Dyer signing shows ambition of Ipswich Town - Delaney

DAMIEN Delaney today welcomed the arrival of England international Kieron Dyer and looked forward to the West Ham loanee helping Ipswich Town to victory over Watford at Portman Road tomorrow night.

Delaney played a big part in Saturday’s 0-0 Championship draw at Leeds United when, for the second away game running, Town kept a clean sheet against one of the top promotion contenders.

Now he is looking to bring this defensive assurance into home matches and he sees the signing of Dyer as a big statement about where the club wants to be.

“It’s very nice to see Kieron Dyer at the club,” said Delaney.

“The play-offs may be beyond us now, but the loan signing shows the ambition there is at this club.

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“Having a big cheese in the dressing room – and with Jimmy Bullard as well - gives everybody a boost, and hopefully we can keep Kieron until the end of the season.

“And hopefully the move will benefit him as well.”

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Turning his attention to the visit of bogey side Watford tomorrow and then Scunthorpe on Saturday, Delaney went on: “With the two home games this week it would be absolutely fantastic to get beyond 50 points by Saturday night.

“It is quite conceivable we can make 50 or even 52 this week.

“We all had a bad night at home against Reading last Tuesday, but we have put that behind us.

“There was no hangover on Saturday at Leeds and no ill effects and we looked a bit fresher.

“We will be looking to do the same tomorrow.

“Every home game is one we must look to win. Watford are doing quite well in the league but we’ll be after three points and then look to deal with Saturday on Saturday.”

Town picked up no injury problems at Elland Road although skipper David Norris will again be unavailable when serving the second game of his two-match suspension.

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