Last week I wrote about ‘what a difference a goal makes’.
For this week’s column the same is true, yet in reverse.
I was one of the deflated 3,200 trudging out of Loftus Road, head down after Matt Phillips’ late header burst that bubble of last Tuesday.
But this was Ipswich Saturday, remember, and it sure looked like a different team in that first 45, with only the agility of Bartosz Białkowski keeping us in the game.
In the second half, I felt we did enough to deserve something, and with two late goalmouth scrambles, we so nearly got it.
But, for what was only a second defeat in our last eight Championship matches, leaving us within a win of the top six, it is surprising the amount of negativity now aimed at the club.
Covering the ITFC On The Road event at Bury Town on Monday, you could have cut the atmosphere with a knife once the fans fired questions at our MD, Ian Milne.
He does a great job in putting himself up for things like that, but to suggest they had not properly read the letter about the family area was insulting. Note: they said the club was trying to ‘move’ them, he said it was ‘only an option the club has’...
The FA Cup decision/the long ball game and the kit now only worn twice were all other points of contention, and I agreed, to some extent, with all of the arguments made.
But when it comes to the pitch, Mick McCarthy deserves our full backing for the job he is doing, whether it is pretty or not.
Three points at Bristol City on Saturday (3pm) would change the mood, but we must beware of a new manager bounce.