We can’t afford to lose another game – Jay Emmanuel-Thomas

JAY Emmanuel-Thomas has called on his team mates to go the rest of the season unbeaten – to have any chance of completing an amazing charge into the play-offs.

Town moved nine points off the top six with nine games to play following last night’s 1-0 win over Burnley.

Master poacher Michael Chopra scored in the 53rd minute but Ipswich’s dominance in the second half made the game a lot safer than the scoreline suggested.

They were led by the virtuoso Emmanuel-Thomas who bamboozled Burnley to help make it five straight home wins for Ipswich and just one defeat in 10.

While that is promotion form, the season might end too soon for a top-six finish – even though the Blues have a decent-looking run-in.

But that hasn’t stopped JET from issuing his team with a mission from now until the end of April.

He said: “The dream is not dead and buried. It is up to us, we have to win as many games as we can and the rest will take care of itself. If we are looking to get there, we can’t really lose any games.

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“We deserved the three points. It was a good team goal and we could have had a few more.

“Sometimes it takes a good dressing room team-talk to get everyone going. The manager told us to up our tempo and get back to playing the way we have and we came out in the second half and did the business.”

Town are now 14th, nine points off the play-offs, but their form in the last two months has got everyone buzzing.

And after turning Portman Road into a place to fear, Emmanuel-Thomas added: “When we play at home, we feel like we can win every game. And when we go away, we are picking up decent results there too. It is a great feeling to have.”