Andy is digging it at Town!

EX-digger driver Andy Drury filled the boots left by former �5million-rated Jimmy Bullard at Portman Road on Saturday, and they fitted a treat!

EX-digger driver Andy Drury filled the boots left by former �5million-rated Jimmy Bullard at Portman Road on Saturday, and they fitted a treat!

When Bullard was playing in the Premier League for previous clubs Wigan and Fulham, Drury was playing football part-time while working on building sites. But now they are on a level footing.

Midfielder Drury worked his socks off in central midfield, in what was full debut in the Football League at the age of 27.

The former non-league stalwart impressed in Ipswich Town’s 1-1 home draw against Hull City, and until Tigers substitute Jay Simpson intervened with a slick 85th minute headed equaliser, it looked as though his big day would be marked with a victory.


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Jason Scotland’s 58th minute opener had put Town on course for a fifth win from Paul Jewell’s first seven league games at the helm. But even two dropped points did not take the gloss off Drury’s first Portman Road outing.

He has a tall order to keep former Premier League big gun Bullard out of the team - the 32-year-old Hull loanee was not allowed to play against his parent club on Saturday.

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Bullard should return at Championship leaders QPR tomorrow evening, but Drury won’t be giving up his place without a fight.

“I hope I won’t wake up and find it’s all been a dream, otherwise I will go back to sleep again!” explained Drury.

“I don’t feel it’s a dream. It’s a challenge that I have been looking forward to.

“I felt comfortable out there, and want to try and keep my place. With Jimmy out, there was a space to fill. The manager gave it to me.

“Hopefully I’ve done enough to keep the shirt, and if not, I will have to work as hard as I can to get my place back again.

“Jimmy’s OK, Jimmy’s all right!” added ex-Stevenage and Luton man Drury.

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