Luongo: Winning run is around the corner
Ipswich v Wolverhampton: Massimo Luongo believes it is only a matter of time before Ipswich Town go on a winning run.
The 19-year-old Australian midfielder has started six of the Blues’ opening seven games of the new campaign since arriving on a season-long loan from Tottenham.
And while Town may find themselves out of the League Cup and second-from-bottom of the embryonic Championship table, back-to-back home games against Wolves (tonight) and Charlton (Saturday) provide a platform to kick-start the season this week.
“The points definitely haven’t matched the performances,” said the technically-gifted playmaker, who could return to the starting line-up tonight after being dropped for Saturday’s unfortunate 2-0 defeat at Middlesbrough.
“We’re playing well enough, we just need time to perfect what we’re trying to do and maybe get that little bit of luck.
“We’ve got two home games this week and hopefully we can get our season up-and-running. I feel like it would take just one win for us to go on a streak. We’re just waiting for that moment – I really think we’ll be fine.”
Ipswich have played entertaining football so far this season, but a lack of cutting edge – combined with the continued lapses in concentration which saw them concede so many goals last season – means victories have been hard to come by.
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“Certainly in training the gaffer is pushing for a passing game and asking us to play out from the back,” said Luongo. “Of course, it’s about doing in the right areas, at the right times it in the game, but that’s the way we’re trying to play.
“From a personal point of view, I think I’ve done alright. I’d probably rate my performances as average so far – I think I can do better. Sometimes I have got to come out of my shell a bit.”