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Ipswich Town supporter Joey Sadler says: Important to win last game against Charlton Athletic



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For one last time this season we look forward to an afternoon of football at Portman Road.

With neither side having anything to play for, it will certainly be interesting to see what kind of spectacle is served up Saturday lunchtime and which personnel may be introduced to the team.

Town, now sat in 11th, will be hoping to finish a largely disappointing season off in style, with the familiar position of ninth place the highest they’ll be able to achieve. Visitors Charlton are fighting for a top half finish, so if there was one team who had a higher motive than the other, then you could argue it would be Charlton, although it’s not much to shout about!

Follow our Ipswich Town columnist Joey Sadler on Twitter: @JoeySadler_
Follow our Ipswich Town columnist Joey Sadler on Twitter: @JoeySadler_

It seems strange that if Town weren’t to win on Saturday, then they would finish not only below but also on less points than acquired in the previous campaign (69), which would’ve been unthinkable going back into August of last year.

I don’t want to spend this column running through the season and where it’s all gone wrong, as quite frankly I think we all know the root causes of why it just hasn’t happened. But I wanted to showcase why I believe gaining a victory on Saturday is a lot more important than we all think.

After a lightning start, Kieran McKenna now finds himself five games without a win, with just three victories in the last 10 – form which ultimately destroyed any of the already ambitious play-off hopes we had all dreamed of. I think we’d all agree since his arrival it’s been a much happier place to be, both on-and-off the pitch, and we shouldn’t forget the heroic work McKenna has done with a team he inherited, rather than built himself.

Which is why I believe a win on Saturday is imperative, in order to keep positivity at a high but also send us into the summer on the back of a victory, all fully trusting we have the right man to take us forward.

I can’t help but feel a loss on Saturday – whether right or wrong – will harm the feel-good factor McKenna had implemented at the club and therefore then require Mark Ashton to get his chequebook out in order to pick us all up again.

I think sometimes we forget just how new to this game McKenna is. The Northern Irishman has never had a full pre-season before, as well as an entire transfer window to go and recruit exactly the right personnel he wants. So whatever does happen at the weekend, it really does promise to be another fascinating summer.

So come on Ipswich, put on the show we all know you are capable of and send us into the summer with hope that next season, may finally be the one.