Down about going up

IPSWICH Town fans were today questioning their team's chances of promotion following last night's disappointing 1-1 home draw with Sheffield United.Following the addition of four first team players in January the Town faithful were hopeful of a play-off spot, however a poor return of 14 points from the last ten games has provided a severe setback to such ambitions.

Elvin King

IPSWICH Town fans were today questioning their team's chances of promotion following last night's disappointing 1-1 home draw with Sheffield United.

Following the addition of four first team players in January the Town faithful were hopeful of a play-off spot, however a poor return of 14 points from the last ten games has provided a severe setback to such ambitions.

Forums on fans' website were full of concern this morning.


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Meanwhile Ipswich skipper Jason De Vos today dismissed such fears however, insisting that there is enough spirit - and ability - in the Blues camp to still gain promotion to the Premier League.

De Vos said: “I have never known the spirit in our camp to be as high as it is now. We have been through some good times since I arrived here in 2004, but the desire has never been greater.

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“We are all pulling in the same direction, and we all know a top-six finish is there for the taking.”

And De Vos said that this was irrespective of whether the Blues brought in a couple of loan signings.

“The players brought in during the transfer window have given us a boost, and any further additions would do the same. But it would not be the end of the world. We have the ability in the current squad to achieve our aims.”

The 34-year-old, who has indicated that he might pursue a media career in his native Canada after his current contract runs out in the summer, warned that no game will be easy in the ten matches that remain.

“Every side will have something to play for, and the ones nearer the wrong end of the table will be sweating blood,” he said. “They will be fighting for their lives.

“The onus is on us to break them down and gain a good percentage of the 30 points still on offer.

“We should have prevented Sheffield's goal last night - put a boot through the ball rather than try to play our way forward.

“But teams come to Portman Road and invite us to launch the ball upfield. The manager has passing principles, and we are right behind him.”

Alan Lee scored the Ipswich equaliser and De Vos saw his header come off Gary Naysmith and strike a post.

“We did not have the best of luck,” added De Vos, who like the rest of his side has a week's rest before next Tuesday's game at Barnsley.

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