Ipswich Town fan Russell Claydon says Mick is wise not to rule ‘it’ in or out

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So dare I start to mention the ‘P’ word?

Tuesday night’s 3-1 win over Blackburn Rovers moved Town to within two points and two places of the ‘lay-off spots.

The defensive solidity of the latter half of last season returned at Charlton Athletic on Saturday as we clung to Tommy Smith’s header for 85 minutes — and now even our midfielder have started to score!

Mick McCarthy made four changes to a winning side against Rovers ahead of a heavy run of games, and three scored, with the other setting up the second.

No wonder he looked like the cat who had got the cream when sitting down in the media suite afterwards.

It was a week when he refused to rule in a ‘romotion’ challenge, but also refused to rule one out.

A sensible approach in my view, as those at the Valley on Saturday said the Addicks didn’t look capable of scoring if they were still out there now, while on Tuesday an average performance wasn’t reflected in the score.

More ball for Rovers, but a very similar number of chances. But, for once, we were the ones laughing all the way to the points bank.

When Jordan Rhodes had a free run to latch on to Scott Dann’s up-and-under ball and round Dean Gerken after Luke Hyam’s early strike, it seemed like déjà vu.

But despite Gary Bowyer’s side finishing the half much the stronger, a quick Carlos Edwards goal after the break soon wrestled the initiative back to end a three-game winless run at Portman Road.

Not many would have seen Huddersfield’s visit to Suffolk (3pm) as the harder of the two, but having won their last three, that certainly looks to be the case.

I’m sure both teams won’t be in the ‘lay-off places come May, so Saturday we’ll see who has the greater chance.