Bullish Wright still up for the task

BULLISH Richard Wright insisted Ipswich Town still believe they can win promotion.

Derek Davis

BULLISH Richard Wright insisted Ipswich Town still believe they can win promotion.

Although Pablo Counago scored, and celebrated with a babe-in-arms sign, keeper Wright was the player offered up by the club for all the media.

Wright didn't know the reason for Counago's celebration but did know that the team will not give up on the play-off fight until it was mathematically impossible to achieve.


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Wright said: “We can still make the play-offs.

“If you look at runs by teams in the Championship in previous years there have been team lower than us who have gone on to reach the play-offs.

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“We still believe in that and we believe can still do that. The performance was not great but we showed character. We went a goal down and ground out a draw and if anything we were the only team that was going to go on and win.”

It was pointed out that those teams that go on good runs usually do so after a change of manager, not something Wright advocates for Town.

He said: “Our manager is here and the lads are 110 per cent behind him. Personally I'm 1,000 per cent behind him.

“He has backed me so I don't see why there should be any change. It is about us 11 players going out and putting on a performance on the pitch.

“We are trying our hardest and working in training to achieve that.”

For Town to reach the top six it would need a number of other teams collapsing completely.

Wright insisted: “That can happen. We have to believe

“If I was to sit here and tell you we had given up then what would be the use of me playing football. We have to be positive and look at the next game.

“As long as it is mathematically possible then we have to keep believing and I can believe we can do it.”

Town had to go from a goal down to earn a draw at home to a Wednesday side one place behind them in mid-table.

Wright said: “It was frustrating as a goalkeeper as I didn't have that much to do. I got a hand to the goal but it was a close range header.

“The main thing is for the whole team is that we showed character and kept pushing. Because we were pushing they created a chance but that happens.”

The keeper praised Counago and the contribution skipper Gareth McAuley made for the goal.

He said: “Pablo played well and that is what he is all about.

“It was a good finish a real striker's finish as he kept going.

“Gareth had a fantastic header from a set piece, he had one in the first half too which went past the post.”

Town now go to Crystal Palace and Barnsley in the league before entertaining Plymouth where they will try to find their first home win in the league for four games.

Wright aid: “We have lost one game in five and we have to build on that. We can achieve and we have to keep believing.”

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