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View From The Town End: Ipswich Town

After the magic of the cup it's back to the Championship for Reading and a trip to Portman Road. Here's what we can expect from our hosts Ipswich tonight.

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Susan from Turnstile Blues gives us the lowdown on what we can expect from Ipswich tonight.

How would you sum up your season so far?

Very disappointing. I think most Town fans expected us to build on last season, when we lost in the play offs. I was expecting a play off place at the very least at the start of the season, but something's not working for us. We had a run of bad luck when players like Bru and Fraser were injured, but now they're back we're still too inconsistent, especially at home. What puzzles me is that everyone knows what's wrong - lack of creativity in midfield, players like Sears and Chambers who would be better in a different position, big defensive problems - but they're never addressed. In fact we've just allowed a decent defender, Parr, and someone I'd hoped would become our playmaker, Tommy Oar, to leave.

You seem to be one of the Championship's most inconsistent teams, what's stopping you from really cementing that play-off spot?

If only I knew. I do think our manager is stubborn. That works for us a lot of the time, but it's clear he has a particular mindset and won't change things very much. Not that I want him to go. It's still more enjoyable watching his teams than it has been for several years. I think we need to fix the holes in our defence and build our team around Freddie Sears. We're wasting his talent at the moment.

You were on the end of our best performance of the season back in September, what did you make of Reading that day and from what you've seen and read since?

I'm afraid (not!) I couldn't get to that game. Friends who did go seem to have been a bit shellshocked by it. I saw a Reading fan say the score flattered you, but I think you exposed a lot of our weaknesses.

Who should Reading fans be worried about on Tuesday?

If they're playing, and on form, Sears, Fraser, and there's still reason to fear Daryl Murphy's capacity to put the ball into the net. Oh, and Pitman's not bad either.

Any Reading players that worry you?

I said I feared Blackman last time and I wasn't wrong so hopefully the same doesn't happen this time with the player I pick! I know some Reading fans have problems with Hal Robson-Kanu, but he worries me.

Score prediction?

We're better under the lights, although I can't remember watching us beat Reading, so an over-optimistic 2-1 to the Tractor Boys.

Finally, any advice for Reading fans making the trip?

I've just finished a book about Ipswich pubs, so my advice is about them. We have a deserved reputation for great beer and good pubs. Try to get away from the places you're directed to (usually the worst pubs in town) and visit some of our lovely old inns, Isaac's on the quay side, the Lord Nelson, the Woolpack and the Greyhound are all brilliant for food and drink - and, by and large, the natives are friendly.

Thanks again to Susan and you can follow her on twitter @susan1878