Returning Wright dare not fail

DAVID Wright today admitted that he dared not make a mistake in the 2-0 Coca-Cola Championship victory over Reading at Portman Road.

Elvin King

DAVID Wright today admitted that he dared not make a mistake in the 2-0 Coca-Cola Championship victory over Reading at Portman Road.

The defender came through with flying colours on Saturday after recovering from an ankle problem to take over from the injured Ben Thatcher.

"With the quality squad the manager has assembled now if you get a chance you have to grab it with both hands," said Wright.


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"If you falter in any way the gaffer has players waiting in the wings to come in. It certainly keeps you on your toes."

Despite a hesitant start to the season, Wright insists that the team spirit and will to win in the squad is spot on.

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"At some clubs I have been at there have been players who have been happy to sit on the bench - to remain on the fringe of things.

"But it is not like that here.

"Every member of the squad wants to play, and is disappointed if he is left out.

"With a large squad there are going to be those who will not play as often as they would like. But I know that they will all be fighting their hardest to get back in again.

"This is good for the club, and it is a good position for the manager."

And Wright confirmed that the players knew the importance of Saturday's match played in some pleasant sunshine.

"We did not need the manager to tell us," said Wright. “We are all experienced enough to know that we needed to get a win over Reading.

"There is pressure in every game and this one was no different.

"If you want to be in the mix at the end of the campaign you have to give your best in every game we play.

"From back to front we played well on Saturday, with Richard Wright making a vital stop early on.

"I needed the reserve game last midweek to get my fitness back, and it is a big plus to have Richard Naylor back in full flight again.

"He is an influential member of the squad and was top drawer on Saturday, and fingers crossed his injury problems are behind him.

"And Pim Balkestein came when Gareth McAuley was injured and took his chance. He knew that he had to stand up and be counted as chances can be limited.

"And he came through well. This is what is good about us right now, and we now have a platform to build on."

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