Town out to ruin some dreams
IPSWICH Town’s season is effectively over, in terms of interest at either end of the table, with a month still remaining.
And yet Paul Jewell’s men can still have a huge say in who is promoted, and who is relegated, during their last eight matches of another campaign of under-achievement.
That applies today, when Town have a chance to put a huge dent in Burnley’s bid to return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
The Clarets desperately need to beat Paul Jewell’s men, after taking just one point from their last three matches. They are a tempting two places and three points off the top six, but they cannot afford any more slip ups.
Town, on the other hand, have nothing to lose. They would love to spill some Claret at Turf Moor.
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Jewell has already made decisions on who he wants to stay, and who he is expected to let go, of the 21 players out-of-contract this summer. Many of the younger players will know their fate soon.
And points-wise, Town are a healthy 14 points clear of the bottom three, and a distant 11 points adrift of the top six. Mid-table serenity beckons.
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But that is not the case with most of Town’s opponents over the final month.
In addition to Burnley, Town have April dates with second-placed Norwich and third-placed Swansea, while Leicester City, their final day opponents, could still be in play-off contention.
And at the other end of the table, Town entertain fourth-from-bottom Crystal Palace next weekend, and host basement dwellers Preston at the end of the month.
So although Town’s season is going nowhere, there are still promotion parties to be gate-crashed, and relegation concerns to be deepened.