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Ipswich Town's trip to Blackpool set to be toughest challenge of the season so far




Oh I do like to be beside the seaside. Well, I would’ve been, but for the virus messing everything up. However, I will be watching the game with close eyes Saturday and truth be told, I’m quite excited about it.

Yet again Town have made another decent start to the season, brushing aside Wigan, Bristol Rovers and Rochdale before coming away with a point in a tricky afternoon at Milton Keynes.

But for me, Saturday’s rearranged fixture with Blackpool is Paul Lambert’s toughest test yet and one that will certainly paint a clearer picture of where the club is.

Ipswich Town fan Joey Sadler
Ipswich Town fan Joey Sadler

This one is certainly not going to be easy with The Tangerines tipped as many people’s dark horses for the season after some very impressive recruitment in the summer.

Gary Madine always proves a threat up front and I’m sure former Tractor Boys Grant Ward and Luke Garbutt will have points to prove on opposing flanks.

Town will really have to be at their best in this one and that will be made even harder with yet more players now facing time on the sidelines.

The experienced Stephen Ward looks set to miss out and that is a huge blow, as the Irishman has been one of our star performers thus far. And I was gutted to see Flynn Downes is now set to be out until the new year. When will we ever get a break with injuries!

That’s now Ward, Downes, Skuse, Vincent-Young and of course James Norwood (we are friends again now) who are all first-team players, on the treatment table.

That said, this now gives an opportunity for youngsters and fringe players to really grab their opportunity and in my opinion, one player who simply has to be involved more is Armando Dobra.

The Albanian has looked impressive every time he’s stepped onto the pitch.

It’s still very early doors, but if a make-shift Town side go to Bloomfield Road and pick up all three points, then I may start to believe this is our time.