‘It’s definitely must win... we’re still aiming for the title’ – Town loanee Earl on AFC Wimbledon clash
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Ipswich Town defender Josh Earl insists the team is still gunning for the League One title ahead of tonight’s ‘must win’ game at AFC Wimbledon.
The Blues slipped from first to seventh in the space of a fortnight following successive defeat to promotion rivals Rotherham, Peterborough and Sunderland. It leaves Paul Lambert's men eight points off the top and five adrift of second spot heading into their final 14 games - nine of which are at Portman Road.
"It's definitely a must win game after three losses - I don't think it's an option really not to get the three points," said the 21-year-old Preston loanee, speaking ahead of Town's first ever trip to Kingsmeadow Stadium.
"Every game from now until the end of the season is pretty much a must win game. They are all massive games. If we want to go up automatically we've got to win quite a few of the 14 left.
"A massive part of me coming here was to come to a side that I think is probably the best in the league. We're struggling a bit at the minute, but top two is definitely still the aim. We've still got every chance of going up automatically, never mind the play-offs.
"With the players we've got and the way the manager wants us to play, there's no reason we can't go and win this league. I do think we've got by far the best team in the league."
Earl, who made his Town debut as a late sub at the Stadium of Light, continued: "It is so tight. If you win two on the bounce you could be right at the top again.
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"I thought the lads played really well first half at Sunderland. If we took some of our chances it would have been a different game. If we play that way in the rest of the games coming up then we've got every chance of winning most of them.
"You can't let the mood get down because then you'll lose the next game and the next game. It's not like we've got to come in and start pointing fingers. Of course we're disappointed and will have a go at each other after the game and say 'come on we've got to be better', but we can't get disheartened.