Ipswich Town fan Russell Claydon believes things are looking up at Portman Road

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BOUNCEBACKABILITY. The phrase coined by Iain Dowie during his time at Crystal Palace is the biggest sign yet that this hot streak is no flash in the pan.

There were, no doubt, plenty of sceptics walking through the gates at Portman Road on Saturday, waiting for it all to come tumbling down again like a pack of cards.

And when Town huffed and puffed in the first half with nothing to show for their endeavours, they must have thought it was coming.

A moment of magic from Brighton’s Vicente and suddenly there’s that sinking feeling again, ‘oh no, here we go again’.

But no. Not this time. This side now have a look of a team that know that they are holding the pen to finish writing the script.

There are now plenty of hardened faces who have been there and seen all this before, and know how to come out of the other end.

Michael Chopra could quite easily believed his next goal was never going to come after seeing another great effort turned away in the first half. But the Geordie showed plenty of character to fashion out that first wonderful strike before following it up with another of similar ilk.

The missing ingredient was a striker who is enjoying filling his face and now there is no doubt Chopra goes into the international break hungry for more.

Mention should also go to Jason Scotland, who has forced his way back into Jewell’s thoughts after most of us had given up hope of seeing him fulfil his heavy price tag in a blue and white shirt.

In Chopra and Scotland we now have a pairing others will fear, while Nathan Ellington is looking like he is pushing hard on the door.

I have to keep doing a double take when I look at the table at the minute, it’s hard to believe a side who conceded 12 goals in two games against promoted sides can now be three points off third after picking up 10 points from the last 12. But then again, in terms of a settled starting 11, this is a new team and one that has now found their feet.

With Man City’s promising Reece Wabara brought in to push Carlos Edwards for the right-back spot, another piece of the jigsaw has been filled, albeit temporarily.

The potential goalkeeper crisis still looms but there is plenty to savour right now, so go on, why not take another look at that table…