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The Verdict: Perspective required, but Ipswich Town must not fall back into bad old habits

PUBLISHED: 13:28 10 September 2017 | UPDATED: 13:28 10 September 2017

Disappointed Ipswich players at the final whistle after the loss to QPR Picture Pagepix

Disappointed Ipswich players at the final whistle after the loss to QPR Picture Pagepix

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Right now, it feels a little like the Ipswich Town bubble has burst. Some perspective is required though.

Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at QPR came a fortnight after a 2-0 home loss to Fulham. For the second successive game, boss Mick McCarthy conceded his side deserved nothing from the game.

And that comes after the Blues rode their luck somewhat for significant spells during those opening four wins against Birmingham (21st), Barnsley (15th), Millwall (19th) and Brentford (23rd) – all sides struggling in the early stages of the season.

Those 12 points are on the board though and can’t be taken away. The character shown to record the best start to a league season in 43 years just weeks after the lowest finish in 58 years should not be quickly forgotten. The achievement should not be disparaged.

Six games played and Town are fourth in the table. Prior to the international break they were out-classed on home turf by bone fide promotion contenders, after it they lost a tough away game against an organised and rejuvenated Ian Holloway outfit. It’s hardly panic stations.

While we all enjoyed the fine start, no-one was getting carried away and suddenly thinking Town were promotion contenders. What had been so refreshing, perhaps even more so than the results, was the way McCarthy and his players were going about their business.

The Blues boss was being less cautious, his new signings and youth team debutants had added some much-needed dynamism to the team and, ultimately, performances to enjoy and be proud of were again being produced.

That’s been the most disappointing thing about the last two games. Town have lost a little bit of that aggressive, quick-closing, in-your-face edge and fallen back into some old, passive habits.

Having clinically taken their chances on the break, it’s like they’ve talked themselves into being a team that sits back, allows the opposition to have all of the ball and focuses solely on counter-attacking.

McCarthy waiting until the 76th minute to bring on skilful attacker Bersant Celina at Loftus Road was too little, too late when there was nothing to lose.

Town must get back to being a front foot side when struggling Bolton visit Portman Road on Saturday.

Police have been called to three overnight ram raids at shops in Ipswich, Combs Ford and Brantham.

Police were called to reports of a fight outside an Ipswich pub in what one witness described as “chaotic” scenes.

A shop assistant who witnessed a row between members of two rival groups in an Ipswich town centre store a few hours before 17-year-old Tavis Spencer-Aitkens was stabbed to death has described her shock at the incident.

Shoppers flooded into Tower Ramparts shopping centre when it first flung open its doors more than 30 years ago.

The latest research by Historic England shows that tourism is booming in the East of England, with the number of day visits almost doubling from 10m in 2012 to 18m in 2016.

Ipswich Hospital patients were treated to a visit from the stars of Ipswich Town as they made their annual trip to give out presents on the wards.

A spate of burglaries in Ipswich has left Suffolk police urging residents to be vigilant and secure with their homes and property as the evenings draw in.

Gritters are out on Suffolk’s vital roads tonight and tomorrow morning ahead of dropping temperatures and a risk of icy conditions.

Jewellery and cash were snatched from a home as burglars smashed their way into a property.

Police are appealing for information in the hunt for a missing teenager from Colchester.

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