Positive thinking can get Ipswich Town up the table, says Bartosz Bialkowski

Bartosz Bialkowski. Picture: Steve Waller

Bartosz Bialkowski. Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Positive thinking is the only way Ipswich Town can get themselves out of their current slump, says keeper Bartosz Bialkowski.

The Blues have claimed just 14 points from their last 14 games – relegation form – to slip to 17th in the Championship table.

Tomorrow, Mick McCarthy’s men take on second-bottom Wigan at the DW Stadium in a clash between the division’s two lowest scorers.

“It’s never easy when you are losing games and conceding sloppy goals and making mistakes, but that’s football,” said Bialkowski.

“We just need to stay positive and turn things around. I believe we are good enough to do that.

“Let’s not concentrate on the league position, let’s concentrate on the next game. It’s about staying solid at the back, keeping things simple and that will give us a platform to win the game.

“Let’s just stay positive. Every tough spell needs to end, I believe. Thinking positively can only make it easier for us. I’m sure we will be okay because we are good enough.

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“This is a game that is definitely winnable. It might just take a scrappy 1-0 win to set us on a good run.”

The Polish custodian has been in outstanding form for most of 2016, but has made a couple of high profile errors of late – including a dropped catch which led to Cardiff’s opener in the recent 1-1 draw at Portman Road.

“It wasn’t the first mistake I’ve made and it won’t be the last one,” said the 29-year-old. “Last week it was me, the previous week it was someone else. That’s the way it is sometimes.

“Even the best in the world make mistakes. That’s football. Even outside football you can make bad choices and mistakes, but it’s no use dwelling on them. The way forward is to think positive.

“You just need to get on with it and play with confidence. If you have any doubt in yourself you aren’t going to go anywhere.

“How you deal with mistakes is the most important thing. When I was younger I would dwell on a mistake I’d made all week, but experience tells you to focus on all the good things you’ve done.

“Before the game I imagine how it will go. I picture good moments and just try to stay focussed.”

He added: “We all want to achieve big things playing for this great club. We are not only playing for the fans, but for ourselves and for our families.

“For me, personally, that drives me on to really do well. I’m sure all the lads would agree with me on that.”

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