Ipswich Town now know how to get the job done at Portman Road, says keeper Dean Gerken

Ipswich Town keeper Dean Gerken

Ipswich Town keeper Dean Gerken - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Ipswich Town now know how to get the job done at Portman Road.

That’s the view of goalkeeper Dean Gerken ahead of tomorrow afternoon’s visit of Preston North End to Suffolk.

The Blues finished sixth in the Championship table with the division’s joint-best home record in 2014/15, but this season they have won more games away than they have in front of their own fans.

Last-gasp winners against QPR and Leeds in the last two home outings have lifted Mick McCarthy’s men up to fifth though.

“The home form hasn’t been great over the last two or three months, we haven’t got as many points as we’d have liked at Portman Road, but Tuesday night was one of our best home performances in a while,” enthused Gerken, who conceded a goal after just 13 seconds only to watch Town dominate thereafter.

“I thought we played some great football and we always looked a threat. I don’t know how many saves their keeper made, but it was a lot more than me. I had the best seat in the house watching us and I was always confident that the lads would turn it around.”

He continued: “I hope we have turned a corner with the home form. People come to Portman Road and probably lift their game 5-10%. It’s a lot harder for us this year than maybe it has been in previous years.

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“We were a bit more a shock factor last year, but everyone knows what we’re about these days and probably come here looking to sit back and maybe nick a point.

“We’ve had to be a bit more patient with the way we go about the game. We’ve not been able to do that high tempo, forceful approach we’ve had before because teams are sitting back with 11 men behind the ball.

“We’ve had to work on new ways to break teams down and I think that’s started to come together a bit more in the last three or four performances at home.

“Even against Middlesbrough (2-0 loss) and Derby (1-0 loss) they were good performances. They are top teams and both of those games could have gone either way.

“We’re more confident than we have been at home now and we trust ourselves to break down teams.”

He added: “We’ve got that tight-knit group and we believe in each others’ ability. We see it day-in, day-out on the training field and in previous interviews I said that it was only a matter of time before it all came together for us. Now I really do feel as though it’s coming together for us.”