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Essential as it was for Ipswich Town to pick up three points from Saturday's game with Cardiff City, the fact is they now need to push on and build on the foundations that they have laid for themselves.

Having suffered a humbling defeat at the hands of QPR in midweek, it was somewhat gratifying to see the Blues bounce back in stylish fashion, and register a good performance as well as three points.

I have absolutely no doubt that Town deserved to take the honours from that game, and despite Cardiff City's lofty position in the table, it was clear from the very beginning that the Bluebirds simply were not the collectively fluid unit that Rangers so obviously are.

Of course, that suited Ipswich down to the ground. Players such as Grant Leadbitter and Andros Townsend were so much more effective when given the time and space that they had not been granted by QPR's robust defence.

But there is still room for improvement.

Town now face two really tough looking away trips. The first, Millwall, for me is not as important, with the Carling Cup seemingly an unnecessary distraction from matters in the League. However it is a chance for Town to continue with their good form, and a win can only be a boost for confidence.

Following that, Ipswich travel to Scunthorpe. They may sit 15th in the league, but it certainly will be no easy game.

Any team that does not play to their full potential when they go to Glanford Park, will be beaten, simple as that. Yes, Scunthorpe did lose their last game – but this season they can already say they have beaten Sheffield United 4-0 (no mean feat), as well as putting three past Crystal Palace.

Needless to say, they will be an unpredictable opposition.

Historically, Ipswich have had the upper-hand in this fixture. At Portman Road, Town can actually boast a 100 per cent record against the Iron – but, of course, Saturday's game is not being played at Portman Road.

Neverthless, Town's overall record does still stand up pretty strong against Scunthorpe. In 12 meetings between the two clubs, Ipswich have come out on top on eight occasions, losing only once.

When the sides met at Glanford Park last season, the scores finished 1-1, David Healy's equaliser proving to be one of the rare bright moments in a relatively unproductive loan spell with the club. It was not a totally unexpected result in a season that Ipswich managed to rack up a record number of draws.

I believe I am speaking on behalf of all Town fans when I say that it is a game I am really looking forward to – hoping and dreaming that we can take a stranglehold on the automatic promotion places that we currently occupy.

In recent seasons, that seems to be unchartered territory for Ipswich – especially so far into a league campaign. After all, we do already find ourselves edging ever closer to the third month of the season.

It’s hard to say whether we are capable of maintaining our form, and holding on to that second place in the table. The last time we were really faced with that scenario was in the 2004-05 season, when Ipswich looked set to win automatic promotion with ease, but surrendered meekly when push came to shove.

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