Fortress Portman Road

AFTER three disappointing away results in a row, Fabian Wilnis is looking forward to some home comforts in the next few days.With Plymouth Argyle the visitors today, swiftly followed by high-flying Reading on Tuesday, Town are looking to increase their 100% home record to seven games.

AFTER three disappointing away results in a row, Fabian Wilnis is looking forward to some home comforts in the next few days.

With Plymouth Argyle the visitors today, swiftly followed by high-flying Reading on Tuesday, Town are looking to increase their 100% home record to seven games.

Town lost at Stoke, drew at West Ham and were humbled at Doncaster on Tuesday, a result which left defender Wilnis commiserating with supporters, even though he was left on the bench.

But like his team-mates, Wilnis is glad to get back in the saddle and hopefully, winning ways.


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He said: “It is good to have a game so quickly after the big disappointment of Tuesday. I feel sorry for the fans who went to Doncaster and saw us lose,

“Hopefully they will still get behind us against Plymouth and they turn out in big numbers.”

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Keeping Portman Road as a fortress is vital to Town's promotion hopes, especially as dropping so many points at home proved so costly in their last campaign.

Wilnis said: “Our home form has been brilliant, especially compared to last season.

“We want to maintain our 100% home record. If we can keep that up and pick up a point in the away games, we will be more than okay.”

The Dutch defender admits the team knew nothing about Plymouth until they were briefed by coaching staff on Thursday morning.

He said: “The only thing I know is after watching the training tape.

“They have a big target man up front and they go for every ball and never give you a minute. The whole team is like that and while they may not be the best footballing team they show what can be achieved with hard work.

“Plymouth are a new side and after a good start they have dropped points recently. And I can say I'm not looking forward to going all the way down there to play them on New Year's Day.”

Town will have worked especially hard on set pieces this week given that the Pilgrims are particularly dangerous from corners.

Town have so far conceded three of their 11 goals from set pieces and have only scored from one corner themselves.

Argyle's top league scorer with three goals is centre back Paul Wotton, with midfielder David Friio only one behind him. Wilnis is expected to reclaim his place in defence with Matt Richards dropping to the bench along with Lewis Price, Tony Dinning and Dean Bowditch, as Kelvin Davis, Kevin Horlock and Tommy Miller all get their starting places back with Pablo Counago and Darren Bent the two-man strike force.

derek.davis@eadt.co.uk

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