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Joey Sadler hopes Ipswich Town can get one back on Lincoln City after the wake-up call at Doncaster Rovers

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Déjà vu. A feeling of having already experienced the present situation – and in Ipswich Town terms, nothing out of the ordinary!

Tuesday’s 4-1 thrashing at the hand of Doncaster Rovers was a big wake-up call as we finally fell to our first league defeat of the season in dramatic style.

It has to be said, the first 20 minutes at the Keepmoat Stadium weren’t too bad, with Town a goal to the good and seemingly in control of the proceedings.

Ipswich Town fan Joey Sadler (42716338)
Ipswich Town fan Joey Sadler (42716338)

But after two terrible goals managed to find their way into the back of Tomáš Holý’s net, the way in which we crumbled and never looked like coming back was rather worrying.

I mention the big Czech goalkeeper and he, like a few others, won’t want to relive that evening again with a number of errors consistently putting Town into trouble in dangerous areas. The same must be said for pretty much everybody else, with recent star performers Jon Nolan, Andre Dozzell and Gwion Edwards really having a tough night.

But in true footballing cliché, we must now put that one behind us and see how Paul Lambert’s men bounce back with another tough away trip on Saturday, to Sincil Bank and Lincoln City.

Ipswich Town lost 4-1 against Doncaster. Picture: ITFC (42802630)
Ipswich Town lost 4-1 against Doncaster. Picture: ITFC (42802630)

I was there on that cold December afternoon last year when Ipswich were trounced 5-3 by The Imps and with that famous FA Cup loss live on the BBC back in 2017, I think it’s about time we truly got our own back on these lot, starting this weekend.

Of course, we’re still very early into the season and it’s still a little premature to be judging where we’ll end up come May, but this is a huge test for Ipswich Town and has been made even bigger after the drubbing at Doncaster.

Win and we could go back to the top of the league, full of confidence after beating one of our considered promotion rivals. But lose, then I fear that history may repeat itself as we slide down the table again.

Come on Town, let’s go show this league who we are!