Ipswich Wanderers boss warns of complacency against Downham Town

Craig Jennings (left) has formed a formidable partnership with Remi Garrett

Craig Jennings (left) has formed a formidable partnership with Remi Garrett - Credit: Ashley Pickering

Ipswich Wanderers boss Glenn Read is confident his side won’t go into tomorrow’s encounter with Thurlow Nunn First Division basement outfit Downham Town thinking that they’ve already won the game.

A little over two weeks ago, Wanderers recorded their biggest league win in their history as they smashed this weekend’s opponents by 12 goals to one.

The emphatic win was also spread nationwide through Jeff Stelling’s announcement on Sky Sports but although Read remains confident his side will do the double over the Norfolk-based outfit, he is also cautious of complacency.

“We won’t be taking the game for granted that’s for sure,” said Read.

“Having beaten them as heavily as we did of course we are confident but we don’t take anybody for granted and will be going into the game the same way we do every game.

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“With us where we are in the league and them where they are and what happened between us before we’re heavy favourites, but I couldn’t care for big scores - I just want the three points.

“The weather makes it more of a level play so we’ll have to be wary.”

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Read’s men are on a fine run of form and having taken full use of their games in hand, find themselves in fourth-place in the league as things stand.

“I’ve been really happy with the way we’ve been playing,” admitted Read.

“We’ve just got to keep on going and see where we end up because this league, like most others, is so unpredictable that you just never know what is going to happen.”

Having demolished Downham by an 11-goal deficit, Wanderers enjoyed a fairly successful Christmas and New Year period as they preserved their unbeaten run to 11 games with an enthralling 3-3 draw against arch-rivals and league-leaders Whitton United and a narrow 1-0 victory over Dereham Town reserves.

“The result against Whitton felt like a loss if I’m honest,” said Read, who saw his side concede two late goals as Paul Bugg’s men salvaged a point.

“When you’re 3-1 up with five minutes to go you’d like to think that’d you’ll see the game off but credit to Whitton, they kept on going and got their tails up after the second before rescuing a draw.

“I thought we deserved to win it and we could well have sealed it when we had two glorious chances to go 4-1 up but at least we didn’t lose - I would’ve taken a point before the game anyway.”

Hotshot Remi Garrett scored twice in that game and will be looking to add to the four goals he scored against Downham just before Christmas.

Read has been delighted with the striker, who has formed a deadly partnership with Craig Jennings with the duo netting a combined 27 league goals so far this season.

“I’ve been very pleased with the two upfront,” admitted Read.

“They complement each other well and I think that they’ve been helped by us being able to name the same starting 11 most weeks - everyone’s settled and we have a great team spirit.

“Everyone keeps praising the forwards for the 12-1’s and the 6-0’s but I’d like to praise our defenders as well because they’ve been just as good.

“They’ve had to really dig in at times and the perfect example from that is Saturday’s win over Dereham.

“It was a scrappy game in awful weather and a boggy pitch, and sometimes it’s nicer to win 1-0 with a wholehearted defensive display.”

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