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Ipswich Town column: Victory at Preston North End would help numb the blow of shock FA Cup exit to Maidstone United

*This column was written before transfer deadline day and Joey will be writing a column next week on his views of Ipswich Town’s business.

Did something happen last weekend? I can't remember. Sadly we all know that isn't true.

As I'm not sure myself or any other Ipswich Town will ever be able to forget last Saturday and even if we did so, we're bound to be reminded!

Diss Express' Ipswich Town columnist Joey Sadler
Diss Express' Ipswich Town columnist Joey Sadler

Astonishing really isn't it? Five years ago, although a result like this would've still been a shock, it would've been just typical of the Ipswich Town regime at that time. But not now. Not under this group. Not under Kieran McKenna.

But it happened. It only went and actually happened.

A huge amount of credit to Maidstone United, who have and will continue to benefit massively from their famous day in Suffolk and you know what, fair play to them. It's another Championship club up next and I hope for their sake (and ours) they manage to shock once more.

Maidstone United celebrated a famous victory at Portman Road on Saturday Picture: Barry Goodwin
Maidstone United celebrated a famous victory at Portman Road on Saturday Picture: Barry Goodwin

Moving on now and turning our attention to the fixture at Preston North End. Town need to bounce back and if we're serious about keeping up with the top two, I think it's time we put a little run of wins together.

Fortunately, history suggests McKenna and his team always come back stronger and despite just losing to a team with a car salesman up front, I genuinely believe we'll put things right this Saturday.

Town, with added quality now in their ranks, will be confident they can turn things around and I think although a positive result at Deepdale doesn't necessarily make you forgive last Saturday, it certainly helps with trying to forget it.

This season has absolutely flown by. Town are 28 games in and now approaching the business end of the campaign.

As everybody says, nobody could've predicted we'd be in this position come February and isn't it annoying that the one year we take the Championship by storm, you've got Leicester, Southampton and Leeds doing exactly the same thing.

That said, we had a similar predicament to endure in League One and I do think our experience of needing to win games to keep up with the rest could come in handy.

See you at Deepdale. I think we'll win and despite the embarrassment of last weekend, I trust this group to put things right.

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