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‘You go games without winning and with the flip of a coin it happens’ - Nsiala sure Town can turn things around

PUBLISHED: 06:00 25 September 2018

Toto Nsiala battles with Pawel Olkowski and David Wheater of Bolton.    Picture: STEVE WALLER     WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

Toto Nsiala battles with Pawel Olkowski and David Wheater of Bolton. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

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Toto Nsiala is convinced Ipswich Town’s luck will soon change with the big defender hopeful an elusive first victory will spark their season into life.

Toto Nsiala goes up for a header at Derby. Photo: PagepixToto Nsiala goes up for a header at Derby. Photo: Pagepix

The 26-year-old returned to the starting line-up for Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Bolton after serving a three-match ban for his harsh dismissal at Sheffield Wednesday, but he couldn’t help the Blues record their first win under manager Paul Hurst.

Nsiala, who worked under Hurst at both Grimsby and Shrewsbury, believes securing a victory, by any means necessary, will do the team the world of good and kickstart a campaign which currently sees them sit second bottom after nine league games.

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“Things are just not going our way with luck and red cards and chances, but it’s going to turn around,” he said.

Nsiala is confident Town can turn things around. Picture: STEVE WALLER     WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COMNsiala is confident Town can turn things around. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

“You go games without winning and then with the flip of a coin it starts happening for you and we’re hoping that if we keep working, we keep together with the staff, the gaffer and everyone it’ll come our way soon. We’ve just got to keep going and keep believing.

“That’s exactly what’s needed at the moment - a win. It doesn’t matter how it comes, just a win to get the boys going. We’re definitely in need of one.

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“It’s going to come, we’ve just got to stick together and keep going but the positives are that we’ve had a clean sheet (against Bolton), which we haven’t had all season.

Toto Nsiala and the rest of the Ipswich defence show their disbelief at being shown the red card Picture PagepixToto Nsiala and the rest of the Ipswich defence show their disbelief at being shown the red card Picture Pagepix

“We can’t then go back to trying to hoof the ball and not play football, we’ve got to still try and get out from the goalkicks and play football and take chances, that’s the only way we’re going to win games.”

This season has seen Nsiala step up to Championship level for the first time, with his start to life in the second tier halted following an extremely harsh red card at Hillsborough, where he appeared to get the ball well before coming into contact with Owls striker Fernando Forestieri.

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“It’s been hard sitting out for that many weeks and I’m just glad to be back out there and helping the lads out. It was hard watching them from the stands,” he admitted.

“Every league that I’ve stepped up I’ve had to be fitter, that’s one of the biggest things, although I’ve lost a bit of fitness in the couple of weeks.

“Teams are a lot fitter and move quicker and the ball gets moved quicker, so it has been a big step.”

In past columns I have talked about a divide between athletes that earn large amounts of money, and those that do not, and how there is a movement in Ipswich to bring this sporting diversity together.

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Striker Kayden Jackson scored a hat-trick as Ipswich Town defeated QPR 5-1 in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Playford Road this afternoon.

Trevoh Chalobah has been training with the full England squad today ahead of the Three Lions’ clash with the United States tomorrow night.

Jordan Graham is training with Oxford United after being given permission to move on by Ipswich Town.

Teenager Jack Lankester hopes to be involved with the Ipswich Town first team for the remainder of the season but would be prepared to spend time out on loan if it aides his development.

Ipswich Town boss Paul Lambert has been impressing the players with his skills on the training pitch. STUART WATSON looks back on his playing career.

Tristan Nydam is keen to make the most of his loan stay in Scotland but is still keeping a firm eye on parent club Ipswich Town.

Former Ipswich Town boss Paul Hurst is the favourite in the betting as his former club Shrewsbury search for a new manager.

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