Away days boost our confidence

WHILE appreciating the seriousness of the situation upbeat Blues assistant boss John Gorman insists Ipswich go to Swansea today full of confidence.

Derek Davis

WHILE appreciating the seriousness of the situation upbeat Blues assistant boss John Gorman insists Ipswich go to Swansea today full of confidence.

Gorman knows the result could have a big bearing on both team's promotion chances but doesn't believe it is an absolute must win match.

He said: “We go there full of confidence because we have won our last three away games.


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“We know it is not all about one game. It is not a must win but it would be nice to win because if we do win we go above them.

“They go five points clear if they win so it is important we go there and get something from the game.

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“Whichever team on the day gets the result they will be a good position.”

“It is away from home where we have been doing well them we have two home games to look forward to.

With Blackpool next Saturday and then the rearranged game against Nottingham Forest to come, Gorman feels Town have a good opportunity to further press on or make amends if needed.

He said: “It is away from home where we have been doing well then we have two home games to look forward to.”

After seeing so many sides come to Portman Road and frustrate Town, Ipswich will look to do the same against stylish Swansea and Gorman thinks it will be an interesting match up.

He said: “It is one of those games where we can go and enjoy ourselves.

“Everyone says how good they are yet they are only two points above Ipswich.

“People say about the nice football they play so it will be good for us to go there and match them and be a little test for us.”

Town go to the Liberty Stadium looking to become just the second team to win there this season but while Roberto Martinez's side have lost just the one they have also dropped points and that could prove costly.

Gorman said: “They have drawn too many games. I had that at Wycombe where we battered teams but they would nick a goal even though we were all over them and played the best football. They got goals from a set play or a mistake or a refereeing decision and all of a sudden it is a draw and not a win.”

The coach is confident that Town have goals in them and with three successive away wins under the belt, feels they can outwit City.

He said: “We had so many chances against Plymouth and played well but we didn't make the most of them. We got the breaks at Palace and should have had more at Barnsley.”

With no fresh injury worries Town could be unchanged at the Liberty Stadium, although they may tweak things in midfield after the disappointing home draw with Plymouth.

New signing Luciano Civelli travelled down with the squad to their Vale of Glamorgan camp in south Wales but his lack of fitness could mean him not making the 16 just yet.

Gorman said: “Luciano has had a good week and has progressed well.

“He is player with something different. He has a good left foot and that can add creativity to the team.

“He is not going to an out and out winger as he doesn't have electrifying pace but he does have quality about him and he is an up and down player.

“The best is yet to come but it is going to take time. We are not going to see the best of him for awhile.

“That said it might not hurt to put him on from time to time.”

derek.davis@eadt.co.uk

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