Bialkowski has already envisaged his match-winning display against Watford

Ipswich keeper Bartosz Bialkowski

Ipswich keeper Bartosz Bialkowski

Bartosz Bialkowski has already envisaged his match-winning goalkeeper’s display ahead of tomorrow’s visit of Watford to Portman Road.

The Polish custodian will once again deputise for injured Ipswich Town number one Dean Gerken, having been a late call-up to the side last weekend.

It may have been two wins from two for the summer signing from Notts County, Town winning 2-0 at Blackpool before beating Wolves 2-1 at home on Tuesday night, but Bialkowski has been rarely tested.

He therefore knows he will have to sufficiently catch manager Mick McCarthy’s eye in a fifth versus third clash if he is to keep his place.

And there’s every chance he will be given an opportunity to shine, the high-flying Hornets – led by in-form front men Troy Deeney and Matej Vydra – having scored at least once in their last 10 matches.


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“They’ve got some good players and they try to play football,” said Bialkowski. “It’s going to be a big test for us and I could be busy – hopefully I will be, I prefer that.

“I’m not scared of that, facing shots. Obviously that’s my job.

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“Actually it’s difficult for a goalkeeper when you don’t have much to do and then you’ve got to do something in the last stages. You have to stay focused.

“The main thing, of course, is that we win. It would be good to show what I am capable of too. Hopefully I can do enough to keep my place.”

With Gerken only dropping out the side 30 minutes before kick-off at Bloomfield Road last weekend, having injured his groin in the warm-up, Bialkowski said: “Sometimes when you know you’re playing a day before a game you’re sat in your room thinking about how you’ll perform, playing it over in your head. That’s why it was much easier for me to find out I was playing so late.

“I spoke to the gaffer about a month ago and he said he was really impressed with me and that he’d give me a chance. I’ve been patient, I’ve been working really hard in training and now I want to take my chance.”

Blues boss McCarthy said: “Bart’s great. I felt for him because if you saw him in training he breaks their (players’) hearts with some of the saves he makes.

“Gerks was my first choice though, Bart understood that and came on that understanding. Gerks has done nothing wrong, but he’s hurt his groin and now opportunity knocks for Bart.”

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