Luke Varney says Ipswich Town need to make Saturday’s 3-0 win over QPR the norm at Portman Road
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Ipswich Town striker Luke Varney has promised supporters that the players will make performances and results like Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers the norm at Portman Road.
Blues fans have been dished up plenty of non-events on Suffolk soil in 2016 and, after frustrations had reached boiling point, the team was booed off the pitch following recent disappointing results against Rotherham (2-2) and Nottingham Forest (2-0 loss).
Mick McCarthy’s men produced a display full of vim and vigour at the weekend though to sweep aside Ian Holloway’s visitors.
“After a disappointing defeat at home it was nice to come off the pitch to a positive vibe because it has been a difficult week,” admitted Varney, the 34-year-old scoring the killer second and impressing on his recall to the starting line-up.
“We have stuck together and we knew if we could put in good individual performances and a good team performance the result would look after itself and that is what happened. We could have had six or seven different scorers if it wasn’t for their keeper.”
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Ipswich had the joint-best home record in the Championship when they finished sixth in 2014/15, but since then 51 points from a possible 99 have been banked in 33 matches at Portman Road.
Town travel to Bristol City on Saturday and then host Cardiff City a week later.
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“We have to expect performances like that at home,” said Varney. “We have to do it more often and make it difficult for every team that comes here. I know as a visiting player how difficult a place this can be to come to and we have to make it again.
“There is more like that to come. Hopefully this will set the tone and we will get more results like that. We are strong and solid away so we need to make it hard here.”
Meanwhile, McCarthy was full of praise for Varney – the striker who was let go in the summer, but then offered a short-term deal midway through August.
“Didzy (David McGoldrick) or Freddie (Sears) benefit from a physical presence up front alongside them. When the ball goes up to Reg (Varney) you know there’s going to be some sort of challenge.”
Asked if Varney’s deal might be extended in the new year, McCarthy said: “Yes. I can’t really show much more faith than starting him after we’ve just drawn one and lost one here and it could be a bit messy if we lose. This is the fittest he’s been.”