Town star targeting the play-offs

YOUNG gun Connor Wickham is looking to shoot down the Canaries tonight, but his mission will not end there.

YOUNG gun Connor Wickham is looking to shoot down the Canaries tonight, but his mission will not end there.

Ipswich Town’s teenage star is oozing confidence, so much so that he firmly believes the play-offs are a real “possibility.”

Even though Paul Jewell’s men are six points adrift of the top six, with just four games left, Wickham is targeting a haul of 12 points out of 12, while predicting other teams to slip up.

First, of course, Town must overcome their most deadly of rivals in this evening’s eagerly-awaited East Anglian derby, against promotion-chasing Norwich City.

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A crowd of close to 30,000 is expected, and Wickham will certainly not be over-awed by the occasion, just as he is not fazed by the target of securing four wins from the last four matches.

“I don’t see why we can’t get into the play-offs,” insisted Wickham on the eve of tonight’s clash.

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“We have obviously been talking about the play-offs. Most of us thought that it was a bit far to reach, but now we are on a roll and we have got the points we needed.

“We have still got four games to play this season, and we are only six points off the play-offs, so it IS a possibility.

“Anything can happen this season. We need to take the maximum number of points from our remaining games. This season is certainly not over.

“There is the belief in the team that we can do it.

“I don’t think anyone has given up on the play-offs. It’s still all to play for. Other teams will drop points, and we still have to play Norwich, Swansea and Leicester, who are all fighting for play-off places as well,” added Wickham.

Although Norwich can boast 20-goal man Grant Holt in their line-up – the big target man netted a hat-trick in City’s 4-1 home win over 10-man Town last November – Town have the brashness of youth in their side, in the shape of Wickham and fellow teenager Josh Carson.

Both are relishing their first taste of an East Anglian derby.

“We owe Norwich one from Carrow Road. Things didn’t look good that day with Damo (Damien Delaney) being sent off,” explained Wickham, who missed that game through injury.

“I was gutted to be injured that day, but I’m feeling good now.”

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