|So, Where Do We Stand?|
Written by BackTheBlues on Monday, 9th Oct 2017 14:11
It’s a bizarre situation I find myself in as an Ipswich fan at the moment.
On the one hand, we have 18 points from 10 games, including four straight wins, we are eighth in the table, only six points off first place and have a game hand.
We’re joint top scorers in the league, have been involved in two seven-goal thrillers already and have beaten all the teams we have faced in the bottom six – which last year would have been draws or worse (Rotherham). And most of us would have taken this given the chance pre-season.
We were complete outclassed by Fulham and had lucky early wins where better teams would have been out of sight before half-time (Barnsley).
The hangover from the worst 18 months of football I can ever remember is still looming large, damp performances against the likes of Bolton (even with the 2-0 win) and constant snipes at fans by McCarthy (“I’ve made a living out of ignoring people…”) have left a rather bitter taste in many fans mouths… still!
This next month of football is going to be hard, make no mistake – flying Sheffield United, the old enemy Narwich, who could be above us by that point for the first time this season depending on results, Burton Albion and League leaders Cardiff.
It’s not make or break – but it is early season defining – pick up above six out of the 12 points available and we have cause for a little bit of excitement.
Pick up anything less than six points and the crowds at Portman Road will get worse, the apathy will increase and the questions from last season will come back.
There are more positives. McCarthy is playing the kids! Mr Evans has spent about £2 million on players! We have done all of this without half our senior squad available!
Other football fans ask me if I’m ecstactic, how things are going so well and I must be loving this season. I reply with a very cautious answer at the moment, “Let’s just wait and see."
I think there is potential for something fantastic at Portman Road this season, but the next month will have a major impact.
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