Naylor - there are no serious problems
THERE is not an awful lot wrong with Ipswich at the moment, according to The Blues' longest-serving player Richard Naylor, writes Derek Davis.Certainly nothing a win over West Ham would not solve.
THERE is not an awful lot wrong with Ipswich at the moment, according to The Blues' longest-serving player Richard Naylor, writes Derek Davis.
Certainly nothing a win over West Ham would not solve.
Naylor admits Town have not got off to the best of starts but believes they are close to hitting form.
He said: "Fundamentally there are not massive problems. If you look at the four games it has been a thin line between losing or winning and the ones we have lost we have conceded the odd unlucky goal and have had enough chances to have won the games, so there is not a great deal wrong.
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"But from our point of view we should be beating teams by a couple of goals and being more dominant in games as we have in the past.
"We know we need to keep the ball better, create better chances and take them and be more solid when we lose the ball.
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"At the moment we are finding ourselves stretched and we have people running through the back four which is a problem."
While Naylor has been playing well in a defence which has impressed, despite being under so much pressure for such long periods, he still finds dropping points extremely painful.
He added: "It dwells on my mind for quite some time and it is not until you win again that you forget about it.
"It does hurt and the only way to get over it is to win. We want to win the game and put right what we have been doing wrong.
"We had great away support at Wigan and Crewe and we have not done ourselves justice in front of them and we want to put that right against West Ham."
There will be a familiar face among the Hammers staff, which could soon see a change when a new manager is appointed next month.
Trevor Brooking takes charge today, while former Town Academy coach Paul Goddard will be looking after the team, someone Naylor has great respect for.
He said: "Paul was very good and did a lot for us young strikers at the time. He was very well respected and liked.
"I don't know what his thoughts are but I doubt he would want that job. He is a very good coach and if he were to make the decision to step up as a manager I'm sure he would do well.
"It is always difficult when a team loses a manager but they are a more than decent side anyway, whether they would have had Glenn Roeder or not.
"They have decent players and are a good side and sometimes when a team loses a manager it gives them a little lift and an extra incentive to impress whoever is watching in the stand.
"They are fighting for their lives as a club so it will be a tough game but one I'm looking forward to."
And Naylor is expecting to have his work cut out against two of the division's most highly-rated strikers.
He said: "The front two are particularly dangerous. David Connolly showed last season he can score plenty of goals in this league, while Jermain Defoe is a proven Premiership striker and will soon be back there, either with West Ham or another club."
But Naylor will be more interested in helping Town get their Premiership dream back on track.
n The winners of the Powergen ITFC competition are: Helen Rollin of Stowmarket and John Bamford of Rushmere St Andrew, who both won tickets for today's game.