Ipswich Town fan Russell Claydon says no need to panic after poor first week

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A defeat in a game in which we were ahead and in control and an early exit in the cup to a lower-league team — it’s an all-too familiar story.

It would be quite easy for all that early-season optimism to evaporate after our miserable first week.

But you won’t find Mick McCarthy panicking at this early stage — and I’m right with him on that one.

There can be no hiding away from the fact it was both disappointing and embarrassing to go out of the Capital One Cup at League One Stevenage on Tuesday, even with the six changes made.

But the league is undoubtedly the main priority this season and while we squandered a lead at Reading we showed we can more than match what will be one of the best sides in the league.

Reading’s squad is still packed with Premier League quality, but we stood up to the test remarkably well and were it not for an own goal and an unfortunate deflection, the result could have been very different.

New signing Cole Skuse already looks a solid addition while Jay Tabb showed what he is capable of going forward and the bench looked far stronger.

Interestingly, Town have not lost on the first day of the season for four years, a 2-1 defeat at Coventry.

But under McCarthy there is a renewed belief that this won’t be another season struggling in the nether regions of the league — and that shouldn’t change after one game.

There was fantastic support at Reading with more than 2,500 Blues making themselves heard and the boys will need the home crowd behind them from the off on Saturday as they look to bounce back against Millwall.

Hopefully Lee Martin won’t enjoy his return to Portman Road.

With it being the first Sir Bobby Robson National Football Day, it would be only fitting to celebrate it with an Ipswich win.