Ipswich Town fan Russell Claydon says: Horse may already have bolted for miserly Town

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Are you sitting comfortably, Marcus Evans?

After seeing his side throw away their best chance of promotion — via the top two — with Saturday’s 4-1 capitulation at Middlesbrough, I wonder if he regrets his recent miserly ways in the transfer market.

A squad that cost around £110,000 in transfer fees, and who must be well down the wage table compared to the rest of the Championship, has recently looked worth little more.

A story this week suggested he was waiting to see if we came through the Middlesbrough, Bolton and Watford games still in the top two hunt before deciding on loan reinforcements.

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There’s been a fans’ clamour since his costly January mistake against Derby County to take Tommy Smith out of the team.

His mistakes, against an admittedly gifted Patrick Bamford, cost us again on Saturday.

But Mick McCarthy could be said to have sent a signal with his refusal to change his side for Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday, with only inexperienced Matt Clarke as a back-up defender.

The fact that Jonny Parr was in midfield when he could have allowed Luke Chambers to shuffle across shows our owner’s not the only one to blame in what was a winless March until a slightly fortuitous 1-0 win.

The tension around the stadium was palpable, with a crowd not impressed with recent results.

But what Jay Tabb’s late goal gives us is a springboard for our only realistic target now: sixth place.

I would have taken that like a shot in August, but the disappointment comes from seeing what was on a plate for us a few months ago chucked away.

With the defence continuing to look shaky, I can’t help but feel fearful ahead of a trip to new league leaders, and free-scorers, Watford on Saturday (3pm).

I do hope I’m wrong.