‘We know we haven’t got an eternity to pick up points’ – Skuse on Town’s relegation fight

Ipswich Town midfielder Cole Skuse. Photo: Steve Waller

Ipswich Town midfielder Cole Skuse. Photo: Steve Waller - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Cole Skuse is acutely aware Ipswich Town’s fortunes need to quickly turn if they are to stand any chance of beating the drop.

Cole Skuse gets a good grip on Bradley Dack at Blackburn. Picture: Pagepix

Cole Skuse gets a good grip on Bradley Dack at Blackburn. Picture: Pagepix - Credit: Pagepix Ltd

The Blues lost 2-0 at Blackburn Rovers last weekend to remain seven points adrift of safety at the foot of the Championship table – a position they have now occupied for three months.

There are 18 games now left to play, starting with Saturday’s trip to mid-table Aston Villa and followed by Sheffield Wednesday (h) and Norwich City (a).

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“There was nothing in the game for an hour and I felt like the penalty decision was soft.” rued midfielder Skuse, reflecting on the defeat at Ewood Park. “We’re frustrated because this felt like a missed opportunity.”

With Town having won their previous game 1-0 against fellow-strugglers Rotherham at Portman Road, Skuse continued: “We’re not kidding ourselves, we got lucky with that 1-0 result. It was a good 1-0 result, we needed the result more than anything, but they bombarded us second half. It wasn’t a brilliant performance, but it was three points.

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“We’re then coming to Blackburn full of belief, thinking we could get another three points and get a bit of momentum.

“The games are coming thick and fast and we know we haven’t got an eternity to pick up points.

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“Everyone can see we are trying to do things the right way, we’re just falling a little bit short at the minute. Let’s hope things turn shortly.”

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Skuse started the Paul Lambert reign like a train only to suffer a knee injury in training that required an operation. The 32-year-old sat out seven matches at the turn of the year before returning to action against Rotherham.

“The surgeon said 8-10 weeks out and I was back after four,” he said. “That’s huge credit to all the physio staff, Matt Byard and Alex Chapman, who have done brilliantly with myself.

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“As soon as I knew what I had I got my head around it and knew that from day dot I had to do things the right way, both at home and at the club.

“I’ve managed to get myself back a lot quicker. That’s just me I guess. I want to be out there.”

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With captain Luke Chambers playing Saturday’s game with an injured wrist, Skuse added: “We want to be out there and helping. Look, with the situation we’re in we’re all trying our utmost and really, really hoping it turns for us shortly.”

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