Walters: Keep the home run going

JON Walters has warned that the Blues need to put the disappointment of being denied all three points at Burnley behind them and focus on their 100% home record.

By Derek Davis

JON Walters has warned that the Blues need to put the disappointment of being denied all three points at Burnley behind them and focus on their 100% home record.

Ipswich entertain Preston, fresh from a 5-1 home win over George Burley's Southampton, and Walters knows that they will be after Town's scalp.

Walters said: “The home form is something we have to keep going. We were excellent at home last season and we wanted to carry that on which we have been able to do.

“Preston is a big game for us and after putting five past Southampton they will be coming here on a high.

“Away from home we looked a lot better against Burnley than we did at Hull but we can't dwell on not getting all three points.

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“As soon as we were on the coach back we were preparing for Preston by eating and drinking all the right things.”

An offside flag ruined Town's chances of ending their run of 10 away games without a win but Walters knew the goal was good.

That was confirmed moments after the end when EADT's pitch-side photographer Warren Page showed Walters conclusive frame-by-frame proof and he took it into the dressing room to show the coaches and the rest of the team.

Walters said: “After the warm-down your photographer showed us the goal.

“The lad who is tackling me has put Pablo onside, never mind that he has come from behind me as well.

“I spotted him for the tap-in and I went for that because the angle for a shot was not really on for me.

“The linesman should have just looked over the photographer's shoulder and would have seen Pablo was onside.”

Town put themselves in a winning position by changing formation and the tactics worked, which didn't surprise Walters, who also praised teenage forward Billy Clarke's contribution.

He said: “We had a good defensive shape and with Billy coming into the attack it worked well. Billy was outstanding, especially considering he had not played that way before and was coming back into the starting side.

“Billy has shown in training he is flying and it was just about getting his chance.

“It was a waiting game for him and when it came he was ready. The ball he put in for Alan Lee's goal was excellent and I was made up for Billy.

“It has been difficult for him after getting those games last season but then having a dip. But he has done brilliantly since pre-season and the coaches have noticed it but it was a case of waiting for the right time.”

Walters was speaking at a coaching session before the launch of the club's Ability Counts initiative where he and technical skills coach Steve Foley took the children's pan-disability squad for a session.

The project is funded by the Football Foundation, with donations also coming from Comic Relief.

Walters said: “Coaching is something that I have looked into even now.

“Some of the lads have already got coaching badges but I have not got the first level yet.

“Coaching kids is something I would love to be involved in. It gives me a great feeling being able to work with youngsters. I guess being a dad is part of that and I would always be willing to give my time to coach kids.

“This scheme that Ipswich are involved in is first class. Steve is an excellent coach and it is typical of him to be taking part.”

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