Walters: We'll beat the drop

IPSWICH Town skipper Jon Walters last night stressed that his team are up for their 'big relegation fight'.

IPSWICH Town skipper Jon Walters last night stressed that his team are up for their 'big relegation fight'.

And he apologised to Blues supporters for letting them down when losing 3-1 at bottom club Peterborough on Tuesday to slip back into the Championship drop zone.

“It wasn't good enough, by a country mile,” said the ever-honest Walters.

“We didn't show enough quality and we let everyone down - ourselves, the staff and all our travelling fans.

“We've got to realise we're in a big relegation battle now and show that we're up for a fight.

“There are two massive games coming up and there're a lot of quality players in this division.

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“But it's character and desire that will get us to where we want to be.

“We've got to show that in abundance now.”

Town play fellow strugglers Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough tomorrow and then visit another club in the relegation mix - Scunthorpe - in a re-arranged game on Tuesday.

If a place in the Premier League could be determined by the loyalty and commitment shown by supporters then Ipswich would be one of the favourites to go up.

They certainly deserve more than they are getting at the moment with around 1,500 expected at Hillsborough tomorrow and 500-plus despite the midweek three-hour journey to Scunthorpe on Tuesday.

Peterborough brought only 662 fans when they played at Portman Road in December. Ipswich took 2,737 to London Road on Tuesday - making up over a quarter of the 9,429 attendance figure.

With respect to Peterborough they are well adrift of Town from facilities to prestige to heritage and finance. But they proved they are a match on the pitch.

And Walters is aware of this adding: “I need to apologise to our fans on behalf of the players. They gave us great support as usual on Tuesday and we let them down.

“Speaking as player spokesman we'll be doing everything in our power to put things right.

“We've got the capacity in our side to do well but the table doesn't lie and we're only got ourselves to blame.

“We've been near the bottom all season and we've got to deal with that. That's what we're paid to do.

“We've got to stay positive and I believe we have enough quality and character in the squad that we can get away from where we are.”