We’ve bounced back before and we can do it again, says Ipswich Town defender Tommy Smith

Ipswich Town defender Tommy Smith

Ipswich Town defender Tommy Smith - Credit: Archant

People should have learnt by now never to write off this Ipswich Town side.

So says centre-back Tommy Smith ahead of the Blues’ crunch game at Burnley tomorrow.

Town missed two golden opportunities to move into the Championship play-off places over the Easter weekend, losing 3-1 at Watford and drawing 2-2 at home to Bournemouth.

Reading, Brighton and Nottingham Forest are all now ahead of them in the race for sixth-spot with just two games to play.

Mick McCarthy’s spirited small squad have bounced back on several occasions this season though, pulling a result out the bag just as the obituaries of their campaign were being penned.

Victory at Turf Moor tomorrow, against a Clarets side who have sealed automatic promotion and can’t win the title, would guarantee that Town would head into their season-finale against Sheffield Wednesday at Portman Road still in with a chance of finishing in the top six.

“We’ve shown a lot of character throughout the season, whether it be following up a defeat with a win or fighting back in games we have been behind in,” said Smith. “Hopefully we can bounce back again on Saturday.

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“There are some top-notch characters in the dressing room here.

“No-one shirks responsibility and everyone takes it upon themselves to run that extra yard. No-one is playing for themselves.

“In the game against Burnley at our place earlier in the season (1-0 defeat) we matched them every step of the way and just switched off from one cross. We certainly believe we can beat them on Saturday and make sure it goes down to the last day, no matter what everyone else does this weekend.”