Ipswich Town fan Russell Claydon says opposition managers see long balls, but he sees glorious long balls

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E-I-E-I-E-I-O, up the Football League we go...

Sitting pretty in second, what a week, and indeed November, it has been to be following our Super Blues.

They say all the losing makes the winning sweeter, and while we wouldn’t chose it this way, it does ring true right now.

At The Valley on Saturday — along with a 2,500 Blue-and-White Army, despite it being a Sky game and early kick-off — my weekend was made in 15 seconds, the time it took a glorious ball leaving Tyrone Mings’ boot to go via David McGoldrick’s chest and Noel Hunts’ foot past a helpless former Bury Town keeper, in Josh Pope.

The other managers call this our ugly long ball tactics...I’m sure another ‘long-ball merchant’ a certain Mr David Beckham, would have been proud.

Hopefully Hunt’s perfect start marks an upturn in his faltering career.

The latest Irishman to land in IP1 failed to find the net in 18 months (22 games) at Leeds United, where the chairman (now banned from owning the club, again) turned fans against him by saying he was pocketing £25,000 a week.

The younger Hunt brother’s loan, on a day when former Blues hero Darren Bent went out to Brighton, was not an inspiring one, but in Mick McCarthy we certainly trust.

It is a shame the terms of the deal means he can’t continue where he left off on Saturday when Leeds roll up to Fortress Portman Road (3pm).

I’ll repeat what I told some Bury-based fans at Charlton: going to places like a previously-unbreached Valley and not playing great, BUT nicking all the points, is a great sign.

I must also add Bartosz Bialkowski’s first-half saves played a big part. He’s been great since Dean Gerken’s injury.

Now the draws against Nottingham Forest and Blackburn Rovers do not look so bad.

Leeds will be on a high after beating leaders Derby County, but there is a team behind the Rams riding the crest of a wave right now!

* I’m off to hear from one of Town’s legends, Terry Butcher, at the ticket-only sell-out event in Ipswich tonight (Thursday), but will be posting live updates on this website from 7.30pm. Alternatively, you can follow the night, and join in, on Twitter by following me (@russclaydon).

If you have any burning (sensible!) questions to ask our former England captain, tweet me in advance.