De Vos fires warning

BLUES skipper Jason De Vos has warned Bristol City will be no push over as Town go searching for their first away win of the season tomorrow night.

By Derek Davis

BLUES skipper Jason De Vos has warned Bristol City will be no push over as Town go searching for their first away win of the season tomorrow night.

While Ipswich's proud record of successive wins came to a halt on Saturday, they are looking to end their run of poor results away against a side they banged six past just over three weeks ago.

But De Vos has urged caution and feels the Robins, who won 2-1 at Watford on the weekend, won't be the pushover they were last month.


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De Vos said: “In the Championship you get strange results week in week out.

“That is the standard of this division it is tight.

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“It will be a very difficult match at Bristol City and much different than the game at Portman Road.

“Even in the game here, I said after what a good side they are because, even though we beat them six, then we will have to be at our best to beat them.”

The big Canadian is confident Ipswich can turn good form into points away, especially if they can replicate their approach to home games.

He said: “We know our away record is poor but our away form has not been bad.

“We have to take our chances when they come and be resolute in defence when we need to

“We do that at home and we did against Barnsley and now we have to go away from home and do the same.

“Barnsley came here and worked their socks off and we had to fight for everything so we have to take that same mentality away from home.

“We have to play the attacking way that gaffer likes but at the same time be strong throughout and difficult to play against.”

De Vos led the Blues to their fourth consecutive home clean sheet and coupled with just one goal conceded in their past couple of away games, he believes this is the platform to victory.

He said: “We want teams to come here knowing they will be in for a tough game and we have to do the same away.”

Town had thumped Barnsley 5-1 at Portman Road last season but found them a much tougher proposition this time.

De Vos said: “Give Barnsley a lot of credit. They were miles better than last season. They were difficult to break down and didn't give us any chances.”

Former on loan Blues striker Jon Macken was delighted to earn a point at Portman Road for Barnsley.

Macken is on loan to the Yorkshire club from Derby and is hoping it can turn into a permanent move.

He said: “It was enjoyable to come back. I enjoyed my time here.

“We came determined to make it really hard for Ipswich and to fight all the way. Everyone was doubly determined to roll up because of Ipswich fine home record and as we had played so well at Sheffield Wednesday can came away with nothing.

“We thoroughly deserved our draw and everyone in the side worked they socks off.

“I have been very impressed wit what I have found at Oakwell and know that I'm part of a good solid until January.”

derek.davis@archant.co.uk

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