Walters hopes to see season turn around

IPSWICH Town's most consistent performer in such an inconsistent season, Jon Walters, today looked ahead to tomorrow's Coca-Cola Championship match at Nottingham Forest with optimism.

Elvin King

IPSWICH Town's most consistent performer in such an inconsistent season, Jon Walters, today looked ahead to tomorrow's Coca-Cola Championship match at Nottingham Forest with optimism.

And he will be looking for the Blues to translate their training ground form where it really matters.

The 25-year-old said: “The football we are playing in training is fantastic. This squad is knocking the ball about so well during the week.

“If we play like we do in training at the City Ground we will have every chance of collecting the win that could turn things right round for us.

“Saturday's 2-2 draw was not what we wanted, but Swansea are a good side and had an excellent shape with some exceptional players.

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“We must regroup and stick together and look forward to tomorrow's match.

“No blame should be placed on the manager or coaching staff for our current position in the table.

“They are forward-thinking and are looking to take this club forward. They are certainly not standing still and are always bringing in new ideas.

“Since I have been here it has been improvement all the way and, despite what was said about my situation in the summer, I am fine here - and always have been.”

Just one defeat in the last seven league games show that Ipswich are becoming hard to beat and Walters - like the rest of his team-mates - finds no easy explanation for the dip in home form this campaign.

To be honest they did reach the dizzy heights at Portman Road last campaign, and Walters said: “There are a lot of games coming up, and much could change over the next week.

“Teams are coming to Portman Road now with a different approach because our home form of last year has gone before us.

“Unlike most sides we have played at home this season, Swansea were not afraid to push forward, and they impressed us all.

“The manager has far more choices than he had last season but this keeps us all on our toes and rotation systems work for other clubs, so why not us? It is not all doom and gloom by any means.”

While Walters is a certain starter tomorrow, David Norris and Alan Quinn are injury doubts while Richard Wright's position must be in jeopardy after his indifferent kicking was climaxed by letting in a near post goal.

And Owen Garvan must be a contender for a return to midfield along with Veliche Shumulikoski, while Danny Haynes' pace can frighten defenders.