Wright: Fortress will not be breached

IPSWICH Town defender David Wright today declared that fortress Portman Road will stay intact.“We are becoming hard to break down - and we will always score goals,” said Wright.

By Elvin King

IPSWICH Town defender David Wright today declared that fortress Portman Road will stay intact.

“We are becoming hard to break down - and we will always score goals,” said Wright. “This is a recipe for success.”

Three points for Town tomorrow will see them equal a ten-match winning home run set in 1956/57. This leaves the record 15-match sequence achieved by Bobby Robson's side in 1980/81 as the next goal.

Wright is set to keep his place in an unchanged back four for the visit of Wolves to Portman Road (kick-off 3pm).

A win by more than two goals will see Ipswich overtake the third-placed Midlands side - and have a game in hand.

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“We are nicely placed and I believe we are capable of something really exciting this season,” added Wright, who signed from Wigan in the transfer window last January.

Town have only kept one clean sheet this term, but Wright says that a corner is being turned.

He added: “We are now more solid and I did not feel concerned about conceding a goal against QPR or against Colchester on Tuesday.

“The Rangers goal came after a deflection and Colchester scored a bit of a wonder goal.

“Our away form has not been as good as we would have liked, but things are changing.

“We were talking among ourselves and we could so easily have been four points better off by now.

“Draws at Plymouth, Burnley and Rangers could easily have been wins if the ball had run for us.

“We are right in there and I believe we have found the consistency we lacked last season.”

Fabian Wilnis will also keep his place and the 37-year-old Dutchman will chalk up his 316th appearance to put him 28th in the Ipswich all-time list - one place ahead of his manager Jim Magilton.

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy is pondering changes up front after admitting Andy Keogh is suffering a dip in form.

McCarthy named Keogh and Stephen Elliott as his preferred partnership last month but was impressed with the pairing of Freddy Eastwood and Jay Bothroyd for the last 40 minutes in the 3-2 win at Cardiff on Wednesday.

“Jay Bothroyd was excellent against Cardiff and Freddy Eastwood did well when he came on,” said McCarthy.

“Freddy has been a delight since his arrival from Southend in the summer - there has been no whinging or complaining and he has got on with it.”

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