Sheepshanks: Don't judge us on Stoke

BLUES chairman David Sheepshanks last night admitted he was hoping Saturday's dismal display against Stoke City will not affect season ticket sales and pointed to the positive aspects for Town's future.

BLUES chairman David Sheepshanks last night admitted he was hoping Saturday's dismal display against Stoke City will not affect season ticket sales and pointed to the positive aspects for Town's future, writes Derek Davis.

The deadline for discounted tickets is set for Thursday, April 13, and the club have sold more than 10,000 already and so are slightly ahead with sales for the corresponding period last year.

But supporters were leaving the game against the Potters in droves well before the final whistle as Town went down 4-1 and they were not the only ones fuming.

Sheepshanks said: “In the circumstances, it was an inexcusable and rotten performance but I'm sure neither Joe Royle nor the players will hide from that fact.


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“This was essentially the same team that beat Norwich so splendidly and gave us all such encouragement in January and February. So it is not conjecture but a proven fact that we can play a lot better.

“I'm sure some supporters may be tempted to desert us after Saturday but I hope that most will consider things in the round and still renew their season ticket.

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“It is not about individual matches - as galling as this one was.

“The prospects remain bright for next season with four injured senior players to return and possible further investment in the team.

“The only positives to come from Saturday was having four 18-year-olds in the team and nine home-grown players in the squad.

“Things will get better and that is something I'm excited about.”

* A PRESENTATION on the Portman Road pitch planned for before Saturday's game to Kevin Beattie had to be postponed when the Blues legend was taken ill. Beattie, who is recovering at home, was to receive a replacement PFA Young Player of the Year trophy, as the original was lost in a fire.

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