Ipswich Town fan Russell Claydon says: Style has been added to substance under Mick

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Seven points from the opening nine and sitting top of the table, albeit an embryonic one — it’s fair to say it’s been a pretty good week to be a Blue.

Seven points from the opening nine and sitting top of the table, albeit an embryonic one — it’s fair to say it’s been a pretty good week to be a Blue.

I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who secretly harboured fears of a play-off hangover and the weight of expectation seeing us get off to a sluggish start.

But Mick McCarthy has got us racing out of the blocks, and after two home wins in four days optimism is sky high around Portman Road.

Having four strikers of the calibre we now have must have given Mick headaches over who to start. But it seems they are all thriving on the competition.

Freddie Sears is a tigerish natural finisher who I continue to believe adds something different to our forward line. And it was a great decision by the club to tie him to a new four-year contract, following his goal helping us on our way to a 2-1 come-from-behind win against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

Previously, under Simon Clegg’s reign as CEO, we’ve seen good assets such as Gareth McAuley and Damien Delaney leave for nothing after their deals wound down.

But it’s good to see things are operating very differently now, with much more forward planning.

Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Burnley once again showed how far we’ve come under Mick, as the way the game was panning out I couldn’t help thinking with the old Ipswich it would have been a stonecast gritty 0-0 draw.

There’s certainly more panache about this side though.

Newly-promoted Preston have also enjoyed a good start — with an opening day draw with highly-fancied Middlesbrough followed by a victory over MK Dones and a draw with Rotherham —and a trip to Simon Grayson’s side on Saturday (3pm) certainly won’t be easy. But right now, who would want to play us?

Blues stats: Tuesday’s 2-0 win at Portman Road was the first time in eight years Town have won their opening three games on home turf, while the clean sheet was the first they have recorded in 13 games.