Mings confident Ipswich Town will get the job done
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Tyrone Mings is confident that Ipswich Town will get the job done against Nottingham Forest tomorrow.
The Blues head into their final regular home game of the season tomorrow knowing that victory – against mid-table opposition – could secure the club its first Championship play-off place in a decade.
On the flip side, a draw or defeat could heap huge pressure on their season finale at Blackburn.
“It will only be our fault if we don’t get in the play-offs now, but we’re not even thinking about that,” said left-back Mings.
“Seven points from nine (back-to-back home wins against Blackpool and Cardiff, followed by a draw at Wolves) has been crucial. Before that there were people saying maybe we’d blown it.
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“This is a completely different type of pressure now, when you know that a job is in your own hands rather than when people are writing you off and you’re going out there to prove them wrong.”
The 22-year-old continued: “Where we are in the league is reflective of how well we’ve done as a team. We’ve made Portman Road a fortress (14 wins, five draws and three league defeats) and we believe in our tactics and our way of playing.
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“There will be no nerves from me. The way I see it is it’s just another game and another opportunity to secure what we’ve been aiming for all season.
“I do think we’ll approach this one even hungrier than the last two home games. I know it’s not ‘must-win’, but it’s a big opportunity.
“I’m certainly confident that we’ll get the job done on Saturday and leave us with less to do heading to Blackburn. The last thing we want is to be going there on the last day needing a win.
“The ideal situation would be if we can get a win, results go our way, and we have that play-off place secured with a game to go. If we get there, no-one will want to play us.”
– See today’s EADT and Ipswich Star for Mings’ thoughts on the media attention his charitable acts has attracted, plus part two of an exclusive in-depth interview with Town boss Mick McCarthy in which he talks about the moment he almost changed his mind about taking the job.