Christophe Berra vows to celebrate if he scores against former club Wolves
Ipswich Town defender Christophe Berra wouldn’t think twice about celebrating if he scored against former club Wolves tonight.
The 29-year-old spent four-and-a-half eventful years at the Midlands club, winning the Championship title, playing in the Premier League and then suffering back-to-back relegations.
This evening he faces them for the first time since being released in July 2013, Kenny Jackett’s side arriving at Portman Road third in the table and dreaming of back-to-back promotions.
Asked if he would celebrate a goal, Berra – who never scored for Wolves, but has netted nine times in 61 appearances for Town – replied: “Yeah, I think I would. I’m playing for Ipswich now so why not?
“I enjoyed my time at Wolves, but to be honest it didn’t end on the best note. I didn’t leave on bad terms but it wasn’t great. I kind of got put to the side for the last 16 games and that was a bit disappointing after what I’d done there.
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“I can understand players not celebrating if they’ve been at teams for 10 years, but I was at Wolves for four-and-a-half years. My first team was Hearts, I was there for longer, they’re my home team so maybe it would be different if I played them.
“Wolves is a good club and they have good fans, but I’m playing for Ipswich now and that’s all I care about really.”
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There are plenty of Wolves links at Ipswich Town of course, manager Mick McCarthy – who is in charge of his 100th game as Blues boss tonight – having been at Molineux for more than five years. Winger Stephen Hunt was also a Wolves player.
“You know what Hunty’s like, he’s very enthusiastic and can’t sit still for a second, so he’ll be right up for the game,” admitted Berra.
“We’ve all just got to treat it as another game though, no matter whether it’s against Wolves. We can’t worry too much about them, we have to get our own ship in order and make sure we put in a good performance.”
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