Ipswich Town fan Russell Claydon says shurgging off cup exit is folly

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I couldn’t have disagreed more with the Ipswich fan standing next to me at AFC Sudbury on Tuesday.

‘It’s better we’re out of the FA Cup — we weren’t going to win it anyway.’

I’m not saying we were on to win it (though how many Wigan fans thought that 12 months ago?) but to shrug off a defeat at a lower-league club like that leaves a bad taste.

After putting up my argument: ‘What happens should we not enter the top six again this season? Then you will wish we had a decent cup run’, we eventually agreed to disagree.

Others who let that one go will point to the six changes Mick McCarthy made among an injury-hit squad featuring two academy players on the bench.

But a quick glance at the seven changes made by our opponents Preston North End silences that point pretty quickly.

Essentially, it’s always sad, and hopefully always will be, to see your side become an FA Cup story for the wrong reasons.

Preston weren’t the biggest story of the night, but ask their fans travelling to Nottingham with butterflies fluttering in their stomachs on a Friday night if they’d rather concentrate just on winning promotion.

The tie-in with our Saturday and Tuesday games was abundantly clear: Slap-dash defending.

It was an un-McCarthy-esque dose of our former aliment.

Our first-half performance against QPR deserved more, showing another illness we used to be struck by — profligacy.

Millwall away on Saturday (3pm) affords us a chance to rid ourselves of both and get back on track with our now sole competition.

Let’s hope we don’t regret chucking away one of only two chances to bask in the national spotlight.

n Blues’ form: Town’s nine-game unbeaten league run ended on Saturday, but they have now not won in five.