Attack the best policy for us at Ipswich - Scunthorpe caretaker boss

CARETAKER Scunthorpe manager Tony Daws says that attack will be the best policy when his bottom three side takes on Ipswich Town at Portman Road tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).

Youth coach Daws took over when Ian Barraclough was dismissed on Wednesday, and he said: “We’ll have a real good go and hopefully we can win the game.

“As a former striker, I was always better at attacking than defending anyway.

“Maybe we need to be aggressive in our thought process and take the game to Ipswich without being naive and leaving ourselves wide open.

“We are in trouble because we are four points away from safety. But we have got nine games left and we have got to get as many points as we can.

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“We can sit back and try to soak things up, but I know from experience when you do that, you invariably concede a goal.

“I would rather end up with one point trying to get all three, than end up with none trying to get one.”

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Daws says the he is comfortable in his position, adding: “There might be less pressure on me than there was on Ian (Baraclough), but I just think when you are four points adrift, you have got to try to do something about it.

“I will remind the player that they are playing for their careers.

“Whoever the next manager is going to be, whether he is sat in the stands tomorrow or not, the players have to make sure they perform.

“I will upset one or two but I am prepared to do that because the team I pick has got to be in the best interests of this club.

“I love this club and I desperately want us to stay in the Championship. I will do what I feel I have to do to try and achieve that.”

Midfielder Sam Togwell and on-loan Chelsea defender Ben Gordon (both hamstring) are back in training and will be available.

Andy Hughes is also fit despite coming off during a shambolic home defeat to Preston on Tuesday with a facial injury while Michael O’Connor is also pushing for a starting place in the centre of midfield having been on the bench on Tuesday, his first action in six weeks following a knee injury.

Definitely out are Cliff Byrne (back), Garry Thompson (groin), and goalkeeper Joe Murphy (ankle).

Rob Jones has joined Sheffield Wed on loan while Abdisalam Ibrahim has been recalled from his loan spell by Manchester City.

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