Healy does not fear Arsenal

IPSWICH Town crumbled at Chelsea, but Colin Healy reckons that there will be no such “fear factor” at Arsenal tonight.

IPSWICH Town crumbled at Chelsea, but Colin Healy reckons that there will be no such “fear factor” at Arsenal tonight.

Stary-eyed Town were thrashed 7-0 at Stamford Bridge in a terribly one-sided FA Cup third round tie in south-west London earlier in the month.

But it will be a very different story in north London tonight. Town will certainly not be over-awed.

Town have a new manager at the helm, in Paul Jewell, and can draw on the confidence of beating the Gunners 1-0 in the first leg at Portman Road.

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“We will be going there with a chance,” insisted Healy yesterday.

“Arsenal are one of the best teams in Europe, but not many people thought we’d get a good result in the home leg, and we won, so we will be going down there with a bit of confidence.

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“There’s not a fear factor, after what happened at Stamford Bridge, because there’s a lot of confidence in the team.

“We know there’s a few goals in the team, and hopefully we can score down there, but we’ve got to defend very well and everyone has got to put in a shift.”

Midfielder Healy, up until the visit to Millwall 10 days ago, had not started a league game in a Town shirt for more than a year, since a rare outing in a 3-1 defeat at Crystal Palace on Boxing Day, 2009.

But the Irishman is now firmly back in favour, and has started Town’s last four league and cup games, although he has had to shrug off a slight groin problem to be involved tonight.

Healy knows that Town will have to play even better than in the first leg, if they are to overcome Arsenal to reach Wembley.

“Arsenal will have a few players back who did not play in the first leg,” admitted Healy.

“I think we need to reach the levels of our first-leg performance. In fact, I think we need a bit more still, because they will be right up for it.

“We defended well in the first leg, when people were wondering how many goals Arsenal would score.

“But we can’t just go there and defend. If we do get some chances, we must take them.”

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