No fear factor at Portman Road

IPSWICH TOWN: Shane O’Connor says that along with his Blues team mates he’s not looking down anymore.

The left-sided player, who turns 20 next week, reveals that after collecting a maximum six Championship points over Easter there is now no fear at Portman Road.

“On Saturday the lads did well to beat Reading 2-1 at home,” said the former Liverpool trainee.

“And I was delighted to come back in for Monday’s 3-1 victory at Derby County.

“That did not flatter us and we were the better team and did really well.

“We’re not looking below us any more. We’re looking upwards and beyond.

“With some good recent results we are not playing with any fear.”

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O’Connor, whose opening few months with Ipswich were marred by injury, sees the Blues enjoying a successful 2010/11 – and he is desperate to be part of it.

“My contract runs out in the summer and over the final four games of the season I hope to do enough to earn a new one.

“Hopefully I’ve done myself justice in the matches that I’ve played in.

“Coming here has been great for me.

“I’ve had a lucky break and the manager has showed faith in me.

“If anyone had said 12 months ago that I would be playing in the Ipswich Town first team at some wonderful stadiums and for a man who was my boyhood hero back in Cork I would not have believed it.

“Perhaps I’ve had to do the business to be where I am, but I’m over the moon with how it has all gone.”

O’Connor adds that he’s grateful to be a club like Ipswich after receiving an expert early football education with Liverpool.

He went on: “I had a good grounding on the technical side and this has helped.

“But the training etc with Ipswich is just as good – top notch in fact with a lot of good players to help me.

“And from what I’ve seen and from what has been achieved next season is going to be a very good one for this club.”

Ipswich’s next game is at Nottingham Forest on Saturday, and they then complete their fixtures with home games against Doncaster and Sheffield United with a trip to champions-elect Newcastle sandwiched in-between.

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