Match-winner Aaron Cresswell hails Town’s new “never-say-die” attitude
IT might have come too late for a dramatic assault on the Championship top six.
But Peterborough match-winner Aaron Cresswell believes Ipswich are starting to show their promotion credentials as all eyes turn to next season.
And the form book backs up the left-back who broke his duck against Posh to give Town a 3-2 win and partly avenge the 7-1 drubbing at the hands of the same opponents in August.
The pulsating victory – which saw the Blues pegged back on two occasions before Cresswell’s 85th minute winner – was Town’s fourth consecutive win at Portman Road.
With just one defeat in eight, they are one of the Championship’s form teams going into three home matches in four which could see them break into the top 10.
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It all bodes well for next season when only a concerted promotion push will appease supporters.
And Cresswell said: “We have turned the corner. The gaffer mentioned after the game that we have a never-say-die attitude. He said that is what you need throughout the whole of the season.
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“A few months ago we couldn’t seem to do anything – we couldn’t keep a clean sheet and we couldn’t score goals.
“Now I think we have turned a corner, we look a lot stronger team with a lot more shape.”
After continuing to show their new-found resilience against their East Anglian rivals, Cresswell believes the team spirit starts with the side’s pre-match huddle – something that coincided with January’s impressive upturn in fortune.
The full-back, who refused to rule out a dramatic top-six finish with 10 matches left, explained: “I don’t know if that affects the game but the huddle has stood us in good stead for the last eight games so we will carry on doing that.
“Carlos (Edwards - the Town captain) says a few words and then a couple of the experienced boys will say a bit. It shows we are all together and you need that if you are going to be a top-six side.”