Wembley would just be a bonus - Peters

JAIME Peters has one main target for this season, and it has nothing to do with reaching Wembley.

JAIME Peters has one main target for this season, and it has nothing to do with reaching Wembley.

Peters delivered a man-of-the-match performance at Millwall on Saturday, but his efforts were in vain as Ipswich Town tumbled to another league defeat.

Town have a Carling Cup semi-final second leg tie at Arsenal to look forward to, tomorrow week, but that could not be further from Peters’ thoughts.

The Canadian knows that Town have a fight on their hands to stay clear of the relegation zone.

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“First things first, we want to get away from the relegation zone, by winning a couple of games in the Championship,” admitted Peters.

“The league is the most important thing. Everything else is a bonus.

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“So far the new manger (Paul Jewell) has made a good impression and we are just trying to look forward.

“We will be working hard in training all this week, trying to turn it around next Saturday,” added Peters, with reference to next weekend’s home game against Doncaster Rovers.

Peters has been in-and-out of the side this season, with former manager Roy Keane playing him in a variety of different roles. He has also had spells on the bench and even been left out of the squad altogether.

But the 23-year-old has started four of Town’s last five games and is targeting a long run in the team under new boss Jewell.

“We got such a good result on Wednesday (1-0 win over Arsenal), and we were trying to bring that performance into today,” continued Peters.

“We didn’t get the result we wanted, but there were a lot of positives that came out of the game, so we have just got to build from it.

“As for me, I just have to cement my own position and keep putting in good performances.”

There was always the danger that three games inside a week – in fact three inside six days – would catch up on Town during the closing stages of Saturday’s game.

Town had been run ragged by Chelsea in a 7-0 demolition at Stamford Bridge the previous Sunday, before they ran themselves into the ground to record a famous 1-0 win over Arsenal in Wednesday night’s Carling Cup semi-final first leg tie.

“Perhaps fatigue was a factor, possibly,” said Peters.

“We had three games in six days, all against very difficult teams. But you have to get through it if you want to be a top footballer.

“Obviously we are all looking forward to the second leg (at Arsenal). It’s going to be very hard on their patch,” added Peters.

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