Ipswich Town currently sit 21st in Sky Bet League One with seven points – but that is hardly the full story.
On paper they have one of the best squads in the division and one of the most experienced managers so it is surely a case of when and not if their form will turn around.
The Blues have amassed a record of four wins, five losses and seven draws since manager Paul Cook arrived at Portman Road in March 2021. In their last 15 matches across all competitions, the Blues have registered just three wins, six losses and six draws.
Ipswich Town use the charismatic energy supplied by manager Cook, who’s entering just his eighth month at the helm, and they have turned that energy into positive momentum recently.
The Blues have managed to collect five points from their last five opponents (all of whom sit above them in the league table), including a 1-0 win over Lincoln City (17th place). Not to be missed in the recent results, sharing the points with equally respectable 2-2 draw performances against Sheffield Wednesday (11th place), AFC Wimbledon (8th place) and MK Dons (3rd place).
Scoring goals may have been a problem for Ipswich Town last season, but since the arrival of Cook in March 2021, the performances have slowly but surely improved and they play with resilience and energy. Since his arrival, the side Blues have produced eight clean sheets, but only one of these game (vs. Lincoln City earlier this month) has resulted in them taking all three points.
With the return of players like Sam Morsy and the recent scoring proficiency of Macauley Bonne off the bench, Ipswich are taking the steps towards becoming the team that many people had as one of the favourites for promotion.
Head-to-head records make unpleasant reading for Rovers fans: Ipswich have come out on top four times in the last six meetings with Rovers winning just one.