Terriers will be just as tough, warns Bialkowski

Bartosz Bialkowski makes a flying save during Ipswich Town's 1-1 home draw with Bournemouth on Good

Bartosz Bialkowski makes a flying save during Ipswich Town's 1-1 home draw with Bournemouth on Good Friday. Photo: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Bartosz Bialkowski has warned that today’s match at Huddersfield will be every bit as tough as tough as Ipswich Town’s previous two fixtures.

The Blues have claimed four points from back-to-back matches against pre-match Championship table-toppers – winning 1-0 at Watford prior to the international break and drawing 1-1 with Bournemouth, at home, on Friday.

Town still slipped out of the play-off places though due to the fact that Middlesbrough, Norwich, Brentford, Derby and Wolves all won over the weekend, just seven points now separating the top eight sides with six games to go.

Mick McCarthy’s men only have one of their promotion rivals left to face, Wolves away in their third-from-last game, but keeper Bialkowski – who made a series of important stops against the Cherries – is not reading too much into the fixture list.

“The Championship is a very tough league; anyone can beat anyone,” said the Polish custodian. “You have teams who are fighting relegation that are going to be up for it, plenty of teams are still all pushing for automatic promotion and the play-offs and there are others who, with the pressure off, will try to enjoy their football with next season in mind. People are playing for pride, positions, contracts... Everyone wants to achieve something.”

Huddersfield are 18th in the table and without a win in seven matches following their 1-1 draw at Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday yesterday. Then Town welcome rock-bottom Blackpool to Portman Road on Saturday, before playing Cardiff (h), Wolves (a), Nottingham Forest (h) and Blackburn (a).

Reflecting on Friday’s draw with Bournemouth, substitute Kenwyne Jones heading home from a corner in the 82nd minute to cancel out Freddie Sears’ emphatic sixth-minute finish, Bialkowski said: “I think it’s a good point. We haven’t probably had as many chances as they had, so we have got to be pleased with it because they have been top for a reason. We’ve got another big one on Monday and now we just need to focus on that.”

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Having been dropped following a downturn in form, only to quickly return to the side following an injury to Dean Gerken, Bialkowski said: “I’ve had a tough time in the last one or two months, so I’m really pleased with my performance (against Bournemouth) and I just need to keep going.

“In the last three games we’ve achieved seven points and only conceded one goal so I’m happy.”

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