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It would have been almost impossible to achieve even if they did pull off a remarkable win away at second-placed Rotherham United on Saturday, but the 1-0 defeat meant that the top six is now mathematically out of reach for Ipswich.
Kieran McKenna‘s side defended solidly for large parts of their encounter at the New York Stadium, but ultimately they did not create anywhere near enough opportunities in front of goal to deserve all three points.
That has been the achilles heel that has arguably cost the Tractor Boys a place in next month’s League One playoffs, with even the recent 11-match unbeaten run yielding just 12 goals scored.
One point from the last nine on offer has ultimately sealed their failed target, but a lack of creativity and clinical finishing in front of goal means Ipswich must settle for another season in the third tier once more.
McKenna will be keen for his team to finish the campaign as strongly as possible however, as he looks ahead to his first full season in charge, when Town will once again aim to return to the Championship.
Ipswich will have to make do without first-team regulars George Edmundson, Kyle Edwards and Lee Evans once again on Tuesday, with the latter likely to be missing for the remainder of the campaign.
Kayden Jackson is also unlikely to play any more part in the 2021-22 campaign, but Cameron Burgess should make a return to the three-man back line after serving his one-match suspension on Saturday.
With no fresh injury concerns to contend with, McKenna is likely to have the same squad to choose from as he did at Rotherham last time out, with the exception of Burgess.
Meanwhile, Wigan will remain without the important duo of James McClean and Curtis Tilt for the trip to Ipswich, whilst long-term absentee Charlie Wyke also continues to be a big miss.
Joe Bennett and Tom Bayliss are also labelled as doubts for visiting boss Richardson, who could revert back to a 3-4-2-1 formation after switching from a 4-2-3-1 setup at half time on Saturday.
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That would likely see Jason Kerr come into the defence from the start, which would then allow Max Power to revert to his preferred central midfield role after filling it at right-back against Cambridge.
Ipswich Town possible starting lineup:
Walton; Donacien, Woolfenden, Burgess; Burns, Bakinson, Morsy, Thompson; Chaplin, Celina; Bonne
Wigan Athletic possible starting lineup:
Amos; Kerr, Whatmough, Watts; Darikwa, Naylor, Power, Pearce; Lang, Keane; Magennis