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IPSWICH TOWN COLUMN + HIGHLIGHTS: It’s not time to be pointing fingers at our own players

What a sinking feeling that was!

We could have jumped three places into a play-off spot, if it were not for Ainsley Maitland-Niles stupidly dangling a leg in our box in the dying seconds.

You might be expecting me to join calls of: ‘we’ll never make the play-offs if we can’t hold on to a 2-0 lead against the side bottom of the league’ and to vilify Ainsley for, potentially, costing us promotion.

But I won’t do either. I let my frustration out like the rest of you (apologies again to the sleeping wife and baby).

But really, we deserved nothing more than a point, at best, at a Bolton side revitalised ahead of Dean Holdsworth’s consortium takeover. And if it were not for Bartosz Bialkowski (again), we would not have had a sniff of any points.

Mick McCarthy proved again what a class manager he is when he went straight over to the Arsenal loanee and put an arm around him.

We all make mistakes, but if we turn on our own is that going to motivate him to go out and win us back some points? No.

Following Saturday’s 1-0 win over Forest Mick asked us journos: ‘what has been my demeanour over the last few weeks?’

The same calmness and refusal to panic remained post-match Tuesday. So I suggest fans do what they can to get behind the team now, rather than lie waiting for it to all go wrong.

Kevin Foley’s acquisition by Mick shows he knows what he’s doing.

Let’s leave Tuesday behind and concentrate on precious points at Cardiff.

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