Ipswich Town could be safe by Monday, predicts confident Andy Drury

Andy Drury

Andy Drury - Credit: Archant

ANDY Drury is confident that Ipswich Town will have shaken off their relegation worries come the end of this ‘make or break’ Easter weekend.

Town – four points above the Championship drop zone – could be back in the bottom three when the dust has settled on their games against Leeds, at Portman Road tomorrow, and at Millwall on Monday.

However, all the talk in a spirited dressing room is of a maximum six-point return and the prospect of rocketing up a congested table.

“It’s a massive weekend,” admitted midfielder Drury. “Easter is normally the time of the year that makes or breaks you in terms of promotion or relegation. It’s vital that we get some points on the board this weekend.

“It’s crazy really. I can’t think of any divisions that have been this close since I’ve been playing football. There’s still about 12 teams that can go down.

“But if we win both games this weekend we could be up to 10th place or something stupid. And I think we’re capable of getting all six points because they’re both winnable games.”

He continued: “I’m not really concerned because we’ve been in play-off form since the gaffer took over and have proven we can beat anyone in the league on our day. There are eight games left and I think we could easily win five or six of them. Confidence is high and we’re going into every game expecting to win. Hopefully, come the end of this weekend, we won’t have to worry about relegation anymore.”

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The former has recovered from the three cracked vertebrae he suffered on his full debut against Blackpool last month, while the latter is fit again after missing the 1-0 home win over Bolton with a hamstring problem.

“It’s good to have them back because playing Saturday/Monday is a big ask,” said McCarthy. “Millwall play on Friday (today) so they’ll have the benefit of an extra day’s rest.”