Ipswich Town fan Russell Claydon says it’s the ‘fans’ more than the team that are riling him

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Anger, frustration and despair.

Three emotions all washing over me this week, and doubtless the same is true for the rest of you.

But where I perhaps differ, is that my overwhelming experience of these has been directed at my fellow Town fans (or at least a very vocal group of them), rather than my team.

Yes, I’m disappointed and definitely frustrated at the lack of form our players are showing, and it’s clear that we’re in a rut.

But while I still believe it’s a sticky patch that any side ending in the play-offs will have to handle at some point, others are seeing it differently.

A growing section are now directing the aforementioned emotions at one man above all others: Mick McCarthy, and even suggesting he is no longer the man to steer us out of these recent troubled waters.

To use a Mick MCarthyism, ‘it’s bonkers!’

Do you/they not remember this is the man who came in three years ago and dragged us out of what was a proper crisis, not simply a dip in form like now.

So it’s one win in nine after a 0-0 home draw with Huddersfield Saturday and a 3-0 defeat at Hull City on Tuesday.

But only half of those (well, five) were defeats. Too many? Yes. But a disaster? No.

This is the man who got us into the play-offs and flirted with the top two on a squad assembled on our owner’s loose change.

He’s even trying to do it all again, despite having to lose a defender valued at £8 million.

Does he not deserve your support and patience while he tries to get us back on track? You bet he does.

If you don’t agree, there are three things I feel about that...