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We must turn negatives into positives over hectic Christmas period says Blues midfielder Andy Drury

PUBLISHED: 07:59 17 December 2012

Andy Drury (blue shirt) gives chase against former Town skipper David Norris

Andy Drury (blue shirt) gives chase against former Town skipper David Norris

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ANDY Drury has called on his team-mates to take the negatives from their first defeat in five and turn them into positives for the hectic Christmas schedule.

The Blues’ 2-0 defeat at Leeds United on Saturday means they are still five points clear of the bottom three going into a gruelling run of four games in 11 days.

Come the New Year, Blues fans should have a clearer idea of whether they are facing a relegation fight or a move into mid-table safety.

And midfielder Andy Drury is convinced it will be the latter after predicting a “promising future” under Mick McCarthy.

Drury believes the level of disappointment felt within the away dressing room at Elland Road shows how far the side have come in recent weeks.

He insisted: “For large parts, we were the better team. You can see we outplayed Leeds for large parts of the game and we should have got something out of it.

“There is no reason to panic. We know we are still down there and not where we want to be.

“But we have to reflect on the positives – but also the negatives so we can try and correct them.”

After three straight starts, Drury knows he has to be at his best with Nigel Reo-Coker back on the bench and Luke Hyam expected to be in contention for Saturday’s must-win match against Bristol City, who are fourth-bottom, a place below the Blues.

“We have four good players in central midfield,” he added. “But I have the shirt so I just have to try and work hard to keep hold of it.”

Premier League Cup

Ipswich Town Ladies 1

C&K Basildon 0

Ipswich Town Ladies are through to the second round of the Premier League Cup after beating Southern Premier Division side C&K Basildon Ladies 1-0 at Felixstowe & Walton United’s Goldstar Ground.

The East Anglian derby misery goes on following yesterday’s 1-0 home defeat to Norwich City – that’s nine games without a win against the Canaries in almost nine years. More pertinently, that’s seven defeats in nine across all competitions for the Blues.

Ipswich Town striker David McGoldrick admits he faces ‘a big decision’ as he enters the final few months of his contract.

The mood music has changed and things could unravel very quickly for Ipswich Town.

Can anyone explain what happened in the second half? I can understand the lack of quality, but where did the passion go? Northstander Terry Hunt gives his thoughts on Ipswich Town’s 1-0 loss to Norwich City.

Town lost the East Anglian derby 1-0 at Portman Road this afternoon. MIKE BACON gives his marks out of 10 and you can do the same.

Ipswich Town’s misery in the East Anglian derby continued with a 1-0 defeat to Norwich City at Portman Road this lunchtime. STUART WATSON analyses the match.

Ipswich Town midfielder Cole Skuse said he and his team-mates were left ‘racking their brains’ after Norwich took all three points in the East Anglian derby today.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy declared himself pleased with his side’s performance, but bitterly disappointed with the result following today’s 1-0 home defeat to rivals Norwich City at Portman Road.

Town’s long wait for an East Anglian Derby win continues after James Maddison’s 59th minute goal saw Norwich to a 1-0 win over the blues at Portman Road.

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