Ipswich Town star Conor Chaplin says boss Kieran McKenna has 'helped me no end' since arriving at the club.

Chaplin has bagged seven goals in 21 games so far this season, after plundering 29 in 52 last term as Town surged to promotion.

The Blues have carried that form through into the Championship, where they currently sit second after 19 games, seven points clear of third-placed Leeds United.

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Asked about his manager, who's just reached his first century of games in charge of Town, Chaplin said: “I’m just happy that he’s here and grateful we get to work with him and learn from him as well.

“He’s helped me no end. Understanding the game in general he’s helped me massively with, just speaking football with him.

“His attention to detail and his ability to read how a game is going to happen – certain things that come up in a game he’ll prep for and let us know so it’s not a surprise when it happens, he’s usually bang on with that.

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“And I think just how level-headed he is, I don’t think there’s any emotional reaction to a lot of things.

"It’s thought about, it’s methodical, it’s in-depth analysis before reacting and acting on certain things.”

One of the key's to Town's success under McKenna is the band of brothers mentality among the side, which extends to some incredible passages of play on the pitch.

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And Chaplin says that's no accident.

“We’re all on the same page, and that comes from the process we go through every day," he explained.

“It’s the culture we’ve built at the football club, it’s important that everyone’s on the same page.

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"If you want to get to the same sort of level that we want to get to, everyone’s got to be in tune and on the same page – that’s massive for us.

“It’s just happened over time. It takes time for sure, but we’ve been lucky enough to have that time as a group together and when new lads come now it’s normal, they just go off the manager and the other lads that are here - it’s all following in the manager’s footsteps.”