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Ipswich Town supporters should still feel positive despite play-off hopes being dented by Portsmouth draw



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It is with reluctance I start this column on a negative but you can’t help but feel that our ambitious play-off dreams now look out of their reach.

Saturday’s frustrating 0-0 draw with Portsmouth was a game Town really had to win and with those around them all picking up points, it ended up being a rather disappointing afternoon for the Tractor Boys.

Pompey travelled to Portman Road in their numbers and made it tough, but if they somehow manage to sneak into the top six ahead of Ipswich, I’ll be amazed. We were and are a lot better than them.

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

Truth be told, since Kieran McKenna’s arrival there hasn’t been many – if any – teams where I thought we weren’t the better side. But our inability to kill games off, plus the fact we’ve been playing catch up thanks to Paul Cook, subsequently means we look likely to fall at the last hurdle.

But look, it isn’t completely over just yet. Town travel to Oxford on Saturday in what I believe is McKenna’s toughest game to date as Town manager, before welcoming Plymouth Argyle to Portman Road.

One week, two sides in the top six and a huge opportunity for Town to take some points off those above them.

Just imagine for a second that we manage to go and beat Oxford and Plymouth, we’d all be back dreaming again so although it’s perhaps a little arduous, it isn’t over just yet!

That said, wherever or however we finish, there is a lot to be positive about and we’ll finish this season in a much better place than we started it.

How many times have we all accepted yet another season is over come February and felt nothing but doom and gloom as we look set for another frustrating summer?

Well those days are long gone and whatever league we find ourselves in come the final day, I’ll be so excited for what lies ahead and even more confident with that McKenna at the helm, this club really is one to be feared. So let’s all get behind the boys for one more push and believe. You never know, stranger things have happened!