Ipswich Town column: Joey Sadler says a strong end to the season is still needed despite play-off hopes being dashed
Having come to both expect and accept disappointment over the last 10 years, this defeat came as a shock due to the recent resurgence under Kieran McKenna. It’s a feeling we hadn’t experienced in a while.
Cambridge were fully deserving of their victory and although you’ll never find me calling this one a derby, I’ll give them credit for coming to Portman Road and doing a job on The Blues.
As for Town, we never got going. McKenna has been top drawer since arriving but I guess the only thing you could say needs improving is our ability to break these teams down and find that decisive goal.
So many teams have – and will continue to – come down to Portman Road with the sole focus of keeping the ball out of their net and I’m sure Mr McKenna is fully aware that this part of our game needs working on and I fully trust in him to sort it out.
It seems harsh that Town had gone 11 games unbeaten and still found themselves six points off the top six, but I think we can all accept now that Saturday’s defeat affirms the fact it’s going to be a fourth year in League One.
Let’s be honest, it was always going to be a tough ask and the quality within the division has certainly been a lot higher than experienced before. But you can’t help but feel that those points dropped to Morecambe, Oxford, Cheltenham and now Cambridge have been detrimental.
Cliché perhaps, but Town just need to finish the season as strongly as possible now.
I’m so confident about next term and rather than feel disappointment, believe we should all be excited to see what the manager can do with his own transfer window. So come on Town, let’s keep this positivity up both on and off the pitch.