Home form will be key - Garvan

OWEN Garvan admitted today that Ipswich Town will have to depend on their home form to move up the Coca-Cola Championship table.

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OWEN Garvan admitted today that Ipswich Town will have to depend on their home form to move up the Coca-Cola Championship table.

After three successive away defeats on the trot, the 20-year-old Blues midfielder was unable to get a foothold into the game, which normally goes a long way to winning points for his team.

“There are a lot of teams in the Championship depending on their home form, and we are now one of them,” said Garvan, who returned to the side after a virus.

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“There are two big games coming up and we need to win them this week.”

Garvan had sympathy with Ipswich fans who had a go at the team in the final stages.

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“Our fans will not be happy after our display yesterday,” he added.

“We did not play well and it must have been frustrating for them.

“I can understand their feelings, and so can the rest of the lads.

“We must now set about doing our best to repair the damage.

“We had one or two chances, but at the end of the day the best side won and they were better than us.”

But Garvan still feels a move can be made back up the table from the lower half.

He added: “Christmas will be a tough period for everyone and we have to look to benefit from that - starting on Wednesday.”

Norwich striker Leroy Lita rated David Marshall's second-half save from Jon Walters every bit as crucial as the two Canary goals.

Marshall denied Walters when he was clean through five minutes into the second half on the way to keeping his first clean sheet in 13 Championship games.

Striker Lita, on loan from Reading, said: “It all started from Marshy's save. That was just as important as scoring a goal. It was a big save. Marshy has made those kind of saves all season.

“The first goal was important and we managed to get the first one and it was a great finish. Crofty played really well and deserved it.

“The atmosphere was electric. I thought both sets of fans were excellent.”

Lee Croft, who scored the first City goal with a tremendous strike said: “It was my best ever goal considering the circumstances. It will live long in my memory.

“It feels brilliant, all the lads are delighted. We haven't had the results recently so to come into this game, with such high stakes and passion, we really needed it for ourselves and we owed the fans something too.”

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