Much-travelled Andrews returns to ‘buzzing’ Blues dressing room

He has travelled more than 3,500 miles over the last 10 days.

But Keith Andrews is showing no signs of fatigue. And best of all, he has come back to Suffolk – via Dublin and Moscow – to a ‘buzzing’ Blues dressing room.

Andrews’ deflected 89th minute winner against Leeds United not only continued his own unexpected prolific start to life with Town but also ensured Ipswich went into the international break looking forward to tomorrow’s trip to Blackpool.

He explained: “The Leeds win was massive. You are going into a two-week break where even if you only draw, it is a bit of a negative feeling around the place.

“It is my first day back around the place and you can tell the atmosphere is fantastic. Everyone is buzzing around. Apparently training has been very sharp over the last 10 days or so. It was a big result for us.”

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Andrews played his part in helping Republic of Ireland to two goalless draws as they look to qualify for next summer’s European Championships.

And despite enduring a gruelling backs-to-the-wall goalless draw in Russia on Tuesday, the midfielder insists he is raring to go and continue his flying start in Suffolk.

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Having clocked the air miles, he said: “It hasn’t been ideal but I am looking forward to it and it should be a good game.

It has been a bit strange. Everyone who has asked me how I am getting on expects me to say I’ve not been enjoying it because of the results.

But it has been fantastic, I have loved every minute of it. No one likes losing games in the manner we have a couple of times, but I feel very much at home here.

The lads are a great bunch of lads and the staff are fantastic. It is still early days but the ingredients are here to push on and have a very good season.”

And with three goals in his first three matches, the unlikely goal machine added: “I wasn’t expecting to get as many as that but it is nice to be getting on the scoresheet.

“The manager has given me licence to get forward and while a goal every game might not continue, I’ll certainly be trying to chip in with a few more.”

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