Town can't afford to be good neighbours

NOTHING personal but Blues skipper Jason De Vos wants to relegate neighbours Colchester United on Saturday.De Vos leads his side at Layer Road on Saturday looking to double the U's and send then back down to League One in order that Ipswich can climb back into the top six.

Derek Davis

NOTHING personal but Blues skipper Jason De Vos wants to relegate neighbours Colchester United on Saturday.

De Vos leads his side at Layer Road on Saturday looking to double the U's and send then back down to League One in order that Ipswich can climb back into the top six.

After dropping two points against QPR in controversial circumstances, Ipswich Town know there is little margin for error in their play-off challenge.

De Vos said: “It is a massive game for us. It is one we are capable of winning and if we want to get into the top six one we have to win.

“Every game is a difficult game. Colchester are playing for pride. We could technically relegate them and no one wants to experience relegation so they will be fighting for their lives.

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“We know it will be a difficult game for us to go and win but we are confident we can do that because we know what is at stake.”

Although Ipswich beat the U's in a controversial manner earlier in this campaign, they lost at Layer Road last year with Colchester appearing to want to win the first derby game in 50 years more.

De Vos said: “You can never predict how a derby is going to go. Form goes out the window and it is about who wants it more and I can assure you the team we have are desperate to be successful for the club, the manager, supporters and most of all each other.”

Town briefly returned to the top six after the goalless draw with Rangers but Wolves' win at Charlton later in the evening saw them leapfrog the Blues and into sixth place.

After being denied a seemingly perfectly legitimate goal and a couple of penalties, De Vos has urged his team-mates to bounce back.

He said: “We will put the disappointment of Saturday behind us and come into training this week excited and looking forward to Saturday's game at Colchester.

“We are still in there fighting. We have a great opportunity and the belief in the camp is still very strong.”

De Vos picked up a freak foot injury in the warm up before the QPR match after being caught by Jordan Rhodes but was able to play and insists he will be fine for Saturday.