Wayne still has Premier ambitions

GETTING to the Premiership is becoming something of a specialty for Wayne Brown and he is looking to do it again.

Derek Davis

GETTING to the Premiership is becoming something of a specialty for Wayne Brown and he is looking to do it again.

Brown was arguably the star of the show as Leicester took a point and a clean sheet from Ipswich, and may even have added a third win in eight days.

The defender helped the Foxes back into the Championship, as he did with Colchester United but he has also helped both Ipswich Town and Hull City into the top flight.

He could easily have been a peripheral figure at both clubs but he is too genuine a person to pick up wages without actually playing.

Instead he left Hull for the Foxes and has his sights on another go at playing at the top level.

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“Ambition is why I went to Hull City. You can be a Premiership player and be with big clubs but you want to look back on your career and say 'I have won this or won that, played for him and enjoyed my time' not just sat somewhere at a Premiership club picking up wages.

“That is what I want out of the game.

“I did well to get to the Premiership here at Ipswich but didn't really get a chance to prove what I could do in the top flight. I waited a long time to get back into the Premiership again with Hull City but again didn't get a chance.

“But this game is brilliant as you always get the chance to prove the doubters wrong.

“I want to do it again and get to the Premiership again.”

He believes that can be achieved with Nigel Pearson but admits he admires the determination of Town boss Roy Keane and would have liked the opportunity of playing for him as well.

Brown said: “I like to play for any manager who wants success and Roy clearly does.

“He has come to Ipswich with a clear aim to get promoted to the Premiership and I like to play for any manager with ambition that matches mine.

“That is why I have gone to Leicester because Nigel Pearson has the same ambition I have and that is to get back into the Premier League.”

Brown feels Town will get better once Ipswich have blended more.

He said: “It is always difficult when a new manager is trying to bring new blood into the building and work with the young lads already at the club.

“You have to build relationships and understandings between the players and the manager. Maybe in the first half in particular their formation didn't work to the effect he thought it might do.

“They went to two up front and that worked very well when they brought the young lad on, who did very well, and Priskin who they have spent a lot of money on.

“But that is credit to us that they had to change their shape and it was a more even game in the second half.”

Brown, who will be 32 on Thursday, had a good chance to score early on from a Lloyd Dyer ball but headed over.

He said: “It was probably harder to miss than score but it was one of those where I saw Wrighty in the middle of the sticks and I have gone for power when all I need to do was let it hit my head.

“Unfortunately it was not to be for us. We had good chances, a couple in the first half and another couple in the second so on the face of it I felt we were the better team and unfortunate not to nick a goal.

“We did keep a clean sheet and a lot of positives to take out of the performances.”

As one of the more senior players, Brown was delighted with the way the younger and newer team mates performed.

He said: “There were some big performances again and that is what we need. We need players to step up to the plate and bring their best performances to the table week in and week out.

“It is never easy to come to a place like Portman Road. Ipswich were on a high being as it was their first home game and wanted to impress the punters and Roy.

“I'm just glad we were the better team but in the end the lads are frustrated we did not get all three points.

“We want to go to any club in the Championship and win games. We are not going to look for a draw and on another day we would have got the win.”

Even though they have just come back up, Brown feels City can be genuine play-off contenders

He said: “We were head and shoulders above what was in League One last season but that is gone now. We are in the Championship now and looking for a top-six finish.

“There is no expectation from the punters who may be happy with a mid- table finish but the pressure comes from internally from the top all the way down to be in the top six.”

And a smiling Brown left the ground a happy and contented man.

“I enjoyed my time here and it is always nice to come back. But it is really only nice to come back if you do well as an individual and as a team and I feel we did that.”