Town relying on Wolves slipping up

YOU don't need to be Carol Vorderman to work out the only chance Ipswich Town have of making the play-offs is to win every game and hope Wolves slip up.

YOU don't need to be Carol Vorderman to work out the only chance Ipswich Town have of making the play-offs is to win every game and hope Wolves slip up.

Dutchman Martijn Reuser made an impressive, if not match-winning 65-minute contribution in the goalless draw against Stoke and knows the mathematics are now very simple.

"At this stage of the season we need to win every game. We know we are six points away, we can't worry about what Wolves or anyone else does, we just have to win games."

Town should have beaten Stoke, who even took to fighting between themselves at one point, with skipper Paul Handyside having to break up a scrap between Sergei Shtniuk and Marcus Hall. Reuser said: "We were a touch unlucky but we should have scored with a couple of the chances we had. I should have at least hit the target with my free kick, perhaps if I was match-sharp I would have done, but you can only get that by playing every game.

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"There is pressure when you come on as a substitute because you think to yourself: 'This is my moment, I can impress the manager and the supporters.' So you are not as loose and relaxed as you might be.

"You worry if you are going to score or if you are going to be in the team next time. I was happy to be in a more central role. When you are on the wing it is a bit one-dimensional."

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Jermaine Wright has refused to blame the poor Portman Road pitch for the failure to beat two of the bottom four clubs at home within the last month.

The towering, newly-built North and South stands have blocked out the necessary sunlight on to the pitch which has previously won Alan Ferguson the Groundsman Of The Year title two seasons running.

The usual lush green surface has not been able to regenerate properly during the winter months and cuts up badly which is not conducive to Ipswich Town's noted silky passing game.

But Wright wouldn't allow that to be used as a reason for not scoring.

He said: "The pitch is not the best but it is the same for both teams. We just have to get on with it. We are not looking for excuses.

"It may not be as good as it was but you can still play football on it."

When Tommy Miller went off injured, Wright was pulling more of the strings from midfield along with the impressive Jim Magilton

Wright said: "It was frustrating really because we created so many chances. We had a lot of forward play, but just couldn't put the ball away. The keeper played really well but, even so, we didn't finish.

"We should have had a penalty when the keeper pulled Hermann back. But for all our good positions we couldn't score. I tried a couple and one went close but again..."

"Lower teams are coming here thinking a draw is a good result for them, they see it as a point gained rather than two lost, which we do. We have to make points up and the only way to do that is to win our games."

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