No fear from Psycho
PSYCHO centre-half Richard Naylor insists the Blues will show no fear when they take on free scoring West Brom today.The Blues took a 5-1 beating at home to the Baggies two months ago and go to a Hawthorns ground where Albion have scored 13 goals in four matches and are aiming for their fifth unbeaten game in a row.
By Derek Davis
PSYCHO centre-half Richard Naylor insists the Blues will show no fear when they take on free scoring West Brom today.
The Blues took a 5-1 beating at home to the Baggies two months ago and go to a Hawthorns ground where Albion have scored 13 goals in four matches and are aiming for their fifth unbeaten game in a row.
Naylor, nicknamed 'Psycho' by the fans insists the Blues will use the negative experience as a motivation.
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He said: “We copped them on a good day for them when we weren't at or best.
“The 5-1 does play on the mind but if anything it gives you extra impetus and a determination to put things right. It was not a nice feeling coming off the pitch that day and we don't want to feel that again.”
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Naylor is up against managerial duo Tony Mowbray and Mark Venus who were former team-mates at Portman Road and played in his testimonial match.
He said: “There is always a transitional stage when a new manger goes in and they probably struggled at first but things are now taking shape.
“I know how Mark and Tony want to play, it is the same way as our gaffer and all have learnt from George Burley, so it would be easy for me to buy into it.
“West Brom have probably underachieved so far but they have a lot of players who should really be playing at a higher level.”
Today will mark Naylor's 290th league game for Ipswich, his 300th career after spells at Barnsley and Millwall, and puts him into 18th place in the all-time list of Town league appearances.
There was a stage where it looked as if Naylor's career had stalled again but he forced his way back as a centre half with Alex Bruce being used at right back.
Naylor said: “I was upset at not playing but I had confidence in my own ability.
“I have been in the situation before when managers have brought players in ahead of me before but I have got back in the team. I drew o that experience and fought my way back in again.
“I know I have to work hard to get the rewards and I will continue to do that.”
Naylor is confident the Town back line are becoming a formidable unit that is getting better with familiarity.
He said: “The longer we get a settled side then all the better. We have had a number of right backs and different keeper sand that has not helped.
“Having a settled back four gives you confidence as you get to know each other.”
They will be tested today and again on Monday when the league leaders Birmingham come to Portman Road.