‘As a footballer you just have to deal with it’ - Iorfa on fans’ criticism

Dominic Iorfa has been enduring a tough run of form of late. Picture: STEVE WALLER

Dominic Iorfa has been enduring a tough run of form of late. Picture: STEVE WALLER - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Dominic Iorfa knows the best way to respond to criticism from the stands is by proving his worth to the Ipswich Town supporters on the pitch.

Iorfa is on loan from Wolves until the end of the season. Picture Pagepix

Iorfa is on loan from Wolves until the end of the season. Picture Pagepix - Credit: Pagepix Ltd

The defender, on loan from Wolves, has endured some sticky games in recent weeks, with his positioning and ball retention under the microscope.

Iorfa admits his form has dipped since the start of the season but he insists he is doing all he can to put the criticism to one side and prove his worth to the Blues’ fans.

“I was happy with my performance against Leeds but I’ve just got to try and kick on from here,” Iorfa said.

“It (criticism from fans) doesn’t really bother me because that’s what fans are like. When you are doing well the fans love you and praise you but that’s just how it is. As a professional footballer you just have to deal with it.

Dominic Iorfa wheels away after heading Town into a 2-1 lead against Nottingham Forest in December.

Dominic Iorfa wheels away after heading Town into a 2-1 lead against Nottingham Forest in December. - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

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“I think sometimes it can be a bit harsh but fans are entitled to their opinion. All I have to do is carry on doing my best.

“I thought I started the season well but then my performances did dip a little bit so whenever I’m in the team I just need to try and replicate my form from the start of the season.”

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Iorfa will start again at Bolton tomorrow as Jordan Spence sits out the final game of his three-match ban following his red card at Fulham.

Iorfa will start for the Blues against Bolton on Saturday. Picture: STEVE WALLER

Iorfa will start for the Blues against Bolton on Saturday. Picture: STEVE WALLER - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

The defender believes the Blues need to tighten up at the back, given they have conceded more than any other top half side, and is expecting a tough encounter against the Trotters.

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“Every game in the Championship is a tough one and Bolton gave us a tough game at our place so we will need to be at our best to get a result.

“When you look at the play-off picture, nobody is really thinking about Ipswich at the moment but we know that if we carry on doing our business, getting results, then we will be right in it.

“That’s how it is in the Championship. If you go and win two or three games you are right back in it and, if we had lost to Leeds we would have been 10 points adrift and looking down.

“We have conceded too many goals really from what we would like so clean sheets are important.

“At the start of the season we were out-scoring teams but we aren’t scoring as many. You can’t keep winning games like that and sometimes you need to limit it to zeros and ones.”

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