Leadbitter has no interest in draw

IPSWICH Town might be in the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup, but Grant Leadbitter has no plans to even watch the Cup draw.

IPSWICH Town might be in the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup, but Grant Leadbitter has no plans to even watch the Cup draw.

While most Town fans will be waiting with bated breath, during tomorrow lunchtime’s mouth-watering draw, to discover which of the seven Premier League clubs will be facing Roy Keane’s men in the last eight, Leadbitter’s mind will be elsewhere.

Forget the prospect of a trip to Old Trafford or the Emirates, Leadbitter will be focusing on just one thing – beating Millwall.

That’s not to say that Town’s quietly-spoken midfield maestro is not excited about playing in the quarter-finals of a Cup competition. All footballers dream of being just a couple of steps away from a possible Wembley appearance.

But for Leadbitter, nothing is more important than ending Town’s miserable run of three straight defeats in the Championship, against the Lions tomorrow afternoon.

“It’s good to be in the last eight, but we need to win on Saturday and forget about the Cup,” insisted Leadbitter.

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“The next round is not until December, so this weekend’s Cup draw does not bother me. I will not be worrying about the draw; we have other things to worry about.

“We need to beat Millwall, so I won’t even be watching the draw,” added Leadbitter.

Town’s 3-1 win over League Two strugglers Northampton Town, on Tuesday night, ensured that they were the only club outside the top flight to still be in the Carling Cup.

That offered some light relief to successive defeats by Coventry, Watford and Nottingham Forest in the league, and also the blow of star striker Connor Wickham twisting his ankle in training last weekend and so facing a stint on the sidelines.

“Injuries happen to footballers, we have to deal with it,” said Leadbitter.

“It had been a bad seven days, but it was only seven days. All teams lose games, and all players lose form. I say judge us at the end of the seaso

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