench to score the all-important second goal.

There’s still a long way to go, of course, but never underestimate the power of confidence and momentum.

Striker Kayden Jackson scored a hat-trick as Ipswich Town defeated QPR 5-1 in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Playford Road this afternoon.

Trevoh Chalobah has been training with the full England squad today ahead of the Three Lions’ clash with the United States tomorrow night.

Jordan Graham is training with Oxford United after being given permission to move on by Ipswich Town.

Teenager Jack Lankester hopes to be involved with the Ipswich Town first team for the remainder of the season but would be prepared to spend time out on loan if it aides his development.

Ipswich Town boss Paul Lambert has been impressing the players with his skills on the training pitch. STUART WATSON looks back on his playing career.

Tristan Nydam is keen to make the most of his loan stay in Scotland but is still keeping a firm eye on parent club Ipswich Town.

Former Ipswich Town boss Paul Hurst is the favourite in the betting as his former club Shrewsbury search for a new manager.

In our daily feature, we take a look at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town’s history. Today features David Johnson signing for Town and Sir Bobby Robson’s testimonial match at Portman Road

Former Ipswich Town goalkeeper Shane Supple has announced his retirement from football for a second time, due to a persistent hip injury.

Former Ipswich Town loanee Richie Wellens has been appointed Swindon Town manager, naming Noel Hunt as his assistant.

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