Ipswich Town fan Russell Claydon says: Time for us to get back to basics

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It was groundhog day at Portman Road on Saturday, as we managed to squander a lead for not the first, second, or third time, but fourth consecutive game.

After a super September it could have been outrageously good October.

But, in the end, instead of sitting pretty looking down at the rest, ordinary October saw three draws from four leave us staring up longingly to the Canary on the cusp of the play-offs.

No doubt fans will have been queueing up to ask Mick McCarthy why this repetitive curse is striking, when the boss was due to answer questions at the supporters’ club’s AGM in Legends Bar last night.

We may all have a theory, but I believe the remedy will be borne out of a back to basics approach.

Tighten up that midfield and drill those set piece routines over and over again and it should pay dividends.

As I said last week, I believe a formation change is needed – 4-2-3-1 is my preference – to enable this.

Not having both Tyrone Mings and Jonny Williams certainly did not help with a lacklustre display in the 2-2 draw with Huddersfield on Saturday and hopefully the latter will be available to take advantage of Blackpool – a club wobbling on their very seaside foundations at present.

The Tangerines threw manager José Riga overboard this week having shipped too many goals.

Many seem to agree we did not deserve to win at the weekend, but with 20 minutes to go and a 2-0 lead, you have to close it out.

In the 2006 Groundhog Day film, it took a kiss to break the time loop.

Perhaps a few Kiss Me Quick hats would not go amiss in the away end at Bloomfield Road.