Begovic is happy to stay

ASMIR Begovic today had some more good news for Ipswich Town fans still jubilant after Saturday’s first Championship win of the season.

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ASMIR Begovic today had some more good news for Ipswich Town fans still jubilant after Saturday's first Championship win of the season.

The 22-year-old goalkeeper is not averse to extending his current three-month loan from Premier League Portsmouth to the end of the season.

The Bosnia-Herzegovina international has proved an astute signing by Blues manager Roy Keane with Town yet to lose since his arrival and looking much more secure at the back.

Mainly responsible for the weekend clean sheet in the 1-0 victory over Derby County that left Town's fans in ecstatic mode after 14 winless matches, Begovic gave another commanding display.

Pompey boss Paul Hart has confirmed that he sees the keeper having a big future at Fratton Park, but Begovic said:

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“I wouldn't go back in January unless there was a good reason.

“I am very much enjoying life here with Ipswich Town a great club and the chance to play regular first team football is fantastic.

“Everything is possible, and I don't know what will happen. I don't like to look too far ahead and at the moment I am concentrating on the job in hand - helping lift Ipswich up the table.”

Saturday's final whistle was greeted with an emotional outpouring from Town fans starved of any success for so long. The cheers rang out around Suffolk long into the night

Begovic summed up the players' reaction. “They want you want to win more,” he said.

“Hopefully this has given them some joy and made it a good weekend.

“Portsmouth supporters are very loyal, and they are on a par here.

“We have been playing well and we have kept believing, and all the effort finally paid off today.”

Begovic praised David Wright for his all-important goal that led to the roof almost being raised off the stand at the end.

“David showed good determination to get to the ball and all credit for that. We needed someone to take the initiative and his goal was a big relief to everyone.

“We felt comfortable after that although there was always the possibility that a goal might into out net off a backside perhaps.

“But it didn't happen with Alex Bruce and Damien Delaney doing brilliantly considering they had not played together as much as they would have liked.”

Ipswich will be without central defender Tommy Smith for Saturday's game at Reading - one of only three matches this month!

He was rushed to hospital for an operation after dislocating two fingers and suffering a gash to his right hand in the final throes of Friday's training session.

His hand is in a cast and it will be after the international break on November 21 when he will be fit again. Fellow defender Gareth McAuley is in the same position with a thigh problem.