Dozzell's message for Blues
JASON Dozzell was the match-winner when Ipswich Town last tasted victory at Wolves, and he has a message for the Town class of 2007-08 - “I think you'll beat Wolves and reach the play-offs.
By Carl Marston
JASON Dozzell was the match-winner when Ipswich Town last tasted victory at Wolves, and he has a message for the Town class of 2007-08 - “I think you'll beat Wolves and reach the play-offs.”
Jim Magilton's men face a crunch clash at Molineux on Saturday, in their bid to occupy the sixth and final play-off spot.
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Town are currently just one point behind sixth-placed Crystal Palace, and two points clear of Wolves, although the Midlanders still have one game in hand.
It remains a tall order for Town, with just three games remaining, but ex-Portman Road hero Dozzell needs no convincing.
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“Wolves was always a very lucky ground for me, and it can be again for the lads on Saturday,” insisted Dozzell.
“I've been lucky enough to see a lot of the games lately. I take my boys down to see them, and I honestly think that they can do it. I think we'll make the play-offs.
“Molineux is a difficult place to go, but for me it was my luckiest ground! I remember scoring the winner in our title-winning season of 1991-92. I believe that I scored three times on the spin at Wolves.
“You get those lucky grounds as a footballer, and Molineux was certainly my favourite,” added Dozzell, who celebrated his 40th birthday last December.
Ex-midfielder star Dozzell made nearly 400 appearances for Ipswich, over nine seasons, and he is still the youngest ever player to have played and scored in the old English First Division, at the age of 16 years, 57 days.
Dozzell eventually left Portman Road to join Tottenham in a £1.9m deal in 1993. He played 91 games for Spurs over four seasons and, after a brief return to Town on loan, he ended his playing days with Northampton and Colchester United (1998-2002).
“I remember my winning goal at Wolves,” continued Dozzell, who bagged a 61st minute winner in a 2-1 success on November 23, 1991.
“I picked up the ball near the half-way line and beat a couple of players. It was a good goal and it brings back some very happy memories for me.
“We went on to win the Division Two title that season, although we didn't really get going until after Christmas.”
John Lyall's Ipswich side finished four points clear at the top, ahead of second-placed Middlesbrough. Dozzell started 45 of the 46 league games, ending the season with 15 goals (11 in the league). Only Chris Kiwomya (17) scored more that season.
Back to the present and Dozzell added: “The pressure will be on Wolves this Saturday. They are at home, and have just been beaten by West Brom (1-0 on Tuesday night).
“They've got a game in hand, but I'd always rather have the points in the bag. Ipswich will be full of confidence, having just beaten Norwich 2-1 in the East Anglian derby, and I honestly think that they'll do it.
“I think that West Brom are the best team in the division, and they deserve to go up, even though they don't have a great defence! But Ipswich can make the play-offs,” reiterated Dozzell, whose last job in football was as the manager of Ridgeons League club Leiston Town.