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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.

Sarah Lucy brown

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.”

The no.9 shirt at Ipswich Town has been left vacant after the Blues announced their squad numbers this morning, while Mauritian midfielder Kevin Bru has not been handed a number.

Whisper it quietly, but Ipswich Town may just be a bit easier on the eye this season.

Ipswich Town legend Ray Crawford says summer signing Joe Garner will be full of confidence following his prolific pre-season form.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy says he would be more than willing to put teenager Flynn Downes into his starting line-up for the Championship opener against Birmingham City if his lengthy midfield injury list does not clear up.

Ipswich Town suffered their first defeat of pre-season this afternoon, losing 2-1 at League One side Gillingham.

Ipswich Town will look to keep up their winning start to pre-season at Gillingham this afternoon. STUART WATSON looks back on how recent summers went.

Ipswich Town fans have shown their disgust for a billboard in the town showing off Norwich City’s new home kit - by attempting to tear it down.

In this week’s lookback at Town’s greatest games, we remember the most-famous air-kick in East Anglian derby day history...

Ipswich Town’s pre-season preparations continue tomorrow with a friendly match at League One side Gillingham.

Nottingham Forest have reportedly had a £2m bid for striker Daryl Murphy accepted by Newcastle United.

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