Ipswich Town fan Russell Claydon is prepared to be boring to stay up

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The foundations of Portman Road used to shake to a chant encapsulating the way George Burley’s side defied the critics.

But ‘1-0 to the Tractor Boys’ would more appropriately sum up a developing era under Mick McCarthy than our Scottish FA Cup winner’s time at the helm.

It was one of Burley’s fellow countrymen, George Graham, who said: “The goalkeeper is the jewel in the crown and getting at him should be almost impossible. It’s the biggest sin in football to make him do any work.”

On Saturday against Bolton, the form team in the division, Stephen Henderson almost had a day off. And that was down to the blood and guts the players in front of him were again prepared to spill.

Although I’ve been critical about the lack of creativity in the side (you need goals to win games) there is something heartwarming about witnessing a side who have evolved from a laughing stock to being the equivalent of a brick wall to break down.

The only difference in this equation equals McCarthy and Terry Connor.

‘Boring, boring Arsenal’ is a chant I once joined in with at Portman Road, but is a tag threatening to be sung back at us.

Our last five games have only featured three goals (I saw more in 37 minutes at Diss Town on Tuesday!). But put ourselves in a position where we grab a late winner, like Carlos Edwards’, and you can’t moan.

Three points are three points and while you’re down the bottom, I can see why style isn’t top of McCarthy’s agenda right now.

‘Boring, boring Ipswich’ soon drowns out when you retort with: ‘We are staying up!’

n A quick word of praise for young Tyrone Mings, leaving tickets for a ‘skint’ fan on Twitter.

In a week where Guirane N’Daw and Paul Taylor have been attracting attention for the wrong reasons, I hope both them Michael Chopra et al are taking note...