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Ipswich Town’s Tommy Smith targets five wins to survive

10:44 25 February 2013

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Tommy Smith is targeting five wins in the Blues’ remaining 12 games as Mick McCarthy’s secured another point towards Championship safety on Saturday.

Town battled to a 0-0 draw in a tepid contest at Huddersfield Town, with the visitors having just one shot on target all game.

The Blues are four points clear of the drop-zone with 12 games to go but face a tough-looking run of matches with away games at in-form Nottingham Forest and basement battlers Peterborough following a home clash with fifth-top Leicester City on Saturday.

“I would aim for five wins and the gaffer (Mick McCarthy) has said to us that if we can get five wins, that should see us through,” said Smith, whose side sit on 39 points.

“Millwall went down with 52 points in 1996 which I think is a record so we have got to be aware of that, but if we beat that tally, I will be confident of us staying up.”

The bore draw at the John Smith’s Stadium provided little for Town’s travelling faithful to get excited about on a cold day.

And while Smith was full of praise for their support, he hoped they would realise that the conditions were not conducive for flowing football.

“It was a grind and I think there will be a few more like that between now and the end of the season,” said the defender, who made his 100th career appearance for Town on Saturday.

“Our away fans are always brilliant and we are grateful for them coming a long way on a cold, snowy day.

“But it was never going to be pretty. We knew the pitch was in a bad condition before the game so we altered our game accordingly and decided not to play nice football. “We tried to play effective football.”

Chris Brammer’s match report, plus action and reaction can be found in today’s Ipswich Star.

17 comments

  • A poor game but a good point in my opinion. It's all about survival between now and the end of the season. I don't care how we get the points as long as we get enough to survive. Let’s worry about nice football next year, judge MM on how he performs then, after he has built HIS team. If we get relegated this season, moan and whinge at that stage. For for now, support the team, accept that it's not perfect, far from it, just a painful period that we have to endure in the hope that things will improve! Don’t forget that we were 5 points adrift under PJ, we are now 4 points clear under MM, I know which I prefer! COYB!

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    Alan Mason

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • Andrew it would have been much simpler, more honest and less contradictory to simply say 'no'. I fully understand that some people with no affinity for Ipswich Town and what the club used to stand for feel the need to associate with Offshore Investment FC. You on the other hand should accept that the vast majority of Ipswich Town fans can see very little appeal and a great deal that is offensive in the travesty and farce being played out there.

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    Rob Steroo

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • Forget the words. Check out the image. Spot the fan.

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    Bertie Shrimp

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • Right, now I've dusted myself off after the barrage of insults (I counting myself as a "real fan", thanks Rob) aimed at anyone still committed to supporting the team (since thats what "real fans" do, Rob), my only concern is where these five wins are going to come from. since Watford showed the gulf in class between us and the top 6 (all those lovely loans! Rob must have been wetting himself), and we seem incapable of beating those around us, I can only hope we can grind out the nasty, ugly 1-0 wins which appear to be all we can hope for. Fourth year running we've been wishing the season over while we're still in winter!

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    Andrew Mehen

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • Alan,you are so correct in your comments,but I'm afraid not many others agree with us.

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    brisie58

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • So I've "no affinity" with the club, eh? Only been supporting them 30 years! Thanks for the tip, but I'll think you'll find its YOU that are in the tiny minority, not me. Even for you, that's hysterical, simply hysterical.

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    Andrew Mehen

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • "Decided not to play nice football"! What a load of old cobblers. Well we'll be playing on a very good pitch against Leicester so let's see what we do.

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    JOHN BURLS

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • Bertie, it's at Huddersfield their lack of support is not our problem. Usual drivel from Steroo, this site just seems full of moaners now.

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    threenewknees

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • Steroo is entitled to his opinion I suppose but to insult genuine fans who really care about the Town is a cheap shot. I suspect he and Ged are in fact the same bloke, possibly Roy Keane.

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    OldBoy

    Tuesday, February 26, 2013

  • well said Andrew Mehen probably the best contribution on this site all season.COYB.

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    david peters

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • Rob,the thought of me even replying to your worthless comments make me cringe with disgust,the verbal diarrhoea you try to preach on this post just shows how low you can stoop.you are the laughing stock on this site .You talked of clowns earlier which makes me wonder if you do in fact live in a circus.

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    brisie58

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • Let's be clear about this... Offshore Investment FC are a cynical tax avoidance scheme which is immoral but legal. They take the field with a hotchpotch of loans augmented by a pitiful few Town players, the majority of whom will not be here next season. The current gravy train rider charged with cynically cobbling together the current batch of transient loanees to season's end makes no bones about it... as tedious as can be please because I will trouser £60,000 every single game as a 'bonus' for achieving what would have been achieved anyway.... stagnation and stasis in the lower reaches of a mediocre division using begged and borrowed players funded by other teams whilst all the income is hoovered out of the club as part of a tax avoidance strategy. brisie and Andrew can you honestly justify your support of the destruction of the club's name, reputation and heritage as a 'real fan'?

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    Rob Steroo

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • 5 wins!!! well thats the town relegated then lol

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    ged scott

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • 5 wins? We're going to seriously up our current rate of 1 shot on target per game to achieve this. My commented prediction last week that we'd bore everyone to death at Huddersfield was spot-on, and whilst we could still stay up, next season is shaping up to be the worst Town side ever

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    Ted Maul

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • Andrew and brisie,well said,it's about time these trolls were told.Reading over the past few months it's a sure thing they are one of the same person intent on winding up town supporters with irrelevant nonsense.We should not be drawn into stooping to there level..As true town supporters rubbish like this should be ignored.

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    Itfc62

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • I don't have to justify anything Rob; I'm not the one using this site to spout paranoid, baseless nonsense like you last post just to see your supposed name in print. Like it or not Football and the way it is run has changed; clubs are businesses these days, and run as such. Am I satisfied with the way the club is run? No, but to suggest that not turning up and supporting the club is in some way meant to be helpful is a joke. We at least have a club to support, which looked highly unlikely under the previous regime. If any of your constant waffle about offshore tax avoidance and asset stripping were true, do you not think it might have been front page news for tabloid papers who love to see clubs fold? Portsmouth, for example? I'm not sure where your bitter and twisted attitude towards the club comes from; from what I can gauge on here, your tiny share in the club being bought out by someone actually putting money into the club (remember the settling of all external debts and the £12m transfer fund?) and the massive majority of your fellow shareholders who voted to give control to Evans, clearly against your wishes. As you appear to so hate the owner, the board, the players, manager, staff, fans and probably the old boy selling Golden Gamble tickets outside, maybe its time you found something better to do with your time? God knows I would have if I felt the same way.

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    Andrew Mehen

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • No Loans will presumably be happy with no wins for the inevitable survival which is the new mantra for lower mid-table utter mediocrity 'achieved' with other teams players. After all chugging along on one point a game will do very nicely. The genuine Jewell must be chuckling into his pina colada as he sits by the pool of the villa bought with his pay off, remembering how 'survival' was once a sackable offence.... and now merits a huge bonus and plaudits from 'fans'.

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    Rob Steroo

    Monday, February 25, 2013

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