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Ipswich Town column: Joey Sadler says draw with Wigan Athletic was an all too familiar performance



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If there was ever a game to perfectly sum up where Ipswich Town are currently at, it was Tuesday night’s 2-2 home draw with table-topping Wigan Athletic.

Town utterly dominated their visitors, with promotion bound Wigan really having to dig deep at Portman Road. Yet, as we’ve seen all-to-often this campaign we weren’t able to find that decisive goal and see the victory through.

It’s been the tale of the season and one of the sole reasons we find ourselves sat in 11th, staring at a fourth year stuck in League One.

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

That said, there’s a lot to be admired about that performance. A manager and team with nothing to play for were still able to come out and give their fans something to cheer and they deserve credit for that.

It’s difficult to get fully excited about our last two games, with a trip to already relegated Crewe Alexandra up next before we welcome Charlton Athletic up the A12.

Town will believe it’s an opportunity to get some wins back on the board, with just one in their last seven, and I think we could all do with a positive ending.

A lot has been said about the potential team selection and which personnel we can expect to see across the remaining 180 minutes of football.

There was some disappointment not to see Elkan Baggott keep his place on Tuesday night after a very impressive debut, however as Kieran McKenna said, he is only 19 and needs to be introduced in the right way.

That said, it will be interesting to see not only what young players, but also which fringe members of the squad are used.

Will we see Baggott again? Will Tyreece Simpson finally be given a go up front? Or will it be left to the likes of James Norwood, Macauley Bonne and Joe Pigott to prove they deserve a chance again next year?

Whatever happens, it feels Ipswich have made a lot of progress off the pitch, but still have a lot of work to do on it.