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‘Nobody thought we’d be in this position’: Bart happy as season reaches halfway point

PUBLISHED: 10:00 24 December 2017

Bartosz Bialkowski is one of several Ipswich Town players in the final year of their contracts. Photo: Steve Waller

Bartosz Bialkowski is one of several Ipswich Town players in the final year of their contracts. Photo: Steve Waller

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Bartosz Bialkowski believes Ipswich Town can be proud of their efforts with the Championship season now at the halfway point.

Saturday’s 1-0 loss at Wolves leaves the Blues 10th in the table having played every side once, with the gap between Ipswich and the play-off places now standing at three points.

The Polish goalkeeper highlighted the high number of injuries the Blues have suffered this season, particularly in defence at the start of the season and latterly in the middle of midfield, and insisted they would have taken their current position had it been offered to them at the start of the campaign.

“We had so many injuries, I’m not sure how many but there have been loads,” he said.

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“We’re halfway through the season and we’re in and around the play-offs, no one would have thought we’d be in that position before the season.

“Every time you lose you’re always disappointed and that was the case today. But the games come so fast so we need to regroup and recover from it and make sure we’re ready.”

Despite the loss to the leaders at Molineux, Bialkowski did insist the Blues had positives to take from the clash despite admitting they needed to do more when in possession.

“We’re disappointed, they’re a good side and we knew before the game they’ve got decent players, they spent millions and millions of pounds over a couple of years and they’re top of the table for a reason,” he said.

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“But saying that, we limited them to a couple of chances really, there was nothing in the game and I thought we could have nicked [a point] in the end.

“Without the ball we were quite good, we tried to press them, we tried to follow the full-backs and we tried to be aggressive because we knew that if we gave them time we were going to have a long afternoon and that wasn’t the case today, so that’s the positive.

“Obviously there’s a negative, with the ball we could have done a bit better but they’re top of the table so we just need to move forward.”

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