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Gallery: ‘We can win every game’ claims Ipswich Town midfielder Luke Hyam during Junior Blues fun day

PUBLISHED: 10:29 16 April 2014 | UPDATED: 12:13 16 April 2014

Ipswich Town players joined youngsters at the NAMCO bowling alley in Ipswich.
Players L-R Luke Hyam,Tyrone Mings,Frank Nouble,Scott Loach and Paul Anderson.

Ipswich Town players joined youngsters at the NAMCO bowling alley in Ipswich. Players L-R Luke Hyam,Tyrone Mings,Frank Nouble,Scott Loach and Paul Anderson.

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Only wins will do for Ipswich Town at this stage of the season and tenacious midfielder Luke Hyam believes the Blues can finish with a fab four.

Outside the top-six on goal difference, courtesy of Reading’s 1-1 draw at home to Leicester on Monday, Ipswich have a quartet of tough games remaining with Watford, at Vicarage Road, on Saturday, being followed by the visit of fellow play-off hopefuls Bournemouth to Portman Road on Monday.

The Blues then travel to second-top Burnley, before finishing the season with a home game against Sheffield Wednesday.

A total of 12 points is up for grabs which would leave the Blues on 76, three above the average tally accrued by the team finishing sixth over the last 10 years.

Speaking at a Junior Blues fun day at Namco Funscape yesterday, a buoyant Hyam exclaimed: “All the players are high on confidence and we have the belief that we can score at any time and win every game.

“We are on a good run at the moment and we hope that continues.

“Every player wants to be involved in the play-offs and all the lads are pulling in the same direction which is great.

“We beat Doncaster at the weekend with a late winner and there is no better feeling than grabbing a last-gasp goal. That showed what team spirit and determination the boys have.”

Meanwhile, Hyam has rejected claims by Doncaster manager Paul Dickov that he should have been sent-off in the Blues’ 2-1 victory at Portman Road.

Hyam caught Gabriel Tamas with a late challenge but referee Graham Scott played on and seconds later, Luke Chambers scored the winner.

“I hold my hands up. I thought it was a foul and I thought the ref was going to blow his whistle,” said the 22-year-old.

“To say it was a red card offence, I think that is taking it a bit too far.

“It doesn’t really bother me though. We got the win and that was the main thing.”

Ipswich Town U18 Academy boss Alan Lee is hoping his young charges can keep up the proud Blues tradition of success in youth football, with victory against Dagenham & Redbridge in the FA Youth Cup Fourth Round tonight, at Portman Road, 7pm ko.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy believes young defender Chris Smith returned from his loan spell at Chelmsford ‘more of a bloke’ and is hopeful he has a first team future.

Ipswich Town U23 3


Ben Morris hit a brace and Aaron Drinan opened his account in a blue shirt as an experienced Ipswich Town under 23 side eased past QPR 3-0 at Playford Road today, writes Kieren Standley.

FA Women’s Premier League

South East Division One

Ipswich Town 9

Haringey Borough 0

Ipswich Town Ladies bounced back from last Sunday’s disappointing FA Cup exit to Charlton with an emphatic 9-0 trouncing of bottom of the league Haringey Borough at the Goldstar Ground in Felixstowe, writes Kieren Standley.

Leeds United boss Thomas Christiansen is set to appeal the red card given to Eunan O’Kane following his altercation with Jonas Knudsen.

Episode Six: Stuart Watson and Andy Warren are back for another episode of the Kings of Anglia podcast to discuss the win over Leeds, Portman Road atmosphere and the latest transfer news.

Bersant Celina revealed just how much the adulation of the Ipswich Town fans means to him after his latest match-winning effort.

It’s that kind of season. Just when everything seems to be miserable, and the fans’ anger is mounting, along comes a victory to lighten the mood. At least temporarily, writes Northstander Terry Hunt.

Saturday was a much-needed day for Town fans, writes Karl Fuller.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy and former Blues boss Roy Keane could be in direct competition for the Republic of Ireland job if Martin O’Neill is lured to Stoke City, according to the Irish Sun.

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