Town hoping to be in seventh heaven

IPSWICH Town will be in seventh heaven if they remain in seventh place after their next seven games.The Blues are about to embark of a tough sequence of Coca-Cola Championship matches starting with a visit from Plymouth to Portman Road on Tuesday.

Elvin King

IPSWICH Town will be in seventh heaven if they remain in seventh place after their next seven games.

The Blues are about to embark of a tough sequence of Coca-Cola Championship matches starting with a visit from Plymouth to Portman Road on Tuesday.

Technical skills coach Steve Foley says they have nothing to fear.


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“We have beaten and competed well against the best sides in the division, and have nothing to be afraid of,” he said. “We have nothing to fear.”

After the visit of the Pilgrims - with or without David Norris - the pace hots up with a trip to Sheffield Wednesday followed by games against high-flying Watford (home), in-form Crystal Palace (away), tenacious Blackpool (home), promotion-seeking Stoke City (away) and Southampton (away).

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But Foley is relishing the challenge, adding: “These are exciting times not panicking times.

“It is time for the players to stand up and be counted.

“If someone had said last August that we would be seventh in January we would have been over the moon.

“We have a great opportunity, and with some new players hopefully coming in over the next seven days I am convinced we will be up to the task.

“Two points a game on average will give you automatic promotion.

“We are not going to do that, but we have enough about us to finish in the top six and qualify for the play-offs.

“In fact, it is an average Championship this season and the play-offs are there for the taking.

“We would love to get to a Wembley final. This has to be our goal.”

Foley had experience of gaining a play-off place by the seat of his pants when he was first team coach at Norwich City.

“One season we sneaked in by just one goal,” recalled Foley. “And that season we went on to lose on penalties to Birmingham City in the final at Cardiff.”

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