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‘You don’t turn into a bad player overnight’ – Skuse says Bart will bounce back

PUBLISHED: 12:52 05 December 2018 | UPDATED: 12:52 05 December 2018

Bartosz Bialkowski, pictured after conceding for a third time in the 3-2 home defeat to Bristol City last week. Photo: Steve Waller

Bartosz Bialkowski, pictured after conceding for a third time in the 3-2 home defeat to Bristol City last week. Photo: Steve Waller

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Ipswich Town goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski has been backed to recover from a bad week by team-mate Cole Skuse.

Cole Skuse is booked for this rugby tackle on Nottingham Forest's Joe Lolley. Photo: PagepixCole Skuse is booked for this rugby tackle on Nottingham Forest's Joe Lolley. Photo: Pagepix

Bialkowski endured a night to forget in the 3-2 home defeat to Bristol City last Wednesday, netting an own goal and failing to keep out the second despite getting two hands to the ball.

The Polish international then spilled what manager Paul Lambert called a ‘bread and butter’ shot to gift Nottingham Forest the lead in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at the City Ground, with a mad dash off his line in the second half almost punished too.

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Town’s three-times Supporters’ Player of the Year was dropped for a spell by previous boss Paul Hurst and now faces fresh questions marks over his place in the side as able understudy Dean Gerken waits in the wings.

“Bart’s old enough and certainly ugly enough to dust himself down and pick himself up,” said Skuse.

“He’s one of the older heads in the changing room. He’s made mistakes in his career and he’s going to make more like anyone in any walk of life.

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“He’s proven over the last three or four years what a good player he is and you don’t turn into a bad player overnight.

“He’ll dust himself down and he’ll be fine.”

The Blues are now seven points adrift of safety at the foot of the Championship table heading into Saturday’s game at Stoke.

There were some positives to take from the latest defeat, however, in the performances of young midfield duo Teddy Bishop and Jack Lankester.

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Bishop, 22, was making his first league start since rupturing his hamstring on Boxing Day 2017, while Lankester, 18, was handed his full debut following four exciting cameo displays.

Asked if this was a difficult scenario for Town’s youngsters to develop, Skuse said: “I’d have to disagree I’d think.

“If you asked them then the morale and atmosphere amongst everyone is not a bottom of the league team.

“You can see Bish and Jack play with no fear and with a bit of spark.

“Bish showed glimpses of being bang at it and I’ve said since day one he can play at the very top if he can stay fit.

“Jack can be the same. He expressed himself.”

Skuse added: “We have quite a young squad, but the older ones are going around checking how they are.”

Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert is leaving no stone unturned in his search for January reinforcements.

Ipswich Town are committed to signing loan player Janoi Donacien on a permanent deal once his immigration status is rubber stamped.

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Former Ipswich Town manager Paul Jewell has been appointed director of football at League Two club Swindon Town.

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Ipswich Hospital patients were treated to a visit from the stars of Ipswich Town as they made their annual trip to give out presents on the wards.

Ipswich Town’s Under 23s drew 3-3 with QPR at Playford Road this afternoon. Andy Warren cast an eye over the Young Blues.

Trevoh Chalobah is confident he can help fill the void left following Cole Skuse’s knee injury.

Ipswich Town will field a strong Under 23 side when they take on QPR at Playford Road this afternoon (1pm).

It’s been another week with more losses – but the double whammy on this occasion is that these have been suffered both on the pitch at Stoke and off the field of play, in the reporting of our latest set of accounts. In all honesty, there’s no surprise in either.

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