Ipswich Town: Karl Fuller on Plymouth clash and FA Cup win

Are you superstitious? Do you have a lucky shirt, scarf, or underwear that you simply must wear to games?

If not, do you notice certain trends that stick in your mind when they occur? I might get a tad superstitious if I wear a new pair of socks and Town win a few games in a row, for example.

I simply must keep wearing them at games from thereon. But more painstakingly, there is another matter weighing on my mind.

I was in the capital for the weekend and missed Saturday’s excellent win over Rotherham United.

Now, let me reveal the home league games that I have missed so far this season. Two 3-0 wins against MK Dons and Cambridge United!

See the trend playing out here? Yep, three winning games and all by three-goal margins.

I have already had some fans tell me to stay away from this Saturday’s huge game at home to leaders Plymouth Argyle.

It’s out of the question for me to even consider the idea of ​​missing such a big game.

However, what was the last home game that I missed last season? Ipswich 1 v 0 Plymouth!

I should really stay at home. Can we allow these situations to dominate us? I will of course be at the game all being well. But if we do not win, you know who to blame!

East Anglian Daily Times: Kieran McKenna's Ipswich Town host Plymouth in a huge game this weekendKieran McKenna’s Ipswich Town host Plymouth in a huge game this weekend (Image credit: Ross Halls)

What a great result it was against Rotherham. Yes, they are on a poor run, and they are not as strong a side as the one that got them promoted last season.

But it was a still a chance for us to evaluate ourselves against a Championship outfit which we hope to be doing every week next season.

The brief time that I was in my London hotel room on Saturday afternoon coincided with the second half.

I had BBC’s Final score on TV and rejoiced each time they went to Portman Road for a score update.

I was proud to see us pummeling a team that for so often always outplayed us and had a knack of beating us 1-0. What a turnaround from last season’s double over us.

I was not downbeat at all from missing such a good result. It put a great spring in my step as I later walked off to Shaftesbury Avenue’s theater land.

I was pleasantly surprised too when I saw the attendance figure. Part of the lost magic of the FA Cup is that we are used to seeing smaller crowds around the country.

Especially in these earlier rounds. Given that Rotherham brought very few too, we certainly had good numbers present. The atmosphere was great I am told. It is another step in the right direction as a club as we move away further from the dark era of not so long ago.

Talking of missing games, I am away again on the weekend of Saturday, January 28 – the date of our fourth-round tie.

I watched Sunday’s draw with some trepidation. I really did not want to see a glamorous tie come out of the hat, and I hoped for a tie that gave us the best chance of progress to round five.

We got neither as we were drawn at home to Burnley. What that does represent is the next level of seeing where we are.

East Anglian Daily Times: Vincent Kompany will be bringing Championship leaders Burnley to Portman Road in the FA Cup later this monthVincent Kompany will be bringing Championship leaders Burnley to Portman Road in the FA Cup later this month

To face Championship leaders Burnley after strugglers Rotherham is akin to stepping up the opposition in pre-season.

This is a way of testing where the team is in preparation for what may be waiting ahead for us in a few months.

It will be difficult of course as Vincent Kompany’s outfit are Premier League bound.

But if we want to consider ourselves a good Championship side in the not-too-distant future, this may be a barometer of our current credentials. And me not being present increases our chances of victory!

The transfer window is going well too. Massimo Luongo and George Hirst are already through the door, and Nathan Broadhead signed last night.

That would represent an excellent window for me. Anyone else on top of those three would be a bonus.

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