Ipswich Town fan Russell Claydon: “My glass is still half full”

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Only one defeat in nine? Or no win in four and the very real prospect of a winless October?

My glass is still half-full after Town let a lead slip late on to 10-man Blackburn Rovers on Saturday (1-1) and put in their worst 45 minutes of the season at a rejuvenated Cardiff City on Tuesday (3-1).

But frustration at missed opportunities, including losing another lead on Tuesday after Daryl Murphy’s sumptuous opener, is on the verge of quickly emptying it.

If we had not dropped four points from Forest and Blackburn games, we would have been joint top going to South Wales, but instead found ourselves sliding from sixth to ninth.

As good as it is for us going forward, I feel the opposition are now on to exploiting our open 4-3-3.

A midfield of Kevin Bru, Jonny Williams and Cole Skuse struggled to cope with Blackburn’s counters.

I feel Bru lacks physicality and we are suffering in Luke Hyam’s absence.

With a plethora of midfielders now, it is ironic we have only been playing three, so why not adopt a German-like 4-2-3-1?

Hyam and Skuse enforcing with Williams in the hole and Paul Anderson and Stephen Hunt, or Darren Ambrose and Jack Collison, would look a much more balanced set-up.

It would then give us more frontline options from the bench, which are currently stretched with three strikers playing out of four.

Huddersfield Town visit on Saturday (3pm) in 16th place, but on a five-game unbeaten run under new boss Chris Powell.

One tweet I saw this week was, ‘#itfc Announcement. Dogs are to banned from attending all Ipswich Town games, as it appears we are unable to hold on to a lead.’

We must rid ourselves of this weak underbelly with three points, no less, if we are to show we have the stomach for a play-off 
push.