Audio: Team spirit will see Ipswich Town through tough time, says Jonathan Parr
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Jonathan Parr believes Ipswich Town’s team spirit will see them through their current poor spell of form.
Blues boss Mick McCarthy has worked hard at recruiting positive personalities and has plenty of experienced players and leaders in his group.
And that, says Parr, can only help after the return of just one win in eight Championship matches.
With Town facing Nottingham Forest at The City Ground tomorrow (3pm ko), the versatile Norwegian said: “We have a great captain in Luke Chambers who is vocal both on and off the pitch. We have a lot of other characters that try and lift the mood too.
“Everyone was talking about how good our team spirit was last season, but maybe that was easier because everything was going well.
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“Now we have a chance to really show that team spirit during a bit of a tougher time.
“I think we are showing that we are sticking together. No-one is blaming each other.”
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Town may have claimed just six points from their last eight matches, but they have been boosted by the news that David McGoldrick, Cole Skuse and Tommy Oar are available again after sitting out Tuesday night’s 3-0 defeat at Hull City through injury.
Forest, by contrast, are without 11 first team players through injury and suspension. Dougie Freedman’s men have claimed just two points from their last five games and have won just once in their last 10 league outings on home turf.
“They need a win just as much as we do,” said Parr, referring to tomorrow’s 16th-placed hosts.
“I think most of us in this squad have played a long time in the Championship now so we know it’s a long season and that you have good spells and bad spells.
“Whether it’s going well or going badly you always have to focus on the next game. That’s what we’re going to do and hopefully we can get three points on Saturday.”
Parr has started just twice in the league this season and played as a left-sided forward in midweek.
“I’ve said all along that left-back is my preferred position,” said the 27-year-old, who has been deployed in both full-back positions and on both wings at different times since arriving from Crystal Palace in the summer of 2014.
“It has been a frustrating start to the season for me with a lot of small injuries, but I’m fully fit now and hopefully I will get my chance. It’s no fun sitting on the bench.”