Ipswich Town fan Russell Claydon urges Ipswich not to fix if it’s not broken

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Stick or twist? With the transfer window open it is the burning question from the boardroom to the bootroom and the hot kitchens to the icy streets.

I’m no poker player but I wouldn’t hesitate to stick with what we’ve got.

Some may see that as a lack of ambition or failing to seize a golden opportunity to gatecrash the top six.

But I feel the festive haul of points and performances at Doncaster (offensively) and Bournemouth (defensively) show the chips are stacking up in our favour.

To enter 2014 in the ‘lay-off places (still daren’t write the ‘p’ word) would have been unthinkable 12 months ago.

But aside from a goal-scoring midfielder, I think we’d both struggle to better what we’ve got in this window and may risk upsetting what we’ve already got.

The cost of such a midfield dynamo? Maybe Marcus Evans would see it as an Aaron Cresswell sale. If so, then we’re no better off than we were.

I’d rather put the barricades up to keep our two best players; Cresswell and David Mc‘Goal’drick, than risk losing either of them.

Five points from three games over the festive period (having to write this ahead of Charlton’s visit) is an excellent return, considering in Doncaster Rovers (3-0) and AFC Bournemouth (1-1) we travelled most of the length of the country in three days.

The man of the moment though was Dean Gerken who has been outstanding in recent weeks and has been an integral part of the unbeaten December run.

Next up is an FA Cup third round home tie on Saturday (3pm) with Preston’s on-loan Diss-boy Declan Rudd between us and a plum tie.

Will McCarthy shuffle his pack with the league in mind?

Should he? I’d stick, if you don’t mind.