Ipswich Town fan Russell Claydon says Blues badly need to find a poacher

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If the season was to end now we’d have to be described as ‘the nearly men’.

Not good enough to go up, but not bad enough to go down.

Of course, we are not yet a quarter of the way through the season, but there is already a worrying pattern emerging.

Sunday’s 2-0 defeat at Wigan Athletic was a familiar story with another good performance going unrewarded.

If the game had been on the Saturday, the Football League Show producers would have had a real headache in trying to cram all our noteworthy chances into their short highlights package.

The stats showed we had 22 shots to Wigan’s 13 (five on target to three), but the only one that matters is the scoreline.

If we are serious about a play-off challenge we have to find a poacher to help start converting these chances.

A fox-in-the-box to play alongside David McGoldrick could suddenly transform us from a mid-table side to one pushing for the top six.

Free agent Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, who McCarthy is used to getting the best out of from their time at Wolves, could be an ideal fit if he were to be signed.

It may have left Scott Loach feeling hard done by, but the Ipswich boss rightly didn’t go over the top with his criticism of Dean Gerken’s mistake for Wigan’s late second goal.

The goalkeeper made a right hash-up of waiting to catch a long ball instead of head it but you don’t want to crush your number one’s confidence for something that didn’t cost us the game.

While I still think Loach can do the job, Gerken has made some telling saves and deserves to keep the shirt at this moment in time.

Brighton visit Portman Road on Saturday and are unbeaten in six games, so won’t be a side who we can expect to brush past.

With a trip to Derby County to then follow on Tuesday, we don’t want to be left counting the cost of more missed opportunities.