Ipswich Town fan Russell Claydon says: ‘Down? Yes; but out of this? No!

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As the pain set in around me at Carrow Road, I remembered 2007 when the same fans had been wafting money at the home support with huge smiles.

We felt hopeful Marcus Evans would bankroll us to England’s top table. How times change.

In a budget team on Sunday our strikers were feeding off breadcrumbs from an Achilles’ heel that has never been sorted.

We never lack heart now, but in such a big game we fell short on width and creativity.

A midfield diamond with Richard Chaplow had no sparkle, while our distribution was on the right day but wrong league.

For me, despite failing to score after a heavy touch, Freddie Sears was the only one outfield to emerge with any credit.

So why was he on the bench with a jaded Daryl Murphy at Leeds on Wednesday with an untried partnership lacking match fitness given the nod?! It was crazy.

We really needed a result after the stuffing got knocked out of us on Sunday, and then we don’t go with our best team.

I’m a big fan of what Mick has done here, but he has now made bad calls in successive games.

The midweek 2-1 defeat could have been different if Murphy had shown conviction with his penalty, or the flag had not gone up for Varney’s ‘goal’. But the defending in both games cannot be brushed aside.

There are a lot of downbeat Town fans right now, but our play-off dream is still very much alive.

Beat Brentford, the team blocking our path, at home tomorrow (3pm), and it’s all to play for.

I would like to see us try a 3-5-2 with Parr and Mings as wing-backs, and when McGoldrick’s back, a 4-2-3-1. But regardless, remember the team NEEDS your support.

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* No Ipswich midfielder has scored more than one league goal this season.

* Town have lost five of their last 10 Championship games.