‘We’re in good shape’ - Town star

IPSWICH TOWN: Grant Leadbitter today looked back over the last few weeks and insisted that the Blues are in good shape.

And manager Roy Keane’s most expensive signing at �2.85million has called for fans to help get Town back to winning ways in tomorrow’s Championship game against Leicester City (kick-off 5.20pm).

The Blues have lost their last six league matches, but Leadbitter has not wavered from his belief that the future will be bright under Keane.

After a 2-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest on October 23, the former Sunderland midfielder said that despite three straight defeats he was sure the club was in good shape.

Keane’s men went on to win the next three games to move back into the play-off places.

But since then they have plummeted down the table and could start tomorrow’s match in a relegation position.

“I stand by my statement that this club is in good shape,” said Leadbitter.

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“Definitely so we have the right people, and good people who all want to go upwards. We have good players and it’s up to senior players to help the younger ones out and get us through this silly period.

“We have been the better team in the last few games, but have not been getting results. I’m confident it will change and we must learn from situations like Swansea when we were ahead and on course to win.”

With four crucial games coming up over the Christmas period, Leadbitter knows what a boost a win against the Foxes would give.

“We need to have everybody keeping together and the first 15 or 20 minutes of tomorrow’s game will be vital. And we need our fans behind us to help us achieve the result that we all want.

“Some positive energy in the stadium in a big TV game will help the players although we know it is down to us at the end of the day.”

And talking of a under pressure manager he followed from the Stadium of Light, Leadbitter went on: “He’s the same man as he was at Sunderland.

“He’ll never change and he’s a good manager who works hard for his players and he has a squad that’s good enough to move up the table.”

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