Ipswich Town drinking in last chance saloon following last weekend's draw with Wigan Athletic
It really is now or never. Ipswich Town’s slim hopes of survival were dealt another devastating blow when former blue Joe Garner popped up with a 91st-minute equaliser to deny the Tractor Boys a desperately-needed victory, and first win in six games.
The Blues held on well for the majority of the match, after Jonas Knudsen’s foolish dismissal, but in the end had to settle for a point, which just simply isn’t enough to kick-start any rather optimistic hopes of a great escape.
Now I won’t hide away from the fact I was harping on last week believing Town could climb out of this mess, but it just doesn’t seem like anything is going our way and that’s been the story of the season.
This weekend’s visit of Reading really is the last chance for Paul Lambert’s men to get a win and hopefully build some momentum going into the business end of the season.
Many think the damage has been done and it’s an away day to Southend on the horizon, but who knows what a win on Saturday could do? And when it comes to Ipswich Town, you never really know what’s round the corner.
It’s strange because the football is so much better. We’re entertaining to watch and with a nice blend of youth, experience and flair, we now look like a side capable of competing and picking up points.
Saturday’s visitors haven’t won in their last three travels to Portman Road but do find themselves on a decent run of form, with just one defeat in their last six games. And Town will have to be on guard to ensure pantomime villain Nelson Oliveira isn’t around to spoil the day.
The Portuguese striker stirred the pot before the derby last season and Saturday’s battle he’s sure to have with Luke Chambers could be a fascinating watch.
It would be a miracle if the Blues were to stay up now, but if they have any hope of that whatsoever, they really are entering the last chance saloon on Saturday.