Town’s climax will not set pulses racing!
WILL Ipswich Town jump up to 11th place, stay where they are or drop down to 13th or 14th?
This is the scenario that faces the Blues as they go into the final game of the Championship season at Leicester City tomorrow (kick-off 12.45pm).
Hardly a climax to the 2010/11 campaign that sets the pulses racing, and compared to the carnival that will be taking place at Carrow Road the Walkers Stadium will be like a morgue.
Leicester also have nothing to play for other than to keep ahead of Paul Jewell’s visitors.
While there is no doubting the good work achieved by Jewell since he arrived in early January with Ipswich hovering just above the bottom three a halfway finish signals a drop in standards for a club that finished seventh in 2007/08 and ninth the following year under the management of Jim Magilton.
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But on the plus side it is a marginal improvement on last season’s 15th when the season ended with a dismal home defeat by Sheffield United.
Central defender Damien Delaney, who is set to be the mainstay of the Ipswich defence in 2011/12 having signed a new two-year contract, has no doubts what his lowest point has been over the last 12 months.
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The 29-year-old, who suffered a career-threatening leg injury in pre-season, said: “The home Norwich City defeat was so hard to take.
“We could not see it coming and it was a dreadful night for the whole club.
“Four days later we looked to get it out of our system but were then well beaten at Swansea.
“The high point of the season was beating Arsenal at home in the semi-final of the Carling Cup – and our away form has been decent.
“We’re looking for a good performance at Leicester that we can put in our back pocket ready for next term.
“We know we owe it to our fans to give them more to cheer about.
“To have around 18,000 every home game is a measure of the size of this club.
“This was part of the reason I stayed.
“If this place can really get right it will be up there with the best in the land.”
Early Bird season ticket applications are still being processed although there will be a reduction on this season’s figure. But it is believed this drop is not as pronounced as the club envisaged. This campaign Ipswich began with just under 14,000 season ticket holders.
Blues coach Sean McCarthy will be taking a big interest in Swansea City’s progress in this season Championship play-offs.
In 1988 he scored the goals that led the Welsh club to their only play-off success, scoring in both semi-final legs against Rotherham and in both legs of the final against Torquay.
The Swans beat Rotherham 1-0 at home and drew 1-1 away before beating Torquay 2-1 at home and drawing 3-3 away.