We’re not safe from relegation yet warns goal hero Michael Chopra
THE league table might look a lot better than it did this time last week.
But Saturday’s two-goal hero Michael Chopra has warned his jubilant team mates that Ipswich are still in a relegation fight.
The Blues followed up the remarkable 5-1 win over West Ham with another three points at struggling Coventry City – Chopra’s 93rd minute header giving them a dramatic 3-2 win.
But while Town are a full 10 points clear of the bottom three, the experienced marksman knows things can change very quickly in the Championship.
The striker, whose double blast took his tally to 10 goals to become the club’s top scorer, insisted: “It has been a great week, but I wouldn’t say we are safe yet.
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“All it takes is for us to lose a couple of games and the teams below us to win a couple of games and we will be back in it.
“There is no room for complacency - the manager tells us that and the lads know that. We will keep fighting until we know we are automatically safe.”
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For once, a late goal went in favour of Ipswich who took a first-half lead through Jay Emmanuel-Thomas before being pegged back by Sammy Clingan’s penalty and Gary Deegan’s volley shortly before the interval.
Chopra revealed that Blues boss Paul Jewell gave his side a “rollicking” at the break – but it worked after the striker scored twice to give Town a vital three points.
And the nature of the winner, Chopra heading in Andy Drury’s pin-point cross, came straight from the training ground.
The 10-goal striker said: “We have been working during the week on crossing and getting in front of the defender at the near post and thankfully I was there to get a flick-on.
“I missed a chance just before that when I was one-on-one with the keeper and it was playing on my mind a bit.
“But I have always said if I get chances to score goals, it is only a matter of time before I put them away – like I did today.”
Jewell praised his hitman before giving him two days off to spend with his son in Newcastle.
The manager said: “A bit of swagger has come back into his game. The goals he’s scored today are a great lift, not just for him but the team.”