Bialkowski’s late father would be proud of his son’s stunning form

08/03/2016 Sky Bet League Championship BoltonWanderers v Ipswich Town
Bartosz Bialkowski blocks Zach

08/03/2016 Sky Bet League Championship BoltonWanderers v Ipswich Town Bartosz Bialkowski blocks Zach Clough's effort - Credit: Phill Heywood

Bartosz Bialkowski’s late father would certainly be proud of his son’s stunning recent form.

The Polish goalkeeper has been Ipswich Town’s standout performer since returning to the Blues’ side following an injury to Dean Gerken in January, with his highlight reel of stunning saves enough to see him nominated for February’s Championship Player of the Month award today.

After starting the season as Mick McCarthy’s first choice goalkeeper, Bialkowski lost his place in the side after returning to Poland on bereavement leave, following the sad passing of his father Marek in August.

The 28-year-old is proud of what he’s been able to achieve since returning to the side and believes his father, who he has described as his “hero”, remains with him every step of the way.

“It’s been a great month for me personally but that’s gone, you’re only as good as your last game and I believe in that,” he said.

“I need to stay focused now.

“I lost my place, everyone knows that, but I came back to the team and I’m just doing my job really.

“I believe my dad is watching me from up there, he’s with me and he helps me. I’m sure he would be very proud.”

Bialkowski’s latest impressive performance came at Bolton on Tuesday night as he kept Ipswich in the game, before the Blues took a two-goal lead with 20 minutes to go.

The stopper could do nothing about the Trotters’ two goals, which included a penalty deep into added time, but insisted the Blues can’t afford to let their heads drops ahead of a tough visit to Cardiff on Saturday.

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“It hurts a lot, we’ve been in the situation a few times this season already so it’s a really hard one to take, but that’s football,” he said.

“Everything doesn’t go your way so we need to learn again and concentrate on our next game.

“The first one was a great strike and the second was the penalty, I thought I was close, but no.

“Being 2-0 up with 20 minutes to go, we just need to finish the game really and concentrate on basics. We need to learn from it.

“It does hurt, obviously, but there are still lots of games left and we’re going to keep fighting for it.”

Bialkowski faces competition from Bristol City’s Aden Flint, Tomer Hemed of Brighton, and Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney for the player of the month award.

The winner will be announced tomorrow morning.

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