'First away win just around the corner'

NEIL Alexander looked ahead and said: “I know that my first away win with Ipswich Town is just around the corner.“And for me it would be fantastic if it was at Cardiff on Saturday.

By Elvin King

NEIL Alexander looked ahead and said: “I know that my first away win with Ipswich Town is just around the corner.

“And for me it would be fantastic if it was at Cardiff on Saturday.”

The 29-year-old Scottish international goalkeeper joined the Blues from Cardiff in the summer after finding himself out of Bluebirds manager David Jones' plans in the final weeks of last season.

His contract was up, and Alexander needed little persuading to join Ipswich where he has become first choice and played every match so far.

While they have won all seven home matches this term, the Blues have collected just four points on their travels - four draws. They have not won away from Portman Road since they beat Luton Town 2-0 at Kenilworth Road on March 17.

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“Once we gain that elusive away win - and the ball has not rolled for us this season - I am sure we will kick-on,” said Alexander.

“I have got nothing to prove going back to Ninian Park.

“Cardiff know what I am capable of, and I like to think that I had a good rapport with the fans.

“I will be going back to enjoy myself - and hopefully to collect three points.

“During my six years at Cardiff I made a lot of friends and it will be nice to see them again.

“We are going to have to win away from home one day - and what better place than Cardiff.

“They should be doing better than what they are.”

Alexander, who has saved two penalties for Town, joins the rest of the Ipswich squad in believing they are good enough for a top six finish this season.

“The standard of the division is high this season, and everybody has the capabilities to beat everybody else,” he added.

“There is no reason at all why we cannot end the campaign in a play-off place.”

If Town were to gain promotion it would mean a dream come true for the Edinburgh-born custodian.

“When I came to look around Portman Road and spoke to the chairman and manager I was soon sold on Ipswich's potential to reach the Premier League,” said Alexander.

“It would be a dream for me to play in the top flight, and I am convinced we are heading in that direction.”

Cardiff's financial position is precarious with fears about slipping into Administration, and Jones has reportedly been given two more games to show he can lift the Bluebirds up the table.

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