Huws on ending his long wait for a goal, securing his place and Town needing to 'stand up' at Peterborough
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Emyr Huws believes Ipswich Town need to ‘stand up’ as they head to Peterborough on the back of a home victory over Burton Albion.
The Welshman headed home the winner with 10 minutes remaining against League One’s bottom side on Tuesday evening, as the Blues got back to winning ways following three straight defeats at Portman Road.
The win moved Paul Lambert’s men into a share of second place alongside Lincoln, Portsmouth and Saturday’s opponents Peterborough, though the Blues sit fifth on goal difference.
Ipswich are being held back by their disastrous record against teams in League One’s top 10, which reads just three wins in 25 matches over the last two seasons, but Huws insisted they will be heading to London Road confident they can flex their muscles against one of the division’s leading lights.
“It’s tight and we need to look at the next game then the next one after that and keep trying to get results,” Huws said.
“Peterborough will be tough but the games are all tough. We have to go there, do our thing and try to get the result.
“We need to rectify our record against the top teams in the league. It will be a tough game but we’re looking forward.
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“We’re a big scalp in this league so people up their game. We need to stand up to that and go again. It’s maybe just that little switch.”
Huws’ goal was his first in the league since a stunning effort against Newcastle on Easter Monday, 2017, with the 27-year-old delighted to be back on the scoresheet.
“It was nice, a scrappy one and not one for the books, but it was nice to get a goal,” he said. “The most important thing is winning the game, though.
“It’s my first goal in the league for a while but hopefully I can push on and get a few more now.
“He (Lambert) wants me to try and impact games by shooting and scoring and that’s what I have to do.
“It’s been a tricky season for me because I’ve been in-and-out of the team and the lads have been doing well so you have to just keep going. When you get your chance you have to try and stamp your authority.
“Not having a run of games has been maybe the most-tricky part of the season for me but we train a lot and it shouldn’t be too much of an issue. A run of games would be nice but we just need to be winning.”
On the victory over Burton, he said: “It was a tough game, they made it tough because they were good at what they did.
“We got the win, which was the main thing, but when teams come and make it tough by being solid in their system you just have to find a way.
“We were efficient because it was tough. They were going long and it was sticking for them. It doesn’t always go the way you want it to so that can be tricky, but we have to find ways and keep adapting to try and win games.
“It’s a long season so we need to keep pushing.”