There is something in human nature that sometimes allows body language to convey everything you need to know.
If there was one thing that emerged as the central message from Tuesday night’s ITFC Supporters’ Club On the Road event at Bury Town it was this; that the dressing room is a band of brothers and when their commander tells them to go over the top; over they will go, but with an eye out for each other.
But how far can this approach actually take you?
Blackburn and Wigan are just two examples of talented players not being enough alone to guarantee success.
Look back to the Ipswich teams of 2000/01 and 2001/02. Same manager, mainly, the same players: one challenged for the Champions League on the last day of the season, while the other accepted their relegation fate, rather meekly, on Merseyside.
Simon Milton said the team spirit is currently the best has seen for years.
Alan Lee said there were no ‘prima donnas’, as Mick McCarthy wouldn’t tolerate it. If only his predecessors had taken that approach.
The 2-2 draw at Barnsley, coming from behind with two late goals, once again demonstrated the character of this current Town side.
Christophe Berra said if the game had gone on another 10 minutes they were sure they would have won it.
It could be two points dropped, or one gained, if we can or can’t follow it up with three over a visiting Blackpool side who have not won in their previous 10 games.
The key to that will be killing their fragile belief early on as seen in the 5-1 demolition at Reading’s Madjeski Stadium at the end of January, where Adam Le Fondre had the hosts 2-0 ahead inside the opening 17 minutes on the way to victory.
But for us, it is now about believing a tight-knit squad of free transfers, as a collective, will only be held back by the limits of their belief in themselves as a team. COYB!